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Barbara Douma
I'm a wife and a homeschooling,stay-at-home mom of two.
Interests: crafts, cooking, knitting, sewing, writing, reading, Bible studies, anything with my family, gardening, home decor, excercising, healthy eating, homeschooling
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I recently moved over to Blogger my new address is: Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
If you are looking for me this week, I am in the process of moving my blog over to a Google address. We are also residing our home which has made for a lot of cleanup inside and out. I hope to be back later this week or early next. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
Friday night is pizza-movie night in our house. I'm an East Coast transplant so I'm not a fan of most Midwest pizza franchises. Yes, I am also pizza snob. Growing up, my grandmother made the BEST homemade pizzas. Since then, I have made it my personal mission to make pizza... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
We have been enjoying the outstanding March weather we are having this year. My kids have already started gardening which includes transplanting worms. Thier theory is that worms should be moved to areas of the garden where nothing has sprouted yet to help the garden grow. I love that. When... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
The Little Princes is an amazing account of Conor Grennan's experience as a young world traveler who decides to engage himself in the selfless act of volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal. When he arrives he gradually builds a relationship with the children and discovers that they are victims of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
Most of you know I went in for surgery last Friday. The orders were to rest for 32 hours and no lifting 10 pounds for 2 weeks. I thought to myself, no problem, I can handle this! Even after returning from recovery to the short stay room I was feeling... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
So here it is, my first knitting project that isn't a scarf. You"ll notice I didn't venture out too far! I fell in love with this yarn this winter when my daughter picked it out for a scarf for her grandmother. I love the way the colors change in different... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
There has been a lot of talk in my house the last few months about wasabi and pistachios. Those of you who have seen Cars 2 may know what my kids are talking about. If not, here's a small clip. Anyway, the pistachio jokes along with St. Patty's Day inspired... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
If you love historical fiction as much as I do, The Dovekeepers is an amazing book. The story takes place in 70 C.E. when 900 Jews held out in Masada, a mountaintop once inhabited by King Herod in the Judean Desert. The story is based on the ancient historical writings... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
My baby, even when he is supposed to be in bed. My tiny dancer. What is it about a little girl in her ballet outfit? I could eat her up! Knitting. Finishing a project and the excitement of what to start next. This coffee. When I first smelled it, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
Last week we had another bout of the cold virus visit our home. Whenever the crud decides to pay us a visit my kids ask for this. A few years ago my good friend Kelli made me a cookbook for Christmas. She filled the pages with her favorite recipes and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
Tomorrow is Dr. Seuss's birthday. We are planning on starting the day off with some of our favorite Dr Seuss books and these for breakfast. Green Eggs and Ham Next we will be visiting Seussville a fun, interactive site where the kids can explore videos, games and activities, find books,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
I made Tiramisu for my Valentines last week. I got the recipe from a dear friend of mine from Italy so I assume it's authentic! Here's what you'll need in addition to a pot of espresso or strong coffee and Kahlua ( that is if you are making an adult... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
We go through a lot of yogurt at our house, about three 32 oz. containers of plain yogurt a week. So I was pleasantly surprised when my friend Tara informed me that you can make yogurt in a Crock-Pot using ingredients you may already have on hand. I did some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
This is one of my favorite crafts to do with the kids. Should I actually tell you where I found it? If you guessed it was another Martha creation you'd be right and would probably be in agreement with my 5 year old who says, "That's all Mom watches is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
A few of weeks ago, when I first came down with my most recent asthma flare-up, I mentioned to the kids that the 100th Day of school was approaching. My kids have been through the drill enough times in the last couple of years to know that when Mom can't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
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Feb 5, 2012
I love coffee. Yes, that IS why my blog is named Letters and a Latte. That being said, I feel I must share with you the Martha tip that changed my life. Lattes at home, without the expensive pump driven espresso maker that never tastes good because the plastic water... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
I loved The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind! I am so excited to see you have a children's book. I know my kids will love it.
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By Elizabeth Floyd MairSpecial to the Times Union via Looking for me? I"ve been a bit under the weather. Currently I'm suffering from a bit of a prednisone hangover but plan to be back soon. In the meantime, check out this blog by William Kamkwamba. if you haven't read... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 2, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
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Feb 2, 2012
I saw this idea in February's Martha Stewart Living Magazine. It makes me wish I had not cleared out all my old costume jewelry a few months back! To...... Be patient. It took me a few tries to get the ribbon tied to where it hung nice. I also found... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
I have poorly controlled asthma. It has plagued me for the last two years and for awhile it had really zapped my quality of life. I don't want to spend too much time talking about it. I will just tell you that I have two wonderful doctors who have me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
Don't discard that old sweater. Recycle it! To begin, you will need to felt the sweater. The best way to do this is to have your husband wash it for you. Just kidding! Well, maybe... Felting is done by putting the item in the washer on hot temp with heavy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at Letters and a Latte
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Jan 8, 2012