Jam Bars!


Because it’s summer and I can’t stop using the oven, here is a delicious recipe you can make using jam. Or fresh fruit, since it’s summer and all. If you use fresh fruit, chop it up, toss in a few tablespoons of cornstarch and a few tablespoons of sugar, then spread over the crust like you would with jam. I used jam here, but added in a handful of cherries I had in the fridge that a certain kid refused to eat. I tossed them in cornstarch and sugar and almond extract and mixed them in with the jam. Continue reading

New Toy!

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I got a new toy! We went to a wedding recently and they had an instant camera for their photo booth option, and I was pleasantly surprised by how great it was. After the wedding I did some research, and settled on the Instax Mini 50S by Fujifilm.

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I chose the 50S because it has a self timer, and I wanted to be able to use it to take family portraits. Continue reading

Yard Tea


It’s summer, and I love cold drinks. I’ve been making iced tea like nobody’s business! I’ve also been making tea from plants and herbs from my yard, with a revolving cast of characters depending on what’s growing/in bloom.


Today’s tea was made of raspberry leaf, yarrow, lemon balm, sage, bee balm, two types of mint. Continue reading

Have you tried the gluten free products at Aldi?

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I forget about Aldi a lot. Have you been? It’s a very different model of grocery store than we’re used to. You pay a quarter to rent a cart (which you get back when you return it), you have to bring your own bags, everything is merchandised in pallet drops (like Costco) and almost everything is Aldi brand (like Trader Joe’s). Their prices are insanely cheap, and they have their own gluten free line, Live G Free. Baby P and I ran in today to grab something for lunch and came out with these sandwich pockets. They were $2.69!!

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