I can’t help it…I absolutely love Loaded Baked Potato Soup. It’s so creamy and hearty, and the flavors blend together in the best way. And with my Instant Pot, this soup is super easy to make! No more babysitting the soup as it cooks over the stove or in the oven, trying to gauge whether … Read More about Instant Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup
I’m really more of a summer girl, but there are things I adore about fall. I love to watch the leaves turn, to bundle up in a comfy sweater on a cool autumn night, to sit around an open fire with friends. One of the things I love most though, is spiced apple cider. … Read More about Crock Pot Spiced Apple Cider
My husband is somewhat a brownie snob. He might say “expert” or even “connoisseur” if he’s feeling a bit fancy, but really, he just loves his brownies. However, I like skillet cookies. (I really like skillet cookies. And he loves me enough to compromise.) So, I set out to develop the perfect mixture of the two! … Read More about Triple Chocolate Skillet Brownie
I’ll be honest: I tend to look at most “self care for moms” posts with a bit of disbelief. I mean, they sound great, but seriously? I have yet to meet a mom who can realistically take time out for a spa day or take a whole weekend as “me time.” I know I can’t. … Read More about Real Life Self Care for Busy Moms
I grew up in northern Wisconsin, and while I don’t really miss the months of snow and ice, I do miss the leaves. In the summer they’re everywhere – you can barely tell there are buildings for all the beautiful trees! And in the fall…oh my word. There’s just something about the cool, crisp air, … Read More about DIY Nature Projects with Leaves
We’ve all heard the common saying: “Boys will be boys.” While there is a bit of cliché in this, there is also an element of truth. Having raised a boy to adulthood, I have seen all of the stages of “boys being boys.” Affiliate links may appear on this page. For details, please see our … Read More about Letting Boys be Boys
When my son was little, he would often get frustrated because his artwork didn’t look like that of the masters we studied. He figured that if his work couldn’t measure up to theirs, then what was the point of doing it?
Eventually, he got past this, but I can remember telling him: “That’s ok. Michelangelo couldn’t do that when he was little, either. You’re doing great!”
When you were a child, did you ever decide to try to run away and have an adventure? Did you dream of making it on your own, hitting it big, or living off the land?
Those of us who tried it were generally back by the time we got hungry, but there always remains just that little bit of “what if?” What would that adventure be like? My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics) fulfills that urge, and more. This classic story has it all: beautiful writing, a main character you can grow to love, an engaging plot, and tons of learning opportunities!
I once spoke with a high school teacher who asked me how she could make the Renaissance interesting for her kids. I totally understand this, especially since so many teachers are assigned to teach subjects that are outside their wheelhouse. I know how hard that is!
At the time though, the only thought that went through my head was, “How do you make it boring? It’s the Renaissance!” This is the world that Raphael was born into: a world of cities just starting to really grow, of political intrigue and theological awakening.