Sunday, September 1, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Traditions

Our neighborhood does a breakfast at the bus stop every year for all the elementary kids. I'm only only a little sad
that next year will be the last one...ever.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

This girl is 9!

Ella had a great day. A few friends spent the night. She got a few awesome presents and a rainy day at Wet-N-Wild. Add orange chicken & Yogurtland to that and you have an amazing birthday!
She's my favorite 9 year old on the planet!!! And the brightest star I've ever known! I love my Little Dipper!


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Dress-up

She doesn't want to get out of her dress today.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

well... well... well...

Well, It's been a LONG time.  A new record of time that I haven't blogged.  With Instagram and Vine and Facebook.  Blogging just isn't what it used to be.  But I still love it.  I've forgotten what good therapy it is.
So, I'm back.  I'd like to commit myself here but, to forgo any pressure, I'll say I would love to pick up this fine habit once again and become a regular blogger again.
My mom

Father

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tomie Depaola

All day I've been thinking about a stellar moment in my youth.  While living in the small town of Holt, Michigan at the age of 6 or 7, I became an avid fan of Tomie dePaola.  If he wrote it, then I read it.  I had built a fort under my little sisters crib where I would read for hours.
I moved around quite frequently as a child and was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time during my 1st grade school year.  Being in the right place at the right time doesn't happen very often for me.  This was huge.
The lovely Mr. dePaola was scheduled for a author visit to the school I was attending.  I remember, although vaguely, that someone in the school would have the chance to recite a poem to him and sit in the circle right in front of him while he talked with each grade, and that the appearance would be locally televised as well.
Luck was with me and I was the kid who recited the Fuzzy Wuzzy poem for TV and got to sit front and center with my favorite author.
I still adore Tomie dePaola and he helped fuel my fire for reading and writing.
I now have huge "lit" crushes on other authors but my visit with Tomie dePaola keeps him at the top of my list of favorite authors.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Project Runway Christmas Style

For spirit day the kids at Ella's school were asked to dress like a present.  So Ella got up bright and early for her runway fitting and looked like a present right out of the North Pole.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Moms love pictures.

Happy Birthday Mom.
It's been 10 years since our last family photo so here it is:
I think this explains a lot.



Friday, November 23, 2012

Baked Kale Chips

My sister came to visit and shared her new favorite snack with us: baked kale chips.  These things were gone in a flash.  They are a superfood, loaded with Vitamin A and K, and a great way to pump yourself back up after gorging on Thanksgiving dinner.









 Wash kale and tear into bite size pieces.
If you don't have a spritzer, which works best, pour a tablespoon or less onto the leaves in a large bowl.
Sprinkle with a little salt, but not too much.  It shrinks to nearly half the size.
Bake in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes and then toss and bake for a few more minutes until dark green and dry looking.

We covered the pans in foil because I'd been baking all day and was tired of dishes.  They will crumble easily.  Pop the whole piece into your mouth and enjoy.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Spiced Wassail and Rutabaga


I mentioned earlier that I love Wassil.  My english teacher in high school first shared it with me and then a good friend in Las Vegas reminded me how delicious it is.  I've tweaked her recipe a little and here is what I ended up with.  

Spiced Wassail

1 Orange sliced
2 quarts Apple Cider
14 ounces Sprite
2 cups Orange Juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
5 whole cloves
1/4 t. nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/4 t. allspice

Bring to boil. Serve warm.  Enjoy.



Another favorite is Rutabaga.  It is so yummy.  It's prepared the same as mashed potatoes.  Peel, cube, boil, mash, add butter and season.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Isolation by Dan Wells

ISOLATION by Dan Wells.  I loved this short story prequel to Partials. I know I am "PARTIAL" to this series because the main character in Isolation and I share the same birthday. And, despite my brain crush on the author, I enjoy any book with futuristic war, espionage, and the ultimate decision of life verses death.  Bonus points for being a clean read too.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Fugitive. The Game. The Party.

What do you do when you have 7 close friends who all have a birthday within in a month of each other?  You throw a huge party for all of them at once.  This year we celebrated by playing Fugitive.  If you have not played this with teenagers, get out there and try it.  They will love it and so will you. 

FUGITIVE

We played in 4-wheel drive vehicles but it is usually better if you can round up a few quads.  Spotlights are a necessity.  It's important that the kids know their way around town.  You don't want them to get lost.  We always have at least one cell phone in each team.


  1. Divide up into groups of 4 or more.
  2. Have a designated ending place. 
  3. Give the teams a five to ten minute head start.
  4. Start the hunt for the Fugitives.
  5. Any teams that are spot are disqualified from winning and can get in the vehicle or keep walking.
  6. The first team without being caught to the finish line is the winner.



The girls ended the night with glow stick fights.  It was a WIN.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Menu



It can't be Thanksgiving without these favorites.  Today I will be enjoying the first of two Thanksgiving dinners.  A family favorite is the rutabaga.  If you haven't tried it, it is definitely an acquired taste food.  Similar to mashed potatoes, we peel boil and mash it to a thicker, chunkier consistensy than it's cousin the potato.   I grew up with this instead of the common sweet potato and marshmallow casserole.  I prefer my sweet potatoes cut into cubes and roasted anyway.

*Photo by Jordan Goodrich.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Pomegranate Festival



With pomegranate being a superfood the popularity has skyrocketed.  I've discovered that newcomers to the fruit have an incredibly hard time getting the seeds out.  At a recent Pomegranate Festival, Sara gave demonstrations to show people the easiest way to get to the good stuff.

     How to de-seed a pomegranate.

  1. Slice the pomegranate in half across the center or equator. 
  2. Place it seed side down on your hand over a bowl
  3. Whack it with a spoon until it's all clean. -Sara used an ice cream scoop because it's heavy and solid.
  4. You may need to pick a few of the stubborn seeds out but very little.
  5. Enjoy!

You may notice that Sara is wearing gloves and an apron.  It's a good idea because they splash and stain.



Thursday, November 8, 2012

1st day of school

 Ella was so happy and excited to go to school that she woke up in time to see Tanner and Sara off.





Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fun with chalk

 Find a cute girl.
 Grab some chalk and draw some random pictures on some concrete.
Snap a few fun photos and have a very happy cute girl.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

In case you missed it...Ella turned 8



Ella turned 8.  It was a huge deal at our house.  She was counting down the days until the world revolved around her.





 We set up a photo booth for Ella and her friends.
 Skotlyn, Ella, Averee, Chloe and Paige
 Grandpa by the Beach and Karin
 Grandpa Vern and Grandma Patsy
 Ella and Skotlyn :}
Rylee and a very tall Kaleigh.