Category Archives: Family Life

Unfolding

I’m off to shop, bake and prepare for tomorrow. Despite my determination to keep the meal small and simple this year, I’ve managed to commit to making three desserts.     Mmm . . .  I guess that does reveal … Continue reading

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A Year in Photos

Every picture I’ve taken to date in 2014.  From spring tulips to massive spiders hanging from the fence, it’s all here:  Cats, kids, food, even a rare blond raccoon found dead[fourth row from bottom, five shots in] on the street— and … Continue reading

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Substitutions

Awhile back, I was really craving pumpkin bars.  I rarely make desserts with cream cheese frosting, though.  I find heavy, thick frosting overwhelms a tender cake crumb. Still, cream cheese is a good contrast to pumpkin and spice, so I … Continue reading

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Tangled Skeins

      Yesterday this bowl of Haralson apples became the first apple pie of the season at Casa Renfield.                                   Sampling a crisp slice … Continue reading

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The Revolution

At the end of the school year, all the 5th graders choose a Revolutionary War figure to study and then do a presentation on their choice for parents and family. It’s a really big deal for the kids and the … Continue reading

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A Healthier Donut

I really like to get a calorie bang for my buck, so when I saw Ina Garten (Of Barefoot Contessa fame) baking donuts instead of deep frying them I was intrigued, but I wondered how the taste would stack up … Continue reading

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Bittersweet

In a few weeks we’re getting together with the six familes from our original travel group to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of adopting our middle child from China. In the beginning we got together every summer, but as the years … Continue reading

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