Charmian Solter

Wife, Mom of 2 active boys, jumbo lab and cat. Mischief-maker, Graduate Student in New Media and Internet Marketing. Novice Chef, California girl living in Texas. I write about kids, k-9s and coffee! www.pipperloodge.com

My Friend Coffee

I stand in front of my coffee pot this morning willing her to work .  Come on ‘ole gal, have you got one more in ya? She has been on the fritz lately. I woke up to find her over-working again. Trying to brew pots of coffee in her sleep, much like an aged mother on auto-pilot, rising, pulling out the peanut butter and jelly for her children’s lunches, slowly realizing they have long since grown and left the house....more

Watermelon Sorbet

Watermelon Sorbet(adapted from A Sweet Pea Chef)This is a great recipe for little helping hands in the kitchen.Ingredients:1¼ cup sugar1¼ water6-7 cups fresh seedless watermelon chunks. This would be 2 small, personal seedless watermelons, or one large one. (I just enjoy saying personal watermelon!)3 tbsp. fresh lime juice. This is about three small limes. (Have your kids do the squeezing!)Directions:...more

The Magnificent Quarry Splash Pad

Pipper's Pick for the week of June 22, 2012 would have to be the Quarry Splash Pad located at: 3005 C.R. 175 just north of FM 1431 Leander, TX.  This splash pad is unlike anything we had in San Diego....more

Cantaloupe "White" Sangria

Cantaloupe "White" SangriaIt is summer and the weather is hot. This refreshing, sparkling, cool beverage is great for a pool party or just sitting on the porch with friends.Ingredients:4 cups diced (1/4 inch) ripe cantaloupe...more

Web Analytics-Calling for a Change in Mind-set

It's only my first day of class and I already got my butt kicked! After additional formatting changes to Pipper Loodge and bracing myself for yet another night of bedtime shenanigans, it was 9:45PM before I logged into class for the first day....more

Pipper's Pick of the Week

This week I went looking for a traditional workbook for my 6 year old son. He is very resistant to schoolwork in general....more

Blogging Fears

Feel the fear and do it anyway! What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail and all that jazz!...more