Chocolate Marbled Pumpkin Bread

Looking for a way to dress up traditional pumpkin bread?  This unique variation is an aesthetic addition to the table and simple to achieve.  While the warm fall spices are the primary flavor, the chocolate swirls add a hint of richness, which make it an irresistible dessert at any gathering. Ingredients: 1/2 can (8oz) cannedContinue reading “Chocolate Marbled Pumpkin Bread”

How to Make the Most of Eighteen Summers

“We only have eighteen summers with them.”  A friend’s social media post recently took me aback.  We have eighteen summers to enjoy with our kids.  Our family has spent many summers in the army’s “moving season”, and we try to make the most of it.  Usually we see family (as we do not always haveContinue reading “How to Make the Most of Eighteen Summers”

Orange-Mint Scented Homemade Playdough

Need a new quiet time activity or sensory bin?  Try this soothing scented homemade playdough.  Inexpensive and easy to make, this homemade recipe does not take more than ten minutes. It requires few more ingredients than flour, water and salt, yet it is as smooth and pliable as commercial doughs.  Orange-mint has been one ofContinue reading “Orange-Mint Scented Homemade Playdough”

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

What does lemonade bring to your mind? The Smell of fresh-cut grass; Dixie cups and dimes? Wrap-around porches? The sound of pool water splashing?  It brings me back to my great-grandmother’s backyard lemon tree in orange county, where my sister dared me to eat a whole lemon.   Every June, my little skittles and I makeContinue reading “Homemade Strawberry Lemonade”

Raspberry Cream Cheese Babka

Servings: 12 Difficulty: Moderate Prep time: 2 hours Bake time: 45 minutes Oven Temp: 375 and 335 Who does not love Middle Eastern breads? This delectable, one-tin wonder puts a playful twist of fresh spring fruit into a traditionally chocolate flavored sweet bread.  A babka is an enriched brioche that is rolled with filling, split,Continue reading “Raspberry Cream Cheese Babka”

How to Experience Animals without Adopting a Pet

I’ve always respected moms who care for not just their kids, but a pet or two as well.  I have a hard enough time herding my littles (which is a lot like herding cats), so we have not ventured into adopting any official pets.  However, wherever we have lived, we have sought out critters toContinue reading “How to Experience Animals without Adopting a Pet”

Cinnamon Blueberry Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 25 min Bake Time: 45-50 min Oven Temp: 350 F This simple, scrumptious coffee cake has always been one of my favorite recipes from my mum, and it is in her honor for Mother’s Day that I post this. She calls it Blueberry Buckle and first got the recipe from a friend’s SwedishContinue reading “Cinnamon Blueberry Coffee Cake”