I’ve come to appreciate seasons more since living in Hawaii. I loved everything about our tour there, but I did miss the seasons. They just help to move the year along, each week ushers in small changes in the world around us, and I love matching our activities to them as well, seasonal bucket lists thrill me as I contemplate all of the fun adventures we’ll have over the coming months. As fall pulls to a close, I’ve been spurred on to enjoy a few last autumn treats, today– salt water taffy!
There has been much talk of Hawaii over here again lately. I don’t think Aurora will ever forget those beautiful white sand beaches that we called our playground. But, when the beach is miles away, cloud dough is the next best thing! We’ve made this stuff a few times before and it’s always so much fun to play with, therapeutic even! Continue reading
The first thing I’ve gotta say, is don’t let the word ‘healthy’ fool you, these muffins are DELICIOUS! And I’m picky. Like really picky. They’re rich and moist and mostly guilt free! They’re the kind of chocolate that I don’t mind sharing with the kids, or eating for breakfast (lunch and dinner too 😉 ). Continue reading
Last month, I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Love Taza, and learned of a wondrous new pastry- the cronut. Croissant + Doughnut = Cronut. All of the flaky layers of the croissant, fried, filled with cream and iced, does it get any better? I’ve been dying to try one since, but as far as I know they’re only available in New York and London. A bakery owner in New York, Dominique Ansel, invented them and sells them, no more than two at a time on certain days of the week. People wait in line for hours, and once they get their pastries either eat them or sell them on Craigslist for $40- crazy! So all signs pointed to go on making these black market babies. Continue reading
Last week we made a batch of apple sweet potato muffins with the leftover homemade applesauce. We love making muffins around here because they’re easy for the kids to help with and I can sneak lots of healthy things in to them! Gray likes sweet potatoes, but Aurora won’t even try them purely because they are orange (but she’ll eat a carrot, go figure)! So, I decided to play the sneaky chef and work some in to her diet in a more roundabout way.
Pretzels are to Germany as rice is to China, so it was almost obligatory that we make a batch of our own last week! They were fantastic! Almost as good as those little twists of heaven that the mall shops sell. A&G had a lot of fun helping too, dumping ingredients, rolling the “snakes” not so much waiting for them to rise, but the eating of our carb-y treats more than made up for it I think! Here’s the recipe if you also want to partake in some delicious German culture with us. 🙂
I’ve been reading 1,000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp and as anyone who has ever read the book can tell you, it really helps you hone in and focus on grace driven thanks for all of the small blessings that make up a day. So today, we are thankful for apples, hand picked from a new friends’ tree. I’m thankful for their Christ centered hospitality and invitation to sup in their home earlier this week. I’m thankful for peach mango chutney and perfectly roasted sweet potatoes, for long ‘get to know you’ conversations and their sweet way with kids. Continue reading
Well, it turns out that we’re not the best travel planners… The USO trip that we had been planning to take this weekend is sold out. Bummer. But, while we may be poor planners this week, we’re instead choosing to be spontaneous! The location is still TBD, but we’ll be driving and shopping and eating out, and that means we’ll still need plenty of tricks to entertain the kids! Continue reading
Lastly, in my series on keeping busy on the go with kids, I wanted to share our quiet books. Today Aurora’s makes it’s blog debut, and tomorrow Grayson’s! I absolutely love these books, they’re so handy to grab when I’m running out the door with 500 other items and two kids in tow!
This little book was a huge work of love for my daughter, there’s no other way I would have had the patience to complete it otherwise! But, I’m really glad I did. I wanted to make an heirloom quality quiet book for my kids, one that they could pass on down through the generations and so I was very meticulous with which pages I chose to make and the construction of them. Continue reading
Designing spaces, especially kid spaces is a serious hobby of mine, so curating my own kids’ playroom has been a very enjoyable work of love over the past few weeks. I carried over most of the decor we already had going on in our last home but added a few more special touches that I thought they would really enjoy. We’ll hopefully be in this house for at least four years, so I wanted a space for them that would meet the current needs of a 1 and 3 year old, but would also grow with them as they move out of the toddler phase and become more independent. Continue reading