Lunch Love Notes: How a simple act means more

Did your mom ever leave you “napkin notes” in your lunch as a kid? It’s a small gesture, but fond memory I have. And now that I’m a wife and mom, it’s a little tradition I enjoy sharing with my loved ones. I started doing it for my husband back when we were dating (yes,…

Make Easy Use of the Harvest Haul with Rainbow Ratatouille

  RAINBOW RATATOUILLE Serves 6-8 This recipe is incredibly easy and customizable, perfect for using up the last of the summer harvest – and whatever you have overflowing from your garden or CSA share! Make a family movie night out of it by putting on a big pot to simmer and watching the movie “Ratatouille”…

Basic Butternut Squash & Apple Soup: 3 Ways

ONE BASIC SOUP IN 5 SIMPLE STEPS WITH 3 FALL FLAVORS TO TRY When the breeze turns crisp and autumn is in the air, nothing is better than cozying up with a warm bowl of soup and this basic recipe is simple enough for a weeknight or perfect for a Sunday supper. Pair with a…

Au Revoir Summer… More Seasonal Fun with Friends Coming Up!

My daughter is pretending to be a teacher teaching Spanish and French right now to her imaginary “campers.” I couldn’t have imagined how these experiences would have shaped her or the other other children, and especially myself. And I hope, through the language, art and crafts and recipes we’ve shared this summer, the memories and…

Losing Control & Finding Gratitude: A not-so-zen journey

I am not what you think of when you think of a yogi. I cuss too much, drink too much and sometimes eat cheese balls. I’m not “zen.” I’m a high-energy-over-achieving-perfectionist-fire-sign-pitta person. So those things are naturally kind of in opposition. Though I’m still flexible and able to do all the poses pretty perfectly, my…

How a Simple Summer Salad Meant Much More

This has been probably the most rewarding dish we’ve made all summer. Partly because everything came from our first-ever successful garden, and partly because my soon-to-be four-year-old Hazel helped me make the whole dish, set the table and serve it. And, it was the first time this week I carved out time to be in…

3 Camps Left! Look at All the Fun We’re Having!

  Just look at all the fun we had at the first Hunting & Gathering Summer Camp! And I may be biased, but these are some of the cutest kids around too! Our first camp in May was centered around understanding the world is a bigger place than little ol’ Lancaster (this is a theme…

It’s Strawberry Season!

3 Steps to Strawberry Smiles Strawberries, the ruby jewels that mark the beginning of summer, are best in my book, savored simply. (That and I don’t like elaborate baking endeavors, so easy is key for sweet eats at #TheHeanyHouse.) Here’s how we had them this week for breakfast on the patio. Don’t judge, yes, we…

Unexpected Gifts: How offering gave in return

Nothing makes my heart happier than having a full house, sharing good food and fun. When I set out to offer a few select summer camps at our home, I wanted to create something fun my daughter and I could share in together, and share with some of our friends. I never could have imagined…

School’s Out for Summer! 3 Easy & Efficient Teacher Gift Ideas

If you’re like me, this means you’re totally freaking out, not only about how you’re going to get anything done all summer, but also putting together something special (but not bank-breaking) for teachers to thank them for taking care your most precious cargo all year. At our preschool, my daughter has 5 different teachers that…

The Toddler Independence Streak

All I can do is laugh looking back on last Mother’s Day. As my then two-year-old Hazel and I arrived for our Mommy & Me shoot with Lauren Fisher Photography, I went to get her out of her car seat and realized she had taken off her underwear in our hurried rush (as usual) to…

7 Mother’s Day Picnic Picks

Mother’s Day is perfect for a picnic. Here’s a round up of 7 local places to pack up and visit to be surrounded by beauty, just as mothers deserve on this special day. The clouds and rain should roll out of Central PA by Saturday, just in time for a weekend spent soaking up sun…