Chair covers from kitchen towels

While furnishing the new house, I’ve kept my eyes open for affordable furniture that might help fill in gaps and make the home more comfortable. One of the things I’d like for each master bedroom is some kind of chair. When we got the smallest coziest master bedroom finished, we decided it would indeed fit […]

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Seven Great Ways to Use Eggs

I went grocery shopping yesterday and was amazed to discover that (in our area anyway) a carton of five dozen eggs is only $2.69. I can't remember the last time eggs were that cheap.  That's a LOT of protein for less than $3.  In honor of that … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

Valentine’s Day

Our Valentine's Day celebration this year happened a day early (to avoid the crowds in restaurants-- we're practical like that) and included our youngest two daughters. At 12 and 14 they are totally old enough to be home on their own.  But you try … [Read More...]

Recent Posts

August happenings

We’ve had a busy, interesting week. Last night we went to a Family Force 5 concert that was held at our local water park.  It turned out to be a fun choice of venue.  The stage was in front of the wave pool, and the weather was perfect for an evening at the water park– […]

Quick summer cooking: Chicken Tikka Masala

Tomatoes are taking over the yard! Cucumbers aren’t doing too shabby either. Hard to believe it is halfway through summer already. I bought big old heap of bargain notebooks on sale the other day. John looked at them, reminded me of another heap I still had in the pantry and said, “You might need to […]

Beach time

Here’s a snap from a quick trip we made to the beach this week. Felt weird to be traveling with only two kids, but all our bigger kids were working, and so we took the plunge and went off to play without them.  We missed them all lots, but had fun with the youngest two […]

Any paint fanatics out there?

I’ve been poring over paint colors lately, trying to decide what color to paint inside at the beach house.  I’ve also been working on the baby beginnings of the beach house blog.  It is not super pretty yet, and doesn’t even have many posts, but I’d love for you to go over there and vote […]

Summertime party!

We have the family tradition of a big 4th of July party complete with a barbecue, games, prizes and a water balloon fight.  Since we moved into the new house, I’ve been puzzling how we could pull all this off in our tiny back yard. So in planning for the party, I hunted for games […]

Recliner help

OK folks, I am on the hunt for a recliner that is comfortable for my husband, but not big and puffy. Something reasonably stylish, with straight arms instead of rounded-over ones. Bonus if it comes in grey. The closest thing I’ve found so far is this one, but since it has not one review, I […]

How to make kimbap (Korean-style sushi)

(First posted here in 2010) Korean Sushi Preparation Time: 60 minutes Serves: 6-8 This recipe is a little more time consuming than my average recipe, but it is a fun treat every now and then.  Once you have the various ingredients prepped, the actual rolling goes quickly.  Be sure to check out my how-to video […]

Our next adventure

I looked at my blog the other day and was shocked at how long it’d been since I’ve last posted. We did just get back from church camp, which with all the cooking and prep that I do each year, does take a bit of time. I was also working extra before we left to […]

Summer Movie Ideas

If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to some serious down time this summer, both for you and your kids. But you also don’t want your kids’ brains to completely stagnate in the process. My girls will be reading at least an hour a day this summer, and will also continue to do just a […]

Life…

Life is such a mass of ups and downs and fun and unexpected and wonderful and hard, isn’t it? Yesterday I passed a hard test that I needed to pass to keep doing labor and delivery care — hooray! Yesterday our freshly minted 18 year old son got his ears pierced– turns out earrings look […]