Enough and Not Enough

We are in the thick of toddler emotion. Knee high and everything an emergency. He cries when he wants something and cries when he gets it. He asks to be picked up and then begs to be set free. And it can be all too easy to grow tense and tired. Our desperation is surely [...]

Avocado Cucumber Salad

I wanted to document this before I forget how I made it. I didn't actually measure anything, but this is a close estimate. It turned out bright and refreshing, with a satisfying blend of creamy and crisp. It's salty, tangy, and just a little spicy/sweet. In other words, it hits all the notes and leaves [...]

Ready for God

“I wasn’t ready yet for church, but I was ready for God. And I’ve always believed that the ocean is one of the surest places to find Him.“- Shauna Niequist, "Cold Tangerines” . I did find my way back to church. And I’m so glad I did. At some point you must go deeper than [...]

Lead With Love

I took this picture this morning. Both of these boys had been put to sleep in their own beds. And both had found their way into ours during the wee hours. I am a firm believer in discipline, boundaries, routines, and structure. We, as human beings, need it. We actually crave it. Kids especially will [...]

The Easiest Fish Soup

Spicy. Acidic. Savory. Comforting. Herbaceous. Bright. Tart. Umami. Satisfying. Nutritious. All of those words describe this soup. It also involves very few ingredients and can be put together in under twenty minutes. It's deeply flavorful, will warm your bones, and is full of nutrients. My husband loved it. My one-year-old gobbled it up. And my [...]

12 Days of Christmas Albums

If you're looking to mix up your Christmas music repertoire; here's a little inspiration for you! From old to new, jazz to indie, and a few wildcard entries... this simplified list will hopefully hold a little something for (almost) everyone. "A Johnnyswim Christmas"; Johnnyswim "A Legendary Christmas"; John Legend "Behold, A Christmas Collection (Deluxe)"; Lauren [...]

Coq Au Vin…simplified.

This is my version of the French classic. So if you're a traditionalist, you may take issue with it. However, if you give it a try, I'm sure you'll love it. It's rich, flavorful, comforting, and so easy to make. Ingredients: half of a white onion, medium diced 3-4 pieces of bacon, chopped 1 pack [...]