Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Our Favorite Breakfast

Thank you, Jana, for introducing me to Skip's blog!

Breakfast Compote (adapted from

Yields approximately 4 half cup servings

1 ½ cups hot water
½ cup cracked whole grains
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup dried fruit
4 heaping T flaxseed
4 heaping T chia seeds
4 heaping T chopped nuts
honey/brown sugar/maple syrup
1 cup berries
1 cup apples or peaches, chopped
2 oranges, freshly juiced (provides a citrus fruit, while reducing or avoiding the need for milk

1. Prior day: Put ½ cup cracked grains in a small pot; add hot water. Soak over night.

2. Next morning: Bring the pot to a boil, add rolled oats, dried fruit and season generously with cinnamon. Stir. (Try vanilla too.) Turn off the heat and let sit for five minutes.

3. While cooking, prepare bowls by adding to each:
- fresh berries
-orange juice

4. Combine all ingredients in the bowls. Add cream or half a partially defrosted banana per person.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

"Yes, Ikea!"

My response to Luke's "No Ikea!" comment.  He's had some bad experiences!  But many thanks to Oma and Opa for the bookcases - Mom, here's round 1 of styling them.  One day I'll get around to tricking them out with molding

Oma and Opa Hurrah!

Anne's Blessing Day

Six weeks old at the time; and man, I never recognize myself when I'm wearing makeup.  And check out the expressions on some of these faces - it had been a long day of picture taking!