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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 […]

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 […]

Magic Monkey Bananas: Evidence That I Can Be a Yes-Mom

Even though I try to plan all sorts of fun family activities, the truth is that I often tell my kids, “No.” There are only so many hours in my day. And, truth be told, dishes and laundry often pre-empt the fun stuff. I’m trying to grow in this area and redeem the days. These days of little ones will be gone before I know it, and I’m so often distracted by the busy-ness of life. So, I’m so excited to share this story with you.

White Chocolate Walnut Cookies (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Flour)

This week over at Good Cheap Eats, we’re talking about ways to Build a Frugal Pantry. Each week will feature a different ingredient, including storage suggestions, price points to watch for, a collection of recipes, and a wealth of guest posts. And each week over here we’ll share recipes that use that ingredient. This week’s […]

How to Make S’mores Indoors

You can make s’mores in rain or shine with this easy recipe. It’s so quick, you’ll have chocolate on your face in about five minutes. Today was a cool rainy day – a perfect day for something hot and chocolatey. FishChick was sitting at the table at lunch, looking at the box of graham crackers. […]

Heart Shaped Brownies (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Valentine’s Day)

I have fond memories of Valentine’s Day as a child. My mother, whose “love language” is most definitely gifts and words of encouragement, always had a little something special for us to open. Recently, I came across a box full of gold heart charms, a collection that she began for me many years ago. What […]

Chocolate-Almond Biscotti: FishPapa’s Favorite Cookie

My husband loves these Chocolate-Almond Biscotti. Perfect at Christmas! Perfect anytime you’ve got a cup of coffee handy.

Slab Apple Pie – Perfect for Fall, Perfect for Freezing

This easy to prepare slab apple pie takes just minutes. It’s delicious and simple, and a huge hit for fall. Apple pie is probably one of my favorite foods ever. My Gramma John used to make it when she’d come to visit, but it was one of my mom’s specialties as well. Making it is […]