Apples and Maple Whipped Cream – An Easy and Healthier Dessert for Fall

One night last week when my kids asked for dessert, I came up empty handed. I really didn’t have a plan. But I knew we had lots of delicious farm-fresh apples, though. I could have made a caramel sauce, though I never have and suspected that it would bomb my first time out. But, I […]

Spiced Pumpkin Bread & Other Pumpkin Recipes (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

I had a little mad money in my pocket book the other day when I was strolling through Walmart. And I saw this, similar to this pumpkin pan on Amazon. And I said, okay. Yes, yes, I did. I know it’s a fairly frivolous purchase. But, I’m guessing I can transform a pumpkin pan into […]

Fall Decor on a Dime (Frugal Friday)

I am not strong in home decor. In fact, if it weren’t for FishPapa’s sense of style…. oy, I don’t even want to think about it. My friends have always been stunned that my husband cares about interior design, but as a project designer and builder, he’s got a great eye for what works. And […]

Quicker Minestrone – Favorite Fall Recipes (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

Feel a little chill in the air? See the harvest coming in? Ready to dust off the soup pot and get cooking? Autumn is a wonderful time to bring back tummy-warming, stick-to-your-ribs meals. When quizzed, FishPapa said that his most favorite fall recipe was Minestrone. (I knew he would say that.) Traditionally, my Minestrone bubbles […]

Making and Keeping Fall Traditions

Traditions are the things that we cling to when life bounces us around. Traditions are stability for our kids when their minds and their bodies are growing too fast for them — and us. Traditions are what we use to create beautiful memories with our families. Can we be deliberate in tradition building? I think […]

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 […]