Spicy Roasted Carrots

Super easy, super delicious. Grab a bag of whole carrots. Wash them and cut off their crusty ends. Chop them into sturdy sticks.  Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes,… Continue reading

TBT: January 2007

Just look at these two. Jeremy was three and Jackson was seven months. There are many things I miss about that that time – the sweetness, the discovery, the giggles. I even miss cloth… Continue reading

“But everyone has one.”

We’ve hit Round Two of the parenting game called “But everyone has one,” when Jeremy reminds me of all the hand-held devices his peers have and how he doesn’t have anything. And then I remind… Continue reading

Headaches, bathroom breaks, and reading for pleasure

I would love to tell you this weekend was positively perfect since I finished my genre paper a day early and therefore started my week-long school break Friday afternoon, but I am going… Continue reading

TBT: Meeting Jackson

This was our first time meeting and holding Jackson. He was one day old and prior to this moment we had only been able to look at him through the nursery window. It was… Continue reading

Let down by George Lucas: My son’s first rejection letter.

The boys had a lesson in letter writing last spring, and when I asked to whom they’d like to write formal letters, they skipped over friends and family and went straight to the… Continue reading

It’s still summer.

My favorite thing about homeschooling is having the freedom to do what we want to, and that includes deciding when we begin and end the school year. By law, we are required to “do… Continue reading

Must Paint

I think this is pretty typical of creatives, so I know I’m not alone in my absurdities. There are times, which feel mostly random, when I cannot function with any sort of productivity because… Continue reading

Hello, 36.

My birthday came ’round while in Santa Fe. It’s the one day of the year when Facebook is really lovely. For all of it’s annoying-ness, more than a hundred birthday well wishes on… Continue reading

Three days in Santa Fe

When I said I was going to Amarillo, that wasn’t a lie. I flew into Amarillo on Wednesday and left Amarillo on Sunday, but in between Wednesday and Sunday, Michele and I were… Continue reading

Amarillo Bound

I gotta say – I never thought I’d go back to the Texas Panhandle, much less to celebrate my birthday. When we packed up our things in March 2011 and headed east, I… Continue reading

Easy Walnut Pesto

Much happiness here ♥ A few weeks ago I learned that I’ve been pruning basil the wrong way, and now that I’ve been more diligent about picking off the correct leaves, my basil plant is… Continue reading

On the subject of killing someone

I’ve spent the last week trying to formulate someone’s death and so far nothing feels right. Need some context? There’s a character in my novel who must die and I’ve been trying to construct the… Continue reading

Big Bugs and Ear Plugs

First of all, look at the little monster that showed up on our front porch the other day. I tried to make R2-D2 ride him (or is this R3-S6?), but the bug’s shell was… Continue reading

Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

This recipe is a mashing of three recipes I have for gluten free cookies. Since eliminating flour from my diet in November 2009, I’ve baked very little on account of how hard it is… Continue reading

Easy Homemade Salsa

If you’re growing your own tomatoes or have access to buy some really great ones, you can make your own salsa all summer long. Start with about 20 ripe medium tomatoes and two clean… Continue reading

Video: Jack and I interview each other

I really hope we’re raising a film maker because his interest in television and movies isn’t waning one bit. Jackson’s interest goes far beyond the zombie-like state of zoning out in front of… Continue reading

Mid-Summer Garden Update

This has been another season of trial and error for me as I attempted to grow strawberries, lettuce, and eggplant. The strawberries were a total fail since I planted them too close together and… Continue reading

Approaching grad school burnout

The thought of graduating in December has me excited for a couple of reasons. First, I’ll be able to throw all my creative energy into the novel. Second, I can go back to reading… Continue reading

My weird, unsocialized homeschool kids

Here are the top three questions and comments I get as a homeschooling mom: “Oh my goodness, I could never homeschool my kids!” “Do you ever get them tested?” “Aren’t you worried about… Continue reading

Photo shoot: McCormick Family

A sweet family from Michigan contacted me via Craigslist and asked that I take a new portrait of them during their vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains. There were 15 people total (grandparents, kids, and… Continue reading

New phone for Memaw

When Chuck and I finally upgraded to smart phones last year (as in, 2013), I explicitly did not want a simple touch-screen phone. If was going to go “smart,” I still needed a qwerty… Continue reading