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Hi! My name is May. I've been blogging since 2009.

1950s housewife to the bone.

I'm a lifelong foodie, raised in restaurant kitchens and with Sunday dinners at my grandmother's.

I homeschool my three children in Los Angeles with my husband of 17 years.

I drink tea when I knit and coffee when I do everything else.







Ch-ch-changes…

California

Oh my gosh you guys!

I have been so busy working on a log redesign behind the scenes, and in the middle of all of that, we moved back to LA from Salt Lake, so it’s been a hectic time around here. Beautifully hectic, but busy!

We are totally unpacked and getting back into the swing of things, with only four weeks left of school and maybe just a few weeks left of work to do, I’ve been working on the new blog every night after the kids are in bed. I’m almost done! I’m aiming to be done this weekend.

I have been vlogging again though! I have vlogged every day this week so far over on You Tube, and that needs a matching facelift but will only take a few minutes to fix once the blog is done.

Excited to share these changes with you and thankful for your patience. You’ll find dead links here and there, and you’ll find blog posts have been removed. In an attempt to keep everything organized some posts got lost in the shuffle, but there are plenty more where they came from. ;)

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Week in Review

California, Kids

I haven’t done one of these in a while! We have been in California for a couple of weeks now and we’re enjoying a little break from the snow.

We had a fun week, despite the chilly, rainy days. Of course ‘chilly’ and ‘rainy’ are relative in Southern California! Haha.

On Monday, we spent most of the day doing school work, and I made a smoothie from the Oh She Glows cookbook! We ordered in Cheesecake Factory and had a lazy night.

    

Tuesday is farmer’s market day! We hit the market early in the day and then met up with our friends Erin and Maddy in the afternoon. We had a little mall date that started with Crate & Barrel’s incredibly convenient pick up service and ended with H&M. I also finished the socks I started on our trip down here!

  
  
  

On Wednesday, my dear friend Samantha drove three hours with her family to come have lunch with me – on her birthday! I made her my version of a Fab Fit Fun box and included the socks I knit! We spent the afternoon at Twinkle Twinkle Kids Cafe, easily my favorite spot to hang out with friends and kids in the South Bay!

  
  

I casted on new socks pretty much right away and set to work on those on Wednesday night (I’m still working on them now). We had some late night bonding time with our guinea pigs. They are just the sweetest little ladies and we all love them so much.

On Thursday, we met up with Erin and Maddy again for a night at Kid’s Concepts! It’s an indoor playspace similar to Twinkle, but not as fancy. You know I love the low-key fun too, so Erin and I visit this place with the kids pretty often too! We even crawled into one of the climbers for some pictures. You know, because we’re 17.

  

Friday morning, I hit the library with the kids! Richard had to print something for school and we made a little adventure out of it. This branch has become our part time library, we visit it when we are in California but actually I prefer our local library in Salt Lake.

  

We had a little coffee tasting party of some of the coffee we picked up at the farmer’s market on Tuesday! I’m working on a blog post about it for this week.

    

Then, we went to my California bestie Tami’s house with the kids for a Minecraft party with her kids. It warmed up and stopped raining, so the kids spent most of their time outside. We didn’t exchange Christmas gifts until today, whoops! Last year we sent gifts to each other, but this year we wanted to celebrate in person. She framed one of the earliest pictures of all our little kids (we have 4 little kids and and 3 teenagers between us), and this way cute cassette tape snowflake and beautiful Anthropologie earrings. She knows I am such a sucker for Anthro. I’m madly in love with everything in that store.

  

Our Friday ended with a trip to Yogurtland, which Daphne has taken to calling Gogurtland!

  

Saturday was more school and knitting and dinner at Elephant Bar! Richard ordered the lamb and reminded me just how long it’s been since I’ve made lamb. I’m a terrible Greek woman, obviously.

  

We spent all of Sunday working on school work and and videos. We still had a little left to do, but we were sooooo close to finishing!

