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Julianna's Favorite Pancakes

Julianna’s Favorite Breakfast

Once when I was a little girl, my Aunt Edie came to our house and made us deliciously thin pancakes for breakfast that she buttered, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and rolled up before serving. We kids inhaled them, told our mom she needed the recipe, and then ever after that, called the lovely creations 'Aunt Edie Pancakes'. This recipe has been a perennial favorite of my … [Read More...]

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cooking chicken to freeze

Frugal Friday: When One Meal Morphs Into Another

I saw this article yesterday The Never-Ending Soup Pot and thought it was a great explanation of a concept that can save you time and let you use your food in a very affordable way. Very often a meal doesn't have to be a completely new beginning. … [Read More...]

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Finding Balance in Motherhood

balance and intensity in family life

For many years while decision-making, I've fallen back on wisdom from my mom: "Moderation in everything." Often those sage words point me toward a path that will make sense for my whole family, whether I'm making out a learning plan for our school … [Read More...]

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Frugal, Not So Frugal

I cannot figure out how the days fly by so quickly!  I look at the calendar and see very few appointments, and yet the week still seems to roar by in a flurry of school, writing, laundry, errands…. and before I know it, it’s the weekend again. I skipped Frugal Friday last week– I just […]

Practical Homeschooling for Real-World Families

Practical Homeschooling for Real-World Families

Hooray! Finally, after years of living only in my head, my very first e-book is complete and officially releases on Monday. It’s called Practical Homeschooling for Real-World Families and is chock full of my best tips for doable homeschooling (translate: ideas that won’t make mom nutty trying to do them). I think every mom benefits […]

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Goodbye, old gold. You served us well.

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Frugal Friday

Follow my blog with Bloglovin  It’s Frugal Friday again, time to talk about what went well (and not-so-well) in the finance department around here. This week I made a concerted effort to use what’s in the freezer. At the moment both of our outside freezers are plugged in and two thirds  full.  I’d like to […]

Ranger

Ranger

Walking up the driveway to your front door yesterday, the very first thing I spotted was your face down low, peeking through the tall narrow window next to the front door, grinning out at me with your million candle-power smile, delighted that I’d come to visit you. You, the person in the world who first […]

toddlers everywhere

Weekend happenings and book winners

Somehow I got through the weekend without ever getting to Frugal Friday.  There was a wedding in there, plus three meals where family came to visit.  Good times there.  The teens had some cousins over and they made pizza together– always fun.  We had a nice chat about wedding details with our oldest son and […]

Flowers in the redwoods

When you’re suffering

I’ve been thinking lately about the hard in life, how it lambasts you sometimes amid a stretch of tranquil days, surprising you with that ‘oh, it’s you again’ familiar misery.  How lying in the dark some nights the heart aches so hard it’s a struggle even to breathe.  There are moments you’re wild to talk […]

In Ethiopia with our two youngest daughters

Book giveaway!

I haven’t done a book giveaway for awhile, and I’m really excited about this one. The book is called More Love, Less Panic: 7 Lessons I Learned About Life, Love, and Parenting After We Adopted Our Son from Ethiopia.  Claude Knobler and his wife adopted their son  just five months after we brought our first […]

The bedroom project

during this the last week before school starts again

I can’t think of one frugal thing that I did this week. I did do a lot of other things, however. So I guess I’ll just tell you about all those things instead. Sunday was our Zeytuna’s 17th birthday party and Wednesday John and I took her out to dinner and a movie, which is […]

endless dish soap

Why Pinterest works for me

I’ve heard a lot of people groaning over Pinterest because it makes them dissatisfied with what they have.  I understand that feeling–I’m most likely to be tempted when it comes to cute clothes. But in general I use Pinterest simply as a tool.  I think it excels as a springboard for creative thinking. Whether I’m […]