Gluten-Free Lemon Loaf

August 9, 2016

I once tried gluten-free for a brief 48 hours and then promptly stuffed my face with a bowl of pasta. You all with food restrictions deserve an extra jewel in your crown. Every once in awhile I toy around with the idea of cutting out processed white flour for good and I bake with gluten-free blends. And every time I come back to it I think, “Gluten-free has come a looooooong way.” There are now some recipes I actually prefer without white flour…

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8, 7, and 5.

August 8, 2016

There is a 3 month period every year where these three are sequential in age. This year it was 7, 6, 5 and next year it will be 8, 7, 6. But not too far back in memory are the days we celebrated 3, 2, 1, and 4, 3, 2. Those were hard days. I don’t remember knowing it was hard at the time, because I grew up the oldest girl of 14 children, nannied 4 children during college at 17,…

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First Day of School!

August 4, 2016

We had our first day of school yesterday and while I know it’s earlier than most institutions start, we were on board and ready. Our schedule works out to be about 6 weeks on, 1 week off, and I love that we get random weeks off to go visit family or take vacations. I did my best to be prepared and ordered monogrammed uniforms (photoshopped out) early in July, gym shoes on tax free weekend, and the unusually long list of school…

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Raw Almond Butter Cups

August 2, 2016

   We met the kids’ teachers last night at school and walking around the halls made me feel so glad we are apart of this unique place. My three oldest are doing a German language immersion program and their teachers will only speak German in the classroom. So there I am, standing next to Emma having a conversation with a teacher, and I’m only half picking up bits and pieces of what they’re saying! It’s the weirdest feeling to ask…

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Your Safe Place

August 1, 2016
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You’re crawling up my arm with a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur and I can’t believe the time has come for you to start all-day kindergarten. I remember the first time I held you, kissed you cheeks, and cried as they carried you off to bathe you, weigh you, and put your first diaper on. Hospitals are the first test for us mamas, I guess. We come in groaning with labor pains, sore ankles, and stretch marks from months of lovingly carrying and…

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