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Atmospheric Re-entry

January 10th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

I have been off the computer for about two weeks, a vacation from home and what not.

Things I learned …VACATION is indeed fun.

This was somewhat unclear to me as we prepared for a trip to Florida, a trip that included several family visits along the way, a trip that meant traveling in the car for multiple days with two four-year olds, a trip that meant spending every minute on said “vacation” with these same two four-year olds. But in our first ever family trip everything went smooth* and I was shocked to REALLY enjoy myself. In love with the ocean, I did not especially want to leave! Winter and I have mostly made amends but sometimes I feel like it dominates the whole year and gets way too intense. Winter you’re cool and all but I think we need to see other people.

Tomorrow I hope to have the time to throw up some photos but today, I am already late for work!!

*Now mind you, without the borrowed iPad I do believe the 20 hour car ride might have created a super screaming rocket powered explosion that might have left us broken up in the atmosphere somewhere between South and North Carolina!

Merry Wishing

December 24th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

These last few days of December are always a happy ping pong from one festivity to another.

Wishing you all a wonderful and cozy celebration of the longest night, the darkest day, and the brightest candles.

Wishing you all love, warmth and peace.

With frosting on top!

If only February flew so fast and so high!

Kids Making Teacher Gifts

December 19th, 2011 by zoe 3 Comments

Some last-minute gifts for the teachers.

The boys hand painted terra-cotta pots for Amaryllis bulbs.

I am pretty excited to share with my children the joy of giving, which after all is kinda sorta the whole dig dang point of the holiday season.

I have a memory that on the Little House on the Prairie the children were pretty excited to simply get one of these for Christmas….

Making Merry With Chocolate

December 18th, 2011 by zoe 6 Comments

Today we made my Grandmother’s Walnut Roca – nothing says celebration like melting chocolate!

I love you Grandma Zena, and I forever LOVE your Walnut Roca!

For those who asked here is the recipe!

Zena’s Walnut Roca


1 Pound butter

2 Cups White Granulated Sugar

Candy thermometer

4 Large 7 oz Hersey Bars or 28 oz of Fancy Dancy Chocolate of your choice

Walnuts — at least a pound.

Large Cookie Sheet


Take 1/2 cup of walnuts and chop them very fine, set aside.

Put butter and sugar in a sauce pan over a medium heat and sir like mad

(do not stop stirring this will take at least 10 minutes!).

Stir till it turns a caramel color and reads 300 degrees on a candy thermometer.

Note: as it gets close watch very carefully that it does not burn!

Add finely chopped nuts to toffee and mix thoroughly, spread the mixture onto a large cookie sheet in a very thin layer. Let fully cool.

While toffee sets up chop the remaining nuts finely.

Now rig up a double boiler and melt about 14 oz or half of your chocolate.

Spread one side of toffee sheet completely with chocolate, sprinkle heavily with half of your chopped nuts. With your hands lightly press nuts into chocolate.

Allow to cool completely. We set our outside in the winter air to speed this along.

When your chocolate is completely firm flip the toffee sheet over and repeat process on other side -

melt 14 oz of chocolate, spread melted chocolate onto toffee, add nuts and fully cool.

Now the hard part. This takes some strength! Snap off pieces of Walnut Roca – my mother scores hers before layer with chocolate to make this part easier. I just snap away!

Store in an airtight container.


This is the best candy you have EVER had and it is highly addictive!

I recommend gifting it quickly or you will eat it ALL.

Gift Monster Coloring Sheet

December 17th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

Have the children begun to turn green, have the presents been stolen from under the tree and “investigated” has the Gift Monster made an appearance? I have been feeling a bit of burn out in the Crafty Department lately so I borrowed this monster from one of my son Oliver’s drawings. I love the expressiveness that children’s drawing have — LOVE.

Print and color your own Gift Monster, and maybe …. add some teeth good for ripping open all those gifts for Grandma and Uncle Luke?

Big City Glow

December 13th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

I had a very special weekend with one of my boys in the New York. It was so sweet to have special alone time with each other.

Such a quiet and sweet break from the usual chaos of sibling rivalry.

As I watched my little boy navigate the crowded city in an angelic and ever cooperative mood the lack of struggle and strife  made me realize how hard it is to be a twin.

He wanted to take a train ride, get a candy cane and see a BIG Christmas tree.

So that is exactly what we did!