Friday, June 29, 2012

Cell Anatomy

What?  This looks like a big glob of processed, non-food?

No, silly, it's mitochondria, ribosomes and golgi bodies inside a cell.  We're studying human anatomy this summer!

(incidentally, I was wondering if my kiddos would want to eat their non-food cell but didn't say a word.  They ate a couple bites of the candy then tried the pudding and said, "What IS this?!")

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Who's Ready to Turn 3?

and obviously start preschool.  ;)

On December 7, 1941 the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii causing the U.S to join the allies in World War II.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Yep, Abby says, we definitely need to make some pesto!

Combine the follow in the blender:

3 full cups of fresh, organic basil leaves
1/2 cup pine nuts (you can also use walnuts though I prefer pine)
1/2 cup of unrefined olive oil
3/4 cup of grated parmesan or asiago cheese
4 cloves of garlic
real salt to taste

Pesto in 4 minutes.  Now I am off to take a just-slaughtered-free-range organic chicken out of my freezer and dress him up in this!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Our version.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Deep End

Lincoln has been telling us the past few weeks that he'll jump off the diving board, "When I'm fweee!" but last night he couldn't take it anymore and decided to join his siblings in the deep end.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

I liked this barn enough to come to a dead stop on a country road, whip out my iphone, and snap a picture.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Big camping trip?

Nope.  Just a raw milk run.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Gavin Michael.  Cousin #15 in the Cos family.  And the 50th great-grandchild for my (late) grandparents on the Cos family side.  Wow.  What a blessing.

(as I am posting this one of my girls said, "Wow Mom, you look reeeeeeeally tired there.  You have huge bags under your eyes."  So glad we are developing a culture of honesty.)

Homemade Buttah

Made from raw cream, straight from the farm.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Beekeeping 101

My SIL Beth and I have started a new adventure since life was dull  since we love new adventures.  Truth be told, we are addicted to raw honey.  Last night we suited up to see if our queen bee had been released in one hive and see how busy the queen was laying eggs in the other.  It was more exhilarating than sky diving but I'm a foodie nerd now so......well, and I'm also terrified of heights.

Here's me with the smoker.  The equivalent of a few Corona's, it makes the bees excited in a good, non-swarming-way to see you!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

The girls and I made our friend Colleen's strawberry rhubarb pie yesterday and it was amazingly delicious.  Colleen is one of the editors at Edible Columbus and we've had a great time getting to know her over the past year.  If you'd like to make this pie yourself, check out her blog  here.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Hummus Avocado Wraps

Friday, I came home from Whole Foods and found the last bits of lunch that Madeline had created.  I took one bite and was completely hooked!  She originally made this on an Ezekiel wrap but yesterday I decided to wrap it in organic greens.  We love to wrap with can use romaine, chard, whatever suits your fancy and wrap up just about everything under the sun.  Yum!

For this recipe, Madeline took her homemade hummus and spread it over a wrap (Ezekiel or greens) and then sliced organic tomatoes and avocados.  Sprinkle with real salt and pepper (here I used pink peppercorns).

Madeline's hummus
organic garbanzo beans
organic fresh spinach leaves
raw feta cheese
healthy drizzle of unrefined olive oil
real salt and pepper

Mix above ingredients in blender or food processor.  She doesn't measure (hello, she is my daughter!), she just adds until she likes the outcome.