A few weeks ago I sent in a picture I took of the girls at zoo this summer to our newspaper for consideration for the “Our Towns” section.


Low and behold it showed up today’s paper! I positively squealed when my dad called this morning to tell me. When I showed Ava she said “I’m in the newspaper! Finally!

Ava and Max in Today's Paper!

It’s been 5 1/2 long years since her birth announcement, I guess she’s been waiting.

So I’ve been inundated with bread lately. I’ve also been staring at an acorn and winter squash on my counter for a couple weeks now.

Banana Nut Balls for Breakfast

September 30th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast - (17 Comments)

I took yesterday off from exercise so a run was in order first thing this morning. A quickie 4 miles in about a half hour, home to whip up an Averie inspired breakfast.

I think I need to send Cuisinart a thank you note because I use my food processor almost every day. Or maybe they should send me a thank you note for featuring my food processor on the blog almost everyday. YOU’RE WELCOME CUISINART!

Green Craziness

September 29th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (19 Comments)

Today is our homeschool away from home day. That means it’s our pack a lunch day too.

What’s in today’s fantastic basket of food fun?

Fantastic Basket

This was lunch for me and Maxine. Ava’s was with her at her homeschooling school of homeschooled kids where they chuck wood like a wood chuck would.

Before I reveal the contents of our basket, I better back up. When I started to make hummus this morning I threw in today’s romaine, cucumber, lemon, apple and ginger juice pulp straight in with the garbanzos like the food processor was my compost bucket.

Orgasmic Birth

September 28th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Good Reads - (32 Comments)

Yes, you read the title of this post right. (Go on – go back to look at the title now because I know you skipped it. I almost always breeze by titles unless the author points it out.)

Orgasmic Birth

That’s right! You can have an orgasm during child birth! Yes, YOU.

Tonight I had a support group meeting for mom’s who have had a cesarean section and are planning VBAC’s (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) or just need some help with emotional recovery from their cesarean. Yes there’s a support group for everyone. I’m still waiting to find the support group for people who return library books late, except I’m sure no one would get there on time. Or at least I’m sure I would be late.

Vegetable Pulp Crackers

September 28th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast - (29 Comments)

I’ve been a busy little bee this morning! (New header anyone?)

After some blog reading this morning I officially had produce dehydration on the brain. With dehydrating madness going on across the land, I knew today was the day to fill the house with the smell of hot fruit stank.

But first, a run! 5 ish miles in 40 ish minutes. I got caught in the rain for the last mile and a half but you’ll be glad to know that both me and the iPod survived.

Who’s the Boss?

September 27th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Parenting - (17 Comments)

I’ve let Max have a lot more control over all sorts of things this weekend. I’ve found that with half as many kids as usual I have twice as much patience. Funny how that works.

She made her own peanut butter and jelly sandwich today for lunch. That probably goes without saying, at least I hope it does.

Max Makes PB&J

Remember being a kid and wondering how mom always made sandwiches so perfectly?

Fortunately for me I made my own sandwich.

Veggie Sandwich

And BEETS! Dude, beets are good. I don’t know why anyone didn’t clue me in on this sooner.

Kid Magnet

September 27th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast - (15 Comments)

Today is going to be the most productive day in the history of productivity. I so declare it.

I need to keep Maxine occupied while I whiz around this house and get stuff done this morning – including mopping the kitchen floor and I need little feet OUT of the kitchen for at least a 15 – 20 minute stretch.

Dessert For Dinner

September 26th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Parenting - (18 Comments)

Maxine and I have had a sweet little day together. We shopped, she tapped, I smiled, she talked, I listened. I’ve come to realize just how much Ava rules the roost here and poor little Maxagirl often doesn’t get to speak in complete sentences before she’s interrupted by her very intense older sister. It’s easy to see how birth order can play a role in your personality!

We ate lunch before we left to grocery shop to avoid any hungry impulse buys.

Saturday Lunch

Easy Like Saturday Morning

September 26th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast - (16 Comments)

Zak and Ava are heading up to the cottage this weekend to get some things wrapped up for the end of the season. Zak was going to go by himself with his brother and mom, but then we thought Ava would enjoy it. Now that she’s older she’s much easier to take on the 4 hour road trip to up north.

We also thought it might be nice to let each girl have a parent all to themselves for a weekend. So Zak and Ava are off on a little adventure and Maxine and I here to have what I’m sure will be a few little adventures of our own.

Flash Back Friday

September 25th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (18 Comments)

Oh look! A package!

What's in the Box

For me! For me!!

Well what’s in it?

What's in the Package

Awww yeah, JACKPOT! The search is over! PB&J Larabar you are all mine! ALLL MINNNEEEE! Muahahaha! I once was lost, but now I can Be Well and Take Care. Or something. Thank you Heather Baby!


Ooooh, something we’ve never seen before! A veggie sandwich! How original!

What's in the Sandwich

Well, hey if it wasn’t good I wouldn’t eat it all. the. time, now would I? I didn’t think so.

What's in the Dish