December 13, 2017

Baby, it's cold

Last night we went to the high school for a
Christmas band concert.  Hannah started playing the vibraphone.  She's still playing piano, singing and playing guitar every once in a while...
She got all this tea and a mug as a gift from a friend!
We made cookies for teacher gifts.  And tea everyday in the morning, afternoon and evening because it's been cold all week.  High in the 30s or 40s. Trying on Dad's glasses.
So happy to see stamps with images from one of my favorite stories, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  And stamping with paint to make wrapping paper.
A hike with Grammie at French Park.

December 7, 2017


Hannah made a yule log or as the French say bûche de Noël.
I love how it looks after she added the powdered sugar.  Like snow!  And it snowed a little this morning, just flurries in the air...
Olivia made salsa for her Spanish class.  No baking required, just a bunch of chopping peppers, scallions, cilantro, tomatoes, cucumbers, black beans, corn, Himalayan pink salt and lime juice.
I used almond meal, not blanched as the recipe suggests, and substituted peanut butter for almond butter and put coconut on top, just because...
Try this vegan tart for yourself:

November 28, 2017

Thank you

My sister gave me a jar to start homemade kombucha!  Do you have any suggestions on what to add to it?  I want to start with ginger and lemon.  Maybe blueberry next?
We fed a friend's cat, while she was out of town.
I'm thankful for my family.  Cozy home and hot tea.  Ice skating.
Sunshine.  Fresh milk.  My nieces and nephews.
It's been 17 good years married to my dear husband!  Ups and downs, but I wouldn't change anything.  Challenges make you stronger.
I have so much to give thanks for...

November 14, 2017


Grammie is dough, Slinky pop toobe and hot tea on a chilly day.
I crocheted a toy censer.  I got a package of 32 bells for just $1.  We love lighting charcoal and putting frankincense on it.
My 12 year old niece got braces a few days ago...I think she looks extra cute!  Olivia got hers when she was 12, too.  She got them off a few months ago.
Saturday, we got a map, parent volunteers divided up our small school district, and then groups of 2 or more kids participated in "tag day." Hannah went door to door asking for donations for their band.  I'm not crazy about that way of fundraising, but this is a way to get to know our community and for such a small school district, the band IS really good.  They qualified for state 25 years in a row.
I'm looking forward to spending more time with family next week, my mother-in-law's birthday is Sunday and Thanksgiving will be here before you know it!

November 6, 2017


Are you voting tomorrow?  Here is a good neutral source:   Right now I'm researching all the candidates and local issues.
The trees are all so pretty now...lots of yellow, orange and reds.

October 30, 2017


In Greek, the word for Godfather is "Nouno."  This is Rob, Paul and his Nouno.
Nouno's parents have been friends with my parents for over 30 years.
 It was pretty chilly outside.
We had a wonderful lunch Rob made pizza in the pizza oven and we roasted sweet potatoes we also had salad and smoked salmon.
Nouno gave Paul this teddy bear.  He has been carrying it around the house, which is quite a deal when it's as big as you!

October 26, 2017

Furnace is on

The cold weather arrived this week.  We played indoors at the Red Balloon cafe.  Look at the sweets for sale!
Another place nearby is Findlay Market.  They have all these flowering window boxes.
We picked up many black walnuts with Grammie.
An outdoor light show, which was FREE and pretty cool, called Blink.  I hope they do it again!
Hope you're keeping warm as the weather cools...we finally turned the furnace on yesterday.  I'm going to make a cake today.
Here is a recipe for a simple vegan apple cake: