Category Archives: Parenting

Dinners

So it might seem like a person who would do a challenge like this would need to be a really amazing cook. I would like to clarify that though I can hold my own in a kitchen, I am actually not an amazing cook. I usually cook easy and forgiving meals that don’t stress me […]

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Betsy - September 5, 2014 - 11:38 pm

This post makes me oh so happy! Real (local) food is the best! Love this post and love you! And thanks for the shout out :)

5 minute salsa

Most of our meals this month will not be that exciting. Many of the meals I will be making will take a lot of extra prep, so we will definitely also be eating a lot of scrambled eggs this month. Scrambled eggs are something that Sofia can make as well, so it will be fun […]

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Scottish Oats with Stewed Pears and Apples

I have cooked a lot of rolled oats and steel cuts oats, but I have to admit that this was my first time ever cooking Scottish Oats (Camas Country Mill). I am now in love with Scottish oats now. They are extremely hearty but have a bit of a fluffier consistency than steel cut oats. […]

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sharon - September 2, 2014 - 9:26 pm

I love this challenge and all the yummy recipe ideas. Looking forward to hearing more :)

The Real Housewives of Benton County: Elisabeth Parker: Keeping the Faith

I met Elizabeth 4 years ago when she took Baby Class with her first son Judah. Elisabeth has this warm and calming presence. She is a good person. She is a good mama. And.. Elisabeth has been faithful and hopeful during some very difficult trials. Elisabeth has been an amazing example to me of someone […]

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Rachel Harrington - August 26, 2014 - 12:06 am

From my experience, I would change the last bullet to *don’t* ask what you can do to help. When people asked me that I would say, “We are doing okay. We don’t need anything.” What worked better for me was when Jesse said, “we are starting a meal train. Is Monday, Wednesday, Friday enough? Or do you need more?” (Note the Love and Logic strategy of giving a choice where both outcomes are acceptable. :) ) Or when my mom asked me to think about when she could fly down and then just bought a ticket anyway. Or when Katy said, “I want to do a garage sale and give you the money. You don’t have to help. I just wanted you to know.” I could go on and on about my family, my coworkers, and my friends. You get the idea.

Elisabeth - August 27, 2014 - 8:51 pm

You’re totally right, Rachel. It was awesome when people said, “We’re going to set up a Caring Bridge, fund, meal train, etc. for your family…” because people like my husband and I have a hard time accepting help, and that way, we couldn’t say no :)

Elisabeth - August 27, 2014 - 8:52 pm

You’re totally right, Rachel. It was awesome when people said, “We’re going to set up a Caring Bridge, fund, meal train, etc. for your family…” because people like my husband and I have a hard time accepting help, and that way, we couldn’t say no because they didn’t ask :)

The Real Housewives of Benton County: Sara Egbert “Mother Nature”

I am so excited to be back doing this interview series! Although this is a project that I simply did not have time to continue as my schedule got busier, it never left my heart. With so much focus these days on what is wrong with the world, I want to show evidence of all […]

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Marie Palmer - August 11, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Thanks for the interview, Kara. I’m glad I met this great mama while she was here this summer. She does exude that comfortable feel toward nature, her kids and other people that you can sense in this interview. I’m excited to read more interviews in the future!

Sara - August 11, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Kara and Chris- Thank you so much for capturing my kiddos and I in word and pictures. You two are such a dynamic duo with your love of people and beauty.

Elisabeth - August 11, 2014 - 4:01 pm

When Sara and I were friends as high schoolers, we got to spend a week traveling in Italy with our choir. During that week Sara taught me to embrace silliness, and just to enjoy life and to take myself much less seriously. As a mother, there is so much more she could teach me about lightening up and embracing the dirt :) Wish you lived in Corvallis full time, Sara! Thank you for making such a positive impact on my life when we were kids…and for continuing to inspire me!