celiac screening

Posted by in celiac, family, food

i took our three boys to get their blood tests this morning to check for celiac antibodies. it’s the first step in testing to see if one has celiac disease.  here are a few statistics from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness: 1 in 22 first-degree family members (parent, child, sibling) and 1 in 39 second-degree family members (aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, grandparent, grandchild and half-sibling) are at risk for celiac disease. Your risk may double if your brother or sister has celiac disease. they have a much better chance…read more


10 days down, 170 to go!

Posted by in celiac, classical conversations, family, food, homeschooling, menu planning

we have just finished up the first two weeks of school here. it’s been absolutely the best first two weeks of school, ever. perhaps it’s because i was focused a lot on the all-day 8th/9th grade class that i’m tutoring and got those first two classes down before sending my own kids to the same all-day co-op (but for their levels) this coming week. perhaps it’s because we started every school day at the kitchen table together, and then broke out into individual subjects? i think starting at the table…read more


its not just about reading labels

Posted by in celiac, food

after going public with my celiac diagnosis (it took me two months to admit it outloud), i heard over and over: “at least there are lots of alternatives for you. it’s so easy to be gluten-free these days!”  i’ll get into this more in a minute, but i assure you this: ~ there is NO alternative for a guinness. ~ there is also no way to replace the deliciousness of Twizzlers (they contain wheat flour). ~ and forget about coming near to replacing a prantl’s burnt almond torte. no matter…read more


…for the rest of my life

Posted by in celiac, food

When I turned 30 (11 years ago!), Kenny surprised me with a weekend away at Deep Creek Lake with friends. When we arrived, he had a huge spaghetti dinner for me that night knowing that was my favorite meal. When I was in college, I frequently scarfed down a bowl (or two!) of cereal from the cafeteria FOR DINNER on my way to play rehearsal. To this day, pancakes are my favorite thing to eat on a lazy weekend morning. I share this with you because I am a typical…read more


Easter is better than Christmas

Posted by in faith, family, family fun, food

Facebook and Twitter were “all a twitter” with Easter pictures this weekend: adorable kids dressed to the nines, family photos of matching and unmatching outfits, and baskets filled with confections, colored eggs, and stuffed animals. I tweeted an adorable picture of my too-cool-for-skool boys, but the remainder of the pictures I took throughout Easter Sunday were of food. I loved each picture that was shared – I looked closely at what they were wearing, what each hostess was serving on their dinner tables, what desserts were eaten, and what easter…read more



Posted by in family, farm, food

at dinner tonight, one of the boys asked, “remember that farm when we’d go to get milk in a jar?” it’s been a while since we’d bought raw milk. soccer was canceled (because of the rain, and bad field conditions), and kenny had rehearsal for the musical he’s working on with another company.  so the boys and i dug out our old half gallon mason jars, cleaned them out and headed towards Slate Lick to the farm we used to frequent for raw milk when the boys were much younger….read more


the “i hate camping” guide to camping. comfortably.

Posted by in family, family fun, food

i think i need to write this book. i’m not the world’s easiest camper. and i never jump at the opportunity to “go camping.”  so when kenny said to me two weeks ago, “how about instead of a few days at ocean city, we go camping on labor day weekend instead!” i wasn’t exactly excited. but then we registered at the campground where our friends were going to be. and then we told the boys (their excitement WAY outdid my excitement!), and then kenny brought home fun camping things like…read more


CSA basket #2: eating local for dinner

Posted by in earthkeeping, farm, food, gardening

For the first time in our 7 years here, we decided to forego the big summer garden. We knew that with putting up a show this summer (more on that in a future post) we wouldn’t have the time or the energy to get get our 20×40 foot garden in this year. So I chose to join my mom in a local CSA. We only got a half share (one every-other-week pick up) and this photo shows our 2nd basket (photo taken by my mom). Last night, we ate almost…read more


the meal table

Posted by in faith, family, food, friends

i have noted before that it is nothing short of magic what happens when friends – new and old – family, and even strangers are gathered around a table of food and drink. some would like to blame it on the alcohol, but i credit the euphoria on the flavors of food and drink that humans share together around a table. some of my favorite recent memories are hosting meals around our farm table in our dining room. even before i redecorated the room (now a cool colonial blue), our…read more


meals: back to basics

Posted by in food, health

for the month of december, our family’s life was saturated in all things related to our production of A Christmas Carol. between rehearsals most nights during the week, production meetings, errands for costume pieces and props, or evenings spent painting the set,  we were constantly on-the-go, and (to my dismay!) rarely together around the dinner table. this was a “first” for our family: many nights were spent eating restaurant food, fast food, and quick grocery store food that can be eaten in the car. plus…it was christmas and my house was…read more