This and That


  • I took the boys on a nature field trip this week. We went to the Spiral Jetty and it was so cool and the perfect activity for getting out of the house.
  • Utah had a 5.7 earthquake yesterday morning and lots of aftershocks. We are safe, but the boys were scared for awhile.
  • We are sad Tom Brady is leaving the Patriots, but we will cheer for him wherever he goes.
  • Send us all of your kid movie recommendations! We are going to need them. We watched Spies in Disguise and the boys loved it.


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  1. While we have been staying athome Gilmore Girls and Gossip Girl also topped our list. We just got all of Supernatural for my teen/ almost adult daughter before everything hit. We have also been putting in our Christmas Hallmark Movies to relax with. Cars and Scooby Doo also top our list. Take care everyone and stay safe.

  2. Just want to say thank you for your wonderful email full of yummy recipes, ideas and activities! Fabulous for all ages! โค๏ธ

  3. Glad you guys are safe after the earthquakes yesterday! Also very sad about Tom Brady…didn’t think he would actually leave the Pats, but for me, it doesn’t change all the amazing things he did for us!

    Been cooking out of your book more than ever! Just love it. Thanks for posting the fridge/freezer/pantry staples, it’s a really well thought out article.

    1. Thanks! Tom Brady is a class act and we will keep cheering for him. I am so glad you are enjoying our book!

  4. Just started reading the coicidence of coconut cake. So far I like it ๐Ÿ™‚
    I binge watched soo many series over the last few weeks. The witcher, the protector, working moms, Grace and Frankie and Good Witch are just a few of them and I liked them all but my bf and I can’t stop watching outlander. Totally recommend that one. Super interesting story and we even recognise many names from the past
    Thank you so much for the awesome recipe list you posted this week. Will be making lots of those recipes next week ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay safe

  5. Thanks for the Scholastic website link! I’m a 1st-2nd grades teacher in Wisconsin who is on the lookout for great educational websites to pass on to my parents. This sight is fantastic!!

    1. You are welcome. The boys are enjoying the lessons. Thanks for all you do for kids!!

  6. My husband and I just started watching Once Upon a Time and we are loving it. We watched the first four episodes last night, staying up til 10:30 for the first time in a long time.

  7. Typically I hate talking animal movirs. But everything about the movie Paddington 2, I love! My kids say I over talk this movie but it is darling, whimsical, pretty funny and and has a few great actors in it too!

  8. hey y’all- great list! My husband and I ( and our 7month old boxer) are hunkering down here in Oklahoma. Praying for everyone. God doesn’t want us to live in fear. We need to trust in him!!

  9. I’m currently reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng which I’m enjoying very much. Once I’m finished I will watch the 8 part mini series on Hulu staring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Wahsington. A two part distraction!!!

  10. Can you even BELIEVE that happened yesterday? I heard the rumbling up in the attic before I felt anything and didn’t know what it was. It sounded like a truck driving over the roof. Then the house started jumping and the dishes were jumping in the cupboard in front of me and I thought, ohhhhhh… I’ve never felt an earthquake before and it scared the dickens out of me. Good thing it wasn’t more serious than it was, kind of like a good practice run so we can all get prepared.

  11. I’m glad you are all safe from the earthquake. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is so good, I went on to read some of her other books and enjoyed all of them. You don’t want it to end. I like the sounds of the other book also and may look into that one for myself either. Thanks for the great recipes, I made your chicken and rice soup last week, so good!

  12. I would definitely recommend The Huntress by Kate Quinn, and also just finished The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – these are my two favorite books this month ๐Ÿ˜‰