There’s a pretty good chance I’m never going to win Mother of the Year. First of all, I’m not even sure when they give those awards out, or where you go to accept them. It might be broadcast on...
Organizing and planning come naturally to me. I use these skills to our advantage and have developed a foolproof meal planning strategy that has been working so incredibly well for our family. Even if you are not a type...
I cook a whole chicken any time we need chicken for a meal. (We raise and butcher our own chickens and we have a growing family, so I prefer to cook a whole chicken.) I can usually get two...
December is a magical month in my kitchen. Every fall, I pore over my cookbook collection, marking new recipes to add to my holiday baking list. I make my mom's sugar cookies. I take inventory of my butter supply...
Whether you typically celebrate Thanksgiving at your home or visit family and friends, it's no secret that hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be a stressful undertaking. Attempting to clean (and maintain) a house with children, prepping food, and worrying about...
My kitchen has been under construction for the last couple of months. It was completely gutted and renovated. We were lucky enough to escape the heavy demolition period and stay at my in-laws' vacation house for a month this...
Between the glue sticks and the composition notebooks, we find our fellow moms. We will meet up again in the aisle alongside the colored folders. Together, we help decipher our supply lists and figure out which ones are the...
Who doesn't love Sunday brunch?!  Our family's recent routine has been to get in a little breakfast before heading to church on Sunday morning, and then come home after Sunday School and make a big meal of pancakes, eggs,...

The Holiday Pie of Your Dreams

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“I dreamed about your pie last night,” one of my cousins told me as we were sitting at a family get together. “Did you make a pie? Please tell me you brought a pie.” Since everybody should have a...
I have sat down numerous times over the past several weeks to write this post, and each time I end up staring at a blank screen. How do I begin to write about something I feel is so personal?...

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Juneteenth Events in the Iowa City Area

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June 19th is Juneteenth, known as the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. On June 19, 1865, Union...