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Tea at Crown and Crumpet, San Francisco- Ghirardelli Square

It's February and Munch and I are on Mid-Winter Break, or as I grew up calling it, "Ski Week". So she and I grabbed the opportunity to get to one of our "must-visit" destinations: Crown and Crumpet Tea Salon in Ghirardelli Square. Snow White joined us for the day. We saved ourselves a drive by taking the ferry into San Francisco. It was a tiny ferry- very new (not even 2… Continue

Added by Janice on February 24, 2011 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Farm Vacation- Antique Tractor Pull and Thresheree



A few days into our visit to Wisconsin, my uncle mentioned that he might like to check out a tractor pull. I jumped at the chance to take Munch- when would we ever do something like THAT again? It was a fairly wet day, so the fields were a giant mud pit. After purchasing some hot dogs and nachos, we were able to find a dry spot in the bleachers under some trees and I could… Continue

Added by Janice on February 22, 2011 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Nibbling Through Napa

AudioDad's sisters are celebrating birthdays this week, so we thought it might be fun to have a family day with them in Napa. We decided to meet up at Oxbow Public Market and I was glad to see how popular it has become. I remember taking Munch there when it first opened and was so concerned that it would quickly close due to lack of foot traffic. My last couple of visits though, Oxbow has been as crowded as the SF Ferry Building Marketplace, and it looks like a sit-down restaurant is now in the… Continue

Added by Janice on February 21, 2011 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Farm Vacation- Cows, Kittens, and Munch

For Munch, one of the most anticipated things of our farm stay was getting to be with the animals. For weeks leading up to our trip, she would ask whether there would be chickens or pigs or cows and so on. I remember having my own week-long farm stay when I was a fifth grader attending school in San Francisco- some sort of agriculture/outdoor education for city kids. Students were hosted by farming families- I recall ours had vineyards and several pigs. Other students stayed at dairy farms and… Continue

Added by Janice on February 19, 2011 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Vacation on a Wisconsin Farm

After spending a week exploring northern California, Munch and I were ready for a change of scenery. So we headed to Wisconsin, where my aunt and uncle have an old family farm. We arrived in Green Bay, which has the quietest airport I have ever seen-

A half hour drive takes you further and further into the beautiful countryside and I got my first view of the farm-… Continue

Added by Janice on February 19, 2011 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Button, Button, Who's Got a Button?

So today, we're doing a little more blog remodeling. I figured it would be fun to have a blog button to share, but I didn't want to fidget too much with creating one from scratch. Thank goodness for all the online button generators! I used Cool Text Graphics Generator for this one. And there was ready to go code over at A Heart for Home. It was quick and easy… Continue

Added by Janice on January 16, 2011 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Dinner at Tyler Florence's new Rotisserie & Wine, Napa

My sister gave us a gift certificate to the new Tyler Florence restaurant in Napa, Rotisserie and Wine. We got to the Napa Riverfront early enough to walk around.

Munch loves the pathways that go around the park and under the bridge.… Continue

Added by Janice on January 16, 2011 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Raising Une Gourmet Petite

I'm fortunate to live in an area where good food is accessible and appreciated. There's nothing I enjoy more than a great dining experience and it's always been my goal to make sure Munch knows the good from the bad.

Step one was exposing her to a variety of cuisines and flavor profiles. When she was barely a year old, I was delighted to discover Munch's favorite food from my aunt and uncle's house was sinigang- Filipino "sour soup." When I went back to work, I was glad to know Munch…

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Added by Janice on January 16, 2011 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Word Art

As crazy as the holidays get, one thing I really enjoy doing over the winter break is collaborating with Munch to make art for the family. This year I was inspired by the "subway art" I've seen in many DIY blogs.



I began with this- one of several paintings Munch did a couple of summers ago when she was just beginning to explore with paint. I never cared for the muddiness that came from the brown and was just waiting to paint over it.… Continue

Added by Janice on January 16, 2011 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Alphabet Activity Wrap-Up (Letters S, Q, K, and X)

Last summer we started our "letter of the day" study. It's taken us a while, but we finally got through the remaining letters of the alphabet so that I could assemble the collage pages into a book. Munch has gotten fairly proficient at writing her upper case letters, so I added some practice with lower case letters.



