Chipmunks and Squirrels Nature Study


Chipmunks and squirrels are pretty fast moving. However, we took a leisurely pace with this nature study, enjoying it here and there over the last couple of weeks. Mentioning it while we were outside. Being reminded of it when we saw a squirrel. Squirrels we know plenty about. They frequent our feeder and dart across the tree-lined roads. However, when we think of chipmunks, we

New Recipe Index and the Hodgepodge Family Cookbook


“Memories…the food of our childhood; food that meant love.” ~ Susan Branch I’d like to think that I grew up grateful for what I had. Grandmothers and a mama who loved to make wonderful food to fill our tummies. Special dishes made for holidays. If I didn’t show my gratitude then, I sure hope it is recognized now. Because it is a blessing to have

Mama Ann’s Morning Bars

Mama Ann's Black Raspberry Morning Bars Recipe

Morning bars are a family classic from my grandmother, Mama Ann. One of those recipes we’ve come to expect her to always have at her house. My children beg for morning bars. If I can’t make the bars right away then the children figure out some way to eat the black raspberry jelly on something. We enjoyed these at the beach for breakfast one morning.

Pimento Cheese: Allergy Friendly Living

allergy-friendly pimento cheese

I could not let the week pass without sharing the joy over Lil’ Buddy joining the pimento cheese fan club. Oh, Mama Ann’s pimento cheese! But…with the mayonnaise it requires, youngest boy could not eat it. Egg allergy and epipen. But, I remembered that Addapinch posted a pimento cheese recipe with cream cheese rather than mayo. Well, now, who would turn their nose up at

Playing in the Creek

muddy boots

“I’ve been thinking it’s time to let the children build a dam in the stream.” My grandmother’s voice is on the line. “Like the cousins used to do.” I thought of the heat, hundred degree temps and humidity. I thought of mosquitoes. And then I thought of the children’s love of stomping through Mama Ann’s creek. I also thought of how much Mama Ann loves