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Grandma Marilyn’s Peach Jello Pie

Every summer, there’s a day when we go to the grocery store and the peaches are displayed front and center and we know it’s Peach Jello Pie time. Grandma Marilyn’s peach pie is just about the easiest pie in the world to make and it absolutely oozes summer.
You can do a quick version or a […]


Muffin Mondays: Grandma Charlotte’s Nutmeg Muffins

Lexie dug out this old favorite from Great-Grandma Charlotte to make for Muffin Monday. The muffins are very simple with a hint of nutmeg and the topping adds just the right amount of sweet. You can make a batch to enjoy and then freeze the leftovers (if you have them!) for another Monday.
Grandma Charlotte’s Nutmeg Muffins
makes […]


Homemade Shamrock Shake Recipe

by Lexie
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to try some homemade shamrock shakes. They were really easy to make and judging by how quickly my family consumed them, they taste just as good as the original!
Homemade Shamrock Shakes
makes two 12-ounce servings
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 to 1-1/4 […]


Morning Star and Weekend Links

Your moment of winter zen: the waning crescent moon and Venus, the morning star. Thank you, Tim!
And thank you all so much for listening to me fuss about my cold yesterday. I talked to a friend last night and was glad to hear I’m not the only one who takes getting sick so personally. Strong […]


Groundhog Day / Go-to Frosting

I realized it was Groundhog Day at about 8 o’clock this morning when I looked at the calendar. Whoops.
I probably would have just gone on with the day without mentioning it, but since we didn’t have anywhere to be this afternoon and Tim has the kind of cold that makes you want to hunker down […]


Chinese New Year Cookies

by Lexie
Gung Hay Fat Choy! (Happy New Year!) In honor of the Chinese New Year, Lily and I whipped up a batch of Chinese Almond Cookies. These cookies, similar in texture to the sugar cookie but with a distinct almond flavor, symbolize coins and are said to bring good fortune during the New Year! The […]


Eat: Ina Garten’s Couscous with Toasted Pine Nuts

Lexie made dinner for us last night. Wait, let me write that again so I can really savor those words: Lexie made dinner for us last night.
Sometimes when a teenager surprises you, it’s with an ear gauge or a dent in the car. But some teenage surprises are really wonderful, like unloading the dishwasher without […]


Lexie’s Popcorn Trick

by Lexie
Is there anything more satisfying then crunching down on a big bowl of popcorn after a long day at work (or in my case, school)? Plain, air-popped popcorn is not only yummy and fun, but it’s also a whole grain packed with fiber and essential nutrients. Unfortunately, movie theater popcorn has given the stuff […]


Lexie’s Homemade Granola

by Lexie (busily multi-tasking)
My favorite thing about homemade granola is how customizable it is. Most recipes start with rolled oats and then you can add whatever you like: nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut, chocolate chips…. There’s really no wrong way to do it. The bulk of my recipe isn’t set in stone, so have fun!
Maple […]


Muffin Mondays: Lexie’s Real Food Banana Muffins

{ Hi everyone! It’s Lexie here. Starting this year, I’m going to be guest blogging!! Mostly about food and cooking (which I have a newfound love for), but also health and the like. I’m super excited to begin, so here we go. }
A few weeks ago, I got an inexplicable and quite bizarre craving for […]

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