Archives for June 2010

How to make an Emergency Binder

Image from Nancy Wombat on flickr I take care of the online banking and bill paying for our family and have a multitude of passwords and website addresses stored in my head.  My husband has lamented the fact that if something happened to me he wouldn’t know how to access a lot of our information. […]

The past few days…

…have found me curled up in a ball on the couch with body aches and a fever above 104.  It’s been a rough few days, but I think the sickness is almost done with me.  I tell you, being sick with a baby in the house is just plain hard!  I’m grateful she isn’t crawling […]

The Power of a Focused Mother

Image from steelab at stock.xchng A focused mother is a powerful mother. Just think of a mother lion and the lengths she will go to protect her cubs. Scary and strong, she will fight to the death. Human mothers are just as fierce. The love a mother has for her child, when harnessed and focused, […]

Balsamic Dressing with Thyme

My garden is not very plentiful this year.  A move and a new baby left me with few spare moments for planting!  But I did manage to get a few things in the ground: lettuce, tomatoes, thyme, oregano, parsley, spinach, peas, and zucchini.  Not much of each, but enough to provide some fresh additions to […]

Eating with Control – 10 Tips

Food – it’s everywhere! We use it to celebrate, mourn, and appease boredom.    Some of us are mindless eaters, not realizing how much actually consume.  Others choose to overindulge because it feels good (at the time).  Most of us are probably a combination of the two.  Sadly, a lot of us eat to fill a […]

My daughter is growing up!

My oldest daughter, known here as SugarBean, is growing up!  She will be nine next month.  I can hardly believe it! In the past few months I have seen so many things click with her.  The two that stand out the most: she has taken off with reading and is gaining confidence to try new […]

Shaker Cake – A Kid’s Tutorial

This post is the first in a a series of kid’s cooking tutorials brought to you by my daughter, known as SugarBean (with help from Mom). Today we will be making a Shaker cake.  It is called a Shaker cake because you put all of the ingredients into a jar and shake them up! This […]

What this blog is not

Sometimes I read blogs and think that other people have everything figured out.  I know they don’t (no one really does), but it can cause me to wonder why I am not quite as “with it” as these other mothers. I don’t want any reader here to ever feel looked down on.  It is my […]

Healthy Body = Happier Home

I’ve been procrastinating this post, so I’m setting a timer for 30 minutes and getting on with it! We each have a body (“duh!” you say).  Our bodies need a few basic things in order to function well: good food, exercise, and rest. Fresh air and effectively dealing with stress are also important factors. It […]

Snacks and more Snacks!

This last week in the kitchen has been all about snacks! I purchased the Healthy Snacks to Go e-book (by Katie Kimball from and decided to cook my way through it.  I usually do that with new cookbooks. I am not very disciplined when it comes to taking my time, so we have had […]