Handmade Halloween

The flurry of making over the last few weeks is finally wrapping up today, with signs of much activity all around.  There are piles of fabric that need to be folded and put away again, pieces of string and fluff that need to be swept from the floor, bottles of paint that need to be […]


We celebrated Maddie’s fifteenth birthday recently with a simple day.  She wanted to go shopping, something we don’t do very often, so Maddie and Zach and I drove to the nearest mall (45 minutes away).  I don’t remember the last time I spent a day with just the two of them.  While Zach was a […]

Breakfast Muffins

I made these for breakfast yesterday.  They’re simpler and quicker than the recipe I usually make, but just as much appreciated.  It’s adapted from my grandmother’s American Woman’s Cook Book. Blueberry Muffins 2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt scant 1/4 cup sugar (I used 1/3 cup for a double batch) 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 […]

Costumes for Treats

After a week or two of getting to spend lots of time with my sewing machine, and loving every single second of it, and spending time thrifting and gathering bits and pieces for costumes, they evening finally arrived, and all our children (plus one) donned their clothing and accessories for a night of treat gathering. […]

Purging Project

First of all, hello to all who are visiting from Miss Mustard Seed! I can’t wait to try out the tips she suggested in her Styling Photos post. But they’ll have to wait just a little longer, as we are in the midst of a Great American Purging Project.  I can’t even show you any […]

Project Fair

We recently survived our homeschool group’s annual Project Fair.  There’s really no other way to say it. It sounds pretty easy. Each child can do a project on absolutely anything that catches his or interest. Anything. At all. In the whole world. So you see, that right there makes it quite a challenge. Because how […]