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

apples and cream

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 […]

Favorite Spiced Pumpkin Bread Recipe


Full of rich spices and the hearty sweetness of pumpkin, this Spiced Pumpkin Bread is one of my favorites to make during the fall and winter.  I suppose everyone has a favorite pumpkin bread recipe, right? If you don’t, you need to try this one. Lately my feed has been exploding with Pumpkin Chocolate. While […]

Fall Decor on a Dime

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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)


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

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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

sunflower and mums cupcakes

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

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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

Fall boy in pumpkin patch

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 […]