Accordion Fold Out Album – Craft Tutorial


After my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary in March I wanted to create a little picture keepsake of my parent’s wedding for my daughters, especially since Cali was not able to attend  the anniversary party.  And really, having grandparents who have been married for 50 years is pretty special!    So I put together two of these… While in Arizona for spring break I bought some chipboard accordion fold out albums that I thought would be the perfect thing to use for the keepsake. I found them in Mesa at Mystic Paper.  Unfortunately [Continue Reading…]

Salsa Verde Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas

Summer has already begun at our house  – at least for our two college students that are home.  School ends for them the end of April so they are home, adapting to family life again.  For those of you who haven’t had college students return home, this can be a bit of a struggle – for student and parents! We love having them home though, even with the clothes they leave all over and the doubling of my grocery bill! One of my summer goals is to help my college [Continue Reading…]

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Flank Steak with Chimicurri Sauce

This grilled flank steak is always a hit and so easy to prepare.  Topping it with chimichurri sauce is perfection. Last week I received a copy of Emeril Lagasse’s newest cookbook to preview and share with you – Emeril at the Grill: A Cookbook for All Seasons.   I have lots of recipes marked to try. I let Clark choose the first recipe to share with you and it was no surprise when he chose Grilled Marinated Flank Steak with Chimchurri Sauce. It was no surprise because whenever one of the college [Continue Reading…]

Mother’s Day Giveaway


Yesterday I shared with you Five Things My Mother Taught Me and promised that if you came back today and shared with me one thing your mother taught you, you would have a chance to win something beautiful! I am excited to introduce you to my friend April of Lotus Girl Jewlery.  April makes beautiful jewelry and I am the proud owner of two of her pieces. I wear my Sophia necklace almost every day!   I also love my Alex necklace.  In addition to being a jewelry designer April is also [Continue Reading…]

Five Things My Mother Taught Me

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Being a mother is hard. Being a mother of small children who don’t always sleep at night and are involved in a million activities is physically exhausting. Being the mother of teenagers and young adults can be emotionally exhausting. As I told a young mother friend of mine this week – it doesn’t get easier, it only gets different! Although I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be  a mother and wouldn’t trade it for anything there are times I enjoy being a mother more than others. I [Continue Reading…]

Saturday Chores

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There are lots of things I love about having my college kids home. One of my top reasons is that there are more people around to help with Saturday chores!  Yeah! Here are the lists that were on the kitchen counter awaiting everyone as they got up this morning. Of course the Honey Do one is for Jim. The kid’s list is first come, first serve.  As you can see there was a little negotiating going on as jobs were claimed but then traded around! Cali got up last so [Continue Reading…]

Cinnamon Bun Cake

cinnamon cake

I was going through my photos the other day and realized I had never shared this very yummy coffee cake with you that we had for Easter breakfast. It is way too good to wait until next Easter to share. The recipe comes from my friend Loi Palmer who is one of the co-founders over at Mentoring Moments. Loi always has lots of yummy recipes to share. I have a lot of recipes for different variations of cinnamon coffee cake but I have to say this one is my new [Continue Reading…]