Spread the Word

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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When Christmas Isn’t So Merry

This past week my eyes are opened to the realization that for some people Christmas will not be so merry. For our family, we are grieving the loss of someone we loved very much. We spent several Christmases with my mother-in-law, and now, everywhere I turn something reminds me of her. A brightly colored sweater […]

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Milk, Beautiful Milk!

Thanks to all those who participated in the first Heritage Foods Organic Milk Giveaway. The winner from Round 1 is Heidi S from Carlsbad. Stremicks Heritage Foods will be sending you your milk coupons soon. Congratulations! But, if you didn’t win, never fear, there are four more weeks to win free organic milk. Last week […]

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Food and Clean Underwear

The new normal has been rather elusive this year. Survival is the name of my game these days. And, I think I’m okay with it. Food and clean underwear – if we’ve got those, we’re okay. But, I know from experience that if I don’t have a plan for food, we’ll be eating way too […]

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December 21st

Four days left. December 25th looms on the calendar. Are you ready? It seems that there’s this big, frantic deadline approaching. In years past, I’d be feeling anxious by now. I haven’t baked but one kind of cookie.I haven’t driven around looking at Christmas lights with the fam.I haven’t even addressed a single Christmas card. […]

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A Sugar-Free Christmas?

OK, I’m not advocating a completely sugar-free Christmas, but how about a Reduced-Sugar Christmas? This time of year can be filled with excess, and eating sweets is at the top of that list of things we excel at. While enjoyable, your sugar intake can lead to loss of appetite, mood swings, tooth decay – and […]

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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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