Evie and the Chicks

It was nearly a month ago now that we were collecting eggs in trays for the incubator.  Evie, as Evie is wont to do, kept playing with the eggs.  “I need those for the incubator,” I told her, “so I need you to quit playing with them.  If they break, they can’t turn into chickens.” […]

Planning a Month of Dinners

Plan Monthly, Shop Weekly I am a planner.  I like to know what’s in store, what I’m going to need, and how much it’s going to cost.  You can ask my children: I’m forever making lists, calculating expenses and plotting times.  I’ve typically shopped weekly, until fairly recently, but I have been making monthly menu […]

Artisan Bread For Sandwiches

I love grilled cheese sandwiches.  I make them all kinds of ways, with just plain cheese (seldom American), with added vegetables and herbs, sometimes even with a slice of lunch meat.  I love the warm, melty, crispy, butteriness.  Grilled cheese is an utterly satisfying sandwich, with or without a side of soup.  (I usually prefer […]

Henry is One!

Today is Henry’s first birthday.  I read somewhere once, when I was a young, energetic, idealistic mother, that the first birthday is not about the baby.  It is for the parents, a celebration of their survival of the first and most difficult year.  I know I have been looking forward to this milestone for many […]

One Little Thing

When I switched around milking and dinner time, I opened up the whole day.  I have no idea why I hadn’t done this sooner.  All of a sudden, I’ve got nothing but time.  The afternoon is wide open, and the entire evening is deconflicted.  There is no hurrying.  After dinner, instead of hustling to get […]

More Sleep Progress

Thursday: I don’t often get to take a bubble bath anymore, thanks to my two later-in-life babies, but I committed to enjoying one on Thursday night, since Henry has been doing so much better this week.  He did wake at his usual 45 minutes after going to sleep, but he cried only briefly and then […]

The Sleep Training Saga: Continued

Tuesday: I started reading Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman.  It turns out I’m fairly French in my parenting style, but I’ve obviously forgotten a thing or two about getting babies to sleep through the night and blend into the family’s general schedule.  Basically, I’ve let the whole world revolve around the babies, and that […]

Keeping a Pantry

The First Thing I Do That Makes Meal Management Easier I would like to tell you that I go grocery shopping every week, but I don’t.  It’s not that I don’t want to.  The weekly marketing used to be a pleasant part of our routine, and maybe it should be again!  But I don’t always […]