Lemons

You know how people say, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” to mean, “take something not-great and turn it into something awesome”? Why is that? Lemons are wonderful! They look gorgeous on the trees, and sunny in a bowl on the counter. They are amazing for squeezing over chicken or fish, or using to


Yesterday was AWESOME – CSA, grass-fed beef, yummy dinner, and a surprise

Yesterday was just a great day overall. I went to work in the morning and had a nice time with the kiddos, and when I came home this was waiting for me on my doorstep: Notice I couldn’t even wait to dig in. Those green onions went into the savory vegetable pancakes I posted about


18 Weeks

Yesterday I “turned” 18 weeks “old” in my pregnancy – with the weird way that pregnancies are measured at least in the US (from the last menstrual period), that means my baby is 16 weeks along. I’m definitely out of the first trimester, though still have some lingering “effects”… sleepiness, exhaustion, food aversions… but not


Hanford, CA CSA  – Week 1

Look at what I got yesterday! My very first CSA basket from Family Farm Fresh. It was very exciting to open it! They deliver to Hanford each Tuesday, and bring the basket full of produce from local farmers right to your front door. It comes like this, with a newsletter clipped to it. In the


Life is Good, and Kale Chips

Life is so good. I might be tired all the time still, and maybe I don’t have much of an appetite, but I’m not feeling so sick all the time anymore, and I have an amazing husband who takes such good care of me, our dog, and our house. Hopefully soon I’ll feel even better


Jan 07 2010
Food! I miss you!

Have any of you self-proclaimed Foodies experienced a prolonged loss of appetite? Either due to an illness or maybe as a side effect of a medication you were taking or… because of pregnancy? Let me tell you, this is weirding me out. Since May of 2007 I’ve been blogging, sharing my recipes and domestic endeavors


I’m back! With a little surprise.

I’ve been away from the blog for more than one reason. I guess I should air them out and let you in on my life, right? 1) First there was the move, and the unpacking and settling-in. That excused me for maybe a week and a half. 2) Then my husband was away at survival


Update + Gibson White Dinnerware and Etsy Art

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I’ve posted… lots has happened though. We’re in California now, and MOSTLY settled… I will take pictures soon. Hubs went off to SERE school (survival stuff) for 2 weeks leaving me alone in the house, so I hung a lot of pictures, assembled some furniture, got


Military Move #4 – Navy PCS Across the Country

Yup, we’re moving again. This will be our fourth military move in 27 months. We won’t always be moving quite this often, but with the hubs in training, that means a lot of getting shuffled here and there. First, we spent 2 months in Pensacola, FL while he was in API (flight training ground school).


1,600 people search for “My Pet Dog” each month

What are they even looking for? Do they know that Google doesn’t know what THEIR dog looks like or how to find pictures of their particular dog? Are they looking for the book by that title? My Pet Dog doesn’t look like that good a book… I can’t believe 1,600 people would be looking for


One of those Rainy Mississippi Days

Lately here in Meridian, we’ve been having muggy mornings followed by afternoon thunderstorms. As much as it would be nice to have less humidity in the air, I do love the thunderstorms. Today, I decided to take advantage of the rainy weather by puttering around in the kitchen doing a few experiments and a bit


Thank you for your votes!

I posted here asking for your support in a contest I had entered. And guess what! My entry won! Thank you so much for your help! These “barefoot” shoes were the prize… I can’t wait for them to arrive in the mail! They’re supposed to be great for developing lower body strength, improving balance and



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