Monthly Archives: September 2011

Beet ice cream: it’s what’s for breakfast

Want your kids to eat more vegetables? Puree them and load them with sugar and cream and put them in ice cream.  Okay, so it is not the greatest plan ever, but Monkey Man and Gorilla Girl liked the beet … Continue reading

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Beet ice cream: or, there is nothing new in the world

Ed forgot to cancel our CSA delivery, so he arrived last night with a big bag of goodies, including three beets. Last year, when faced with beets, I made soup. It was good. The color was scrumptious. I wanted to … Continue reading

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Patience

Gorilla Girl corrects my of my behavior almost as much as I remind her of our expectations for her behavior. I suppose if she continues to reprimand me, it could become a point of contention — my own parents would … Continue reading

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Five on friday

I wrote this post on Friday, but here it is Sunday and I still haven’t posted it. Okay, so a couple of weeks are in the books for school.  We made it through two Open House nights, one night of … Continue reading

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Class matters

School has started and with all the excitement of the new school year also comes some anxiety — from kids about homework, getting good grades, preparing for high school (and some of them for college).  Parents, too, have anxieties about … Continue reading

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Working mom 101

I know that all moms work. But I also know that it feels different to be home all day with the kids while not “working outside the home” and I know this because I have the luxury of taking the … Continue reading

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Beer-vana: Greenbush Brewery, Michigan

I’ve written about some of Michigan’s finest offerings, from blueberries to bike routes, from great small towns, to lakeshore college towns, and even to historic beaches with a bit of controversy, but one of Michigan’s best products or places has … Continue reading

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Blueberry trifecta: labor day weekend in Michigan

By chance, luck or the randomness of the universe, I scored three pints of the last blueberries of the season at the farmers’ market (hello fall squash and apples, goodbye berries).  In my eagerness make use of the berries,  I … Continue reading

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Every atom

I am not a believer.  I don’t believe in god, and fate has never really held much allure for me, despite the fact that a former lover tried to convince me that fate had brought us together (note well:  former).  … Continue reading

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I love you more than beer

Monkey Man has a sense of humor, and we’ve know that for a long time. Monkey Man also loves to cuddle at night, and frequently says, “Mommy, hold me,” at bedtime.  During the last couple of nights, Monkey Man has … Continue reading

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