Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Sometimes life calls for unapologetically bad for you comfort cooking. There is not much redeeming in these cookie bars, well outside of fat, sugar, and good taste. And sometimes life calls just for that. Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Ingredients: 1 stick unsalted butter, softened (½ cup) ½ cup neutral oil, such as avocado 1 cup… Continue reading Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Gardening · Homeschooling

The Kinder Garden: Building A Garden For Your Child

At our boys' school they have garden time every week, which is a small farm run on the back of the school. The high school & junior high also have their own farm just down the road. More schools are doing this, but most children in the US will never have a chance to dig… Continue reading The Kinder Garden: Building A Garden For Your Child


Off Season Produce Shopping

Access to fresh produce in winter is limited locally (living in the PNW and on an island has a few drawbacks, and this is one of them), and the living on an island the cost of fresh produce is very, very high in off season. For example, it is often that 1 head of standard… Continue reading Off Season Produce Shopping


Pineapple Upside Down Baked Oatmeal

I love making new baked oatmeal ideas for Kirk, as he eats it most mornings. This one isn't very sweet (I actually made it with only a Tablespoon of maple syrup), so if you have a sweet tooth, you might want to use up to a quarter cup for the batch, or drizzle some on… Continue reading Pineapple Upside Down Baked Oatmeal


Lower Sugar Cheesecake

With this year I knew I wanted, nay, needed to make my own birthday cake if I wanted to stay on path for low sugar consumption. A birthday cake from the store bakery was not what I craved. I did some digging around online and cobbled a recipe together that I felt turned out pretty… Continue reading Lower Sugar Cheesecake