Family

Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Cake Chocolate Chip Muffins

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It's been a busy time at the homestead, with preparations for Christmas, ongoing volunteer work, kids' activities and much much more (including my full-time job), but I always love an excuse to bake. This time, it was for my eldest son's school holiday party, taking place today. My son requested something cinnamon-y, while my husband [...]

The Littlest Canine

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You may recall me writing sentimentally about a little lost Chihuahua that stayed with our family through Christmas last year. Well, we grew so fond of "Cookie" that it didn't take us too long to head back to Stray Acres Sanctuary and Animal Rescue and find ourselves a new furry friend: miniature variety. So, let me [...]

The Swedish Pancakes Of My Childhood [Recipe]

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The best recipes often come with a story behind them. This week, looking for a nice basic red sauce, I came across the much-lauded recipe by Marcella Hazan that's incredibly simple -- so simple it's surprised countless food bloggers with its deliciousness and depth. Food bloggers being who they are, this prompted them to tell their [...]

Better To Have Loved And Lost?

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It's a bit more lonely in my home office than in recent days. I didn't even know I was missing anything, but after my husband found a lost Chihuahua just before Christmas, I found -- and my whole family found -- surprising pleasure in its presence. We loved the sound of his little feet scurrying [...]

The Growing Sanctuary Population

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How could one resist this face? Well, we didn't. This is Cocoa, our eldest son's dog, who joined the family after our softhearted child saw one of those awful tear-jerking sad-animal commercials on TV, and came to us crying and determined to do something to help. Of course, help couldn't just be donating a few [...]

Recipe: Making Daily Whole Wheat Bread

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You'll notice this post is titled "Making Daily Bread" and not "Making Bread Daily." I'm a do-it-yourselfer, but I'm not a martyr. Some pioneers in the organic/local/sustainable food movement note that while, in some ways, people are going back to doing things they way their grandparents did -- fresh, real food that's made and sometimes [...]

If I Had A Dog….

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Beautiful song and video released this week by Nat Johnson, on a subject that's near and dear to my heart, and that of all dog lovers.

Living Simply: Being Happy With Less

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Behind all this back-to-nature, recycling, renovated-school-bus, simple living philosophizing that I do on this blog is a simple desire: to focus on the right things, to be happy. And, of course, to teach (by whatever means) my kids that way of looking at the world. You may or may not be familiar with the concept of [...]

Recipe: Kid-Friendly Pressure Cooker Picadillo

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A few years ago, my cousin turned me on to the pleasures of pressure cooking. If you're going to make soups, stocks, stews, legumes, or even risotto, it's a huge time-saver. It makes it possible to make things on weeknights that you'd usually hold for the weekend because of too-long cooking times. This also means [...]

Homegrown Potatoes

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The last week or so, I've been scouring the Internet for information about potato diseases and pests. What, I wondered, could be causing my potato plants to wilt with leaves eventually turning yellow and brown. Could it be black leg? Blight? Magnesium deficiency? Then I started to do some math and realized that I'd planted [...]

Emails From September 2001

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Following, emails and photos I sent to family members in the days and weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001. From pparker@reporters.net Tue Sep 11 09:00:43 2001 Importance: High X-eGroups-From: "Parker, Pamela" From: "Parker, Pamela" Subject: situation  Hi. I just wanted everyone to know I am ok and unhurt in all of this mess, [...]

They Grow Up So Fast

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Dutch filmmaker and photographer Frans Hofmeester documented the growth of his daughter, Lotte (12), and his son, Vince (9), from baby-hood to present day via the touching time-lapse videos below. Lotte Time Lapse: Birth to 12 years in 2 min. 45. from Frans Hofmeester on Vimeo. Vince Time Lapse: Birth to 9 years in 2 [...]

Always A Parent

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I lay by the side of the road, deep gash in my knee and bike on top of me. My first thought is of my 3-year-old son, who has been riding with me. I remember at one point trying to get myself upright, struggling for breath a little as I was contorted and trying to [...]

Difficult Ends, Fresh Beginnings

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It's now been a little over two weeks since my father passed away. The little things are the most heartbreaking. I pulled out an onion to make dinner the other night, and recalled that I'd bought the bag of onions for the week I planned to spend cooking for my father. As I had headed [...]