A Sugar-Free Christmas?

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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Gramma Ruthie’s Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Topping and Rich Lemon Sauce

This cake-like dessert is one that my mother-in-law often made for us at the holiday time. It is simple and delicious. You will want to eat it all. It’s on my menu for next week. Gingerbread1 cup sugar1/4 t. salt1 t. ginger1/2 t. cinnamon1/2 t. cloves1 c. oil1 c. molasses2 t. baking soda1 c. boiling […]

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Kids in the Kitchen, Joy or No Joy?

My mother-in-law was a big fan of including the kids in kitchen activities. She was always braver than most when it came to giving them jobs. And she always had a great attitude about it. So, as I think of ways to honor her, I’m particularly pleased to have today’s guest post, written by Jenna […]

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Links of Love: Quick Food Gifts

I prepared this post yesterday before my world dramatically changed. I hesitated to post it. Yet, experiencing grief and realizing what a GIFT food is at a time like this, I thought I’d go ahead and post it. I hope that your recipients are not in dire need, but irregardless, whatever you make for whatever […]

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Treasure Each One

My mother in law passed away today after a long, hard battle with cancer. Today she is in Her Father’s arms. I know in my very bones that she is in a perfect place. There are no tears, no sorrow, no pain where she is. And, I do rejoice with her. She has gone home. […]

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When Do You Say When? Having Babies, Building Families (Part Four)

The conversation started here. A few months ago Libby wrote me and asked, Here is the thing: do you think that your family would have felt complete if you had only given birth to boys? I ask because I have three precious sons, hard won after years of infertility treatment. They are the center of […]

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Where We Love, I Mean, Live

BooMama is hosting her annual Christmas Tour of Homes So, I thought what better time to show off our new digs? I had grandiose visions of getting our new-to-us furniture perfectly arranged, pictures hung on the walls, floors sparkling. But, FishPapa had to work this weekend and so I flew solo. My house could tell […]

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Got Milk? A Very So Cal Giveaway

Update: Anyone can win! Check the store locator to see if you have a local store where you could redeem your coupons if you won. As a mom of four strapping young men, I buy a lot of milk. A lot. And while going completely organic is not yet within my budget’s reach, one area […]

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