Maple Syrup Candy

Yesterday I decided to make some maple candy, Laura Ingalls-style. This was mostly for my own mysterious reasons, which I choose not to share at this time, thank you. The silly thing is, my kids don’t even like maple syrup. I don’t know why. I think they’re crazy. Every time we have pancakes, I curse … [Read more…]

Crafty Girl Party Report

As you may remember, I recently hosted what I call the annual Crafty Girls party.  I started doing this party a few years ago because I liked the idea of getting the girls excited for holiday stuff beyond the presents on Christmas morning and because I like slightly-too-ambitious craft projects. We do it after school, … [Read more…]

Hanging Around at Home

We’ve arrived back home, and I was a bit disappointed that there isn’t more snow here. Did everyone see this super-cool time lapse video from New Jersey? The other day, the TU’s Parent-to-Parent blog had a reader asking what she should do with her 4-year-old daughter for the long winter break. At the time, I … [Read more…]

Feats of Daring and Bravery!

I braved the mall today. I am almost completely done with my shopping, but there are always a few things that elude me, or that I think of at the last minute. So I made a list, checked it twice, ate some extra protein, and left for the mall. Without my list. Luckily, since I’d … [Read more…]

Holiday Craftiness: A Christmas Scrapbook

First of all, I am not a Scrapbook Girl. I have plenty of friends who will happily spend hours–and even weekends on special scrapbook retreats–layering expensive artistic papers and stenciling things and tying on artful little ribbons. It’s not my cup of tea. I enjoy the convenience of my digital photos on my computer and … [Read more…]

Homemade Wreaths

I had several moms from my moms’ group over to make homemade wreaths tonight. If you’ve never made your own wreath, you should give it a try. It’s not difficult, and it’s a very satisfying craft. The first scarf that you ever knit probably won’t look too terrific, but the very first wreath you ever … [Read more…]

Holiday Craftiness & The Tree

We got our tree this morning. We cut our own at Ellms’ Christmas Trees. Yes, they’re pricey, but we like all the bells and whistles (reindeer, Santa, trolley, cocoa). I was a little concerned because last year the fields were looking a bit sparse. But we found a tree almost immediately. I stayed to “save” … [Read more…]

Holiday Cooking

Thanks to all of you who kindly commented or emailed. . . I am doing better, thank you.  Not quite normal, but better.  And after a particularly wretched stomach bug, the bright side is hopping on the scale when it’s over–woo, hoo!  Sure, I am dehydrated and haven’t consumed a vegetable for 48 hours, but … [Read more…]