Fire and Ice: Coconut and chocolate, hot or cold

Posted by on Aug 4, 2012 in Uncategorized | One Comment

When you can’t have dairy but love hot chocolate and chocolate ice cream, eventually you find a way to make the good stuff. I had an epiphany of sorts two winters ago that resulted in a hot chocolate recipe that became my go to comfort drink on those especially cold, hard days. In the heat […]

Turning 6 in Narnia

Posted by on Jul 28, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The biggest Schmitzlet turned 6 recently. His birthday was welcomed with all of our traditions, including a mama made birthday shirt and the wearing of his birthday crown. The celebration also included a Narnia themed party; at his request we donned pajamas and ate breakfast for dinner in Narnia. We converted the house with a […]

The Chicken Birthday

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments

A certain boy around here turned 4 on May 2. He donned his crown (briefly) and celebrated with his shirt and chickens. Chickens? Yep, we threw a chicken themed birthday party for him complete with a chicken cake, a mama made wool felt stuffed chicken, wooden eggs (that he insists on sleeping with every night) […]

Book Review: Naturally Fun Parties for Kids

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I cannot say enough nice things about this amazing book by Anni Daulter and Heather Fontenot. Naturally Fun Parties for Kids is just plain overflowing with ideas, recipes, and inspiration to throw amazing, sustainable parties that your kids will like. There are 12 complete parties planned in this book, everything from invitations and decorations to […]


Posted by on Jun 24, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I’m finding it hard to believe that it’s been more than two months since I last posted. The time has flown by in a flurry of treading to keep our heads above water. I would love to tell you that we’ve just been busy having fun; while there have certainly been some celebrations around here, […]

Amazing Easter

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments

We LOVE Easter at our house. Our adoration is certainly led by our faith, but I’ve always felt that it is much easier for us to keep this holiday simple. Today was perfect. We started out with cinnamon swirl pancakes, then headed to church. We gave the boys their Easter baskets, which were filled with […]

The Ice Scientists

Posted by on Apr 6, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The big boys (all boys?) are quite taken with ice and water. They’ve conducted all kinds of ice related experiments; most of what they have learned involves floating and melting. I love that they learn so much around here by doing. I love even more that they called themselves “ice biologists” for a while; it […]

Doing the Rain Dance

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I was making a meal the other day when I heard my boys, all of them, shed their shoes and escape the front door to do this:  

Book Review: The Organic Family Cookbook by Anni Daulter

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I would like to preface this post by telling you that I was asked by the author to review this book when I volunteered to review her next book Naturally Fun Parties for Kids. You’ll read my review of that book in a couple of weeks. I was thrilled to get this book, The Organic […]

Meyer Lemonade

Posted by on Apr 2, 2012 in Uncategorized | One Comment

I looked in the bottom of the fridge this afternoon while it was in the upper 80’s (on April 1!!! Not a joke…) and found a bag of Meyer lemons. Maybe it was the heat, but I’m pretty sure I heard all of those lemons saying, “Make us into lemonade. Make us into Lemonade.” I […]