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haven’s library books

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015


holiday transformation

Saturday, November 28th, 2015


thanksgiving 2015

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

It wasn’t planned this way, but this Thanksgicjng we stayed home all by ourselves. Kendall woke up on Wednesday with an unexplained rash (could be related to amoxicillin or could be hand foot and mouth disease…we may never know). 


 Not wanting to risk spreading cooties (or someone else in our crew coming down with whatever she has…if she has something) we stayed put. Fortunately, the turkey gods were on our side and Matt scored a fresh turkey that he smoked and it was wonderful. I whipped up some roasted potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, a couple of loaves of homemade bread, homemade applesauce, homemade macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce (from a can), smoked turkey gravy made with the drippings and a pecan and pumpkin pie with homemade crusts.  Man, it was a buttload of work, but very yummy and I’m hoping we will not have to cook for a few days. Planning on making some turkey stock with the carcass sometime over the weekend. But first we rest. 

 Missing our family this weekend but so thankful for what we do have. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

microwave macaroni and cheese

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

To be used with a Pampered Chef DCB or RC

2 cups elbow macaroni or rotini

1 can chicken broth

2 cups of half and half

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Place macaroni, chicken broth and half and half into your Deep Covered Baker. Stir, then cover with the lid. Heat on high in microwave for 14 minutes (use turntable or rotate every 2 minutes). Remove from heat and add shredded cheese, stir, place lid on baker and let sit 10 minutes. Stir and serve warm. 

Recipe courtesy of :

halloween 2015

Monday, November 2nd, 2015


why you should never breastfeed in public

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

great chesapeake bay swim

Sunday, June 14th, 2015


  4.4 miles. 2:19:56. Yay, Matt!

wheatberry, chickpea and arugula salad

Saturday, June 6th, 2015



Saturday, May 23rd, 2015


daddy daughter camping

Saturday, May 9th, 2015


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