Do You Know the Hidden Beauty of the Cherry?

A Sultry Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese and Arugula

I love the way the Internet tumbles us from one place to another. From idea to idea. Yes, that often adds up to a huge waste of time, but every once in awhile, it can lead us to something extraordinary. Something that inspires how we live our lives. Last winter, I stumbled upon Danielle LaPorte’s […]

A Homemade Granola Gone to the Birds

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Yes, a huge reason I was absent last year was because I needed to focus on my mom. I wanted to focus on her. Be with her. However, I also had a kiddo who needed my attention. A kiddo who had been chronically “unwell” since he was born. The letter from his school halfway through […]

Nutty Granola and Oatmeal Cookies: Similar Ingredients…Completely Different Results

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“Yeah, yeah…I know…I’ve heard this speech before,” my daughter said to me in a tone dripping with teenager attitude. Frustrated I fired back at her, “And that’s exactly the kind of attitude that won’t help out your cause.” She pursed her lips and rolled her eyes. I left the room and headed toward the stairs.Passing […]

A Modest Little Almond and Cherry Cake

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There are days, afternoons, evenings when I simply want all of my chickens and the rooster home…but I want to be left alone. No extraneous chicken friends. Just the 5 of us. Here in our coop.And I don’t want to play Candy Land. And I don’t want to have Family Movie Night. I don’t want to […]

A Humble Yet Decadent Homemade Granola

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The older kids are off to school and the house holds just the 4-year old and myself. I look at my To-Do list…at least 143 items long. Where do I even begin? I hadn’t taken the time on Monday to organize the list into more manageable bits and now here it is mid-week…”sigh.” My mind […]

Cookin’ Up Some Aussie Bites

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The day had started out with fog and heavy, dark clouds and continued on that way until late in the afternoon which is why I was surprised when a bright beam of sunlight burst through our living room windows. While I’m always thrilled to see the sun, any sun, at this time of year…this particular […]