The Rosie Project, Going Clear, and The Three Billy Goats Fluff

My little bookworm has fallen in love with The Three Billy Goats Fluff by Rachael Mortimer. We've been reading this colorfully illustrated tale of fluffy goats and a grumpy troll since she was a baby, but in recent weeks my love has taken over the telling of this story with gusto. At any given time, … Continue reading The Rosie Project, Going Clear, and The Three Billy Goats Fluff

Love, tantrums, and the grocery store

My little love is busy honing her sense of comedic timing. As she was eating a snack at the table this afternoon, I let her know that I was running out to the garage to take the trash out. Right as I was opening the door, she ever so casually calls out, "You go girl." I … Continue reading Love, tantrums, and the grocery store

Critters and Omnivores

In my pre-baby life, I could devour a book in a matter of days.  I had the luxury of staying up all night, lost in whatever story I was reading.  There weren't meals to prepare or guilt ridden piles of laundry waiting to be done.  Reading was easy. Giggle fits, hugs, endless questions, and frequent costume changes now … Continue reading Critters and Omnivores

Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes

My little love and I recently joined a gym.  Mentally, this was a difficult step.  I've never been a gym person, mainly because I love running outdoors and find gyms to be slightly intimidating.  There are weird noises, rows of machines that I have no idea how to use, and lots of spandex. Shin splints forced my hand however, and … Continue reading Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes

Why Mommy Why? Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Crispy Tofu

"Why" is the word of the day around here.  My love muffin's questions are sweet and thoughtful, with her reasoning skills and contextual connections often surprising me.  In an effort to take advantage of these teachable moments, I try to come up with clear and detailed answers.  That's when the why questions begin.  On repeat. … Continue reading Why Mommy Why? Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Crispy Tofu

Prayers, Giggles and Nutty Vegetable Noodles

Vacation Bible School is upon us.  While I'm running around with twelve two-year olds, my sweet love is having a blast in the three-year old class.  It's an energetic week filled with singing, dancing, crafts, bible stories and neon t-shirts, and we are loving every minute of it. Teaching two-year olds at VBS, after wrapping … Continue reading Prayers, Giggles and Nutty Vegetable Noodles

Lentil Salad for a Hungry Caterpillar

My little love had the tantrum of her nearly three-year old life recently.  The setting was Barnes and Nobles.  I don't know what I was thinking.  Rows of colorful books and toys, all within grabbing distance.  The caffeine infused air.  Oh, and the Eric Carle display complete with Hungry Caterpillar cookies.  We've always loved Eric … Continue reading Lentil Salad for a Hungry Caterpillar

A Flower To Love: Artichoke and Leek Soup

Flowers have become my little love's newest obsession.  She loves to pick them, hold them, sniff them, crush them.  One is never enough, and it's irrelevant whether or not the flower of the hour has been pruned and nurtured by someone else.  Once she spots one, there's a good chance that we will be leaving … Continue reading A Flower To Love: Artichoke and Leek Soup

Brunch For Dinner: Spinach Strata With Cheddar Cheese

One of the whiteboards at my little love's day school is filled with the dietary exceptions of most of her classmates.  Vegetarian, Vegan, Vegetarian-No Soy, No Dairy, Vegan-No Soy, the list is creatively endless.  Almost every child is dietetically categorized in one way or the other . Seeing this list always reminds me of my … Continue reading Brunch For Dinner: Spinach Strata With Cheddar Cheese

Scone-fully Delicious

Oatmeal was the food my little peanut despised the most while growing inside of my belly.  Pre-pregnancy, I enjoyed this nutritious breakfast daily.  Five weeks into my pregnancy, I discovered that she violently disagreed with my favorite breakfast choice, and would do so for the next nine months. As soon as I realized I was … Continue reading Scone-fully Delicious