Easy, Fast, Healthy Zucchini Soup and Softball Shenanigans.

We’re sitting in the stands. . .and Warwick is keeping the books.  You know for softball. How many runs, number of pop-ups, where balls are going in the outfield, all the little details he loves so much.He points to center field and yells to the positioning coach, ” The ball is going to short stop! Slow runner on second. Tag her – – – then throw to first!”And then all hell broke loose.It was a total blur.The pitching coach starts pointing at Warwick, hateful and sharp. “Don’t talk about my girls Read more […]

Earth Day: REUSE!!! Repainting and Mending a Flea Market Chair.

He walked into the house, eyes squinting, head tilted, head half convulsing.Him:   Nicole! Nicole! Did you know there is paint splattered all over the grass? And a bit on the sidewalk. And ON. THE. BRICK. OF THE HOUSE???  Did you know that?I  look at him and purse my lips. I turn back around and continue combing Phoebe’s hair.Him:   Nicole. Seriously. It’s like you turned the water hose on. . . then holding a paint brush full of paint . . .tried to hose it off, but it just splattered. . . .everywhere. Read more […]

This is what I need. . .Hydrangeas.

My husband got a little perturbed with me the other day.”Seriously.” He says. “You went to the Garden Nursery INSTEAD of going to the grocery store?”He was angry in that way nice people get pissed off, annoyed, and totally disappointed in the people they love. Not really yelling, but his tone. . .boy. . .I could hear it in his tone.”We don’t have any food in this house. And I need food for lunch. And the kids need snacks.. . . .” And then he went on from there, but I zoned. out.I was rather ticked Read more […]

Potato Fagioli (My made up name for Pasta Fagioli with no Pasta) And Broken, Broken, Teeth.

That girl was on fire.And then. . . . .it happened.Sitting on the hard aluminum bleacher seat, I could see the ball as it propelled through the air, just missing her head, landing onto her chest, and then BAM! ricocheting onto her jaw. Her jaw jiving upwards, knocking the lower tooth into the upper. . .and then. . . .She clasped her hand over her mouth.Uuuuuhhhh.She turned toward me, eyes wide, as she she sprinted off of the soccer field.She hopped into the players box, and then exiting out in a Read more […]

Green Goddess Juice (Grapefruit, Apple, Celery) made in a Blender

{Enter my CLEAN FOOD COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY}   Oh my Lord.   It’s all I could think as my head pounded from the sound of the blaring TV. I kept my eyes shut, willing my brain to turn off and fall back to sleep. And then the alarm blasted ON. RRRRIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNGGGGGGGGG DIIIIINNNNNNGGGGGG. BBBBLLLLLAAAAAAHHHHHH. Uuh. My eyes opened and the lights in the bedroom were blazing. Where is my husband? Why is Usher singing in my alarm clock? WHY ARE THE LIGHTS ON AND SCREAMING AT MY Read more […]

Mexican Lasagna and A Child who Shutters at the Sight of Me. (Plus! A GIVEAWAY!!!)

(Winner announced below)Camera at the ready.My hand cupped the lens. My eye peering through the view finder, searching. Searching.Where is she?I let the camera strap rest around my neck as the camera dangles and I look for her.There she is.Green and white striped shirt. Her back to me. Walking away . . . . down the corridor. Walking away from me.”Shelbi!” I yelled.She turned around and looked at me, but only for a second.Quickly, she swung her head back around and weaving herself into the massive Read more […]

Dark Chocolate M&M Trail Mix and Knock Down, Drag Down Fights.

{Enter the Good Housekeeping Cookie Lover’s Cookbook Giveaway!}I could hear her feet as they hit the ground.Their bareness slapped the tile floor as they stomped toward my room.She stopped in the doorway.She was too angry to entirely enter a space that was completely ours.”I hate her! And all the stupid noises she makes! She’s just sitting there grunting and slopping up her food. In her stupid annoying way.””Excuse me. You had better watch how you speak about other members of the family.” I spoke Read more […]

Nigella Lawson’s Sticky Gingerbread and Sticky, Sticky Situations

We were driving 50 mph on the interstate accelerating . . . . . .30 mph, 40 mph, 50 mph. And then nothing.The car just stopped.There was this low thud. Like the gears were trying to change but they wouldn’t. My heart fell out of my chest. Onto the dirty floor mat. The one with the blue slush stain. It stayed there for about 30 seconds as I gulped for air. . . .panicking.I looked over at him.He smiled.And it wasn’t a nervous smile either.His eyes were glimmering,  “Looks like the transmission just Read more […]

Sweet Potato Casserole

Me:  look, I’m not your Secretary. Stop sending me things half a**ed.Him:  I told you I sent the Christmas list earlier today to your hotmail address.Me:  No. You said you thought you sent them. And that you couldn’t find them in your outbox. And that you needed to look for them further.Him:  No. I said I found them. 2 hours ago. . .when I sent them.Me:  Well. I’m not your secretary. And that is not what you said. And anyway, I don’t know why you keep sending me stuff and telling me to do ‘this Read more […]

Pepitas! and Homemade Lalaloopsy Vampire Costume

[Don’t forget to enter My Redwood Hill Farm Dairy Giveaway!]Yesterday I yelled at my kid for being too excited for Halloween.I know what your thinking.No, I didn’t really yell. I just raised my voice.But no. I yelled. LOUD.Something like.”I’m so tired i don’t know what to do and you people wont ever leave me alone! and i guess i’ll let you try on your costume if you would just give me a moments peace. so just go try it on and try not to say anything . NO TALKING. NO TALKING. I can’t hear myself think!!! Read more […]