Fit for a Fairy: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Beany has been increasingly interested in ingredients lately, and her questioning is often relentless. “What is that?” “Where did that come from?” “What does that taste like?” “How did you make it?” This has its plusses and minuses, of course. Curiosity finally convinced her to taste salad dressing, which made her taste spinach salad, which she now eats daily and by the bowlful. On the other hand, her keen observational skills have her noticing everything that’s in everything. Basil is now troublesome because, ironically, it resembles spinach, and, “Spinach doesn’t go in my pasta, silly goose.” Onions, which she’s happily noshed since before she could walk, are another tricky one lately. “Not too big and not too small,” she says. Fair enough.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Poppy seeds, which I had leftover from a salad I made a while back, could have gone either way with our resident 3-year-old food critic. I marketed them as flower seeds, the kind Tinker Bell undoubtedly sprinkles on cereal. We could add flower seeds to our breakfast, too, I said. How about in muffins? Beany thought this sounded great….

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Farm, Family and Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

The dog days of summer are here, folks, and as much as I dread the hot and sticky season for its extreme hot and stickiness, I love what it means for family time. We just returned from a nearly five-week trek around the Midwest, two kids and a puppy in tow, and my heart is…

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Beach Kids

What Kids Can Teach You

At the first hint of sunshine and warm weather last weekend, we took off on our first spring adventure of the year. Snacks packed. Kids in the car. Not much of a plan besides Beany’s request for a beach. Lucky for her, New England has plenty of coast to go around.I tend to fall into such a trap of…

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Crayon Garden

Colorful Indoor Garden Craft for Kids

Around Christmastime we made an IKEA run and, per our usual, came home with a unique smattering of items: festive chair cushions, drawers for under Beany’s bed, a few packs of batteries and a gigantic roll of paper designed for an easel we still don’t own. The cushions were fun through the holidays, the drawers are great toy storage…

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Honey Wheat Bread

Becoming Bread Makers: Awesome Everyday Bread

Years ago, I think during his early college days, my older brother took up bread making. Every so often when he came home from school for the weekend, he’d stay up into the wee hours of the morning baking loaves of a simple honey wheat bread. I say simple, but the process always seemed pretty…

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Sweet Boy

Before I Blink

I’ve been missing my 52 Project from last year a bit lately, so I decided last week to keep my camera out on the kitchen counter so I’d remember to snap a few more photos. It’s easy to take the camera along on our weekend adventures, but it’s the day-to-day stuff that really seems to capture these…

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Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Mint and chocolate are one of the world’s great loves stories. You’ve heard it before, right? Once upon a time, there was a guy named Chocolate. He was hanging out one day, just being all rich and sweet, when the beautiful young Mint entered the picture. She was smart. She was strong. She didn’t need him…

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Happy birthday, Bear!

Our sweet, snuggly boy turned 1 this weekend. How is that even possible? Bear has brought more love and happiness to our family than any of us could have imagined. I’ve said it so many times before, but I’ve never met a sweeter baby. He’s truly the most laid-back, easygoing kid and has been from day…

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20-Minute Apple Turnovers | splashofsomething.com

Dessert Fix: 20-Minute Apple Turnovers

Some days are just ho hum, and you need a pick-me-up to turn things around. That, my friends, is when you must head to the kitchen. No, I’m not encouraging you to eat your feelings (though a once-in-a-while ice-cream binge never really hurt anyone, right?). But I am encouraging you to pour those feelings into…

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