TGIF: Read!

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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The Long Defeat

This past week, my husband was gone for a few days. The house didn’t burn down. I made zero trips to the ER. I never had to call poison control. And I lived to tell about it. And I am glad he’s home. As I went to bed the night before his return, however, I […]

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Frugal Cooking: Bread Busts The Budget

If you haven’t noticed, bread is expensive. Especially if you want to feed your family whole grains. This past winter I fell into the habit of buying really yummy, gourmet breads at Costco. Everything from bagels, baguettes, English muffins, delicious San Francisco style sourdough (just like back home) and regular whole grain sandwich bread. Well, […]

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Summertime Memories

When I was a young girl growing up in Southern California, we rarely spent the summer at home. Since my dad was a schoolteacher, he had all summer off. So, he and Mom loaded up our VW Bus (remember those?) with five kids and the makings of many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and headed […]

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Aunt Peg’s Scotcharoo Bars

In honor of carefree summers, here’s Aunt Peg’s recipe for Scotcharoo Bars. May your next three months be filled with many a pan of them: Scotcharoo Bars1 cup sugar1 cup light corn syrup1 cup smooth peanut butter6 cups Rice Krispies cereal1 cup chocolate chips1 cup butterscotch chips In large, heavy pot, cook sugar and corn […]

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Emergency Preparedness

Here in Middle America, the last few months have been peppered with bouts of “severe weather” which translated means “possibility of tornados.” Even after four years in Kansas City, it’s still a new experience for this California girl. I don’t freak out when I hear the sirens, but there is a little sense of uneasiness. […]

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School Daze Help: Tapestry of Grace

Although my educational background includes a teaching credential and a Master’s degree, my husband and I decided years ago that we wanted to teach our children at home. After teaching high school for a couple years, I came home to care for my baby full time. And prepare for a journey of a lifetime. What […]

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Links of Love: Keeping Your Cool

Whether it’s the summer sun or the heat rising in family situations, here are some links to help you keep your cool. Let me know what works for you! Also, if you’ve got a great link — on any topic, send it my way for future Links of Love. Summer Cooking Tips: Cool Off in […]

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