Hi and welcome! 

I'm a Momma, wife and artist. With 3 of my 4 kids almost grown, I can look back and share with you everything I learned on my favorite subject, raising a family. Like Albert Einstein said "Rejoice with your family in the wonderful land of life" and though things may get messy, you can't really go wrong. xoox



fun with my family

winter survival kit/hostess gift

we made these kits for our cousins when we went skiing with them over the break; since there was no snow ...we thought it would be fun to have a little kit to help pass the time.

kit included: winter stickers



shrinky dink paper

cough drops 

and sunblock

we also printed out pictures of the cousins and cut out sticky backed magnet paper and put it all in a metal lunch box, both of which i got at oriental trading company.  i put a picture of tahoe in the box too, so they could move around the cut out people, like dolls.  it would have been even better if we printed out funny wigs and outfits for the "people" too! next time!





fun family traditions

I have to say, I really like this new tradition of celebrating the 12th night, or 3 kings night. Typically it's a religious celebration.  But like most of our traditions around here, we tweak it to suit our needs.   We had a nice dinner, we had a nice cake (here is a photo of the cake after I took my piece.)  and got to celebrating! What, I'm not really sure, but for me, it's about carving out time with just our family during the crazy, busy holidays.  We got the kids 3 gifts each...underwear, socks and some clothes.  Not really spoiling them, since they are things that they need, and everything's on sale!:)  We played a few rounds of checkers and called it a night. good times:)!  now, we can officially take down all the christmas decorations and get back to reality, and more importantly.....my diet

Close up of the 3" kings".  Please don't kill me.


tomorrow is twelfth night!

Besides being the title of a Shakespearean comedy..January 6th is feast of the Epiphany, or in Victorian times called the Twelfth Night.  (This was the day when the Three Kings form the East arrived in Bethlehem with their gifts.) but also, i've just learned, the conclusion of the twelve days of christmas! (oops!) i guess it starts about 5 days before and goes until now...

a twelfth night party was common in Victorian Times and I think it would be a nice thing to look forward to after Christmas and New Years.  This year, I am reviving this tradition in our home!  On this night, the children are given 3 gifts (representing one from each King), a nice big dinner followed by a twelfth night cake.  The cake has kings (now where did i put all those little kings i usually have lying around?!) and a silver coin or foil wrapped bean(?) is tucked into the cake.  The child who finds the coin is king or queen for the night and gets to wear a crown.  They had some frankincense and myrrh incense burning...I just happen to have one of those beautiful figures from Germany that blows "smoke" out of their mouths (incense), which will do just fine.Tradition holds that the kids put on some sort of puppet show or entertainment (i'm thinking karaoke) and we play games and basically just have one last hurrah to end the holiday season.

I'm sure my kids will love the presents and cake....entertaining us? that might be harder to convince....Sounds like fun to me! 


home made bread...focaccia recipe from jamie oliver!

here is my first real attempt at making homemade bread.  something i've wanted to know how to do forever! it's actually very easy, as i'm sure most of you already know...you just need enough time to let it rise and bake!

this is a great basic bread recipe from Jamie Oliver, that lends itself to many different recipes, including a banana honey one that i am going to try...will keep you posted!

here are the pics from the filled focaccia recipe of his that i tried..enjoy!


forgot to tell you to let it rise again after filling with ingredients. another 30-60 minutes.after this second rise, don't touch it, just plop in in the oven, see next pic!


new year's eve!

heloo! what a nice long break we've had! i hope you all had wonderful holiday season!! i can't believe it's already winding down.  :( we are saying goodbye to cousins and packing up.

we are having a new year's eve "good riddance" party with the family.

 You can don party hats and have noise makers, then have everyone write down something that they want to forget. you place them in a black box and then throw it in the fire!  this is to demonstrate that the past is behind us, and you can go forward with renewed hopes and dreams!  

It is also time to celebrate all the good that happened in the past year!  Every year, you can write down all that you are grateful for, or happy that happened, or lucky to have (however you want to word it) and keep a running list that you add to and seal up and then look at every New Year's Eve!

Happy New Year!!