Make Your Own Lunch Box Buffet

The school year is in full swing, any struggles with school lunch preparations? Though my children often help to prepare meals, I don’t often encourage my eldest school-aged children to pack their own lunches & snacks. Of course this is at odds not only with the montessori-way of doing things but doesn’t lend itself to promoting independence or fostering healthy eating habits. It has been said countless times that a child who prepares her own lunch and snack not only feels empowered in her decision-making but also is more likely to eat what she prepares & packs. Knowing all of this, why am I still hesitant to allow my kids more opportunities to pack their own lunches?

Roasted Delicata Squash with Lime & Chili Oil

I think delicata squash is my all time favorite squash. Better than acorn, better than butternut, kabocha and much better than pumpkin. One of the restaurants in Marin County that we frequent, Picco, does a beautiful delicata squash dish which I have adapted for an quick weeknight side dish. The ease of delicata is that the skin of the squash is thin and the flesh cooks to fork tender very quickly and most importantly - it is delicious.

Be Brave, Be Kind Pendant

Even change engendered by rage, hatred & anger can lead to good as long as we are vigilant and pro-active. You should never stop believing in your own intrinsic goodness and self-worth no matter what others say, no matter what they do. You are on a journey towards integrity, truth and wisdom. You are an ally.

Cinnamon Whisk Thanksgiving Place Setting

Not only does this place setting look festive but it smells amazing as well. This is a craft you or your kids will enjoy creating to make your Thanksgiving table extra special. And you certainly don’t need to limit this craft to a dining setting, this cinnamon whisk would also look lovely on a door, mantle or as part of a tablescape.

Reflection: After 2 Years

When I first set up this website two years ago it was an experiment. It was a chance to use a part of my brain that was not getting much exercise during my daily grind as a Mama. Would I use it as an archive of my day to day life as a mother and home-maker? Would it serve as a creative outlet? Would it inspire me? Would it inspire others? Would I be able to keep up a schedule of posting articles on a regular basis? Would doing so become a chore? Would I get bored?

Thanksgiving Turkey Tophat

Wherever your family may be headed this Thanksgiving, why not arrive in style with a Turkey tophat? The ideal craft to occupy the little ones as you prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Fanciful and fun, pay homage to the sacrificial bird as all eyes will be on your delightful holiday chapeau. Gobble, gobble.

Rain Storm Costume

I think the forecast predicts a flash rainstorm with a heavy dose of lightning & laughter!

School of Fish Costume

Not feelin’ feline? How about a school of fish for halloween?

Cat Costume

Halloween is almost upon us. And if you are looking for simple & fun costumes here is my first suggestion. The quintessential black cat.

Hodge Podge Fried Rice

Sometimes all you want to do is use up leftovers and keep it simple. This one pot dish does both.

Mindful Parenting in a Bowl

Print out this list of nurturing phrases, cut each phrase so it is on its own individual slip of paper and place into a glass bowl. Each morning pick out a slip of paper and keep it in and on your mind for the day until you have an opportunity to use it with your child.

Kids Craft: Shoebox Diorama

A shoebox, paper, glue/scotch tape, crayons/markers/colored pencils, string, scissors and most importantly IMAGINATION create “Sweets Land”. Set out an old shoebox and populate it with one whimsical figure, leave it out for your child to discover and see what papery shenanigans commence.

Kitchen Gear: Dehydrator, Fruit

My kids love fresh fruit of course but they also enjoy snacking on dried fruit as well. Buying high quality, organic dried fruit is very easy these days but dehydrating peak of the season fruit from the farmer’s market at home allows you to control the level of dehydration and more importantly, create the most delicious dried fruit ever.

S.T.E.M. Toy Recommendation: Straws & Connectors, etc.

Who looks happier? My daughter after completing this project or Elmo ridin’ stylish in his jet plane. Such a simple concept - straws & connectors with so many imaginative possibilities.

Recipe Reality: Gluten-free Blueberry Muffins

Gluten has been getting a bad rap as of late. And though I don’t believe, we will be cutting out gluten entirely from our diets any time soon I have been trying to introduce more gluten-free food items into my recipe arsenal. This recipe for gluten-free muffins is a Bob’s Red Mill Recipe featuring their 1 to 1 Gluten & Dairy Free baking flour.