It finally started to feel a little like spring around here this week. And by finally, I mean that there was no snow in the forecast (yes, we had SNOW in MAY) and the temperature reached a balmy 72 degrees with sunshine.

Fresh Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

Our whole neighborhood seemed to emerge in celebration of the sun. The rumble of lawnmowers and children’s laughter filled the air. My boys have started asking when we can fire up pizza on the grill and eat outside. My answer? Not soon enough!

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Today, I’m over on ‘The Creative Mama’ sharing a more personal post. Something a little different for me outside of family, food and photography. It’s about how I’ve learned to add a bit of bravery to my days. After much trepidation about pressing, ‘PUBLISH’, I took a deep breath and did just that.

How to Live Bravely

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! I will be running half marathon #6 and hoping that our crazy weather (snow…on May 2nd!!) has settled down by the time the starting gun goes off.

The sun in finally shining here today.  Finally.  Despite the thin layer of frost, it feels like maybe spring is going to try and make an appearance.  It feels like we’ve been waiting and waiting…counting down to spring days, waiting for the our favorite parts of this season to begin….

Crossing off the days until my oldest boy turns 12 (that actually might be him more than me) ….

Beginning the taper days leading to my spring half marathon

Counting down to the opening day of our local Farmers’ Market

Buttermilk Pesto Dressing

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April is birthday month at our house.  2 out of 3 boys will be celebrated for turning a year older. Birthdays at our house have turned into an all out food fest as they have gotten older.  Homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast, a favorite meal at supper and a special dessert.

For dessert this year, the birthday boy requested a 3 layer cake with lemon curd and whipped cream frosting AND he wanted to make it himself.  I’ll let the pictures do the story telling, but let me just add;   I never realized how much one can concentrate on cracking eggs, how far flour truly can fly and that if making a layer cake was always this fun, I would make them every week.

Layered Lemon Cake

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As many parents know, when it comes to feeding our children it often feels like the job is never done.  Feeding the 3 boys in my house is like trying to fill a bottomless pit.  They are always hungry.  Fortunately, we are able to put food on their plates for 3+ meals a day.  They have no idea what it really means to go hungry.

Simple Egg Pasta

This is not the case for many children.

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