NYC, There’s Something About Ya’

The Best Weekend! I told my family that, for my BIG birthday, I wanted to wake up with my loves in a place we’d never adventured together before. We discussed the pros and cons of various locations and landed on: New York City. How does a nature-loving, bookish homebody—easily overwhelmed and edgy in crowded cities … Continue reading NYC, There’s Something About Ya’

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

It’s my birthday month, and I’m celebrating a milestone: a half-century of my life. Years ago, I roller skated to Kool and the Gang’s song, Celebrate: There's a party goin' on right here A celebration to last throughout the years So bring your good times, and your laughter too We gonna celebrate your party with … Continue reading Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Meatless Monday – Rum Cake

I had planned to make a "healthy" dessert for Guy's birthday, an Orchard Crumble--after the main event, we could eat leftovers for breakfast. Unfortunately, from Sunday to Monday the pears went from perfectly soft to rotten-brown-inedible and I had to switch to Plan B: rum cake. [Note: this cake was originally based on Bacardi's recipe, but the changes … Continue reading Meatless Monday – Rum Cake

Meatless Monday – Birthday Mac & Cheese

The one who made me a mama was turning 18. Because his birthday gift is a 3-day trip to an out-of-town concert venue with family + seven teenage friends over New Year's (yes, we might be nuts, but we also have a lot of experience chaperoning teens...), we decided to have a celebration dinner at … Continue reading Meatless Monday – Birthday Mac & Cheese

Be Still…

“Stillness can be an adventure,” says Pico Iyer, and so on my birthday I gave myself the gift of stillness. I left my phone on airplane mode and turned off my email. No news, no social media. I went for a longer-than-usual run. I gave myself a mani-pedi. I lit a candle, sipped a cup … Continue reading Be Still…

Birthday

The year I turned seven my mom made a beautiful Doll Cake for my birthday party. She stuck a Barbie-type doll torso into a dome cake which she decorated with frosting rosettes. I ran and laughed together with my friends in my Backyard Birthday Party. Later we sat around the dining table, all eyes admiring … Continue reading Birthday

Transitions

Eleven years ago today this Beautiful Boy was born: His brother wasn't yet three years old when we began praying/hoping/trying for Baby #2, and it took twice as long for this one's arrival on Planet Earth (+prayers, tears, too-many doctor visits, pain, and money). His brother was 5 1/2 years old when Lil' Guy surprised us with his five-weeks-early arrival; … Continue reading Transitions

Meatless Monday – Dessert for Breakfast!

Today Teen turns 16 years old. Most every parent thinks this annually, if not oh-so-much-more often, but: HOW DID WE GET HERE? Sixteen years ago our little elf turned our world upside-down. He crawled at 6 months, walked at 10 months, ran by his first birthday, and hasn't slowed down since. His life is all-in, full-out adventure. He … Continue reading Meatless Monday – Dessert for Breakfast!