Because I married The Most Creative Man in the World, when the whispering and weirdness starts around my birthday-time, I always know I’m in for a treat. This morning, they finished up their preparations (“Uh…Dad needs this box, Mom. Um, for work!”) while I was sequestered to my bedroom for a couple of hours. They … More A Birthday of Olympic Proportions!
I first heard about watermelon jam last summer, via Pinterest. The picture looked fantastically summery and wonderful, and though I didn’t have the energy to get around to it just then, I filed it away mentally for later. Last month, I got my chance. I pulled that pin back out, and read up on everything … More Watermelon Jam
I was just posting on my FB wall that I’d canned some strawberry jam. Usually, I just make freezer jam, but lately my kids have decided to rebel against any jam that has chunks, so I decided to make a smooth version, and freezer jam doesn’t work that way. Also, our upright freezer likes to … More Canning Strawberry Jam
Ha. I’ve been sitting here for more than 30 minutes, trying to figure out how to begin this entry. It’s not so much that I don’t know what to write about–it’s more that I simply have so much to say. 🙂 Let’s start here: I love being a Mormon. I think a lot of people … More Being Mormon.
A lot of people have twins–they’re more common now than ever before, and it seems like everywhere you turn, you see double strollers and matching sets of little heads bobbing along. Me? I have twins. I only have twins. I have two sets of twins. That I have children, at all, is a small miracle, … More The Truth about Twins
The endless cycle of idea and action, Endless invention, endless experiment, Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness; Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in information? – T.S. Eliot I read that poem today, and could not help but think that T.S. Eliot could … More Still.
Something almost no one knows about me is that I make all our bread. I know, I know–the first time I heard of someone doing such a thing I thought “Wow–that seems a little…prepper. Why the heck would you make ALL your bread?” But as I ruminated on it over the next few days, I … More Confession: I’m a bread freak.
I’m chuckling a bit at my last post. I’m not usually one to overburden myself, and I generally settle into a nice rhythm of craftiness, laziness, and quality family time during the holidays. Not this year! I decided it’d be fun to have this be the year of handmade Christmas gifts, which did turn out … More Why I need a vacation after Christmas vacation!
“You know, Mom,” Jonah told me yesterday, as he was adding little red and green bunches of plastic grapes to our Christmas tree, “it really is the most wonderful time of the year. Just like the song says!” As I lay on the couch and basked in the warm glow of the tree’s lights, drowsily mulling … More Most Wonderful
A few years ago, my mom bought a peach tree. It sat in a pot on her back porch, where she basically let it die because she hadn’t gotten around to planting it. My mom actually has an unbelievably green thumb–I’ve never seen anyone who can grow things like she can–but there’s always, you know, … More Millions of Peaches!