Do you live OTP? Specifically north OTP? Here’s a list of fun family activities to bring on Fall this October! Woodstock Downtown Woodstock Scarecrow Walk (All of October) One of our kids favorite things to do is to go to downtown Woodstock and walk around to look at all of the scarecrows. Local businesses decorate scarecrows, […]
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The Art of Celebration – it’s something that I vowed to teach my children even before they were born. The word “celebration” might get you stressed just by looking at it. You might think that word means an expensive 1-year-old birthday party (which, if we can all be real for a second – are for the adults, […]
We have heard about lifestyle changes we can make to lower the risk of developing cancer. Exercise, eating healthy, limited alcohol intake, wearing sunscreen, and not smoking. Just to name a few. But, did you know that some hereditary factors have been found to also present an increase in certain cancers? This week (September 25–October 1) is […]
If you have ever wanted to experiment with homemade pasta, gnocchi is a great place to start!
Gnocchi is a dumpling but technically falls into the pasta category too. It comes from the Italian word for “Knuckles,” or some say it translates to “Lumps” (should be Delicious Lumps, if you ask me!). It’s made from a mixture of flour and potatoes. It’s a fairly easy food to make, and while it’s not super time consuming, you’ll feel like you accomplished something major when you’re eating this delicious dish!
My whole family loves this, including the 4 and 2-year old picky eaters. The buttery, chewy gnocchi topped with blackberry ricotta has a nutty, fruity, sweet and salty bite that everyone loves. My husband is not a ricotta fan, but he loved when blackberry preserves were mixed in – it becomes a borderline dessert when something sweet is added!
If you want to get even more exploratory, you can experiment with making your own ricotta. But for this recipe, I kept it simple and used store bought. Make a veggie along with this, and you’ve got yourself a nice weekend meal!
As a mom, I really enjoy seeing my boys’ little personalities emerge more and more every day. My oldest, Jake, is at that age where he loves to question everything and soaks up learning something new every chance he gets. While I love watching their different interests develop, selfishly I get a little giddy when […]
We (and by “we” I mean mostly my husband) spent our Memorial Day weekend replacing the floor in our downstairs half-bath. Why, you ask? Our three-year-old lacks skill in the “peeing-in-the-potty-with-precision” arena. Our less permeable new floor should hold up well against any future accidents. But with that being said… We’ve got to get busy training […]