Here is the second week of my four part series: Save Money, Eat Better.  I have challenged myself to rid our family completely of High Fructose Corn Syrup and maintain a monthly budget of 100 dollars each week.  Last week, I posted my menu and had high hopes that I would stay on budget.  Ahem... I did not.  I went over by 20 dollars.  Well, in all honesty, I did not count the dollar amounts.  I pretty much shopped the same as usual and paid the same amount.  So, I guess that is no surprise.  This week, I am starting new....more

What would you do?

Today I had off.  It was a lucky surprise and a gorgeous day.  Naturally, Kale and I headed straight to our local park....more

A Clensing Meal

Last weekend I went to Alabama for a friend's wedding. As a southern girl, I love me some good home-cooking and barbecue. Unfortunately, we were only in Tuscaloosa for two days and I had one day to eat the local cuisine. SO, on Friday I had ribs and sausage for lunch with banana pudding for dessert, then at the rehearsal dinner had fried pickles and artichoke dip for an appetizer, then fried catfish, hushpuppies and squash casserole for dinner with bread pudding for dessert. Oh man... When you read that, please dont judge me as a glutton....more

Save Money, Eat Better

Frozen Yogurt Grape Bite...more

Spring Break Painting

I have been thanking my lucky stars this week because it is SPRING BREAK.  This means that we are all off!   We have been playing at the park, riding our bikes, and running around like crazy.  I can't believe that it is already Wednesday.  These free days go way too fast. And today, unfortunately, Kale is sick.  So today we stayed home.  Poor little guy slept all day....more

Mamma's Cobbler

Today was 51 degrees and rainy - and its April 5. I know I should accept that fact that the Pacific Northwest has cold and rainy springs, but I did it anyway. I checked the weather at my parent's house in San Angelo, TX - 80 degrees and sunny. Sigh. ...more

It's Officially Here.

Spring, I mean.  The beginning of new possibilities, new adventures, and for us: a new HOUSE.  Yes, we are moving out of our tiny little house and gaining space (and bathrooms).  I know, I wanted to tell you, but now that it is official - there you go.  May 1st is the date.  Yes, more to come on that.  For now, it is Spring Break.  We have loads of things planned but mostly they have to do with organizing, packing, and preparing for our new house.  Kaya and Kale have been busy making posters for their new (and separate) rooms....more

Meat Pies


Open-Faced Meatball Subs

Taco Salad in a Jar