Letter S,s- We used rubber stamps and stapled on straws to decorate the collage page.… Continue

Added by Janice on July 30, 2010 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Family Fun (SF Bay Area)- Bay Area Discovery Museum

It's been ages since I've visited the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Fort Baker/Sausalito, at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. I actually volunteered at the children's museum back in high school. At the time, they were located in a shopping center and maybe took up one or two storefronts. I'd organize crafts in the art room, pick up all… Continue

Added by Janice on July 30, 2010 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Dining Out with the Girls: Ubuntu in Napa, CA



I love Ubuntu in downtown Napa. My first visit was with AudioDad in late winter. I had heard so much about Ubuntu's seasonal menu. AudioDad didn't quite know what to expect when I told him it was a vegetarian… Continue

Added by Janice on July 30, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Cooking with Kids: Spangly Heart Cookies

Lately, I've been giving Munch more and more responsibility in the kitchen. She measures out ingredients for me, mixes things up, and (most exciting to her) she's gotten a chance to cut up celery using a "real" knife (one of my paring knives). Munch's cousin recently passed a cookbook on to her and we finally got around to trying one of the… Continue

Added by Janice on July 10, 2010 at 3:26pm — 1 Comment

Just Groovy!

Munch has discovered Barbie. I was unaware that she had them at her new daycare (which she started this past fall). So I was surprised when, at Christmas, she told Santa that a Barbie doll was at the top of her wish list. (And, from all accounts-because I wasn't with her- Santa assured her there would be one under the tree on Christmas morning- we won't be visiting THAT mall Santa again!) I loved Barbies when I was a kid- I had a bunch AND a dreamhouse- no Corvette though! But I just felt that… Continue

Added by Janice on February 7, 2010 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Money Lessons

Munch got a birthday check from her very generous grandparents recently. Rather than just depositing it for her, I wanted her to understand and experience the process of saving it. So off we went to our bank where Munch told the teller that she had a "posit". The teller asked if she'd like to endorse the check, so Munch carefully wrote her name on the back. I decided that she could have $15 dollars of it to go shopping with, so the teller gathered up fifteen dollar bills and counted them out… Continue

Added by Janice on February 7, 2010 at 11:19am — No Comments

Munch's 4th Birthday

It's amazing the way the birthday celebrations go on and on. We had already had a family party for all our January birthday people. Then, Munch got her favorite dinner (mac and cheese) on her birthday along with a cake on her ACTUAL birthday. And after all that, of course we had the friends… Continue

Added by Janice on February 1, 2010 at 11:22pm — No Comments

Happy Birthday Munchkin!

Happy 4th birthday to my little peanut- I love you Munchkin!



a few days old- she was just swallowed up by those preemie diapers!



on Munch's first birthday



2 years old!… Continue

Added by Janice on January 27, 2010 at 8:21pm — No Comments

Peanut Squash Stew- delicious AND economical!



I've had this recipe tucked away for a while now. I came across it again during my recent reorganization of my recipe notebook. As good as it sounded when I first clipped it, inspiration took some time to strike again. A couple of weeks ago, I happened to record an interesting-looking 2-hour… Continue

Added by Janice on January 27, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Decorating a Girls' Room

A friend from work popped into my classroom the other day bearing a humongous tissue paper pompom. "Could you use this?" she asked. She also had a large garbage bag filled with more where this first pompom came from. My initial thought was no way do I want more STUFF in my classroom, until she suggested that Munch might like them. Well, then there was no hesitation-"I'll take them!"

Up they went in Munch's room in shades of light pink, magenta, and coral. I figured they'd go well with the… Continue

Added by Janice on January 17, 2010 at 8:13pm — No Comments

New Year's Day at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco



That's Munch standing in front of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Containing the Steinhart Aquarium, the Morrison Planetarium, and the Kimball Natural History Museum, the Academy of Sciences reopened almost a year ago after a… Continue

Added by Janice on January 9, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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