Showing posts from March, 2016

favorite recipes

I have a few recipes to share with you this month! As per usual, the images belong to the blogger credited below each image.

Ambitious Kitchen: Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad with Fresh Pineapple Corn Salsa
Vegan recipe! I made this for Nez for lunch when she was here this week. It is a keeper.
image: Ambitious Kitchen
Simply Scratch: Sweet and Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes
I've made these twice since the recipe was posted on March 9th. I think they'll also be a good grill side for the summer.
image: Simply Scratch
Simply Scratch: Homemade Carrot Cake
For Easter 2011, I made The Pioneer Woman's recipe: Sigrid's Carrot Cake. I was ready to make it for dessert on Easter, but on the Monday before Easter, Laurie posted this recipe. Simply Scratch is my favorite, so I chose to make this recipe instead. Best decision of my Easter weekend menu. With ground cardamon and nutmeg (in addition to the cinnamon) and chopped pecans and grated carrot in the cake, it was no…

Easter Sunday

Last year's Easter attire made a reappearance this year.

Last spring, Jesse's thighs fit the pants, but this year his legs now fit the length.

After church, we joined the entire family over at Big Guy's and Nonna's.

Nonna gave some instructions for the egg hunt.

Big Guy and Nonna with their seven grandkids.

The gang's all here!


The field/trail across the street is becoming an extension of our yard.

We love it!

flower gardener

guest blogger: Lydia

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I love arranging flowers, and I do enjoy gardening.

It's too early for the vegetable garden, but the guy at Ray's Greenhouse said I could plant these seeds in March.

Fortunately, my Pop-Pop and Nana know a lot about gardening, so hopefully they will teach me all their green thumb tricks.

Happy Easter

I have enjoyed the images shared on the She Reads Truth app this weekend.

Good Friday

Holy Saturday

Easter Sunday

He is risen! He is risen, indeed!


Since we have no school right now, we spent Thursday with Big Guy and Nonna. Lydia and Heidi took Nonna out for a belated birthday breakfast.

Big Guy took Anna and Jesse to the playground. (Actually, they went to two playgrounds Anna told me.)

Living near grandparents is the best! We are spoiled to have both sets so close. The kids also spent Wednesday with Pop-Pop and Nana; I just don't have pictures from their hangout. =)

ice cream report

We did enjoy those free ice cream cones at Dairy Queen the other week.

We also popped over to Rita's Water Ice on the way home from church last Sunday for the first day of spring!


tree monkey

Heidi figured out how to climb higher in the tree the other week.


When it was 70 degrees two weeks ago, I got to work on the project that's been sitting in my basement since August. My parents had a dresser from their college friend that I used in my room as a kid. It then migrated to the basement until my sister relocated it to her home in Manyunk. She painted it from white to coral - bright flamingo coral. When she moved to our former home in South Philadelphia, it wasn't going to travel up the spiral staircase, so it went up for grabs. I claimed it, but the coral gave me a headache. So with the weather warming up, I took the opportunity to finally sand off the flamingo paint.

There are no photos of this process. It's boring: sand with 60 forever. Then 100. Then 220. (I used our orbital sander.) Then buy paint. I headed to the local paint store where they talked up the Benjamin Moore ADVANCE Waterborne Interior Alkyd Paint. I did some online review research, and I went with it. They told me I didn't need a primer (since it was alre…

Russ Ramsey's Behold the King of Glory

It is Holy Week, and I apologize for not sharing this with you until now. One of our favorite Adventroutinesis reading Russ Ramsey's Behold the Lamb of God. Last year, Russ released a narrative for the Lenten season: Behold the King of Glory: a narrative of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So just as we read Behold the Lamb aloud together during Advent, we read Behold the King of Glory together during Lent.

Russ's words are a gift. I highly recommend these books. I particularly love his writing here, as part of the story of the woman washing Jesus's feet with her hair and perfume:
The scent that covered Jesus's body, filling the room, would remain on him for the next several days before the scented oils dissipated and were spent. He knew well what those days would bring. Mary's perfume would stay with him through everything Judas had set in motion: his arrest, trial death, and burial. Judas's and the chief priests' plan would not be able t…

crazy hair night

It was crazy hair night again on Wednesday.

(I braided their hair over pipe cleaners.) Nevermind the crazy hair: these kids are just crazy.

window routine

Yesterday, these two started their day watching Daddy leave for a meeting.

Then they ended the day watching Daddy leave with Lydia and Heidi for the weekly Wednesday evening festivities (Awana).

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

And Hooray for March Madness!


guest blogger: Heidi

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Jesse is getting more and more adventurous at the playground.

Mama had to spot him, so I took some photos to show you his tricks.

today! free cone day at DQ

We love ice cream around here, so after we pickup Lydia from kindergarten, we will be making a detour on the way home for this!

giveaway winners!

Regarding the Slugs and Bugs Sing the Bible Volume 2 giveaway, the Rafflecopter randomly chose two winners. Congratulations, Leah and Tonya!!! (Hopefully you each received an email with further information.) Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! I loved reading your comments about how your family loves Slugs and Bugs. Even if you didn't win the giveaway over here, you can still preorder for the release on Friday, March 18th!

In news around these parts, the crocuses are blooming!

But I really don't think that means we should be doing this yet.

Eighty degrees? Sprinklers? Bathing suits? There aren't even buds, let alone leaves, on the trees yet.

Jesse seems confused about this weather, too.