Wednesday, December 22, 2010



corbin palms campout 2010
corbin palms campout

walks in the woods
a walk in the woods


sowing seeds
sowing seeds

pie for breakfast.
pie for breakfast


reflecting on a full and wonderful year. looking forward to the next. see you then!

Saturday, December 18, 2010


inspired by a friend.


muddy boots


morning light
morning light


beach day
beach day


habit 4
habit 4




last night
summer night

Friday, December 17, 2010

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

The rain has returned and we are back in soup mode... (The girls were thrilled to find celery in this week's delivery!) We threw this together before our violin recital and returned to a wonderful smelling house.

Adapted from the Whole Foods website

Serves 4

8 oz dried green split peas, rinsed
1 cup diced ham
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup chopped yellow onion
2 ribs celery plus leaves, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups chicken broth

Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order given, adding the broth last. Do not stir ingredients. Cover and cook on high 4—5 hours or on low 8—10 hours until peas are very soft. Served with biscuits - as we are on a yeast-free diet, but would be just as yummy with a crusty loaf of bread.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


12.15.10 :: habit

past tense

made 36 of our favourite molasses crinkle cookies for E's class cookie exchange. and some extra for us.

Cori's Molasses Crinkles
1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1 cup sugar
1 egg :: beaten
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp ground ginger
2 cups unbleached white flour
2 tblsp additional sugar

Preheat oven to 350
Put melted butter into a medium mixing bowl. Beat in molasses and 1 cup sugar. Add egg. Sift together dry ingredients (except additional sugar) then add to wet mixture, stirring until well combined. Use your hands to form 1 1/2" balls of dough. Roll in additional sugar then place on cookie sheet with silpat baking mat.
Bake 12-15 minutes. Until firm to touch. Do not over cook - you want these chewy on the inside.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

perfect sunday



dare I say, best friends?

that followed a perfect saturday. (that culminated in a perfect annual neighborhood progressive dinner.)

here's to a perfect week!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

4th annual

progressive dinner 2010

tonight was the night. it is so great to see everyone together - ages ranged from 2 to 92. stories flowed along with the wine. good food. and great company.

Friday, December 10, 2010


6 a.m. commute.

i had to leave the house at 6:15 this morning. i was reminded how much of a morning person i am. i have been staying up too late too often. i was reading here about going to bed the same time as your kids. i am going to give it a try. and i'm going to try to get up earlier too.

full weekend ahead!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

seventh night of hanukkah

seventh night of hanukkah

hanukkah is coming to a close... and christmas is just around the corner. d surprised the girls with a tree last night. they were crazy happy. tonight we lit the seventh candle, and tested the tree lights.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

Today is the patronal feast of St. Nicholas - the patron Saint of our church. Yesterday we celebrated by combining the English, Spanish and Farsi services (I love L.A!) into one big celebration. It was lovely. We were reminded of the history of St. Nick. Of Santa Claus.


Sunday, December 05, 2010



this weekend was a whirlwind of activity. and i am trying not to look ahead too carefully. the calendar is full to the brim for the next two weeks. the last two weeks of school. i am content. and don't want to jinx it by fretting about all that needs to get done. the big stuff is all checked off the list. there is time for the little stuff.

it is cold and rainy and i just want to sit by the fire and savour it.

Friday, December 03, 2010

on the third night of hanukkah

on the 3rd night of hanukkah
on the third night of hanukkah

shared with a sweet friend. so wonderful to see the girls share their traditions. joined by more friends later on, the house filled with love and laughter. so wonderful to share our traditions.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

the 2nd candle

candle #2

a quiet night together for the second night of hanukkah.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

an old habit


i am absolutely thrilled to have been invited back to habit this month, alongside so many wonderful contributors. such a great space to spend the holidays.

december 1. the first door of our advent calendar opened.

menorahs and candles and singing and giggles.

happy hanukkah!

this month is all about light and love.

Happy Hanukkah!