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I'm creating a handmade life in Portland, Oregon where I live on a bluff with my husband, two sons and our big dog, Baloo.
Interests: shopping, coffee shops, natural health, waldorf education, cooking, parenting, reading, writing, baking, exercise, farmer's markets, bakeries and exploring new places in portland.
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Ezra, Reuben and I went to a great event yesterday. Hosted by three faith communities who came together last summer to create a camp called Abraham's Tent, it was a song, craft and story morning. We learned about the Advent... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at MamaPie
So far, with nights one and two behind us, Chanukah 2012 has been wonderful. We celebrated the first night at our shul's Chanukah party. It was really exciting to see such a big and enthusiastic turn-out. Our little shul has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at MamaPie
After confessing how much I love reading others' favorite book lists, here's one of my own! Ezra and Reuben are 8 and 4.5 and, this year, we've been enjoying: The Chanukah Guest: Seriously? This book makes me laugh out loud.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at MamaPie
The Winter season - she's a starting. And with her comes all sorts of things - some that I love and some that I find draining. But, today, for this quick little post, let's stick with the loved things. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at MamaPie
Do you use the brand of henna with the fox on it? Any tips for henna use? Thanks for the great no 'poo info.
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Inspired by some delicious butternut squash I steamed a few days ago, I created this salad for dinner last night. New Seasons didn't have any more butternut, which is what I looking for, so I bought some delicata squash and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at MamaPie
One of the (many many) great delights of the past (almost) eight years of raising children has been reading children's literature. As an avid library-goer and reader of children's literature reviews and blogs, I seek out high-quality books for my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at MamaPie
So, we recently got back from a trip to Israel. A big trip. Over 14 hours on the airplane, with several more in various airports. The return journey, from start to finish, took 25 hours. We were in Israel, travelling... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2012 at MamaPie
Right now, daily life seems to be taken up with trip preparations. We are going to Israel with a big group of extended family. We'll be leaving in a week. So my headspace is filled with thoughts about food enough... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2012 at MamaPie
My friend J. posted about this summer porridge/refrigerator oats on her facebook page yesterday and I right away had to go out to get the ingredients. We have a really good rotation of breakfasts for the rest of the year,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at MamaPie
has been great. It's only really been sunny and summery weatherwise for a week or two. I'm happy because I feel like we are taking advantage of summer. We are using it, living it, wearing out these gorgeous days. We've... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2012 at MamaPie
I have always always loved exploring where I live. I loved this in Manhattan, in Somerville and, now, when I visit my hometown of Los Angeles, I explore it from the vantage point of a grown woman, a mama, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2012 at MamaPie
Every so often, I notice that I have stepped my family meals up a notch. It's gradual, but concrete. If you took a week of dinners from two years ago and compared it to this week's dinners, the difference would... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at MamaPie
Stir-fry usually gets a bad rap in my mind. Mostly because of the memories of stir-frys (fries?) my roommates and I used to make all the time in college, which consisted of an enormous wok filled with pounds of pasta,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2012 at MamaPie
Last Saturday, we had Reuben's fourth birthday party here at home. We did a simple, Spring-themed craft project: I cut up strips of Spring-y fabric with the pinking shears and the children painted 6 inch terracotta pots with modge podge,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at MamaPie
Even though it's a gray and rainy day here in Portland, Valentine's goodness abounds in the forms of handmade Valentines...drawn in pen, chalk and pancake batter, and in the form of the sweetest handmade photo book you've ever seen (with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at MamaPie
Happy Sunday all! If you're reading my blog from a facebook link, I would really love it if you added Mamapie to your google reader (or whatever reader you use) list. I don't always love to link my blog to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at MamaPie
What have you been cooking lately? Around here, I have been doing my usual ratio of mostly old favorites (or old "easy's") with a few new things now and then. As always, there is lots on my "list" of what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at MamaPie
Ezra and Reuben were sick all week. Today, Saturday, as I emerge from the house (with the sun shining, no less!), I feel like I an tentatively walking out of a hot, sticky parallel universe, where days and nights all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2012 at MamaPie
Where to even begin with the thankfulness, for things huge and small (although even the small are really big)? A very uncomprehensive list this morning: First, and always, for Andrew, Ezra and Reuben--my family: my loud, energetic, busy, messy, extremely... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2011 at MamaPie
Ezra made this in his handwork class at school. I can only imagine what kind of knitter I'd be today if I made this in first grade. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at MamaPie
Pass the Orange-- where you pass an orange (or ball) tucked under your neck from person to person down a line using no hands-- was another party game we played at Ezra's 7th birthday party. It was funny because, when... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at MamaPie
After having Ezra's 6th birthday party at home last year, we decided that unless it was absolutely pouring, we were going to have his party outdoors in the park again. Last year there was just too much physical energy trapped... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2011 at MamaPie
We've been having a busy fall and I haven't been here in a while. But I miss this place! So, I'll be back more regularly starting tomorrow - with thoughts about birthday party games, Waldorf first grade, fall cooking and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at MamaPie
Oops! That should be Tuesday, October 4th above for the Blue Egg Sale. See ya then!
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