Oven Braised Chicken with Tomato and Olive Sauce

Happy Autumn Equinox! Mother Earth decided to bless us by sending our first real Fall day.  The temperature dropped from the upper 90s down to 72 and breezy in just a couple days.  The wind smelled wet and cold.  It blew strongest in the afternoon and the dust was so thick in places that visibility was… Continue reading Oven Braised Chicken with Tomato and Olive Sauce

Since I’ve Been Gone

Here I sit.  In my newish apartment overlooking the Southern California desert where we now call home.  I have been wanting to write this post for months, but the right words have eluded me.  How do I explain all that has happened to our little family over the last two years.  All the struggle, the… Continue reading Since I’ve Been Gone

Right Now

Right now :listening – To Gavin pound on the keyboard.  One of his new favorite toys. :thinking – about all the guests I have had visiting this past month.  It’s so fun to reconnect with old friends. :feeling – anxious about my upcoming flight to So Cal.  I haven’t flown in a long time and… Continue reading Right Now


This year I am thankful for 1.  The health and safety of myself, my family and my friends. 2. The incredible generosity of friends, loved ones and strangers. 3.  The amazing food that is available here in NorCal. 4.  This amazing recipe for Mashed Sweet Potatoes that saved my butt at the last minute today.… Continue reading Thankful

30 Days of Renewal – Day 18 – one step at a time

Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple days.  We are sick again, or maybe its the same one that keeps coming back.  I don’t know.  I hope it goes away soon.  This is the first time Gavin has been sick before and he sounds so sad and miserable rubbing his little nose. I joined the… Continue reading 30 Days of Renewal – Day 18 – one step at a time

30 Days of Renewal – Day 5 – Gavin’s 6 Months

Gavin is 6 months old today! I can’t believe how quickly this precious time passes. I know I am going to miss it. I heard a country song the other day, I can’t remember the artist, but it was about how we pull out hair out trying to be a good parent and sometimes we… Continue reading 30 Days of Renewal – Day 5 – Gavin’s 6 Months

Changes in my Kitchen

     I know.  Its been forever since I have had a chance to sit down and write.  Baby Gavin takes up every minute of my time.  He naps about 4 times a day, but only for 30-40 minutes at a time.  That’s enough time to go to the bathroom and make a cup of… Continue reading Changes in my Kitchen

Baby, Food and Gas

Sorry I have been gone for so long.  I have been enjoying this new baby of mine.  He is so charming.  Full of dashing smiles and shrieks.  For the most part.  He also has fussy and gassy times.  Over the last month we have become baby gas experts.  My midwife gave me Hylands Colic Tablets,… Continue reading Baby, Food and Gas