GF Oatmeal Raisin PB Chocolate Chippers

The folks at Peanut Butter + Co. contacted me to see if I'd like to try some of their peanut butter spreads after I posted my birthday Cookie Dough Stuffed Cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. Boy would I ever, I wrote them ....more

Back-To-School Shopping

School starts on Tuesday for Stephen. Ada begins preschool 2 mornings a week mid-month. Everywhere I look, I see brightly colored backpacks, 3-ring binders, and lots of tiny kids shopping for fall clothes ....more

Gluten-Free Sweet Pumpkin Bread

Here we go with the pumpkin! Expect a lot of it from me (and everyone else) for the next several months! I couldn't resist picking up a can of my favorite orange puree the last time I visited the store ....more

Child-Led Potty Training Tips

So many transitions are happening over here right now. In the last month, Ada transitioned to being daytime potty trained and she's staying pretty dry during naps and nights, too ....more

Homesteading: Cleaning With Vinegar

I just stocked up on yet another gigantic container of incredibly inexpensive, non-toxic white vinegar. We use vinegar mostly for cooking and cleaning purposes in our home. It's a simple solution made up of mostly acetic acid (produced by fermented grain) and water ....more

Rustic Creamy Tomato Soup

Is your garden bursting with tomatoes? Ours sure is. We actually didn't plant anything this year because we were moving during the prime preparation season ....more

How I Killed Our Cloth Diapers

A reader pointed out that I never posted about our cloth diaper disaster. I apologize to those of you who were waiting on this post. I got wrapped up in potty training (which is done! ...more

Early Autumn

I'll warn you now, I get grossly gushy about autumn starting, well, now. You can't blame me much. It's quite easy to love a season with cool weather, colorful foliage, farms bursting with fresh produce, and lots of delicious seasonal eats ....more

DIY + Natural Lotion Cubes

When I was a teenager, I was absolutely obsessed with lotions and sprays from Bath + Body Works. I'd cover myself head to toe in all their smelliest concoctions even if my legs burned from the lotion after shaving. As I've gotten older, I've decided against all the chemicals in those types of products and -- instead -- skipped lotion in my routine.My friend shared her homemade lotion recipe with me several months ago ....more

Powerful DIY Laundry Detergent

I've tried lots of DIY laundry detergent recipes. Some of them have worked. Some of them haven't ....more