Weekend Trip: An Eating Tour of Santa Barbara

Unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. But, it’s worth trying. Because nobody wants a crabby mom. Join me while I try to navigate these choppy waters and keep smiling. Subscribe to my RSS feed […]

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This Week on URS

Loving the collections of recipes that we’re creating on Thursdays! If you haven’t already, check out the Meatless Main Dishes that readers submitted last week. My sister submitted one of our very favorites: Pasilla Enchiladas. This is the one dish that FishPapa and I divide “even Steven” to make sure no one hogs them all. […]

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Giveaway Winners Galore!

Last week was full of some fantastic giveaways. If you haven’t already, pop over to the giveaway page and check to see if you won. Winners’ names are posted at the top of each giveaway post. If I haven’t emailed you already, please drop me a note, including your mailing address so that I can […]

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Ride ‘Em, Cow Girl!

Grampa and Grammy have horses. And saddles. And cowboy hats. Needless to say, the kids had a blast, decking themselves out in western gear, riding the saddle, and even talking with a twang. “Ma, when are Pa and Grampa gonna git back here with the grub?” These people crack me up. How have your peeps […]

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Bunches of Yum

Our family loves to snack on fresh fruit. And having it easily available is one way that I can increase my chances of getting 8 servings a day into each child. Grapes are a favorite fruit, and they seem to go on sale quite frequently. (

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

This week, once I get the car unloaded and the laundry washed, the kids and I are going out back to take dominion of the flower beds currently overrun with weeds. It’s our hope to get some tomatoes and basil planted as well as a few other herbs and veggies. If you’re thinking of doing […]

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Weekend Trip: The Tour of Missions

Last time we saw Grammy and Grampa, we visited the King of the Missions, San Luis Rey. This past weekend we visited another of the California Missions, La Purisima. While San Luis Rey is located within a large city, La Purisima is in the boondocks. Walking the fully restored grounds gave us a more realistic […]

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What’s Cookin’ This Week

If you read my little story the other day, you know that I cheated a little on my Eat-From-the-Pantry Challenge. Just for the record, I did NOT go over budget. On the contrary, midway through the month, I challenged myself not to do major shopping, but to allow myself milk and produce while we used […]

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