It was a lovely summer, and now the kids have gone off to school and the house is quiet. It is surprisingly noisy when no one is home. The refrigerator hums incessantly, the ice maker startles me every time it drops a fresh cube, and the clock has become a loud ticking menace reminding me that there is "stuff to be done" during these precious hours before it’s time to pickup the kids. It is also still a thousand degrees outside and there are cicadas chirping like its July.
Still, fall is theoretically here. The start of this school year has brought… Read More
For our travel plans this year, we decided to start venturing further afield. Since the kids came along, my itchy feet have been tamed...except for that one time when I thought it was a brilliant idea to take a 14 month old boy on a 30 hour trip from Charlotte to Sydney. That scarred me to my core, and I have never forgiven my friends for not talking me out of that genius idea.
Still, here we are with slightly older and more portable children. So, we decided a road trip to Niagara Falls would be a fun adventure. I am glad to say it was… Read More
I never understand how magazines achieve that perfect pie picture. You know, the one in which the cuts are crisp and the filling stays firmly in its place. Mine are a much more goopy affair with probably too much liquid and crust that has crumbled. But that's okay...it all goes down the same way, right? Read More
I posted a few things on Instagram stories about this yogurt-making process….initially I was not a fan! Not least because my first batch tasted a little like the black-bean soup I had made a couple days prior! The yogurt tasted “good” but it took 2 days and I didn't get very much after straining it for a day (I love my yogurt thick and creamy). BUT....I TOTALLY CHANGED MY MIND! Here's why.... Read More
A couple of years ago I oohed and aahed at Martha Stewart's nail polish eggs. This year they were plastered across a beautiful Southern Living spread and I remembered they were still on our "to-craft" list! (Everyone has one of those, right?).... Read More
As promised!!!! Fairy bread is an iconic Australian kids' party snack BUT there are a few "tips" that I think are essential to getting the magic just right... Read More
Gingerbread football cookies? Why not?! Our favorite gingerbread cookies are slightly crunchy, but not too crisp. Chewy, but not too soft. Dark, but not burnt. Sweet, but not bitter. After several years of trials (and many errors), this is it! The darkness makes them a good base for easy and (relatively) healthy footballs with just a touch of royal icing. THE SECRET IS....... Read More
This photo is of my son on the day we picked out a Christmas tree up in the North Carolina mountains. It was dusk, there was a bitter wind, the kids were hyper, and I was really ready to just get "the perfect tree" strapped to the top of the car and drag it home. Then I noticed the most peculiar thing in the viewfinder... Read More
It is a fleeting cultural trend, for sure, but the past couple of years have seen my kids get all sparkled up and excited about unicorns. They are nothing new of course; unicorns have been around FOREVER but the current.. Read More
I didn't grow up with acorns. At least I don't think I did...maybe an Aussie follower can help my memory? Anyway, I have recently discovered these little cute bundles of awesomeness thanks to my daughter and the "acorn park" - just a local park with lots of acorn trees that are pure gold this time of year. There are just so many possibilities with acorns, even if you just... Read More
Our grass is dead (except for the weeds, of course). Even the crepe myrtles, usually unstoppable, are looking a little bedraggled and tired.
Our veggie garden did okay this year. The tomatoes held up to a raging battle with... Read More
At first, I had to check the calendar. For some reason, in the flurry of getting ready for the day, I completely missed that today is Nine, Eleven. And then I had a sickening feeling. I couldn't remember if I... Read More
After a four year hiatus from Facebook, it has been a busy week reconnecting with old and new friends. I remember joining THE Facebook back in the days when it was just on college campuses. It was one of the ways my husband and I first connected actually, back in 2003! But, when my Mum got ON Facebook, I said... Read More
Oh it is getting real! Barcodes are a big deal in our house right now. Read More