Posts Tagged ‘family


A New Celebration

Most of you know that my sister passed away on Earth Day 13 years ago. It was just 3 days before her 27th birthday, and this year, finally, after 12 years of struggle I finally found a way to observe both. We started out by taking advantage of a free day at Powell Gardens for Earth Day; I braved it and took all 3 boys (at the time under 5) by myself. We had a blast. Then on April 25, when my sister would have turned 40, we had cake, a homemade pound cake with chocolate meringue frosting. I was planning on posting the frosting recipe, but I really can’t remember how I made it. It was delish, though, and I will replicate it at some point and post it as soon as I figure it out.

After years of watching horrible things happen during the time in which these events happened, it was amazing to finally break free and celebrate! I watched the Columbine High School Massacre, and then, on April 22 the year after my sisters death, spent 3 hours in front of the school I taught at, across the street from a large wooded park, while we waited through a copy cat bomb threat on our own building. Every year it was something. I finally moved on, and I was thrilled to have my 3 boys with me.



Some pretty cool pics

…and I didn’t even take them. Of course, I’m in them…

Our good friend Josh Solar met us for a family photo session that started with bar-b-que at our favorite picnic spot (on a bridge!) and continued with a walk around the crossroads. Josh posted photos from the session to his blog.

Hubby took some maternity photos of me last week. I got brave, bared a lot, and am thrilled with the results. You can check out shots of super pregnant me here on Hubby’s blog. Notice the sweater? Yep, that’s the maternity sweater I knit. You’ll read more about it later.


Pizza, Family Style

I’ve watched my fair share (and then some…) of cooking shows, and I’ve seen over and over kids top their own pizzas, but we hadn’t tried it at our house until a couple of weeks ago. We watched our normally picky eater devour dinner simply because he’d helped prepare it, and we immediately decided to share the experience with friends. It ended up being a wonderful evening despite the fact that illness kept slightly more than half of the family we were expecting for dinner home. We do hope that they are feeling better soon, we want them to know that they were missed, and we hope that they can all make it over for pizzas again sometime!

This was a fun way to share a family dinner; prepare toppings all ahead and lay them out in separate bowls. I gave everyone a plate and had them top their own pizzas; we offered tomato sauce, mozzarella, olive oil, spices, sliced onion, mushrooms, olives, lightly steamed broccoli, grilled chicken, and pepperoni. Then I slipped all the kids’ pizzas in the oven first, allowing them to cool a bit while the adults’ pizzas baked. We served it all up with a salad and some sliced strawberries. I cleaned up the dishes while the boys all played; then we had flour less chocolate cake for dessert.

Need pizza crust for this event? I used the dough we make from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. We make the basic recipe, but substitute slightly more than half whole wheat flour. I use a golf ball or slightly larger ball of chilled dough for each individual pizza, roll it out to a 7 or 8 inch circle, prick it several times with a fork to prevent puffing in the oven, and pre-bake it at 425 on a preheated baking sheet (with a silpat on it) for about 7 minutes. Then we bake the topped pizzas directly on the oven rack at 400 degrees until the cheese is melted and just starting to brown. These are the absolute best home made pizzas we’ve had, and I am finding that we are eating a lot more recipes of artisan dough than we have in the past.

I can also tell you that we’ve done this twice; it is so much hands on fun for all of us that I still don’t have many pictures of it!


Little helpers

I do almost nothing alone these days, and I’m certain that many of you live this way too. At our house, we all learned a while back that we had a choice, embrace the “help” we have and make them a part of what we do or have everyone get really frustrated. I’m also certain that most of you know that we generally choose to embrace the help and make the boys a part of most of the things we do; they are learning so much from being involved in all the creating that take place around here. Hubby took all of us with him for a pretty special photo shoot a while back! He was taking engagement photos of his sister and her fiance, and he was kind enough to bring along gear for the boys to use as well. They loved the outdoor location where he was shooting, and they loved even more getting to be the photographers!


This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.