Roast Beef with Gravy, Popovers, Potatoes and Tiny Carrots (but mostly, a book review of “Meals in Minutes”)


The first thing you need to know about Jamie Oliver’s “Meals in Minutes” is that the title is a lie. Don’t get me wrong – I love the book. Continue reading


5 Wonderful Things People Did For Us While I Was Recovering From Surgery

As I mentioned earlier, I had emergency abdominal surgery in March. We are blessed in so many ways, but some of our greatest gifts are our friends and family. I cannot tell you the number of hours people spent making food, taking care of kids, helping with the house and yard, and providing support and encouragement. It’s wonderful and humbling.

I also now have a ton of ideas for nice things to do for people who are in a similar situation – serious illness, surgery, new baby in the house, etc. I wanted to share 5 of the most awesome gifts we received during this period. Continue reading

Pumpkin patches and puree

That was quite a lengthy hiatus. We added a new little person to our family, and I will admit that I was not prepared to sustain the blog during the newborn period or the final few weeks of the pregnancy. I’m back in the saddle again (well, the house is a nightmare and I can’t tell you the last time I did my hair, but I am able to string together full sentences once more).

Now that Baby Hippie is a little older, we can go on fun little trips. Two weeks ago, we visited our favorite fall hangout: The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur, IL. Continue reading

I’m a saver. Always have been. At first, I saved everything because I might need it someday. Then, I saved it because my classroom needed all sorts of things for projects. Most recently, I have been hesitant to get rid of things because I don’t want them to go to a landfill, and I didn’t want to dump unsellable items on our local Goodwill. About a year ago, I discovered Freecycle, and it has been instrumental in ridding my home of clutter. Well, lots of it, anyway.  Continue reading