Zucchini & Meatballs w/ Spaghetti + DIY Gift Bows

I’m getting worse at this blogging thing, I fear.  I spend less and less time on this, as I have more time for family, friends in the Des Moines area, and house projects like its my job.  Let’s take a quick peek at what has been going on around here this week.   Cooking andContinue reading “Zucchini & Meatballs w/ Spaghetti + DIY Gift Bows”

Zucchini Curry Soup + New Floor Reveal

This post brings you more ideas on how to use the zucchini from the gardens at this time of year, plus another peek at how our house is coming along.  I have been on a long hiatus here lately, due to an overwhelming number of home projects.   A few more of the monstrous zucchinisContinue reading “Zucchini Curry Soup + New Floor Reveal”

Oven Baked Zucchini Chips + RAGBRAI

Summer in Iowa means a lot of things – one thing is RAGBRAI – Register’s Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa.   We decided to ride the leg from Perry to Des Moines last Tuesday.  This is a beautiful way to see rural Iowa.  This was a peach pocket pie stop in the midst of aContinue reading “Oven Baked Zucchini Chips + RAGBRAI”

Demolition + July 4 Family Fun

Are you a friend or family member in Des Moines and you feel like you have yet to really see my family this summer?  My apologies -we hope this all settles down with the demolition dust soon.  Greensboro people, if you have not heard from me yet, again, my apologies!   Let me take youContinue reading “Demolition + July 4 Family Fun”

Greta Turns 2! {Birthday Barley Pancakes and more}

  Last weekend my baby turned 2!  I can hardly believe how quickly time has flown – I know it will only continue to move faster.   We started off the birthday weekend with some fishing.  We discovered that Greta really enjoys fishing – except when the big fish comes out of the water, then weContinue reading “Greta Turns 2! {Birthday Barley Pancakes and more}”

The Perfect Cherry Pie – A Family Event

  One of the things I love about being at my parents’ house are the gardens and fruit orchards.  Each year is a little different too, depending on what it is a good year for.   The summer of 2013 is a cherry year for sure.       This is only a fraction of theContinue reading “The Perfect Cherry Pie – A Family Event”

New House: Completed Play Room

  We have been feverishly working on the house the past couple weeks.  I am happy to show you the first completed room.  We chose one of the bedrooms with built-ins to be a playroom for Greta and a possible guest room as well.  Here is the before shot.  It was a lovely shade ofContinue reading “New House: Completed Play Room”