Warm Cross-less Buns

A few weeks ago we celebrated Easter Sunday. And a few weeks before that I sat down with Nick to make a plan for how exactly we wanted to celebrate the holiday. While Easter is of course a deeply religious holiday for some, it wasn’t for us. We still wanted to participate however, as it…

Pox Parties and Rainbow Cake

It was supposed to be their birthday party. We had prepared ourselves for a gaggle of sticky-fingered children, chaos, and general messy birthday fun. The cake had been made (and frozen), party outfits purchased, and invites sent. What we couldn’t have possible prepared for were the spots that quickly covered one of the birthday girl’s…

Five Minute Bean Dip with Lemon & Garlic

These days it seems we have a growing list of ‘will nots’ when it comes to vegetables. We are a living breathing Dr. Seuss book and I have a good guess where the inspiration from Green Eggs and Ham comes from now…

The Promise of Spring

It’s officially Spring! Goodbye to the frosty cold mornings of winter. Goodbye to the ten minutes it takes to get everyone ready with hats and coats before we walk out the door.  Goodbye to the box of tissues that we’ve been using to decorate each room in our house, and goodbye to the sugar we’ve…

March 6th

Today is March 6th. Four years ago today I became a mother.  It is fitting that this year both Mother’s Day in the UK and Nell’s birthday fall on the very same day. The overlap is a powerful and personal one.

Happy Birthday Pups!

Two years ago today our little Pups came into the world, on her own terms from the very start.

Birthday Traditions and the Importance of Homemade Cake

As we begin to gear up for what will forever be known to us as  ‘Cake Week‘, I can’t help but think back to my own family’s birthday traditions. There were themed birthday parties each year, from ‘magic’ to ‘Double Dare’ to attempts at surprise parties (Mom, I love you, but I knew). There was…

 

Grandma’s Legacy

My grandmother, Helma is many things. She is sharp as a tack, both in memory and in wit. She has a naughty streak to her, one that we grandchildren have been privy to see more and more of, the older we’ve become. She is thoughtful and creative, sending out hand written cards each time a…

Chicken and Veggie Summer Rolls

Where do you do your best thinking? Are you the type of person that can drift away while sitting at your desk at work? Or on the train? Though I wish I were sometimes, I have come to accept that I am just not a sit-and-thinker. Perhaps that’s why writing my Masters degree dissertation was…

Sunshine Soup

January can be such a bummer sometimes don’t you think? Not early January when everyone is jazzed up from the excitement of the New Year, but later toward the end of the month, when it seems to drag on for just a bit too long. It’s still grey outside, still cold. Some might be deep…

Fresh Pasta for a Fresh New Year

It’s amazing how quickly you can fall out of habit from doing something, even something you enjoy, when faced with a good excuse like Christmas break.  Breaks from all things, even good habits, are necessary and pretty inevitable. However, now having realised the habits I’ve fallen out of (blogging, getting up before my kids do,…