some things I wanted to tell you before I go

Every time I try to type the word "blog" today it comes out "glob," which makes me giggle. That I suddenly keep mistyping the word is somehow fitting for what I want to tell you today, which is that I am no longer going to write posts here. Now that I'm writing this post, I realize you probably already saw this day coming ....more

{six}

Vivi is six! My mom came up to celebrate her birthday with us. Vivi is particularly fun to celebrate a birthday with because of how much she loves the event ....more

{14/52 & 15/52}: mulligatawny

{14/52}: bike trailer season! {15/52}: sisterly love The weather lately is wicked crazy. It can't decide whether it wants to be warm, cold, windy (correction: it is always windy), or raining ....more

chicken bog {& a list of freezable meals!}

I sat down here to write an update on the Ranger household. But rather than jot those deets, I veered off the path to share another recipe for comforting chicken stew (that makes two in a row).Because sometimes your pal Jenny--a wonderful friend and beautiful person inside and out--asks you for easy, freezable meal ideas in anticipation of her first bundle of joy, and you must answer the call. So I hope you'll forgive me for sharing this recipe instead of an update today, and I believe you will once you've learned how easy and delicious it is.My uncle that I was telling you about the other day--Uncle Ronnie of the sorghum syrup--is a wealth of information about recipes from the old south ....more

{12/52 & 13/52}: chicken 'n' dumplings

One thing you should know about me is that I love chicken 'n' dumplings. {12/52}: sickies And I knew it was time to make a batch when the girls spent a day looking like they do in the picture above. They had a nasty cold all week ....more

the salad and the cone

This picture alone is kinda funny, but if you click it, it takes you to an even funnier cartoon of a drunk wife's joke. Because everyone's experience of marriage is different, I usually find it unnecessary to compare marriage notes. Except of course when it comes to purchases of socks and underwear ....more

an olive branch: {brown bread with sorghum butter}

This winter weather and all its polar vortexes (vorti?) have been the great equalizer among inhabitants of New England. I'll explain how and share a recipe for brown bread with you, but first I need to tell you about a recent eureka moment. **** In discovering more about the writing craft, I've been learning types of stock characters ....more

the family breakfast project

When the folks at the Family Dinner Project approached me to try out their new breakfast partnership with Cheerios, the Family Breakfast Project, my first thought was: I don't have enough time to add anything to our breakfast routine.At that time, we had recently made a big transition. We gave up our relaxed, cartoon-watching non-routine of summer for a fast-paced, challenging, drill-sergeant school routine. It was our first time sending a child to kindergarten, and the start-time switch from 9am to 8am was painful for all of us.I felt pressed to get everything done in the morning ....more

sorghum syrup: history, health benefits, & use

The History, Health Benefits, & Uses of Sorghum SyrupHave you ever heard of sorghum syrup, also known as sweet...more

3 uses for citrus peel {that you can start doing now}

Long lists intimidate me. I'm skeptical of their fancy promises. 101 places you can hide your elf on the shelf! ...more