The kids were with Aunt Ellen today, so the only pics I took were of food. I think I’ll spice this post up with some oldies but goodies.


Good Morning Pears

Ava, age two, with a pair of pretzels boobs.

Pretzel Boobs

A bowl of shriveled stuff.

shriveled stuff

Maxine, shriveled.

Big Sister Kiss

A banana spinach smoothie, with a little too much spinach. Even for me.

Too Much Spinach

Ava and too much green finger paint. Even for me.


After my morning meals wore off, I made my everything-but-the-kitchen-sink salad.

Everything but the kitchen sink

Mixed greens, tomatoes, shredded zucchini, carrots and jicama, garden picked cucumber, mushrooms, all tossed in Italian dressing.

No pepper though.

Give a Mom a Pepper

I ate a scary amount of cherries. (OK not ALL those but let’s just say that bowl was full when I rinsed them.)


No Cheerios though.

Cheerio Mess

Who’s watching these kids anyway?

For dinner tonight I made a tomato and white bean soup. I’ll have you know this recipe is a classic. This is meal is one of the first I truly cooked. When we were newly married and I had my first kitchen and was working toward preparing healthier meals.

Bean Soup

1 – 2 Tbsp EVOO
1 Large onion, diced
1 – 2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 15 oz cans of Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes
1 cup of water or veggie broth (if needed, I didn’t use any tonight)
10 – 15 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/4 c lemon juice
salt to taste

Saute onion and garlic in EVOO until soft. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add beans, broth, basil and salt and simmer 20 – 40 minutes, stirring occassionally. Before serving stir in lemon juice.

I ate so many cherries I was only hungry for a cup of this soup.

Cup of Soup

I also had a dose of Vitamin G&BDC. (That would be Green and Black Dark Chocolate, of course.) It was about to take a picture when the doorbell rang so instead I just ate it while I answered the door. True story.

After dinner we made a paper chain to keep track of the number of days until we might expect our butterfly to emerge from it’s cocoon.

Butterfly Countdown

Zak as a caterpillar.


Maxine in her cocoon.

36 weeks

Ava as a butterfly.

Ava as a Butterfly

And there you have it.


12 Responses

  1. Loved your post! I laughed, said “awww” and really enjoyed walking down memory lane. 🙂

    Where was that picture taken of Zak as a caterpillar?

    I am definitely making that soup! Looks really good!!!

  2. I love all the pictures!

    I haven’t used Cannellini beans in a long time; I’m making the soup! 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Awwww, Max looks just like Ava did when she was 2! If it hadn’t been for the different eye colour (and the caption of course) I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference 🙂 They’re both gorgeous kids!

  4. how do you clean off a child with that munch paint? just wondering….

  5. Aawwww (like the comments above) is so true. Loved this post!

  6. That soup looks great. My internet has been spotty all week, very limited blogging, so I am glad the picture showed up for this as I may be making it this week or on our camping trip next week.

  7. i am making that soup!! that soup is right down my alley! and i wish i had that market of fake fruit as a kid- that looks AWESOME

  8. Loved your blast from the past pictures…too precious!

    That been dish looks really yummy, I saved it to try….Mmmm!

  9. haha…love it. that soup looks good – the summer i don’t have soup cravings, but i will def have to make that when the weather gets cooler!

    happy weekend – LOVE the vintage pics.

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