We had originally planned to go home this past weekend, but we ended up staying another week, so we have one more week or adventures here in California before we go back. It’ll be chores and cooking and baking and Utah friends and field trips and school and SO MUCH SNOW when we get back so we’ll soak up the sunshine while we have it here!

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My Nature Trackers (and sun prints)

California, Homeschooling, Kids

Between Wild Kratts and Dinosaur Train, I’m sure there are millions of kids out there calling themselves nature trackers and I love it so much. My girls have really gotten into it with bugs and gardening and sea life at the aquariums and the beaches and lately, anywhere they can. It’s a great supplement to homeschooling as well, because they are learning so much about the world around them while having fun with each other and their friends!

They are both into watching You Tube videos made by kids their ages and they really wanted to make some of their own. My bestie was inspired by their nature tracker flag on their playhouse and suggested they start a channel about that and off they ran with that idea.

 
 

Last week, we went to Wilderness Park where we did a scavenger hunt and made prints with UV reactive paper. First you lay the paper down and quickly place your objects on top of it. If they are flat, you lay a sheet on plastic on top, and wait a few minutes. The paper is originally a dark blue and after just a few minutes the paper is a very light blue. You remove the objects and wet the paper to stop the reaction and then let it dry. Once it’s dry, it returns to it’s original color. So fun! We saw some plants and flowers we had never see before, a turtle we had never seen before either and the most pine cones I have seen since we left Canada. So so neat!

We are aiming for weekly installments of these videos and their second one is already underway.

The girls would love to share their adventures with you, and while my oldest is often absent from the videos he is usually behind the camera and he’s the one editing the videos!

Nature Trackers on You Tube

Nature Trackers on Instagram

Here are some of my favorite pictures from Wilderness Park.





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2015

California

Our advent days were full of Lego countdowns and cookie baking and activities like homemade marshmallows and letters to Santa and making gifts for each other and visiting friends and having friends over and man, what a great Christmas season we had in 2014.

We kicked off the New Year with an east coast countdown at 9pm local so we could usher the kids off to bed and have a really laid back, really chill New Year’s Eve. It was so nice!

This year has some really exciting things in store for us. I haven’t made a big deal about it on Facebook or Intsagram yet because we don’t start our second semester until the 12th, but our daughters have been fast tracking through their current grade levels and just finished testing out of their grades before Christmas break. Our 9 year old is about to start 5th grade and our almost 6 year old is starting 1st grade! I have fallen in love with their new curriculum as I unpacked it into their bookcases and I can hardly wait to start! Our son likes the program he is using for 9th grade, though it took a little getting used to and he’s now working on a pacing guide to finish classes in 9 weeks instead of 6 months. I’m cautiously optimistic about the second half of the school year.

I have been choosing a theme for my baking for the past few years, least year was cakes. This year my friend Kathryn came up with a really fun idea – The Year of Chocolate! Not being limited to pies or cakes or cookies specifically opens up a whole lotta fun. So far, I have made two chocolate treats. The first was Sandra Dee’s Chocolate Russian and this afternoon I made some really fun chocolate cookies. I will post both this week coming!

Every year I make a ton of resolutions. A ton. In fairly typical New Years resolution fashion, many of them die off around March and I’m totally ok with that. :P Others though, others generally last into the summer months and a few even end up sticking and becoming a thing! I think they at least motivate me to remember what I set out to do in January. I also try to go over the resolutions that didn’t stick to see if there is an easier way to accomplish my goal or if I should just pass on it. Many of my goals are about the same, with a couple of new additions.

Every year I resolve to send a little note tucked in a birthday card to everyone. Like, everyone. All my husband’s cousins, my girlfriends back in Canada, my wonderful new friends here, my sister and of course our parents. The issue has been that postage from the US to Canada is ridiculous and most of the time it costs more to send a gift than the gift itself. That, coupled with how busy our lives have become and making my way to the post office became a pipe dream. Then just this past Christmas I realized that I can not only use my Amazon Prime membership to send little tokens of my love to friends here stateside, but I can shop online at our favorite Canadian stores and use Amazon’s Canadian store to send little gift to everyone. It’s kinda sad that my local friends get baked treats and homemade fun things from me and my oldest friends get something wrapped by a stranger, but at least they know I am thinking of them and love them so much – from here. I’m really happy I figured that out because I didn’t want to give up on that one.

