Hometown Buffet – A Giveaway

One of my children’s favorite memories is a night we spent at a hotel in St Louis several years ago. It wasn’t the newly built accomodations, the Gateway Arch, or the tour of Grant’s Farm that they loved. It was the buffet at the hotel. There’s something about a buffet that draws kids in and […]

Fun Fall Learning Activities for Children

Fall has always been a favorite season of mine. Pumpkin patches, apple picking and crunching leaves work together to create an atmosphere of fun and exploration for children. Over the years we’ve collected acorns, gone on hay rides, and gone apple tasting. I’ve even broken some rules and climbed apple trees that weren’t supposed to […]

Delicious Meals for Fall

Bratwurst with Sauteed Peppers and Onions While we don’t get a “true autumn” here in San Diego, my mood always turns to fall-ish things during September and October. Fall foods are such a favorite at our house, we’re all happy to welcome them back. And since theme nights are working so well for my menu […]

A Favorite Fall Memory

I’m so thankful for the digital age. Not only can I flip through the pages of time in just a few seconds, technology cooperating, but I can also share those memories with you. This photo was taken when my big boy was not even two. Today he is thirteen. He was our one and only […]

Fall Busy-ness: Can Do Versus Should Do

Photo Source: EclecticBlogs As Fall gets under way, so does the business that accompanies back to school, fall sports, and upcoming holidays. The lazy days of summer haveĀ  given way for all sorts of craziness — if we let it. Somedays it feels like my life is characterized by a wide variety of should do‘s. […]

3 Classic Board Games to Love

Now that most of our kids are old enough not to eat the pieces, we’ve entered the world of board games. They love to play, though we don’t do it as often as they would like. I prefer to play it once the girls are in bed, and by that time, I’m beat! But, when […]

Apple Cinnamon Muffins (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Apples)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

Apples are a year-round staple at our house. They are a quick-prep snack and easily portable. And, apples in Fall, fresh from a local tree, are the best. Last year I bought 3 huge boxes of apples on killer sale and then processed them in different ways: Nanna’s Apple Pie, Slab Apple Pie, Crockpot Applesauce, […]

Falling for Fun 2010

Autumn is one of my most favorite times of year. I love the crisp weather, the hot bubbling soups and stews, the crunch of leaves under my feet. The turn of the season hearkens of good things to come, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and as my husband would add, football season. Fall is also full of […]