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Here come Christmas: Gifts for Guys

My husband is a hard man to shop for. He buys himself pretty much everything he wants, he has no serious hobbies and he’s not overly into sports. It’s difficult to narrow down Christmas gifts that wouldn’t break the bank, but I’ve got his number and after all these years, I can find things that […]


Here comes Christmas: A gift guide for the ladies

It’s that time of year again. I’ll be glued to my computer in just a few days trying to get the best deal on all of my loved ones favorite things. So what do I buy for all of these people? I have no idea. Each year, I somehow come up with something acceptable. This […]


Leaving a bit of me for the future

As I sit on the airplane, it rocks back and forth, lurches and lifts and fights the turbulence. It’s one of the ways I imagine I’ll die, a plane crash. So, is this it? Actually I’m writing this as it happens so either some day this will be posted online or it will sit forever […]


The day I became a mom: The birth of my daughter

The weather was unseasonably warm for October. And the end of October at that. I left the house in a tank top and yoga pants, instead of the typical fall-in-Michigan jeans and a hoodie prerequisite. I had called the doctor’s office earlier in the day to tell them something was off, and I was told […]

Apples with jack-o-lantern shapes cut into it, paint and some paper makes a fun Halloween art project.

Apple Art: Using apples for printmaking

My Pinterest account is filled with pins I never try. Especially my Halloween Fun Pinterest board. I feel like Halloween just draws the short straw. This year, though, I decided to tackle some of the projects on that list. After our recent apple orchard trip, I used some of our remaining apples to create artwork with […]


Recipe: Homemade Apple Bread

We still have so many apples from our recent apple orchard trip. I decided to make some apple bread. It was a tasty, easy and made such a nice little treat for after dinner and in my kids’ lunches that week. It was so yummy that it didn’t require any apple butter or anything else […]

This easy homemade apple pie recipe is big on taste.

Recipe: Simple, Homemade Apple Pie

Our bushel of apples from a recent apple orchard visit was still looming. After making apple sauce, I still had a lot (a LOT) of apples so I went for the fallest of all fall treats–an apple pie! Making an apple pie is surprisingly easy. It’s even easier if you don’t make your own crust. […]


Recipe: Food Mill Apple Sauce

We recently went apple-picking and brought home way too many apples. Of course. So, I did what any apple-lovin’ person would do…I set to work making all sorts of treats from the fruit–including  food mill apple sauce. My apple sauce is easy. It’s so easy that it’s ridiculous actually. In previous years, I would core and […]

I take a picture of my children at the apple orchard each year.

Fall means all things apple

Nothing feels more like fall in Michigan than apple orchards and cider mills. The smell of donuts, the crisp feel to the air, the tractor rides, the unpredictable weather–it’s all symbolic of the changing seasons. Maybe that’s why an apple-picking trip has become somewhat of a tradition in our house. Fall becomes a time of […]


Raising Girls, Raising Cheerleaders

I’m raising girls, and I want them to be cheerleaders. I’m not talking about the ones on the sidelines at football games. That would be fine too, but what I want goes deeper than that. Let me explain. Two years ago, I walked 60 miles for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. For three days, the route […]