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Babycakes

I believe that God gives us little signs, hints as to which direction our life should be taking.  We can choose to follow or turn away.  Even if we are not ready to accept the signs, the hints, the direction markers, he will find a way to keep putting them in our path.   Three days into my sugar detox, I stumbled upon this book; Babycakes, Vegan (Mostly) Gluten-Free (Mostly) and (Mostly) Sugar Free Recipes from New York's Most Talked About Bakery by Erin McKenna.  We were at Target and Lilah, my little baker, was browsing through a cupcake decorating book.  I was considering purchasing it for her when I noticed the book hanging out next to it, tucked up against the corner of the bookshelf.  It was like there was a spot light was pointing me to this book. I had just asked my Vegan sugar-free friend how to bake my favorite things sans sugar.  Agave nectar, honey and maple syrup are all new ingredients in baking to me and Lilah.  Although I rarely pay full retail price for books, here…

Sugar Free

When I went caffeine-free last year, I ended up at the doctor’s office.  My withdrawal symptoms were so severe that my husband was worried about me.  It was an awful two weeks complete with headaches and extreme fatigue.  I fell asleep at noon, on the couch while reading with Lilah.  I did not think I would make it through, but I was concerned at how much caffeine I was drinking (pots of coffee a day...not cups) and how miserable I was feeling.  Eventually the withdrawal subsided and I was left with not only physical relief but a profound appreciation for what an stronger addition; like that of heroin or crack, must be like.  
I did go back to coffee but not at full strength.  I mix decaf grounds with regular and limit myself to two coffee cups in the morning.  Before whenever Greg and I were out and about we never thought twice at popping into our favorite coffee shop on the corner for a coffee to go.  We would have coffee when we went out to dinner and always at friend’s homes.  I st…

Stay Safe

My friend Karen spent a large portion of Wednesday inside a closet with her daughter and her dog.  The thought that through no fault of your own, no misdeed or accident, everything can be taken from you in a moment’s notice is not only terrifying, but humbling.  I am awed by the power of nature.  It has the ability to both inspire us to greatness and bring us to our knees in sadness.  It can stun us into silence through beauty and through destruction.   While we in Connecticut are not being impacted by the front that has stalled out over the   southern states, we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.  Our news reported that a Trooper was killed shielding his daughter from a falling tree during a camping trip.  He willingly gave his life so that she could keep hers.  Tragic and beautiful.  It seems that nature is that way, both tragic and beautiful.   Yesterday Grace took an online class titled Wicked Weather.  It was not planned that this class would be held during the tornado ou…

Content

As I read other blogs, especially a certain one set in Florida (here) and a couple in Australia (here and here), I often find myself wishing that I lived somewhere with breathtaking beauty.   Then I realized I have to shift my thinking.  I live in New England and we just finished up a hard New England-style winter.   Connecticut in April/May is beautiful.  Everything is coming to life.  We get to experience the joy of rebirth every spring.  I feel it is especially poignant given that it seems so late in arriving this year.....



Today to celebrate the glory of our surroundings, we took the girls on a botany-walk.  I was chief photographer and they were supposed to point out anything they saw that related to anything that they have learned.  Did you happen to notice that they are wearing rain boots?  Who wears rain boots on a botany walk?  Girls who are more interested in splashing in water than recalling botany facts on demand!  Our walk was not for naught however.  We found moss and lic…

A Peek into My Wedding Album

14 Years ago today I married my best friend.... 










.... I am thankful every single day.

Milestones

We finished our second chapter of the week in SOTW.....I am so pleased.  In chapter 28 we learned that the Romans were the first to build modern roadways connecting their empire. Along the way, they used stones as mile markers, or milestones.  I explained that while our highways have mile markers as well, we use the term to mean a significant event or developmental stage in human growth and development.  In fact, we experienced a milestone ........our first green smoothie!



It's a draw.....

Last night we got an unexpected phone call.  My sister-in-law was gifted a hotel room for the night and invited us over for an evening swim with her boys.  My girls can never refuse the offer of a swim, especially with their cousins.  I am not sure which they enjoyed more, playing chicken in the pool, or soaking in the hot tub.....From their smiles, I would say it’s a draw.....








Bonsai and Venus

Another day, more to do, more to see, more to learn.  I have been reading Story of the World at breakfast.  The girls listen while they are cooking, eating or cuddling with the dogs.  I am desperate to finish this book (Book 1) by the end of June.  It is a reasonable goal if we keep at it.  We are on chapter 28 of 42.  14 chapters, 2 a week and we are good.  We are beginning the Roman Empire.  Having spent so much time on the Greeks it was fascinating to us how the Romans adopted the Greek Gods. We picked our favorite God.  For Grace it was Zeus, a.k.a. Jupiter (which is now her favorite planet).  What is a study of the Roman Gods without breaking out a little Frankie Avalon singing Venus?  Got to love youtube.  They thought I was quite the dork dancing with my dog while Frankie poured his heart out to the Goddess of Love....I bet they will not forget who Venus is anytime soon!

Lilah decided to plant her Bonsai plant she bought in Chicago.  This led to planting many of the seeds we bou…

Magical Monday

Today was a great day!  We started by reading a chapter of Story of the World in our new book.  Not new because we finished the book, but new because I lost.my.book.  I can’t find it anywhere and I must have fallen out of favor with St. Anthony.  Can you overuse a prayer? The girls took a cupcake class,






Picked up their gorgeous pottery,








Had a picnic with friends,



Noticed that our bean plant (from our botany experiment) is flowering!