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Honorary Irish and my favorite Irish Soda Bread

Honorary Irish and my favorite Irish Soda Bread

This is the “Lucky” edition of Collectively Creative where bloggers get together and write about a central theme!  I’ve been very lucky to be welcomed into my husband’s Irish family.  Little did my parents know that when they named their daughter Maura, that she would someday fall in love with an Irish man, thus making … Continue reading

Love Languages – for adults and kids!

Love Languages – for adults and kids!

This is a “lovey-dovey” post for Collectively Creative, a monthly get-together where bloggers write about a central theme!  Please check out the links at the bottom of this post for more fun “lovey-dovey” posts! Have you read “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman?  I was encouraged to read this book before my husband and … Continue reading

What’s on your happy list?

What’s on your happy list?

When Shira of In Pursuit of More posted about creating a daily happiness list, I thought I’d come up with some of my own to share with you! 1.  Getting lost in a really good book (I just finished The Fault in our Stars and highly recommend it!) 2.  Cooking in the kitchen with Malia … Continue reading

Merry Christmas Eve and Christmas brunch ideas!

Merry Christmas Eve and Christmas brunch ideas!

We’ve been having a very relaxed holiday season!  This Christmas, we decided to simplify and cut back, focusing more on connecting with our friends and family through time spent together, phone calls and heartfelt notes.  It’s been a wonderful balance for me and a way to focus on the things that are really important! I’ve … Continue reading

A Thank You

A Thank You

A big thank you to all of you for letting me share a bit of my life and kitchen with you!  I really appreciate all your comments, and have been so blessed by the unexpected friendships that have developed through this blog.  Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family!! P.S.  These … Continue reading

Family Fun

Family Fun

We’ve been having such a great week with my in-laws and sister-in-law in town!  I had so much fun cooking and baking with my sister-in-law!  She never really cooked much before she moved to Africa, and now she is cooking up a storm, creating delicious creations like this cherry lime pie (made with greek yogurt), … Continue reading

A Random Act of Kindness

A Random Act of Kindness

I was pulling out of a parking spot the other day, when a man knocked on my window.  I was a little scared, but he seemed friendly, so I put my window down, and he handed me this beautiful lei.  He explained that he made it himself, and had just dropped off some of his … Continue reading

100 Ways You Know You’re A Mom

100 Ways You Know You’re A Mom

Lisa-Jo Baker recently posted her list: here are some of my favorites :) 1.  You feel naked if you leave the house without Cheerios. (I always have snacks and water in my bag in case of hunger emergencies!) 2.  You cry with happiness when one of your children consents to eating broccoli. (Malia is a … Continue reading

The Birth Story

The Birth Story

The night before I went into labor, I told Patrick that I felt different.  It’s hard to place exactly what that feeling was.  Motherly intuition?  The start of contractions?  Patrick packed his bag, just in case.  It’s a good thing he did, because when I woke up the next morning at 7 AM, I was … Continue reading

Pregnancy Update – 37 weeks

Pregnancy Update – 37 weeks

We made it to 37 weeks (full term)!! At my last appt, I was 2 cm dilated.  My Ob proceeded to tell me that I was probably going to deliver “any day now”.  I hadn’t registered at the hospital, packed a hospital bag, installed the car seat, or mentally prepared myself to deliver “any day … Continue reading