what if i focused?

— March 02, 2017

Lately, I have been doing A LOT of reading and perusing of the magazines and trade journals that piled up during my busy fall and holiday season. It’s been on my to-do list and is a good task to do while my ability to flit about has been limited with sick ones home. I…


hot dish

my pinewood derby potluck “hot dish”

— March 01, 2017

We recently had our first adventure with the Boy Scout’s Pinewood Derby Race. I am convinced that the Pinewood Derby is more for the dads than for the kids. Especially the younger kids. I suppose most teenagers could handle the intricacies needed to build a pinewood derby car. My 8-year old Wolf? Not so much….


tear open the shutters, throw up the sash

— February 20, 2017

It’s the middle of February and the weather out here in the Midwest has felt more like May. It’s crazy! This winter has been especially harsh when it comes to sickness. I have only had one week since January where all of my wee ones went off to school and preschool as planned….


february is fun!

— February 06, 2017

One of my magazines wrote that January is a great month to just veg out and do nothing. Not in my world. January is a jam-packed month for me so I look forward to February as my “free month”. Three of the five birthdays in our family are in January as well as our anniversary….


Cherry Pie Bars

— February 01, 2017

I have been in recipe testing mode lately and these Cherry Pie Bars are definitely a “keeper”. A neighbor and friend of mine has graciously accepted the duties of taste-tester while I am working on family recipes and my own concoctions. It’s a very “full-filling” job. I pointed out to her that we did…


2 years, 11 months and 27 days

— January 25, 2017

I have been blogging for almost 3 years and it finally happened. The Dreaded White Screen. Have you heard of it? I first learned of it when I started blogging and have been worried about it ever since. Your website just suddenly goes blank. You see Nothing. Nada. Zip. Nothing but a blank…


tin for ten

— January 11, 2017

I recently celebrated my ten year wedding anniversary and this was my gift to my husband. A tin of homemade brownies. Did you know that there are traditional and modern suggestions of gifts to give for each year of marriage? I like to find out what the traditional gift is each year and…


mighty meatballs & national spaghetti day

— January 04, 2017

Happy New Year! Happy National Spaghetti Day! I love January and the freshness of a new year before me with all of the promises I can dream up. A full clean slate before me is so exciting and so precious. (I also love spaghetti…) Have you made any promises to yourself or someone…


happy holidays!

— December 23, 2016

So, it’s the holidays and the end of 2016, a time to slow down and take in all the last bits of life for this year that one possibly can, but I cannot help but think about the New Year coming. Have you been pondering and planning for 2017? 2016 was a year where…


the best laid plans

— December 04, 2016

I am going to kill two birds with one stone here. (Just wait…I am only getting warmed up on the corny bird puns.) Before I chat at you, I have a gift idea to share. I wanted to share these adorable and hearty chicken and rooster mugs by Jacques Pepin – they would…