Library Sunday

I love watching my kids at the library.  They all love to look at books, even the baby.  We spent about an hour browsing, reading and playing at the library early this afternoon and had a blast.  It makes me sad to think that some kids either do not enjoy books or do not have access.

I spent a little bit of time research and reading about some of the State of Maryland and Montgomery County’s offerings and found a lot of great resources that I will be using with my kids in the near future.  I also found a great list from Scholastic Parent and Child of some well-loved and well-crafted children’s books.  I think everyone I know with kids will love the list.  There were a few on there that I didn’t know about that I will have to pick up next time we are at the library.

Scholastic Parent and Child’s list of the Top 100 Greatest Children’s Books https://www.scholastic.com/100books/pdf/Top_100_Childrens_Books_of_All_Time.pdf

Maryland’s e-book and audio book library

http://maryland.lib.overdrive.com/5A478311-F1DA-477A-9D57-D65B707D54AD/10/50/en/Default.htm

Montgomery County’s All Children Excel

http://montgomerycountymd.libguides.com/content.php?pid=539117&sid=4434501

Happy Birthday Mama!

MamaToday is my Mama’s birthday.  She is the best.  The kindest, most generous lady I know with a heart of gold.  She has always been there for me and I know she always will.  She is hands down the best mother I have ever known and if my kids think about me in half as positive a light as I think of her I’ll consider myself lucky.

Today we celebrate the most amazing lady I know.

Sweet Bella…

My daughter fell asleep in my arms tonight and I fell in love with her all over. Mikey was “supposed” to be our last because we “got our boy” but she truly completes our family.

My middles were both Daddy’s kids when they were babies but she, like my first, is all mine. I was blessed so wholly when she came into my life.

I don’t know what it is about her but she has changed me and how I approach everything I do. I have had more success in achieving my goals in the past year than ever before and I credit her coming into the world for the shift.

I don’t play favorites, she’s just the one I’m thinking about right now.

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A Salute to Mom

Being a mom is the source of both my greatest frustrations and my greatest joy. Having kids is an enormous responsibility and I make mistakes every day.

Every. Single. Day.

I feel so blessed to have mom friends with whom I can share the ups and downs and who provide inspiration by doing “the mom thing” the way they see fit without apology. Those moms, the moms who are guided by their internal sense of right and wrong instead of falling victim to mommy peer pressure, are the moms I admire the most. This love letter is for you.

For the woman who puts her foot down over the entitlement mentality. I salute you.

For the mom who treasures the health and wellness of her kids and has incredible strength (mind, body and soul). I admire you.

For the mom who strives to keep the little in her girls and shield them from the tough things that life sometimes throws our way. I appreciate you.

To the writer who has taught me that I can do the things I want to do with my career right alongside my growing children. Thank you.

To the mom who does everything beautifully and with grace all the while being kind and generous. You amaze me.

To my own mom who taught me what unconditional love really feels like. I love you.

Shine on ladies.

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Blogging the Holidays

I know so many creative bloggers who put up beautiful posts during the holidays featuring delicious recipes and fun crafts for kids.  I did my fair share during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, but during the month of December, life always hits me head on and I drop off the face of the blogosphere. Someday I’ll get into the organized place I need to be in order to blog the holidays but this year was a swing and a miss.

December is a time of much activity in our house.  My birthday was the 14th and sweet Isabella turned one year old yesterday.

My best friend (and cousin) comes home for Christmas on Saturday and I can’t wait to see her!  She lives and teaches in Israel and other than a few weeks in the summer and a few days near Christmas, we never get to see her.  Add on a visit from Isabella’s wonderful and amazing godmother who will be in town this weekend (I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU STACEY!), Christmas and Michael’s birthday on the 27th and we are going to be busy right on through the New Year.

Only three days left of school after today so I’ve got quite a bit of cramming to do.  Maybe I should pay for an extra day of daycare this week…

 

Thanksgiving Recipe: Nana’s Apple Pie

Apple PieMy mom makes the best apple pies in the world, hands down.  When I was a little girl, I would sneak a few of the raw apples coated in cinnamon sugar to snack on.  To this day, the smell of her apple pie baking in the oven is one of my favorite things in the world.  I used to be the one standing next to my Mama in the kitchen helping to roll out the pie crust, but I’ve been replaced my precious five year old.  Grace loves to bake and Nana loves her help. 

Nana’s Apple Pie

 

Ingredients:

  • Two recipes for pie crust (Nana uses Pillsbury Ready Made Refrigerated Pie Crusts)
  • 8-10 Granny Smith Apples (sliced thinly)
  • 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sifted flour
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Combine sugar, flour and spices and mix together with apples. 
  3. Line 9-inch pie plate with pastry.
  4. Fill with apple mixture (piled high).
  5. Dot top of apples with the butter
  6. Place top crust on top of apples and seal.  Pinch edges of pie crust.
  7. Make a few slits on top for escape of steam (or make a decorative design on top of pie crust….again with some cuts allowing for steam to escape) 8.  Sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar or plain sugar ( I use cinnamon sugar ).
  8. Place pie plate on a lined cookie sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes or until done

Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Note:  Nana suggests using Granny Smith Apples for best results.

For a pdf of this recipe click here: Nana’s Apple Pie