French Macarons

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

...little Miss LaBelle, enjoying the cookie of her french ancestors on a Sunday morning.

Papa Billy

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

matchy-matching Kindred in that pink shirt today!

Summer Bucket List #17 Rootbeer Floats

Sunday, June 24, 2018
...not a fan of root beer floats.

Summer Bucket List #5 Grow Flowers

Saturday, June 23, 2018
...the girls grew these sunflowers from seed!

Summer Bucket List #14 Fly a Kite

Friday, June 22, 2018

...even the big kids had to come fly the kite with the Littles.

Summer Solstice

Thursday, June 21, 2018 today and celebrates the longest day of the year. Although, it is probably met with less fanfare in America since every single day of 2018 so far has seemed like the longest day of the year. These times we are living through are not for the faint of heart.

Today is overcast with periods of downpours. The ferns are outside to enjoy the false narrative that they have been returned to their native jungle. Speaking of habitats, I texted Berg earlier this week that I could thrive in the desert. I AM THE LIZARD QUEEN. I love the heat. I am in the only car in traffic with the windows down and I am not uncomfortable. I am mindful of my traveling partners, I am not anti-air conditioning...but I can bake in the sun and not break a sweat. The only hangups are that Berg had a heatstroke as a young man so he can't handle the heat and I cannot grow a succulent. I over-hydrate and they die. I guess I care too much.

Kaypacha says we are collectively in the cosmic soup right now. All the feels, hitting us all... Aspects, eclipses, and Mars in retrograde, oh my! Break on through to the other side, my friends. The sun is in Cancer now (as is Mercury) opening us up to really "see" our past and future. We want to transcend our boundaries, our mistakes from the past and dream a new way of life for ourselves. Get into your heartspace, people. It ain't easy, considering the trauma we see daily, but it is necessary to co-create a kinder, more inclusive Earth.

Any big solstice plans? Just gonna set some intentions, make some goals, and hang with my family. Happy solstice to you!!

Balloon Glow

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Coconut Blueberry Muffins

Monday, June 18, 2018

Muffins are the best... You can bake them the night before and be super lazy about breakfast the next day. I saw this recipe on the back of a new coconut flour we got in at work. I'm always trying to find a way to add iron to Kindred's diet, as she runs slightly low and we have to supplement. Between the coconut flour and chia seeds this one calls for, it has the iron base covered.

You can really smell the coconut in the flour...which is great for me because I love coconut! The amount of batter it yields is way more than the 3/4 cup per muffin cup the recipe calls for. It pretty much filled them completely up, which made me nervous, but luckily they don't really swell out too much.

They started to get really brown on top during the last 5 minutes or so. I just cut the heat off and kept a close watch. They taste great and are plenty moist...but that comes from all the extra coconut oil. These are pretty oily muffins. Next time, I will definitely try to cut some of the oil down. The kiddos love them so I'm calling these a win!!

*We also substituted hemp seeds for the chia, as those were the ones I had on hand...

Summer Bucket List

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

  1. Go out for ice cream.✔
  2. See classic cars.✔
  3. Make S'mores.✔
  4. See a movie at the Drive-In.✔
  5. Plant flowers.✔
  6. Play with sparklers at dusk.✔
  7. Attend an outdoor concert.✔
  8. Go to the Farmer's Market.✔
  9. Paint our nails a bright color.✔
  10. Visit the library for storytime.✔
  11. Bake pink cupcakes for Brooklyn's birthday.✔
  12. Ride the carousel.✔
  13. Watch fireworks.✔
  14. Fly a kite.✔
  15. Water balloons.✔
  16. Blow bubbles outside.✔
  17. Drink a rootbeer float.✔
  18. Cousin sleepover.✔
  19. Eat a watermelon.✔
  20. Go to the county fair.✔
  21. Catch a baseball game.✔
  22. Picnic in the park.
  23. Buy something from a garage sale.✔
  24. Find dinosaurs.✔
  25. Take a picture in front of a mural.✔
  26. Family kickball at Grandma's.✔
  27. Play freeze tag.
  28. Get local-made candy from Mary Jane's.✔
  29. Sip lemonade.✔
  30. Eat a peach.✔

In The Summertime...

Thursday, June 07, 2018

We are just in heaven around here...

I cannot get enough of being outdoors, in the sunshine, listening to the birdbath fountain and the sounds of the girls having fun.

Working up a summertime bucket list as we speak! What's on yours?