11 March, 2015  |   1 Comment

Linking Log

This week on the internet I’m really digging:


These Speedo swimming videos.  With all this juicy free-time from my Instagram fast, I’ve been learning how to swim all over again. Thankfully, YouTube helps me feel less like a weenie.

Ina is my True North.

All the Comments Ever – The internet feather-ruffling this week happened over in the food world. Okay, fine.

But what is exciting is that the post is a riff off of The Toast and the kerfluffle was about an event that’s a riff of the Tournament of Books from the Morning News and all my internet both collapsed on itself and extended into the future and I was pleased.

My hope for this world: More riffing, fewer kerfluffles.

Food and fun in a festive atmosphere...

munchies.vice.com is my new favorite food site now. Admitting this was hard. But the scales tipped when I saw their video about Casa Bonita.  Their affable general manager almost makes me want to load JH and the girls up in the car and move to Denver to be a hostess there.

But not quite.


2 March, 2015  |   Comment

We made puzzles

Resourcefulness is a skill my family has always prided ourselves on. Now that I am sheparding my own family, and choosing our own values, resourcefulness comes up a lot.

Much like the plastic bag kite, this puzzle project is so easy it’s nearly embarassing.

You’ll need Avery Business Cards and markers.
Easy peasy.

Draw a picture of your favorite food, person or feeling on that business card paper.


Got it all in one piece? Good.



Now separate the pieces. Until all our small people are good at puzzles, we write numbers on them to help with the process.

Then put them back together


And grin with pride.


17 February, 2015  |   Comment

Linking Log

Happy Tuesday!
Links for your log!
Sausage links!
Happy Fat Tuesday!

This is the first year I’m trying on the more spiritual parts of Lent. So that means celebrating tonight with some tasty slow cooker BBQ for dinner. That link to that recipe is from 2007. Oy. That was eight years ago. That must mean it’s good.

Dorothy Jane in a bear mask

Last week, I wrote about some basics for food and wine pairing for a site called High 50 and although I know that it’s not an internet website for stoned fiftysomethings, I may have written the piece as if it were: http://www.high50.com/us/food/wine-pairings

Nora Lea in a bear mask

Speaking of wine you’ll also find weekly wedding, wine and wine country wisdom from me on the Monogamy Wines blog. My last two posts are about how I screwed up our wedding by being thoughtless and how to take the perfect Napa anniversary trip.

Meal plan close up

I rolled my ankle pretty bad. We’re 90% sure it’s not broken but I’ve been on a pretty aggressive “sit my ass down” program. This doesn’t bode well for meal planning, or the kind of busymaking that I fancy.

Outside of my own sweet-smelling toots of writing, I’m reading the following:
Mater Mea 
It’s a blog about mothers of color, and I learn something important every day. The editors, writers and subjects are doing a beautiful job of the storytelling this internet offers.

The Jungalow
I took a Skillshare class from Justina Blakeney a few years ago and the impact it had on our living space was gorgeous. Her blog always surprises me — in the best possible way.

6 Reasons to Observe Lent (even when you’re not religious)
I’m trying to get more in touch with the big out there (even if that big out there is made of nothing but bits of electricity). Tomorrow starts 40 days of some sacrifice and reflection. I’m eager to see what happens.

I feel like a baby when all I can do is sit

20 January, 2015  |   Comment

Linking Log

Stroller Party USA

Happy Tuesday!
Here are five links that kept me scrolling this week.

Top Five Digital Media Launch Mistakes
ust because you have a proprietary CMS doesn’t mean you’ve done it. Love this breakdown of some pitfalls of the current publishing model.

Mater Mea
Mater Mea is chock full of mothers of color sharing life philosophies> It’s positive. It’s artistic. Every day I learn something more from Anthonia’s powerful point of view.

Choosing Red Wine for your Wedding
Did you know I write for the Monogamy Wines wedding blog?
(Now you do.)

“Your life wants to kill you. Get lonely and let it. What’s the worst that could happen?”

20 Detox Salads to Get You Back on Track
I’m starting to get bored with salads. And it’s only been two weeks.
Foodie Crush knows what I’m in the mood for before I’m in the mood for it with these gorgeous salads. Plus, those images!

19 January, 2015  |   1 Comment

Meal Plan Monday

Prediction: This week will overflow with loving words. #mealplan

Last night, you’ll see we had roast chicken. Sunday’s roast spiced chicken was flavored with a mix of 1/4 cup ghee, 1 tablespoon seasoning salt, 1/4 tsp cayenne, 1 tsp rubbed sage and garlic rubbed under the skin. Since I am Whole 30-ing it this month, I like to frontload the week with foods I can eat for lunch. Last night’s chicken leftovers will go in Monday’s lunch.

Sunday, January 18
On Sunday, I also made Wednesday’s butternut squash soup. The flavors just get better over time. Sunday night I also cut the beef and carrots for Monday’s pot roast.

Tuesday, January 20
Tuesday is taco night. Due to what’s in the fridge, I’ve already changed the taco meat from pork carnitas to old fashioned ground beef tacos. My picky family goes loco over ground beef tacos. I use Penzey’s Taco Seasoning. Ha! Now you can too! Taco night leftovers also do well in breakfast burritos or taco bowls the next day.

Tuesday night I’ll also make the spaghetti and meat sauce for Thursday’s dinner. I doubled up on meal prep on Sunday and Tuesday — one of those things that don’t take as much effort as it looks in writing — just requires a little preplanning!

Wednesday and Thursday, January 21 and 22
I have late night meetings on both Wednesday and Thursday, so I’ll make sure at least half the meal is pre-made. Poor James has things hard enough, juggling tap and drama and ballet and a full time job and people.

Friday, January 23
We’re extending the fun of James’ birthday for another 40th birthday dinner with our friends. We’re really excited about this one.

Saturday, January 24
Wrap the whole week up with a Helpie Selfie. We’ll have a leftover party just in time for next week’s meal plan.
(You know how that is.)

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