Mar 30, 2016
Almost two years ago, I published my original “40 Reasons I Love Dayton, OH” list. If you haven’t read that one yet, check it out first; otherwise, you’ll be wondering why obvious reasons like low cost-of-living, the Air Force Museum, and exceptional area parks are absent from this list. Now, though, I’ve had another couple years to get to know the Dayton area better and I am...
Jan 27, 2015
It’s been chilly and snowy lately and I noticed a bunch of icicles hanging from the eaves.
The girls desperately wanted to play with them, but I didn’t want them licking them or stabbing each other, so I surveyed my craft area and tried to figure out what we could do with them.
No water required, because the...
Dec 10, 2014
Oh, Lammily. I wanted to like you so badly. But, unfortunately, you are probably doomed to a life at the bottom of the doll bin since neither I, nor my daughters, want to play with you.
If you haven’t heard of Lammily, she is the latest doll to challenge the “Barbie” scene. The Lammily fashion doll has been manufactured using standard human body proportions–an average bust, waist,...
Dec 8, 2014
I recently saw this pin for “Perler Ornaments” and knew I had to try them out because I have this ridiculously huge tub of Perler beads from IKEA. This is an ornament craft that is REALLY fast, REALLY easy, and kids enjoy, so I say it’s a win all around. Granted, they may not be as cute as salt dough ornaments, or smell as nice as the applesauce and cinnamon ones, but...
Dec 4, 2014
It’s been a difficult year for me. I spent the first half of it feeling terrible. Depressed. Crying. Gaining weight despite my best workout efforts. A zombie-like brain fog coated my thoughts and I was so exhausted I had to take a nap mid-day to make it. And then my doctor, after hearing my woes and testing my thyroid (at my insistence, because I have a strong family history of...
Oct 12, 2014
This recipe is so fast and so simple–just six ingredients and no complicated steps or clean-up. Although they aren’t as healthy as some of my other cookie recipes–they do have quite a bit of fat from the almond butter and they do have coconut sugar–they are still “healthier” than a standard cookie. They are higher in protein and have a lower glycemic...
Sep 22, 2014
I got a new cookbook when we went gluten-free. It’s called Against All Grain, by Danielle Walker, and as of now, it has nearly 1,900 5-star reviews on Amazon, so that speaks volumes. I’m so impressed by not only her recipes, but Ms. Walker also took every photo in the book! Anyway, I’ve tried a couple recipes so far and been pleased. This recipe is my adaptation of her...
Sep 17, 2014
I was craving a simple vegetable soup…something to use up all the potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes that we keep buying because we forget we have a surplus. I stumbled on this recipe from Alton Brown, and despite the lack of spices, decided to adapt it to fit our family’s tastes.
I was initially put off by the lack of spices–my favorite soup, Sweet Potato and Lentil, has...
Sep 15, 2014
We’ve gone gluten-free in our house. I’m trying to help manage suspected Hashimoto’s by eliminating wheat, barley, rye, and switching to gluten-free oats and tamari (vs soy sauce), and so far it’s made a big difference in how I feel. No more brain fog. No more required mid-day nap. And the shrinking of my waistline (2 inches in just one week) is a bonus too. If...
Aug 24, 2014
A couple years ago, I was excited to find a 50% off sale on a fabulous children’s quote book through a company called Paper Coterie. Part photo album, part journal, the spiral-bound volume was the perfect place to record all those giggle-worthy things my young daughter said. The front cover has thick plastic covering the image and the inner pages are very thick paper. I’ve enjoyed using it to...
Aug 19, 2014
A couple months ago, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I realize that, in the grand scheme of things and the many debilitating diseases and conditions out there, this is a comparatively minor condition. I have waited to talk about it though, because it’s still not “fixed,” still not resolved, and I quite frankly feel self-conscious and depressed about it. After two months of...
Aug 4, 2014
I had a ton of canned beans kicking around, so I set about searching the Internet for a good bean salad recipe. Once I did, I adjusted it to fit what I had in my pantry, and this delicious bean salad was the result! We ate this like a salsa, scooping it out of bowls with chips. Even my kids enjoyed it, although they picked out the green peppers. You can’t win em all. I was happy...