We’re getting a lot done around the house with my dad here….he is QUITE the handy man!

What about you—are you good at doing fix-it tasks around your home, or do you rely on the assistance of someone else?  If YOU do the fix-it work, how did you learn?  (Can you tell I’m asking for pointers?)


Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home.  

Edith Sitwell

THIS is why I like the winter.  It is a time for comfy coziness, warm food, and enjoyable conversation!


January 26, 2012 is…

National Peanut Brittle Day

National Pistachio Day

I’ve never been one for peanut brittle, or pistachios, although pistachios have grown on me recently.  Have you seen all of those recent pistachio commercials?  My Grandpa loved both, so this is a great day to remember him!  🙂


What a perfect day for a book about a mitten, and cuddling creatures!

The Mitten

By Jan Brett

BEAUTIFUL illustrations.


I think I had forgotten all about this song, and then, we were doing today’s activity, and it just popped into my head!

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Sung by VeggieTales Gang

To purchase and download “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” by VeggieTales, click below:

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

To download “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” for piano, voice, and guitar, click here; for the easy piano version, click here.

Check out today’s activity!!


January 26: Mittens are not just for kittens

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Peanut Brittle always gets stuck in my teeth, so I’m not a huge fan….but I know lots of you are, including The Mister, so this is for you!

Peanut Brittle from Recipe Girl

She does a good job with her photographs, and this recipe for Butterfinger Blondies looks so tasty!


This was a fun activity!

Row the boat.  

Sit on floor, with knees bent, feet flat on floor, and baby’s back against your tummy.  “Row” as you rock forward and back, holding her hands and rowing together.

I liked to sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” while doing this activity.  Oooh, Wee One had fun!


My dad and I were JUST talking about organic foods, and how he feels they are healthier than those that are not organic.  So, when I saw this article, I thought it was a good thing to put on the blog.

The (Un)usual Suspect: Why Organic Spices Aren’t Always Safe by Nancy Shute


But organic certification doesn’t measure food safety; it’s only about how a food was grown. Recalls of organic tomatoes, lettuce, and other produce for contamination with salmonella and other deadly pathogens are, alas, common.

Organic foods have even spread botulism — like the Italian stuffed olives we covered last year.

“Consumers think organic is safer,” says Doug Powell, a professor of food safety at Kansas State University, adding, “It’s just a word. It really doesn’t mean much aside from how it was grown.” In other words, a food that’s grown free of pesticides isn’t also necessarily free of pathogens.

Are you someone who only eats organic foods?  Or are some, but not all, foods in your home organic?  Or none at all?


Second-Hand Circles

(From wholeliving.com)

Targets: Abs

Lie on your back with your legs straight, palms on the floor, edges of the hands tucked under your hips. Press your lower back into the floor and lift both legs straight up to a 90-degree angle, keeping your feet together and toes pointed. Moving slowly to a count of five, make a circle with your legs, rotating them clockwise until they’re straight up again. Repeat in the opposite direction. Do 10 circles total, switching directions each time.


Wee One LOVES these books….

They are light enough for her to hold on her own, and, yes, she likes to slobber all over them, too!


The site for today is astoundingly beautiful.

cannelle et vanille

There are oodles upon OODLES of gorgeous photographs here…and matching recipes as well!  A lot of the recipes look quite complex, so if you are a chef, these may be just for you!

I love custard and pudding, so I can imagine this is phenomenal.

Butterscotch Pot de Creme from cannelle et vanille


What types of recipes do you like to try most: simple and traditional, but complex and intricate?

I’m always looking for new sites…let me know if you have any suggestions!