Tuesday, April 28, 2015

removing the obstacles of peace

When ever one of the children tattle on another my reponse is always the same. "Why?" Not because I want them to believe others have a right to hurt them, but because I want them to understand that every action has a reason. You cannot find a useful solution without understanding the reason. You know? The children rarely answer " I don't know."

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Happiness: a toddler at work

How do you keep a 2 year old busy?
New safety scissors and a box of packing peanuts. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


I found a little snow drop, blooming in the cold,
I'll share with you a secret the little flower told,

"Though winter is still here, it hasn't long to stay. 
I came ahead to tell you that spring is on the way"
- Christina T. Owen

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Skillet Cake

I created this quick skillet  (pan)cake in an effort to not stand at the stove flipping individual pancakes in the morning. We needed a quick healthy alternative to standard flapjacks- which are still our favorite. This is not like a flapjack, more like a cross between a quick bread and a german pancake. But, you can slather it with butter and maple syrup. It is warm and wholesome in the morning, or for a snack. Its currently on rotation at our house about once a week.
I use various combinations of the grains I have on hand. Even making it gluten free once or twice. 

1 cup of flour 
( if you use all purpose you will get a fluffy but rather tasteless cake. My favorite is 1/2 cup all purpose, 1/2 cup fresh ground whole wheat or buckwheat, or a combination of the two. Sorghum also works well in this recipe.)
4 eggs
1 cup of milk
1tbsp baking powder 
pinch of salt
2 tbsp butter

Set oven to 400. Place your skillet on the middle rack with the butter to melt as the oven warms. My skillet is pretty big! You could use a 9x11 cake or casserole dish. 
Whisk together the eggs and add milk, then the pinch of salt. Sift in your flour and stir until well blended. 
Place in the preheated oven, and cook for about 10 mins or until the top is slightly golden and the center feels firm. You don't need to let it cool before serving. The cake is dense and slightly spongy. Top with a fat pat of butter and maple syrup or fruit or jam. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014


It has been a hard, cold, dark, long winter. It is hard to change in the dark and cold. But, change we have. Today, with nothing but faith in the future, we put winter to our backs and pull forward towards the spring. I put these blessings and hopes and wishes forward for all mothers ( and 6 women in particular). Have faith beautiful mothers, in this, one of the oldest practices: motherhood.

Green: that our departed beloveds have gone ahead, not left us behind.

Teal: that visions become alive with clarity, compassion and community

Yellow: that babies be born brightly shining, from births of peace, passion and sanctity. For a baby born to one women, is born to us all. 

Pink: that new friendships bloom, for the light of understanding smiles and tears from another mother.

Orange: that courage to follow new dreams is met with wisdom and open passage.

May we all be blessed, that we may bless the little ones in our care. Be faithful and at peace, mamas.