Pastry Drills

December 20th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Party Time - (18 Comments)

Today we celebrated the winter solstice with my mom and step dad at our house. After the laziest morning ever (read: I didn’t get in any exercise) I make a quick trip to Wegmans like a complete fool. I needed a few things for our little party and ended up fighting my way through what can only be described as the the biggest, craziest crowd of the year. The phrase “what the hell was I thinking” comes to mind.

Like a School Girl

December 16th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Late Night Craziness - (18 Comments)

I have to be honest. For the last week or so I feel like I’ve been walking around with my head in the clouds. I barely recognize myself or my life right now. I’m so distracted it’s almost like I’ve got an innocent little crush. Moving to the new house seems more real now that we’ve been spending more time there. As our official Moving Day draws closer I find myself daydreaming and thinking about the new house more and more.

Didn’t I just write a post this morning about living in the moment? Hypocrisy thy name is Alison.

Sweet Tooth Fairy

December 13th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Parenting - (13 Comments)

Guess who’s coming to our house for the first time tonight?

The Tooth Fairy is Coming Tonight

That would be the Tooth Fairy!

(You try and get a 5 year old to smile in such a way that she holds her lip out of the way! Go ahead! Just try!)

So yes, Ava lost her first tooth today! It came out just a half hour before we left for an OrKIDStra presentation of The Snowman this afternoon.

Holding Our Tickets for The Snowman at the RPO

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is a children’s book that was made into a short animated film. Like the book, the film is wordless – but has an orchestral score.

Fun With Carrot Juice Pulp

December 4th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Short or Sweet - (15 Comments)

Today I was on a mission: Bake Healthy Cookies.

There’s a fundraiser going on this weekend for one of the homeschooling organizations we’re a part of – and there’s going to be a bake sale. The group requested the donation of healthy, homemade treats to sell. Given the population of attendees; organic, gluten free or vegan treats are big sellers.

Just one thing: absolutely no nuts due to allergy concerns.

Thanksgiving is Officially Over

November 27th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (12 Comments)

After a roasted red pepper hummus sandwich and a side of carrot sticks with salsa for lunch this afternoon,

Friday Lunch

we were off with some friends to the local garden center for some holiday fun.

Christmas Fun

Lots of decorations to check out –

Red and Green

Hairy Santa

Hairy Reindeer

and painted plywood to stick our heads through.

Max Face


We enjoyed a gigantic train display.

Train Display

Lots of Trains

Checking it Out

The adults appreciated the finer details of the model, like dirty old men and their posters.

Dirty Old Man

One Fine Day

November 21st, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Party Time - (5 Comments)

This fine Saturday started out with a 7 mile trail run early this morning, much like last weekend’s trail run, but without all the photo shop fun.

We left early this afternoon on a little road trip for a family birthday party about an hour and a half away.

A glass of Pinot Grigio upon arrival? Why certainly!

Pinot Grigio

Corbett Canyon

Tons of great party food.

Great Party Food

Lots of veggies!

Veggies Lots and lots of veggies

A few different pasta casseroles were served for dinner tonight. I can’t remember the last time I had pasta and it was a welcome treat!

Avert Your Eyes

November 14th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (15 Comments)

Children with Granny, the man off with some friends, I had the joy of making lunch in total peace and quiet this afternoon.

And I had a hankering for a veggie burger.

Veggie Burger Mash

1 can of black beans, rinsed, drained and mashed
1/4 c ground flax seed
3 Tbsp bone suckin’ bbq sauce

When I was getting out veggies for burger toppings, I spotted some mushrooms hiding in the back of the fridge. Into the burger mix they went.

Oh Looky Looky! Mushrooms!

Shhhhh, listen? Do you hear that? Just a quiet burger sizzle and a gentle bubble of my veggies steaming.

Double Date

November 7th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (9 Comments)

This afternoon the girls went off with Zak’s mom while Zak and I went on a little double date with my mom and step dad!

We hit the Rochester Museum and Science Center to visit the new Titanic exhibit that arrived last month.

Rochester Museum and Science Center

Real artifacts uncovered from the Titanic are currently on display at the museum. As soon as we heard about this exhibit I knew we had to go.

Titanic Exhibit

As we waited to enter the exhibit hall we were given boarding passes with the name of a real passenger who was on board.

Packed in today’s magic basket of super snacks?

Whole Food Energy Bar

Whole Food Energy Bar from Vega that I was sent last week to review.

Open Bar

I liked this one better than the Vibrancy bar actually. I especially liked that at 220 calories, this sucker easily held me over all afternoon while Maxine and I ran errands and Ava spent the afternoon at her homeschooling class.

And I totally needed the energy to play along with Maxine’s latest Take-My-Socks-and-Shoes-Off-Everytime-I-Get-in-the-Car antics.

Shoes Off.  Again.

The Brightest Bulb in the Box

October 23rd, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (23 Comments)

I got my run in this morning. A very cold, wet, 5 mile run run – but come hell or frozen water I was getting out there to run today and by God I did.

Immediately upon I scarfing down the same breakfast I’ve had for the past two days Zak and I left to meet my step dad (who, as luck would have it also happens to be a civil engineer and is qualified to do home inspections) for the inspection of the new house!

Bookcases and Fireplace