• Girl and the Goat Brussels Sprouts

    Asian Brussels Sprouts Girl and the Goat Style

  • homemade red pepper hummus

    Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: an Easy Protein Packed Snack

  • French Apple Tart

    Tarte Aux Pommes

  • tuna tartare

    Homemade Tuna Tartare

  • Chocolate Mouelleux

    Just a Simple Little French Cake: Moelleux au Chocolat

  • strawberry yogurt cake

    Strawberry Yogurt Cake: Great for Breakfast or Afterschool Snacks

  • Chocolate Pudding

    Milk Chocolate Pudding

a Brownie Recipe to Bridge the Gap

a Brownie Recipe to Bridge the Gap

When too much time goes between blog posts, I feel it, as if my voice is the sad curl of gray smoke after a candle is snuffed out. I miss the certainty of hitting publish, of capturing a nice meal or committing a family moment to a special place in memory with a few carefully chosen words. I’ve beenContinue Reading

Roasted Chicken with Dried Fig Mustard Pan Sauce

Roasted Chicken with Dried Fig Mustard Pan Sauce

Oven roasted chicken is on repeat rotation on our weekly menu. I often start the week out with a pair of chickens roasted in the oven and use the leftovers for other dinners and lunches. Having leftover roasted chicken is the key to all these throw together meals: chicken enchiladas, sun dried tomato chicken pastaContinue Reading

Every Voice Counts: Making Today a Learning Day

Every Voice Counts: Making Today a Learning Day

I cried in front of my children this morning. One by one they came to me with questions about Trump’s victory, and as I answered them, I let my tears flow. This is a hard day, a scary day, but it is also a learning day. “Mom,” said Sophie, “I’m mad that we voted forContinue Reading

Turkey Sheperds Pie

Turkey Sheperds Pie

What comfort foods did you grow up with? On busy uninspired night, my mom would turn to mashed potatoes and ground beef and that combination still makes me just as happy as it did when I was a little girl with bangs in round blue glasses. But for the longest time, my kids were completelyContinue Reading

Fall Favorite: Pot Roast in the Instapot or Slow Cooker

Fall Favorite: Pot Roast in the Instapot or Slow Cooker

As the leaves start falling, slow cooked meats start to sound appealing again. I want flavors that have melded together all day and meat that falls apart in my mouth. Slow cooked pot roast is top on my list, probably because it’s so pretty with its jewel colored carrots, soft chunks of potatoes, and tenderContinue Reading

Last Minute Pulled Pork and my New Insta-Pot Love

Last Minute Pulled Pork and my New Insta-Pot Love

It seemed like the Instapot, or Instant Pot was everywhere overnight. Out of nowhere, about a year ago, my Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram feeds were filled with raving mentions about this new pressure cooker. When it went on sale for $74 on Prime Day, I took the plunge. The Insta-Pot 7 in 1 is currently aboutContinue Reading

Stuffed Shells, New Beginnings, and a Tablefull of Happy Kids

Stuffed Shells, New Beginnings, and a Tablefull of Happy Kids

I’m a big believer in the energy of new beginnings, but these last few weeks, as back to school neared, I was having serious trouble mustering up enthusiasm for dinner. Blah. Blah. Blah. I just couldn’t muster up the energy to make the same old dinners, all over again. So, I did the unthinkable: IContinue Reading

Dude Ranch Vacation Low Down: Nine Quarter Circle Ranch

Dude Ranch Vacation Low Down: Nine Quarter Circle Ranch

Dude ranches are now called guest ranches, but the concept remains the same. Log cabins. Horseback riding. Fishing. Group meals. All in the midst of a mind-blowing beautiful setting. I’m not quite sure what possessed me to throw out the concept of a dude ranch vacation out to my family last fall. I’m even lessContinue Reading

Summer Reading Favorites

Part of what has made this summer so relaxing and enjoyable has been the books on my nightstand. Most are not new releases, but their pages are dog eared, filled with sand from Michigan beaches and splashes of water from the pool, all signs of great reads. Here’s my summer greatest hits so far, shouldContinue Reading

