Oct
30

Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Halloween pranksters smashed the pumpkins our 6-year-old daughter Ava planned to use in a Fresh Pumpkin Pie. (Our pumpkin saga unfolds here.) There is a silver lining to the story. We chose a fibrous jack-o-lantern pumpkin […]

Oct
25

Sea Salt and Rosemary Pumpkin Seeds

We took our family on a Pumpkin Train Ride to celebrate our daughter Ava’s 6th birthday and a beautiful northern autumn. The  train travels along the North Shore of Lake Superior to a secret pumpkin patch. […]

Oct
23

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

I don’t remember the first time I saw the snow fall. I do remember sitting in Algebra Class when the snow began to fall  Halloween 1991. By the end of the storm, a record 36.9 inches of […]

Jul
25

Minnesota Welcome Cake

My husband and I recently relocated our family from Southwest Florida to Northern Minnesota. We traded life along the Gulf Coast for life along The North Shore. We took our time road tripping across the […]

Jul
22

Minnesota Potato Salad

July is a pretty time of year in Northern Minnesota. One of the beautiful aspects of a northern summer is the abundance of flowers in bloom. They nestle in pots, spill out of hanging baskets, […]

Jun
26

Packing with Kids

While in the process of becoming parents, my husband and I tried unsuccessfully to move from Southwest Florida to my home town in Northern Minnesota. Fast forward 6 years and 3 daughters later and we […]

May
20

Homemade Teacher Gifts

Despite my best efforts my children have become a little self-involved and a tad bit greedy of late. I’m hoping it is just a faze. To make sure that’s all it is, we are working […]

May
9

Walk with the Fairies

When you are a parent, you are always “on.” It’s best not to relax, or tune out, even for a moment. You just never know when that tiny breath of time is going be what […]

Apr
24

A Matter of Politeness

“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date […]