Greener than Intended

Did you know a vehicle can be condemned?! I certainly had no idea, until I got that lovely call from my mechanic. We’d only had our (very old) 4Runner for a couple of years. She must have started rusting years ago, and we never knew. By the time it was noticed, a soft spot as … More Greener than Intended

On Track for Summer “Break”

I seem to have taken a break before Summer! We’re still here! We’re finally wrapping up the school year. The last couple months have been rough, but we seem to have survived! As the Yuppie Boy prepares for Jr. High next year, I am seeing a long summer of practicing ahead of us. He has … More On Track for Summer “Break”

Amazing Spaghetti & Meatballs

Growing up, I was never a fan of Spaghetti sauce. Or any tomato based sauce, really. And meatballs? GROSS! I’ve changed my mind. These meatballs take a little time, and the sauce can stand alone, but they are well worth it! The recipe I’ve included below will yield about 45 meatballs. I like to freeze half … More Amazing Spaghetti & Meatballs

Love You!

Happy Valentine’s Day! We love having you here and sharing in our passions! So we’ve made you a coloring page, to continue Spreading the Love! Click here to download love for free! We are also offering a 20% discount off our entire Spread the Love collection of shirts and sweatshirts! Use “LOVEYOU” at checkout! Today only!!

Meal Planning Basics

Years ago, when we started growing our family faster than our paychecks, we forced ourselves to stop eating out. It was natural for Yuppie Hubby. Outside of his first month with turmeric, he was a natural chef. I took more convincing. And practice. In the beginning, I thought I needed to make something every night. So while … More Meal Planning Basics

Steak and Mushroom Stroganoff

I do a lot of easy, quick meals here. This is not one of those! But it is sooooo good and worth the effort. Trust me. You know how important ingredients are in our kitchen. In this dish, it isn’t just freshness that counts, but what you do with it. I’ve diced and sliced my … More Steak and Mushroom Stroganoff

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

It seems like everywhere I turn, someone is coughing or sneezing or buying cold and flu medicine. I may have been there myself this week. And when you’re feeling down, an easy chicken noodle soup is just what you need! If you’re a regular, you know by now that I start every soup with my … More Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Sprouting Early in 2017

We have life! Outdoor life!! It may not seem like much, but those sprigs of green popping out of that mound of dead?? That’s an early Spring, y’all! My chives have sprouted OUTSIDE in FEBRUARY!! Even the moss (which will find it’s way to a pot of chives on it’s own, if you let it … More Sprouting Early in 2017

I don’t have “virtual” friends

I grew up in the Bay Area. Silicon Valley. In the 80’s and 90’s. If you haven’t already guessed it, I was a complete geek. Braces. Glasses. Bad hair. Worse skin. I think that’s where the whole connecting online thing came from. Awkward teens and early 20-somethings that couldn’t break free from their own self consciousness … More I don’t have “virtual” friends

Simple Shrimp Fried Rice

We love this easy, one dish recipe! The only problem is that it’s best with a little pre-planning. The rice is easiest to work with, and doesn’t get mushy, when it’s been able to sit in the fridge over night. The rice is key, but the recipe doesn’t start there. Rather, it almost moves in … More Simple Shrimp Fried Rice