Canned Honeyed Apricots

Canned Honeyed Apricots

In the middle of a heat wave, canning is the last thing I want to do. The pool beckons, preferably with an iced coffee and a good book. But with so much great fruit around, it would be a crime to not try and save some for those long winter days. So in the darkContinue Reading

Defining Winning in Kids’ Sports

Defining Winning in Kids’ Sports

My daughter got cut from her first team this week. She’s 9 years old. We’d been waiting for weeks for the email to come out with the summer softball travel team information. We knew there was a good chance she wouldn’t make it – the team combines 9 and 10 year olds – but sheContinue Reading

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s a war going on in our house, a delicious, brown sugar-loaded, cookie jar filling, chocolate chip cookie war. Since Jack and his friends came up with the macho tween boy greatest chocolate chip cookie recipe, Steve has gotten in the game as well, and everyone is declaring themselves the winner. As the only foodContinue Reading

Consider the Bunny: Not as a Meal but as a Pet

Consider the Bunny: Not as a Meal but as a Pet

With four kids and an insatiable love of travel, I have never felt the need for a pet. My kids have begged, and begged and begged my deaf ears for a dog ever since they could talk, with zero success. They’ve written essays, put together pinterest boards, written poems, and cried, a few times. My answerContinue Reading

Be Still: a Lesson in Body Acceptance

Be Still: a Lesson in Body Acceptance

“Be still,” she tells me, putting her hands upon my cheeks. Her fingers, no longer so pudgy, look like a child’s, and her nails need trimming. Staring deep into my eyes, cherry lips pursed in concentration, she studies me. “What are these lines, mommy, between your eyebrows?” “What is this brown spot on your cheek?” “WhyContinue Reading

Broccoli Cheddar Croquettes and Embracing Those Facebook Cooking Videos

Broccoli Cheddar Croquettes and Embracing Those Facebook Cooking Videos

When I’m puffing out my chest, after a glass of riesling, I like to call myself an online pioneer, blogging before it became a verb. My blog was my creative space as I navigated the diaper years. It was an elite, exciting world, with great invites, and intelligent discourse. Today, the online world is filled with lists, cute cat videos, andContinue Reading

Steamboat vs. Keystone – Comparing Two Kids Ski Free Resorts

Steamboat vs. Keystone – Comparing Two Kids Ski Free Resorts

Skiing is a sport where the costs can rack up… fast. This is especially true when you have four kids in tow. Lift tickets alone are often $125/day per child. That’s $600… before even putting on a ski! Then there’s lunches, ski rentals, and lodging. For the last five years, we’ve been taking the skis skiingContinue Reading

Easing the Downton Abbey Withdrawal

What was it about Downton Abbey that made it such a delicious escape? For me, it was more about the cooking of Mrs. Patmore than the fashion of Lady Mary and Lady Edith. I could have watched that cheerful lady churn out puff pastries all day long. All that work, done with just her andContinue Reading

Chocolate Chip Cookies by Macho Tweens

Chocolate Chip Cookies by Macho Tweens

Boys are a mystery. I’ve blogged before about the mystery of boys. Having grown up without brothers, the surprises of having a son confound me more every year. Sixth grade, my son’s second year of middle school, has been no exception. This year girls have jumped into the social scene, mostly online, but also occasionally in person. TheContinue Reading

All Day Bolognese: a Traditional Sauce to Bring Back Tuscany

All Day Bolognese: a Traditional Sauce to Bring Back Tuscany

People get upset when you mess with tradition, especially when it’s a beloved food tradition. I have a spaghetti meat sauce that my family adores. I throw it together regularly in the slow cooker. It’s the type of recipe I make by rote, with my eyes half-closed. It bores me to tears, but my husbandContinue Reading

a Long Weekend in Panama

a Long Weekend in Panama

Steve and I recently spent a blissful three days in Panama, kid-free and activity packed. Being transported to a tropical land with 92 degree weather in February has a heavy dream like quality. During our three days in Panama, I couldn’t shake the feeling that everything was a delightful dream, and that any minute aContinue Reading