Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Today I learned a few things, and I am always happy to pass along that hard-earned mama-knowledge.

When your three year old is doing that finicky eater thing, and you are beginning to wonder what are the symptoms of malnourishment? Bake a loaf of bread. The whole wheat will ease your mama worries and the yummy oatmeal-molasses goodness, topped with a bit of butter will ensure he or she eats every crust-surgically-removed-bite.

Well played, mama. Well played.

When your eighteen-month-old isn't having much success entertaining himself, provide more toys. Lots and lots and lots of toys.

Can you spot the baby in this photo?

Spring in New Hampshire - she is a fickle beast. Don't count your crocuses before they're hatched? No. Don't put all your crocuses in one basket? No. Eh - whatever. It's freakin' snowing again.

Touché, winter. Touché.

And finally, if you've cooked fish for dinner - clean out the pan you used, add a few inches of water, 10-20 whole cloves, and a splash of acid (lemon juice or white vinegar). Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer until the water has mostly evaporated. This will remove the fish scent from your house and from the pan.

Well there you go, dear friends. A few lessons from me to you. You can expect an invoice in the mail.


  1. loved the pics ..he sure looks happy with bread..all great ideas ..hope the snow did not depress you guys too much spring will get here you can take that to the bank ..might be late but it will arrive!!!

  2. good tip about the bread - I'm not much of a bread maker but it sounds like a good idea!

  3. Writing from Australia, in a town where nearly every day in Feb was over 35 degrees celcius (sorry, not clever enough to translate that to farenheit but it's HOT!) and humid, and nights weren't much cooler...and March (Autumn) has given us only a few days reprieve from that heat, well, I can't help but write and say that last photo is BEAUTIFUL!! Stunning! (You would love my blue sky beach photos too, I bet!). But i have lived in Sweden where the winter just seemed to never end...this Aussie chick was so excited when the snow started in November...SOOOOOO over it by April...so I remember where you're coming from. Hope it warms up and stays that way for you soon. And thanks for the other tips too...have a lovely day!

  4. You're going to hate me--it's supposed to get up into the high 70s today in North Carolina. I hope spring comes soon for you! :)

  5. You always make me laugh! I especially liked the get rid of fish smell tip you offered! And we have a bit more snow too with more on the way tomorrow; I feel for you! Stay warm!

  6. You always have some pearl of mama wisdom, don't you? Thanks for sharing it, and making me laugh, all that same time!