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 (very tall) husband, and my 3 sweet kids.

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Monday Moments: May Days

What a week! My sweet sister was here from out of town for the week, a rare and beautiful occasion we had to take full advantage of! There was a trip to the ocean. A trip to the forest. Which turned into more than a 5 km hike when we had intended only 2, and […]

Mango Squares

mango lemon squares

The other day my 4-year-old came running out of the bedroom wide-eyed, exclaiming, “Gavin JUMPED from the top of his bed, then he FELL on the BED and hit his FACE, then he kept falling and fell onto the FLOOR and hit his face AGAIN!” His two-year-old brother came running out behind him, red spots appearing on […]

Monday Moments: Growing Up

This morning there was a lady behind me in line at the grocery store with a five day old baby, and, of all the ridiculous things, I was kind of jealous. I think I might be turning into that sort of person I’ve always wondered about that wants to hold other people’s babies besides their own. That […]

Monday Moments: Terrible Twos

Terrible twos are a very real thing, aren’t they? This little face. Half the time it’s crying, half the time it’s asking for snacks, half the time it’s set in attack mode toward a sibling, and the other half the time it’s sleeping, often in my bed, all snuggled up and patting my face with […]

Chocolate Mousse Torte

Carl’s birthday was in February, so the fact that I’m getting around to sharing the dessert from that occasion in April is a little sad, since all this time it’s been weighing on my mind how you’re all missing out on having this chocolate decadence in your lives. Obviously it wasn’t weighing too heavily, since […]

Monday Moments: Baby Face

I feel like we’re highly due for a bit of baby spamming. He is, after all, more than 3 months old, and I won’t be able to leverage these impossibly soft cheeks as blog material forever :) He is the happiest little fellow, and loves his naps and nights, although he also likes to see […]

Monday Moments: The End is Near

We’re heading into the homestretch of Carl’s teaching semester, which has included a schedule since January that leaves him perpetually gone over dinner, so we are very much looking forward to the next season. Five kids aged 8 and under and single-mom dinnertime simply do not mix (you might’ve guessed). Why that man has to […]

Monday Moments: Spring Break

Our happy little Jackalacker got diagnosed with bronchitis today, putting a bit of a damper on our second week of Spring Break.  He’s not too upset about it, but it’s definitely affecting his ability to nap for any length of time, especially in his own bed. Combined with the fact that his cry has been […]

Monday Moments: At Least There Were Books

Oy, what a week. A week full of days when getting the dishwasher emptied and reloaded and all the baby blankets thrown in the wash was considered a successful day, and no one had to get out of pyjamas in any sort of hurry because we were going nowhere fast. We even had our groceries delivered, […]

Monday Moments: A Normal Week

This week we got spoiled with buns, baking, fresh flowers, and dinner as people continue to support us so generously as we settle into life with 5 littles. I still feel slightly in the fog of confused tiredness that comes with so little sleep, but am also so enjoying this stage of little people everywhere. […]