Step 9: Repack the bags the next day with greater efficiency in mind.

Departure (and how to prepare for it)

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Forever…. Continue reading

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Galoucester

By Chef Dad (Mike)

Miss A turned eight at school last week.  At her school, the kids recognize summertime birthdays before they let out for the year, so each kid can have a little celebration.  Her birthday actually falls in July, but as regular readers of the blog know, we’re headed off on sabbatical in just a few short weeks, which means we’ve reached the end of second grade for our little girl, and sixth grade for our increasingly less little boy. Continue reading

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Planning for a Sabbatical in Three Months (And Cooking with Ice Wine)

We are wheels up exactly one month from today! But first we’re gearing up for the holidays. Continue reading

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Quiet Reflection – Making Pies from Scratch

It has been a reflective week. Do you ever have those? The kind where your thoughts run a little slower. You have a feeling of nostalgia that you can’t quite pinpoint. You might even be a little more withdrawn and less talkative than normal. It’s not a wistful look back, a pitty party, or a time for dwelling on mistakes or regrets. It’s simpler than that. It’s calm. It’s peaceful. You could even call it a quiet acceptance – of what, I’m not sure. Maybe everything? Maybe nothing? Maybe it simply marks the closing of a chapter. A new one is afoot afterall. Continue reading

Vidal Ice Wine Pie

Skin in the Game

We’ve known for some time that Mr. N loves theater and it didn’t take us long to realize this was more than a mere hobby. Maybe it’s the art of performance, or the camaraderie of the group, the ability to engage the imagination, or what is learned from walking in someone else’s shoes. Whatever it is, acting is intrinsically woven into his very soul.  Continue reading

FLX Grape Pie

Seasons Change

This is Mr. N’s first year of middle school. That means walking a fine line on Halloween. He absolutely did not want to miss trick or treating, but he also didn’t want to be caught dead in anything “babyish” or that might entice ridicule. So what to do? Gruesome? Clever? Or silly? Continue reading