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 […]

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, […]

A Very Dora Birthday Cake

FishBaby turned two last week. Can you believe it?! She was born just a few months after LifeasMOM: The Blog and so many of you have known her even before she was born. This little girl is a hoot, that is for sure. She looks a lot like her grandmother who passed away when she […]

Red, White & Blue Scones (Ultimate Recipe Swap: 4th of July)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

I’m not sure if it’s the school teacher genes in my DNA or what, but I get kinda giddy about color coding. Primary colors make me smile. I’ve even owned a snowman-embroidered cardigan in my time. And planning food to match a holiday? I’m all over that. How can you celebrate the Fourth of July […]

Streusel Topping (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Nuts & Seeds)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

This is the last week of the Build a Frugal Pantry series over at Good Cheap Eats. It has been such a great exercise in examining what can make a pantry explode with possibilities, even on a small budget. If you haven’t already, pop over and check out all the great guest posts and new […]

Graduation Cupcakes: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Meet my little brother. I was 13, almost 14 years old when he was born, so in some ways I feel like he was my first kid. People did mistake him for mine. But, no, he’s just my bro.

Jace is a great guy: loves God, loves the outdoors, loves my kids. (And, yes, he’s single.)

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: “We Love MOM” Cupcakes

You know how much I love cute cakes. I’m not a fancy cake maker. I’ve never taken a class, nor do I know how to use a pastry bag — at least not well. But, I love to make festive cakes. Here’s a super easy one, perfect for Mother’s Day 1. Bake your favorite cupcakes, […]

Chocolate Butterhorns – Perfect for Freezing, Perfect for Anytime

So, my friend Crystal has this Butterhorn Recipe that is a great make-ahead recipe. The rolls freeze, thaw, rise, and bake deliciously. I made them during last month’s freezer cooking, and our family has enjoyed them immensely. If you make them just as Crystal directs, you will be quite pleased.

However, since I am a little bit lazy scared of my Kitchenaid Mixer AND a little bit of a sweet tooth, I decided to tweak the recipe a little bit. I adapted the dough recipe to fit a standard bread machine AND I added chocolate to the finished product.