• Baking,  Buckeye Cake,  Cookie Butter,  Cooking,  Porter

    Thanksgiving Update: Baking With Toddlers

    Today, Porter and I attempted our first cake together, and I just gotta be real: baking with toddlers is a complete joke. Maybe girls are more patient, but Porter seriously made me want to rip my hair out. He wanted to taste everything. After repeated “nos”, I just let him go for it. Let me tell you, the look on his face when he tasted vanilla extract and unsweetened cocoa powder was a pained one, and I fought back every urge to beam at him: “I told you so”. I told him not to throw stuff into the KitchenAid. After I fished out apple skin (from the apple he was eating),…

  • My Favorite Things,  Recipes,  Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving Eve

    MY FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR: Thanksgiving Eve. Actually, if I’m being honest, the EVE of Thanksgiving Eve is probably my favorite. It’s literal perfection. The anticipation, the planning, the prepping, the cleaning, the CAFFEINE. We don’t stop drinking coffee until way, way after the kids are in bed. By this point, I’m peeling potatoes like a machine and Paul has decided not to involve himself with kitchen activities, so he starts putting a puzzle together at the dining room table. We’re talking about desserts for our Thanksgiving night bakeoff, we’re texting friends and family to solidify plans, we’re listening to Christmas music and letting the kids stay up way too late.…

  • Family Date Night,  Gluten Free,  Pizza,  Restaurant Review,  Tacoma

    Tacoma Gems: Elemental Pizza

    I love when a new food joint open up in town (why do I sound like a grandma saying that? Um). Some friends posted photos of this new pizza place downtown Tacoma, Elemental Pizza, so when Paul got home from work midweek last week, I dropped several very obvious hints until Paul finally said: “so, do you wanna go get pizza at the place you’ve brought up about fifteen times in the last hour?” I acted surprised, like “oh, I did? You noticed that?” So, yeah, we packed up the kids and headed downtown. First of all, any establishment that brings fresh dough for the kids to play with while…

  • Work At Home Mom

    A Day In The Life

    Renee Biscarret Photography Emails. Phone calls; quickly place my Skype on mute while Porter screams about “sharpie scissors” (although I have no idea what it means and decide quickly to ignore him, because it doesn’t sound like the best idea he’s had). Get apple juice. Grab Simon from climbing up onto the fireplace. Refill apple juice. Find Simon’s missing sock. Distract Porter from sharpie scissors with a piece of candy. Before breakfast. It’s fine. Remember my muted phone call and rush back to catch up on what they are saying. Pretend like I haven’t gone missing, moonlighting as a waitress/maid for two very demanding clients when I should have been…

  • Routine,  Saturday,  Target,  Weekend

    Our Target Tradition

    Saturdays are my favorite. We have a pretty “official” Saturday schedule going: wake up, Happy Donuts, Starbucks for mom (who is avoiding processed sugar and gets super grumpy after about 20 minutes at the donut shop), “The Target”/mall, sometimes lunch, and then home so Paul can head to church. We always mindlessly wander Target, throwing things into our cart that we don’t really need, browsing the toys with Porter, looking at the new clothes for both the boys, trying to find a good place or reason to buy a faux fur stool in the home decor section, stocking up on La Croix and coconut milk nog and peppermint white chocolate…

  • Inspiration,  Motivation,  Random,  Work At Home Mom,  Writing

    Inspiration from Dr. Seuss

    I got today’s little morning reminder from last night’s storytime with the boys. As I read this book out loud, I found myself so encouraged – I had to pause and laugh a little at the simplicity and blatant challenge of this message.  You have a brain in your head. Use it however you see fit.You have feet in your shoes. Now, go.What I appreciate about his books: the way he lays it out there – no frills, no fuss. It brought me, even just for a moment, back to the basics of what truly drives me. Let’s remind ourselves of what we have in our hands, what we’re capable…

  • My Life,  Random

    Rain On Pavement

    Do you ever have random memories of a particular day and time that never leave you? I have one day that seriously haunts me, and it’s nothing special. But, it happened as a I drove down a certain road in my town; a road that I still drive down every single day. And every single day, I have flashes of this memory. Nothing crystal clear, but just… the feeling. It’s the most random, pointless thing – except that it’s not. I know there’s a reason that this moment lives on. I know it was fall, and it had just finished raining. I don’t remember where I was coming from or…

  • My Life,  Personal

    Crazy Dreams

    This is gonna sound super self-centered. Just brace yourselves. Many people have told me I need to write a book. *hair flip*, right? Ick. I know it’s a compliment on my writing – and maybe even just the style of writing that I’ve developed over the years – but for so many people that I don’t even really know to tell me the same thing… it’s been on my mind for a long, long time. I mean, people besides my mom have told me this – love you mom, but, you also told me I could be Vanna White. Your credibility is questionable.I do want to write a book, but…

  • Restoring Woodland

    Restoring Woodland: Gray & White Kitchen (BEFORE)

    I was dead-set on an all-white kitchen, but over the last couple of weeks, we’ve picked out our cabinets and countertops (which are a pristine white), and I’ve had a little bit of panic about our little home looking to much like a little medical clinic. I mean, is there a point where too much white looks – hospital like? Paul mentioned to me that maybe we go with a soft, true gray downstairs – in the kitchen for sure. At first I was like no, I want all the white, and then I thought… Hmm. Gray could be a nice, cozy accent to our gleaming white interior. So, then…