About Anna

I believe in God, the power of optimism, and the ability of food to bring people together. I love to share deliciously simple homemade food with family and friends (and the internetz)! I love cheese, proper grammar, an organized house, dark chocolate, my husband, and my 5 sweet kids.

Find more about me on:

Here are my most recent posts

Blackberry Crumble Cinnamon Rolls

Blackberry Crumble Cinnamon Rolls

The other evening, around dinner time, I did something I swore I would never do: I barbecued. It has always been my fear that if I barbecued just once Carl would give up barbecuing duties, no longer feeling needed in that particular realm. Turns out my fear was unfounded. Carl came home just in time to put out […]

Monday Moments: Last Hurrah

Well, the inevitable back-to-schoolness has come to our home too. We came out of week one with two very happy kids and one new Kindergartner who is mildly less annoyed about the need to go to school. It’s hard to believe that only the week before that we were waking up to the sound and smell […]

Monday Moments: Big 3!

Three and a half years ago I was getting ready to fly across the country solo with 3 kids aged 5 and under to move in with my parents. Carl was heading to Ottawa for a semester, and I didn’t want to be all alone at home with said 3 children for the next 3 […]

Cinnamon Raisin Granola

cinnamon raisin granola

My kids are yogurt and granola fanatics. When it’s in the house, it’s all they want for breakfast, and sometimes they ask for it again for lunch. I’m not complaining, don’t get me wrong. I love granola too. The only problem with so many people eating granola so many times is how often you have […]

Monday Moments: We’re Ready

It’s been close to 3 weeks, and we are very ready to have Carl back home. Look at this guy, whoopin’ it up at the same events as Justin Trudeau. Meanwhile over here, we have read all the books… Eaten all the popsicles… Learned how to stand (look at him casually rifling through the toys […]

Zucchini Basil Spaghetti

Zucchini Basil Pasta

The good thing about Carl going out of town is that my grocery bill is literally cut in half. The bad news is I have 4 boys who will be teenagers before I know it, and this makes me realize that I don’t think we’ll be able to afford to feed them anything but noodles […]

Monday Moments: Down Time

We have been beside ourselves with happiness with our company in town. But they drove off into the sunrise today, and all this non-stop fun has been a bit tiring. After a few weeks with something going on nearly every day, and close to two weeks with Carl missing in action, we’re taking a well-earned […]

Monday Moments: The ‘Rents

Carl is gone, but my parents are here! We are very busy, and so we will save our sads about Carl being gone until next week. For now, there are teacups to be made into candles! Books to be read! Games to play! Snuggles to be had!   Swimming to be done! Beaches and laps […]

Perfectly Plain Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

No flour, no butter, no mixer. Lots of peanut butter and some chocolate. Sometimes you see a recipe and just have to drop everything and make it immediately. These 5-ingredient peanut butter cookies are one of those recipes. So today, in anticipation of you also needing to drop everything to make these, I will save […]

Monday Moments: 7 months

This sweet little face has officially been around for 7 whole months! I say it every time, but I honestly don’t know how that time went so stinkin’ fast. He is so happy, and such a carbon copy of some of my other kids, that it’s just so obvious that he belongs. He’s hit that […]