Pumpkin Power Muffins

A few years ago we discovered that the simple cereal breakfasts weren’t working very well.  The kidlets were going through a box of cereal almost daily and were still hungry a short time later.  Then we discovered that some of us had allergies…to cottonseed oil, food dyes, preservatives, and oats.  Eliminating these things from our diet has been a challenge, but the effort has been worth it.  But this left me trying to figure out how to do breakfast…and keep it simple enough that everyone could basically feed themselves.  I think I’ve mentioned before how much I hate cooking.  Couple that with how much mornings hate me and you can imagine how discouraged and cranky I was feeling. Continue reading


“Come into my Parlor” said the Spider to the Fly

Or in this case…said the Soap to the Squash Beetle.  I’ve been struggling the last few weeks with a squash bug infestation in my garden.  At first I didn’t worry overly much about it.  In the past I’ve had great success with Safe Solutions.  But either these are super bugs with kryptonite armor or the Safe Solutions product has changed.  I’m disheartened to think that I’m not going to be able to rely on this product any more.  But I’m a results kind of person, and if nothing else has changed and it’s not working effectively against squash bugs, then I can’t trust it to work right in other areas. Continue reading