Recipe: Roasted tomato pasta sauce (super-easy!)

Like most families, we don’t have a lot of spare time. Also like (or at least, I want to believe like) most families, we try valiantly to eat healthily and with as little processed food as possible. This becomes even more critical when two of the individuals are watching their food intake for the purposes…

Dundonian Shortbreads

Recipe courtesy of David Dempster A good friend gave us this recipe, which I have made far too frequently as of late, much to the delight of the folks at John’s office (hi guys!). As requested, here’s how to make Dundonian shortbreads (Dundonian = someone from Dundee, Scotland, in case you were perplexed). Prep. and…

FYI about Corn (and “what on earth was I thinking?”)

Katherine adores corn on the cob and will transport into paroxysms of delight at being told she can have some. Ordinary corn is pretty good, too, but there’s something special about corn on the cob that elevates it to a higher plane of satisfaction in the realm of kid-dom. Katherine refers to corn on the…

Able to leap tall contradictions in a single bound

So it’s supper time.John won’t be home until 8:30pm or thereabouts. I’m in survival mode and am relying on a bath to kill the last hour or so before bedtime. Katherine is sitting at the kitchen table, before a plate of whole wheat spaghetti and Parmesan (her choice supper). Three bites later….. K: I’m done…

April, come she will

I have just either jinxed us for the next two months or provided a catalyst for spring’s arrival, as this morning I ordered the seeds for our veggie garden from Vesey’s. Which way my luck swings should be evident in the coming weeks. Last year’s food garden worked out pretty well on a limited scale,…

One ring to rule them all….

Cheerios, I mean. Katherine will only eat Cheerios (or some O-shaped clone). I’ve tried Rice Crispies, oatmeal (she’ll grudgingly eat it, but not for breakfast), Shreddies, various healthy flakes. No go. When it comes to her breakfast, my kid is a cereal monogamist.

oh the pain.

After burning the entire inside of your your mouth, your tongue and your lips rather badly and finally managing to get the agony to subside enough to finish some portion your lunch (but not before inadvertently whacking yourself on the head three times with two cupboard doors and a chair), the very last thing you…

The knitting diet

I’m working on my forth pair of socks since New Year’s and have lost 13 pounds. Yes, friends, there is a correlation. I discovered that one of the things that results in my eating too much is wanting something to do with my hands that isn’t work-work in the evening. Popcorn helps, but it’s still…

Three approaches to one problem

Yesterday we ran out of dog food. My stop-gap measure during such an emergency is to feed the dogs cooked brown rice. This fills them up enough that they don’t create drool puddles on the floor while watching us eat. It also alleviates the need to regularly count the limbs and digits of all humanoids…

I am going to be in so much trouble for this….

…, but I can’t help it. I just love it when he makes bread. 🙂 Fortunately for the Internet, I have no problems with getting flour on my shirt while kneading. Plus I’m better at hiding the camera.

Last of the harvest

With the threat of a possible hurricane, not to mention a dearth of free time, looming, I decided to pick the last of the veggies from the garden. I thought there might be a tomato or two, but wasn’t quite prepared to find this quantity: In fact, I can’t even claim credit for most of…