Weekend Shenanigans


I’m not sure it’s even worth posting pictures of our weekend, since I only took a few and all we really did was clean and hunker down before our guests arrive this week. Since I’ve started working, even though it is only part-time, I find it so much harder to stay on top of housework during the week! The little things I used to do throughout the day now wait for the evenings or weekends. I am starting to appreciate more of what it takes to run a household, where, believe it or not, I think I started taking for granted the free time we are afforded on the weekends when I am home full time. It’s a good shift, though, as the boys are growing older and need more responsibility and a greater sense of duty to the whole family.

The chores, as mundane as they are, give them a sense of pride. I know Oliver feels so important when he does all the laundry from start to finish, and Emil when he rakes the leaves in the yard and bags them all by himself, he walks a little taller! Milo, well, he’d rather be reading a book any day, but he is getting better at remembering and doing things without us asking, which is hugely helpful.


A few random things: our garden is all full of herbs for the turkey and not much else, other than a rabbit skull leftover from our dog’s latest catch (we are going to keep it!). Our bathroom is coming along so nicely – all the tile work is done and our old cast iron tub has been resurfaced so it looks brand new. It’s looking like the room will be done just in time for the holidays and I can’t wait to show you the pictures! It already looks so much better.



Emil is obsessed with the game Sorry. He plays it 10, 15 times a day with whoever will play. Andrew almost always says yes, and I play once or twice a day, sometimes closer to five. But he often plays by himself, playing two players, and reporting which team wins (it’s puppies versus Lego guys instead of the typical Sorry pieces). I’m always puppies, in case you were wondering. And all of it is so adorable: how seriously he takes the game, how carefully he counts, how he has memorized the game board so well that he knows without counting where he should end up, even how genuinely excited and happy he is for others when they win (he always cheers and gives the biggest hugs, saying “YOU WON!!!!”). He’s become a very good sport.

Looking forward to the down time and family time, the slowing down and enjoying the personalities of my children, the good food, the chilly walks for coffee in the morning, and all the warmth of friends and extended family who come our way. And for now, the house is clean.


Enjoy your day!

Thanksgiving Day Recipes


It’s almost Thanksgiving, and this year we’re so excited to be hosting my mom and brother for dinner. I can’t wait for the turkey, which Andrew smokes slowly all day long in our ceramic grill (which, thank goodness, frees up the oven for all the tasty sides)… though it does make the gravy a bit smoky-tasting!


And I’m curious; what are you making this year? Below, our menu.


We’ll snack on this cheesy spinach artichoke dip while preparing/waiting for the big feast. I only make it once a year, so it seems extra special!


Slow-roasted green beans with sage from Bon Appetite (my favorite way to eat green beans)…


My favorite macaroni and cheese.


This simple seasonal salad of hearty winter greens includes baby collards, turnip greens, and/or kale in a light lemon-garlic vinaigrette, and also gives the tart pop of cranberry that goes so well with turkey (without the gloppy cranberry jelly that no one eats). I think we all crave more light, citrusy, clean food alongside the rich stuff, so this will be a perfect compliment to all that butter, cheese, and heavy cream!


Fresh bread (Andrew and Oliver will do this together the night before).

We’ll also be serving Annie’s family’s secret recipe holiday mashed potatoes (hint: you make them the night before, then pop them in the oven) which have eggs, sour cream, and lots of butter (among other super secret ingredients). The result is a light, fluffy mashed potato dish with a crispy, savory crust on top. If she lets me share the recipe, I will!


I’ll be making this Barley Salad with Mushrooms (I’m making it with wheat berries instead of barley, and chanterelle mushrooms, which are in season here) because I think my mom will love all the fresh herbs alongside the buttery mushrooms and flavorful shallots. Mmmm…

We’re skipping the sweet potatoes this year since I’m the only one who ever eats them.

And of course, as a nod to my mother’s German heritage, we will have sauerkraut!

Of course, let’s not forget about dessert! I think it’s worthwhile to make fresh whipped cream — it’s easy, and you can tone down the sweetness if you like. I usually only add a touch of sugar and vanilla to good-quality heavy cream to go alongside all those sweet pies.


I’m trying this Best Pumpkin Pie recipe (yes, another one by Bon Appetit) which sounds pretty close to perfect. Oliver will no doubt be helping with the pies as well. He LOVES pie! I love that there is maple syrup, condensed milk, and heavy cream in this one. I’ll let you know how it turns out!


… And this not-too-sweet apple custard pie.

And it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without pecan pie! I’m giving this one a try this year in hopes that my top pecans won’t burn this time for crying out loud. I’ll be making this, and the pumpkin pie, the day before.

Now it’s your turn! What dish are you most looking forward to? Do you try new recipes for Thanksgiving, or stick with your tried-and-true failsafe recipes?

Montessori-Inspired: God’s Eye Weaving


Ah, the wonderful things you can do with yarn! Last week, we shared our beeswax-preserved fall leaves, which we hung all around the house to decorate for fall. This week, I wanted to share with you the God’s Eye weaving that my boys have been doing after school, in the car, at the breakfast table, and even when we go out to dinner while we wait for the food!

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Dress That Mama: Oxblood/Casual


I realized that so many of my outfit posts include dressier outfits, and of course, I don’t dress up every day. Here is a version of an outfit I have been wearing a lot lately, and one I’m sure you’ll see many versions of here on Dress That Mama: a rock or graphic tee, denim/sherpa vest, skirt, socks, and clogs. It’s my fall uniform, only I have plenty of ways to mix it up so I don’t get bored with it!  Continue reading “Dress That Mama: Oxblood/Casual”