We’ve all got them. Big problems. Stupid Problems. Finger problems that we can’t seem to stop writing about.

Pile of Dishes

When I was a kid, unloading the dishwasher was one of my chores. Like most kids, I would have to be reminded and mom would say “I can’t make dinner until the kitchen is clean. I need you to unload the dishwasher NOW so I can get the kitchen cleaned up and make dinner.”

Not Chili

November 30th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (9 Comments)

Where’s the place to be on a cold, dreary day?

Dreary Day

The beach of course!

Cold Splash

We met up with our “Get These Kids Outside Or Bust” homeschooling group and today was a true test of our pledge to get outside even in the crummiest of weather.

It was cold. It was rainy. There was whining.

Walk in the Park

Ava happily played with her friends but Maxine clung to me like a marsupial and said “I want to go home” about 100x in my ear, throwing in the occassional “I’m hungry” despite having just eaten breakfast 30 minutes earlier.


November 11th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (20 Comments)

Now this is what I call a real salad.

A Real Salad

I guess I’ll just have to be my own fruit and salad company. You know what they say! If you want something done right you just have to do it yourself. Can do.

We kept ourselves busy today, both in and out of the kitchen.

Let’s make more MamaBars!

Let's Make Banana Bites

Let’s make something with glitter! *insert insane shrieking here* ANYTHING WITH GLITTER! Let’s make it! Gliiittteeerrrrrrrrrr…

I’m not so sure though that the “do it yourself” cliche applies to Christmas ornaments. Some things really are better store-bought.

Mrs. Brightside

September 22nd, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Late Night Craziness - (18 Comments)

I’m afraid I was not tickled to hear that any Sigg bottles made before August 2008 have trace amounts of BPA in their liners. I bought ours early in 2008 so ours were definitely tainted.

Maxine and I ran errands in the acid rain while Ava was at her crunchy granola homeschooling class today. Ditching these bottles was on the list of things to do. An article just showed up in the newspaper announcing that Wegmans is taking back ALL Sigg bottles made before August 2008 no matter where you bought them and offering you a replacement or a refund.

Fast Food

August 17th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time - (11 Comments)

My three course breakfast did good by me today. Real good.

I was feeling slightly hungry when I made the girls lunch, I snacked on my favorite snacky snackerson as of late.

Carrots and Salsa

And a couple of banana chips too.

banana chip snack

After my attempt at banana chips last week we’ve been living banana chip loco here. Even Maxine, also known as Queen of Banana Denial, will eat these. Score one for Team Banana!

Sun of a Beach

August 11th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time - (24 Comments)

A little beach trip with some friends was in order for today, so we threw lunch in a bag this morning and off we went.

Beach Today

Lunch for mom? Leftovers.

Veggie Chili Leftovers

Plus a Jocalat Larabar.

Jocalat Larabar

And some Newman’s Own Organics Honey Wheat pretzels from our goodie box for sharing.

Snack and Share

While practically all the Newman’s Own Organics loot we were sent to try has been fabulous, I have to say these weren’t that great. Not BAD, but just – weird. Maxine spit hers out and a seagull ate it.  The seagull had no complaints.

Who Are You Talking To?

June 25th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Late Night Craziness - (10 Comments)

Sooo… yeah.


Barbie stamps rule.


As do freshly baked Rosemary rolls.


And avocado tomato open faced sandwiches. They rule too.


But aren’t you forgetting something? That can’t be all you’re gonna eat. What about some protein? And something sweet. Maybe crunchy too?


OK I guess that will work.

So what about dinner? Why don’t you do something with the rest of those lentils you made yesterday?

peppers_onions_624 lentil_tacos

Oh yeah, lentil tacos! Good thinking. How do you make those? Just some cumin, chili powder, roasted red pepper and paprika? You don’t say…

Lentil Chili

June 1st, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time - (6 Comments)

For lunch today I threw together some refried beans quesadillas.  Spicy refried beans smeared into a flat out wrap, sliced tomatoes, corn and a little bit of white cheddar cheese. I also made some kale chips to use up the last of my bag of kale and for a little green on the side.

beans kale_chips_bean_quesadillas

Served 2% Fage, salsa and avocado slices.


And for dinner tonight, Lentil Chili was on the menu.