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.

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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 […]

Monday Moments: Water Park

I never thought I would be so very thankful for a water park. Some genius booked swimming lessons right at nap time for two weeks straight, and then agreed to a weekend trip in the middle of it, which resulted in a lot of tired, crabby kids and one tired, crabby mom on far too […]

Monday Moments: No More Teachers, Still Lots of Books

One last walk to the bus stop, just like any typical day. The school kids out the door first. Carl and Gavin next, Gavin quickly closing the gap to get to his older siblings. Carl sauntering along with his coffee cup. Theo deciding last minute he wants to go, after adamantly declaring he doesn’t, throwing […]

Monday Moments: They don’t get it from me

Pictures of the elusive Theo-beast have always been rare and challenging. When he does finally stop moving, I get a lot of this. And this. Bad news is, he’s been teaching his previously-pose-tastic little brother his fine ways. He’s never been prouder. All together, now. I give up.

Monday Moments: Waking the Baby

Jack is in that best-ever stage when he can roll and move around enough that when he wakes up he isn’t immediately upset about it. He can entertain himself in his bed with his own small talk and wiggling from here to there, and I love the little sounds that come over the monitor that […]

Lemon Cheesecake Squares

Lemon Cheesecake Squares

Last week my physiotherapist suggested that Carl and I switch sides of the bed. It seems that extended curled-in-a-ball left-side sleeping not only results in thinning hair in one particular spot on my hairline, it may also be contributing to my “twistiness”. That and “shiftiness” are two of her favourite, very technical, words to describe me. […]

Monday Moments: Who Would’ve Thought

When I was a teenager, a friend and I had a deal: when we grew up and got married and had kids, we would be neighbours. She would watch my kids and I would clean her house – she liked kids, I liked order. It was a good deal. But then she went and moved […]

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 […]