Personal Goals:
1. stay ahead (or at the very least on time) with our homeschooling schedule.
2. celebrate everyone’s birthday with a little something
3. get and then keep our family photo site updated (I am so bad at keeping this up to date)
4. work through Good Reads list in no particular order

Professional Goals:
6. blog daily (this is the hardest because there never seems to be enough hours in the day to blog about all we do around here)
7. make a lightbox, buy some tiles to make cute background and improve my food photography

Fun Stuff:
8. a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015 (inspired by Miss James – I failed miserably at this last year, but let’s try it again, shaaaaaall we?)
9. make something chocolaty every weekend
10. finally finish my knitted beekeeper quilt, I started it in late 2011 it is pretty pathetic that I haven’t finished it yet

I think 10 is a good number and I’m touching a little bit of everything. Wish me luck!

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Weekly Photos – Week 46

California, Kids

Resolution #8 is to post a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.

I am trying to choose one picture of each of them that hopefully shows what their week was like.

All of these photos were taken at Wee One #2′s 9th birthday party!

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Week Thirty One Photos

California, Kids

Can we gloss over the 4ish months that I totally neglected posting these pictures? Haha, I did take their weekly photos I just didn’t upload them all and, never fear, I will not assault you with heaps of photos of my children but I will share some of my favorites that were taken between week 12 (the last weekly portrait post -eep) and now.

Resolution #8 is to post a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.

I am trying to choose one picture of each of them that hopefully shows what their week was like


Our oldest turned 14. I realize this is to be expected but since I’m not even 35 this is a little startling.


Tiny dancer, at her last show of the season this summer.


Little Miss is by far our little fish.

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I Have Missed You!

California, Kids, Marriage

Ugh, being without a computer is rough. I mean, the phone and the tablet and access to the other laptops in the house make it not such a big deal, but when it comes to your pictures and docs, it’s a little unnerving waiting for them to be ‘recovered’. The wonderful news is that my husband managed to recover all my stuff. Go husband! The bad new is, it took forever and I’m pretty behind in my weekly portraits, but I will just jump in this weekend with week 21!

  

In the meantime, here’s life right now, 25 things edition.

1. Our girls are obsessed with Frozen and our Tiny Dancer wraps a blanket around her neck, cape style, belts out Let it Go and tosses the blanket off with ‘…the cold never bothered me anyway…’ As a Canadian family that is bothered by the cold, I find this hilarious.

2. Oldest is preparing for his 8th grade grad next week and I know it’s the ultimate cliche, but I can’t believe he’s starting high school! How, how, how is that possible?!

  

3. On that note, my husband and I just celebrated 14 years of marriage! So rad!

4. We recently started #100daysofbarbecue but we are skipping some days, (because when your husband asks for your grandmother’s chicken pot pie, you just make it for him, ok?), and keeping track of the number of days we’re on. I think we’re on day 9 right now.

5. Dance is on a break until July. OMG an entire month without evening classes?! Note that our Tiny Dancer has chosen to continue with her private lessons and practice every afternoon, so we’re not actually taking a month off, but you know. Some kind of a break is better than none!

  

6. For our anniversary, I made my husband the proud owner of this rad shirt and also this one.

7. I’m more determined than ever to finally finish my Beekeeper Quilt.

8. I’m obsessing over Classy Ladies on Cooking.

  

9. Also obsessing over Sugarpill lashes, but what else is new…

10. We are finally starting to properly furnish and decorate our ‘new’ apartment – it’s been over a year since we moved but we have been really indecisive about staying.

