Being an introvert is like being a tortilla. We look simple and straight forward, but really we are deep and complex. Plus, we somehow end up holding everything together in this great big burrito world. Don’t worry, I really am going somewhere here.
I had this thought. What if everything we are trying so hard to reach isn’t as important as what we can touch right here, right now? Perhaps our goals become distractions keeping us from the real gem staring in front of us, begging for a cherry lime popsicle promising not to get sticky-again. Continue reading Cherry Lime Popsicles
Bring out the sparklers, Independence Day is nearly here. As I kid we used to drive to see the big fireworks in nearby cities. I remember lying on the grass looking up at the dark sky getting illuminated with the brightest colors. Sometimes it felt like I needed sunglasses just to keep watching the show. Do you remember the boom? If you’ve ever sat on the ground to watch the show, you can feel the boom from underneath you. It’s like nothing I’ve experienced before. Kinda like these red white and blueberry popsicles. Continue reading Red White and Blueberry Popsicles
You won’t believe where I am right now. It’s like Heaven itself came down and graced me with a view. A serene lake smoothed out with scarcely a ripple, mountain sides around decorated with pines, redwoods, and the like. Cloudy skies whispering rain drops. And I’m here sitting on an entire hill made of sand. The kids are climbing up the sand dune as high as they can, then running with all their might down to collide into us. Josh is trying to convince me he needs a pet salamander and Thad helped the kids catch 21, that’s right 21, in a little mote they made out of sand. The water is cold, but not unbearable. Somehow Rori and Sam are braving the lake with shivers and excitement about the pool of newts they’ve collected.
When I was young there was this unspoken system. In place for hurts, sickness and sorrow. A system that never needed an explanation. Someone down the road went through something. Perhaps a death in the family, or horrible illness that confined them to stay in. Even for young moms recovering from the birth of their new baby. We knew what to do. Get in the kitchen. Bake up some muffins, toss a salad and cook a chicken pot pie. Food is healing on so many levels.
Sometimes I feel like Olaf from the cartoon “Frozen”. I love warm hugs and summer! To me, summer is lounging around in tank tops, sun bathing and oversized hats. My kids are the same way, except they prefer summer with popsicles in hand the sprinklers on in the backyard. To them, that’s summer. I can’t say I disagree one bit.
Everyone needs a Mimi. Someone who isn’t exactly related by blood, but becomes family by default. Someone who will play on the floor building race tracks and wooden towers to be knocked over by the large and in charge toddler. She doesn’t mind making messes in the kitchen and could spend an entire afternoon following a child who’s following the chickens.
Spring has sprung and Easter is nearly here. I’ve officially allowed my boys to wear shorts all week and they couldn’t be happier. The back yard has been cleaned up and freshly mowed. We even had our first BBQ of the season this week. I’m suddenly very aware of my pasty skin and trying to get a head start on some sunshine to remedy the horror of being a California girl without a tan.
Feelin’ fancy? This recipe brings out the “pinky up” in me. From the creative ways you can slice your cucumber to the piping of the goat cheese spread, these little bites are truly decadent. I had a friend over who knew way more in the cucumber slicing department than I did. She showed me 3 different stylings for the edges of these little green machines.
Last week I almost gave up. Life was coming down hard and doubts were filling my mind. Can I really keep eating well with no cheats AND keep up with everything around me? There were nights when I didn’t have time to make dinner. I had forgotten to meal prep on the weekend. All I wanted was taco truck. Continue reading Lemon Protein Bars