I know posting has been sparse around here the last few weeks.  Recovering from our vacation, sending the boys off to school and diving into a full, fall calendar left the days overflowing late into the night.  And me?  Well, I was falling asleep on the couch not long after the boys were in bed.  Not so good for blogging, huh?

Now that we are settling into a more manageable groove, I am looking forward to spending more time here.  I have legal pads that have pages scribbled with ideas that I want to share. There will be a few changes in months to come, some more noticeable than others, but all of them good.  The first is a new series, starting today, called Everyday Bits & Pieces.  I hope to share a few things each Friday of what I’ve been loving, what caught my eye on the web, instagrams from the week, a little bit of this and that, so to speak.  I hope you’ll enjoy it. If you have any ideas, or things you want to share, feel free to put them in the comments for us all to enjoy!

So, without further adieu…

Everyday Bits & Pieces

1.  Chocolate Peppermint Luna Bars

Now, I know these have been out for awhile, but I had to share them simply because I love them.  My boys know when they find them in the cupboard that they are off limits…”don’t touch Mom’s Luna Bars!!”  After a long run or good workout I love to eat one of these to refuel.  It has the perfect ratio of 3 carbs to 1 protien suggested to help muscles recover.  And for someone like me with a sensitive-post-run-gut these are just light enough not to rock the boat.  I already have one packed in my bag for a post race treat following tomorrow’s half marathon.

2.  Faux Martha ‘Tip of the Week’

If you don’t know Melissa over at The Faux Martha, then it’s time you do.  Not only does she share my love for scratch baking and cooking, but she is a talented graphic designer too.  Her site is like thumbing through a favorite magazine.  So many wonderful treasures.  Some of my favorite posts on the site is her ‘Tip of the Week’.  She shares bits of baking/cooking knowledge  that are often so simple it’s crazy.  Be sure to read her tip about the time and temperature setting for baking perfect muffins.  I use it every time I bake a batch.

3.  What I’m Reading

This summer was really the first time I’ve been able to immerse myself in books again.  For years I was a voracious reader, but with 3 young children it was just one of the things that fell on the wayside.  Now that they are older (and reading themselves) I’ve jumped back in.  It feels like being reunited with an old friend.  During our beach vacation I devoured ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn and am currently working on ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed.

4.  Fresh Fruit Yogurt

Back to school mornings have us moving a bit faster than our lazy, summer pace.  My goal is to make sure to get a good breakfast in the boys bellies before they head out the door.  My oldest is pretty simple with some peanut butter toast and fruit.  Boy #2 thinks bagels and cream cheese are the only way to go.  Boy #3 though, he doesn’t like either.  It’s been a challenge to find something he’ll be happy to eat.  Lately, he’s been on a yogurt kick and this simple fresh fruit yogurt is something he asks for each morning.  I use Greek, whole milk yogurt because of the higher amount of protein to sustain him through the morning.  Depending on the sweetness of the fruit, sometimes we even drizzle a little maple syrup on top.

fresh fruit yogurt

5.  Apples!

As the calendar turns to September so our thoughts turn to apples.  Of course we wait anxiously for our favorite Honey Crisps to make an appearance, but until then, these early fall varieties are ready to go.


Early variety Fuji

Honey Crisp


Have a wonderful weekend!


5 Responses to Everyday Bits & Pieces

  1. Heather says:

    Love your new weekly post – what a great idea!

    The picture of your son with the apples – so fun :)

  2. Johanna says:

    I so relate to your notes on reading. Even with only this one little boy, I hadn’t touched a novel in a year until finally packing one for our beach getaway. I had begun reading it ages ago – Last Night in Twisted River by Irving – and dove right in, pretty much not stopping until I’d made my way through. Old friends are not forgotten!

  3. Kristen says:

    Wasn’t Gone Girl fantastic? I haven’t read Wild yet but need to. I’ve heard it’s so good!

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