11. I want to start spinning and dying yarn so now we need to find room for a spinning wheel. ;)

  

12. The Fault in Our Stars comes out next week and I’m all set to cry my eyes out the whole time because I’ve read the book so many times my heart is already broken for Hazel and Gus.

13. Maleficent comes out this weekend and I can hardly wait to get my mouse ears on for the premier.

14. Christmas lights in a little girl’s room is the most magical thing ever.

15. Searching for the perfect black strapless swimsuit is harder than I thought. Last year I got wicked tan lines at the pool from being there every afternoon.

16. Avocados go with pretty much everything as far as I’m concerned.

17. I made a new friend and am crushing on her pretty hard. Dear Scout, you’re so rad. Love, May.

  

18. Speaking of! I’ve been making some summer plans and I am so happy to have so many great friends down here. I am seriously so blessed to have met such cool ladies. Vanessa, Tami, Kathryn, Brigid, Erin, Tanya, on and on and on.

19. The girls got bangs and they are painfully cute!

  

20. Every spring I get really motivated to knit for Christmas and usually, I get too wrapped up in the birthdays along the way. Of course, since it’s May, I’m feeling hella motivated. Wish me luck!

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Dragonfruit Ice Cream

California, Healthy

This is one of those ‘not really a recipe recipes’. I have a serious love for dragonfruit and when we first moved to California and I saw it at the farmer’s market I was determined to make something summery and fun with local dragonfruit. Just look at it, it’s so beautiful!

This is a very lame way to make ice cream. Seriously, just go buy an ice cream maker (I am holding out for this Cuisinart one). If you don’t have an ice cream maker though, this will do. Essentially you’re just freezing ice cream in ice cube trays. ;)

Dragonfruit Ice Cream

There are two types of dragon fruit, some are pink like this and taste a little sweet and some are white and taste blander. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be the white or pink kind when I first bought this at the market so I was pretty stoked that it was the sweeter of the two. I will try this again with the white kind if I come across any.

Dragonfruit Ice Cream

All I did was scoop out the yummy insides and mash them up with about 1/2 (maybe closer to 3/4) of a cup of coconut milk. The more coconut milk you add, the softer it will be when you eat it. Though it will be far from soft, a better description would be ‘the more coconut milk you add, the less rock hard it will be’. Then I added a little sugar, feel free to keep it healthy by adding stevia or natural maple syrup or agave or whatever.

Dragonfruit Ice Cream  Dragonfruit Ice Cream

Pour your finished mixture into ice cube trays, and wait a few hours. Another way to do it would be to put your mixture into a stainless steel bowl and mix it every 30 minutes or so until you reach the consistency you’re after. I put them in an ice cube tray and them popped them out and into a cup when I was ready to try it. I let it sit for just a few minutes and it was ice creamy enough for me!

Dragonfruit Ice Cream

This is not a replacement for triple fudge ice cream by any stretch – but if you have a craving for ice cream that’s beyond the usual frozen banana in the food processor trick, while still keeping it healthy, this is a good option.

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Week Twelve Photos

California, Kids

I feel like the weekly resolution check in is getting boring. So I think I will make it once a month instead. I’m making excellent progress with my pictures and killing it with my weekly cake / cupcake challenge.

Resolution #8 is to post a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.

I am trying to choose one picture of each of them that hopefully shows what their week was like


It’s amazing to see him gaining stripes on his new belt. The progression of belt levels in jiu jitsu is so much harder than others.


Candy in a fruit cup was one of my April Fools ‘pranks’ on the kids. ;)


Little Miss loved the story time activities at her dance coach / babysitter’s college!

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Week Nine Photos

California, Kids

Resolution #8 is to post a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.

I am trying to choose one picture of each of them that hopefully shows what their week was like


Third place this weekend at the Dream Jiu Jitsu tournament in Cerritos!


Feeling better this week after doctor visits and pharmacy phone calls, and we got to fit in a park day!


Having lunch at the American Girl store at The Grove is a very fancy affair.

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