Musing, discoveries, thoughts and opinions about family life and the lady who coordinates the calendar.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Love me some roller derby. Mad Rollin' Dolls has some of the best flat track action in the midwest. An excellent family outing. Big bang for your buck. Watching strong athletic women do there thing. A grassroots movement that gives back to the community. Lots of room for the kiddies to run.  And don't we all dream of being a derby girl?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Rest for the Weary

Laid low. Low energy. Our bodies are doing their job and need rest. Magic happens when we rest. Lucky to live in a town where you can buy such good food at a food store. Lucky to have the resources to have choice about our food. Grateful. On-line reading. Off-line reading. Knitting.  And a continuous side car of sipping. 

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Days and nights, both cold and warm, in an oddly inviting way. More active followed by less active. Layers of snow. Layers of cloths. Layers of flavors. Whatever it is, I am digging this winter season.

Trees stretching out and taking up the sky view. Awesomeness in every way. The snow and ice showing off on the branches. I want to take their pictures all day. Q said, "Are you still taking pictures of the trees?" Yep.

Could you resist that face? Subzero
temperatures and willingly I go. We constructed and patted. We froze. Then retreated to hot coco and chai.

love the low lights, the flicker of flames and the many many books. 
Moments, games, chatter... these are a few of my favorite winter things.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Our Lilac and Rose Bush
So suddenly, winter is upon our home and life.  We've been preparing for Holiday gatherings and the sharing that happens with the shortest days of the year.  Q and I are working on a gift or two for those we love.  I have been quite busy bakin' and makin'.  I really do love it. It keeps me so in the moment.  

This is our 6th gingerbread house season and our first to make the house from scratch. And of course, there are plenty of cookies too. I added the challenge of making both GF/DF and traditional wheat based doughs.  This one comes from Cynthia Lair's "Feeding the Whole Family".  I substituted Buckwheat (2 cups) and Sorghum Flour (1 Cup).  I've been kinda surprised how much easier 
GF/DF recipes are getting to be.  Q demands complete control of decorating so I thought it would be fun to make several of them for our friends too.  Sorta nuts. For sure, not well thought out. And most definitely, lots of fun. Be prepared for a mess and lots of stickiness.

I have been overcome by the need to try new recipes. One of the best holiday treats I found, was Candy Cane Truffles.  How could something so heavenly be so sinfully easy to make? I made both milk chocolate as the recipe indicated and vegan GF/DF substituting DF/GF dark semi-sweet chocolate chips and coconut milk instead of cream. The recipe yields about 20-25 truffles. I will be making more of these babies. 

clearly proving the need for aprons
Finally, the joy of giving the delicious Spiked Cherries we put up last summer, to our friends and to ourselves, of course! Yummo and packs a wallop. We have to remind ourselves to not over indulge as the sweetness and warm juices do try to tell you otherwise. The slow warmness that rises up and settles in, brings you into the moment and leaves you deeply satisfied.