Homemade Baby Food

When L began eating solids back in March we loosely followed the Baby-Led Weaning approach. I was surprised at how well he did feeding himself cute pieces of super soft foods. So, honestly we haven’t had a huge need for homemade baby food purees, like we did when M was a baby. I am really loving the ease of simply feeding L a bit of what we are eating or leftovers from another meal, like sweet potatoes. L’s favorite foods are sweet potato,... Read More

Semi-Homemade Rhubarb Peach Ginger Cake

As the temperature and humidity rise, rhubarb is taking its final bow. However, if you’re like me, your plants are still hanging on. Go out and pick your last harvest and enjoy this amazing semi-homemade Ginger Rhubarb Peach Cake. Can’t get your hands on rhubarb anymore? No worries! This cake would be amazing using blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, plums or any fruit that is in season. Can’t decided which fruit to... Read More

Lately

I blinked and the summer is already half over. In a few short weeks the air will be crisp, football season will kick off and my sweet pea will turn one. Either our cold and wet Spring has me off or I am still sleep deprived from 8+ months of waking every few hours. Whatever it is, you can’t deny that the heat of Summer is upon us (it’s been close to 90+ degrees with high humidity for as long as I can remember). We are all (knock on wood)... Read More

Ten Things I’m Loving Right Now

Hello, lovely! Words cannot express how much I have missed you. The following are ten things that I am loving right now that I couldn’t help but share with you! 1. Making art. Matt and I have been embracing our inner artists. This was our first time using our gluten-free organic/edible finger paint. Matthew thoroughly enjoyed himself; although, I felt the paint was too watery and easily chipped off the page when dry. 2. Day dreaming of... Read More

Sunday Snapshots: First Snow

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Thanksgiving on a Budget

As promised yesterday, I am going to give you a peak at our Thanksgiving meal budget. This year, I decided to dial back our Thanksgiving budget, as I tend to go a little overboard during the Holidays. Trust me, it is not necessary to serve a plethora of side dishes along with your Thanksgiving meal. It’s actually kind of fun to rotate sides every year to keep things interesting. Plus, no one actually needs squash AND sweet potatoes AND mashed... Read More

Matthew’s 2nd Birthday Party

Sorry for the delay in posting photos from Matthew’s party. We’ve been a little out of sorts over here, so I had a delay in getting the photos pulled together. Last Sunday we celebrated Matthew’s 2nd birthday with family and friends. The following are some highlights from the party, including the party menu. We started off the party with snacks and appetizers: Guacamole Strawberry Avocado Salsa Train Track Trail Mix Refrigerator... Read More

Catching My Breath

Hello my friends. I have missed you so much! Have you missed me? Originally I planned for today’s post to be about the last few weeks of pregnancy, but decided that it would be more fun to catch you up the fun things that have been keeping me up until midnight and waking at 6:30 AM every day in the month of May. I know that everyone always says that life goes by quickly and in the blink of an eye everything changes. The last few weeks have... Read More

Fun in the Sun

Have you been wondering to yourself, where in the world has that Maria Makes Muffins been?!? She hasn’t posted in weeks! Today I am here to answer that question… With the second trimester in full swing, Matthew and I have had quite a bit to catch up on. It felt like the first trimester moved in slow motion, filled with morning sickness, nausea and fatigue; however, the second trimester is FLYING by! This morning Matthew and I used up... Read More

Natural Easter Egg Dyeing

Can you believe Easter is only a little over two weeks away? I know that some of you are busily planning your Easter brunch menus, children’s activities and household tasks to be completed before the big day while others haven’t given Easter a second thought. I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to share an experiment that we conducted last year as a family that was not only fun, but I am sure will become a family tradition. Two... Read More

Zero Waste

Happy Valentine’s Day! Back in September I did a series of blog posts on how we strive to reduce waste in our home. We even hosted a party for our friends and family with the goal of producing as little waste as possible. I started composting and found a renewed passion for preserving the world God created for us. This morning my friend, Laura, sent me a link to a great zero waste tips page from the blog, The Zero Waste Home. I have already... Read More

A Spot of Sun

We have had the most glorious weather here in Minnesota! I know that many of you have also been blessed with a mild January. I feel like with Matthew’s afternoon nap and our busy schedule that we have not been able to fully enjoy the weather. However, knowing that the blessing could be over at any moment, this week Matthew and I were determined to make the most out of it while it lasts! Yesterday we ventured to the Wood Lake Nature Center for... Read More

The Bible Study Cupcake Caper

This morning Matthew and I went to Bible Study, like we do every Tuesday morning. When we entered the nursery Matthew took one look at the blonde girl that was already in the nursery and immediately began crying. The last few weeks, Matthew has been having a difficult time with me leaving him in the nursery and last week I suspected that it might have something to do with this little girl. I shrugged it off and resolved not to make a big deal out... Read More

Thanksgiving Recap

Thanksgiving has come and gone. With its passing we are left with several new and wonderful memories of delicious food, amazing company and midnight Black Friday shopping. Allan’s family with Matthew and Piggie: Mark (FIL), Annie (SIL), Mollie (Niece), Jakob (Nephew), Matthew, Ryan (BIL), Piggie Rubbed and ready for the oven! Sprouted Whole Wheat and Gluten-Free bread was baked. The table was set. Hors d’oeuvres were enjoyed –... Read More

Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Hello my friends. If you follow me on Twitter, are friends with me on Facebook or like MMM on Facebook, you know that I have been hard at work creating Thanksgiving printables to streamline your Thanksgiving shopping, prep and cooking. I have a lot to share, so let’s get right into it! For the last week, I have been sharing the Thanksgiving recipes I plan to make next week when we host both families for Thanksgiving. We are so very blessed... Read More

Operation Christmas Child

Every year, my Mom organizes a shoe box packing party for the Sunday School children at our church. Yesterday we wrapped and packed 58 shoe boxes full of toys, books, office supplies and hygiene items to bless children around the world. Every year we have an amazing time gathering as a congregation in fellowship while helping those less fortunate than us. If you are not familiar with the work of Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child,... Read More

Ten Things Thankful Thursday

Yes, my hair looks short in the above picture. No, I did not cut it – it’s just the way it is laying on my shoulders. It’s still long. However, it looks really cute like this… should I cut it? Allan, that question is not directed at you. 1. God is doing amazing work in my heart and my life. He is showing me his love, his will for my life and intended blessings for my family. I am listening. 2. I love being home with Matthew... Read More

Inspire Me

I get a lot of inspiration for projects in and out of the kitchen from blogs, cookbooks, magazines and pinterest. I thought that it might be fun for you to see the things that are inspiring me this week. Enjoy! Gluten-Free Almond & Buckwheat Flour Pizza Crust from Oh She Glows photo credit: Oh She Glows I am making this crust tonight for Friday Night Pizza Night   Herb Wall Hanging from Pinterest Source: None via Maria on Pinterest   My... Read More

Party People

You may recall that a couple weeks ago we hosted an ecofriendly, clean living party with the goal of only producing one bag of landfill-bound trash. If you are catching up, you can read about the party here and here. We were extremely successful in our mission and I thought that today I would share a few tips on hosting an ecofriendly party that is focused on reducing waste without creating a lot of extra work for you. Grab your post-consumer recycled... Read More

Sudz Up

We had such a wonderful weekend as a family! I love Minnesota summers – even if we are still in the midst of a heat wave. Come mid-January we are all going to be longing for 90°+ days. So, we had better enjoy them while they last. Although, I have to admit that it’s at this point in the year that I get really excited for Autumn. I absolutely love the warm days and cool nights along with crisp breezes, football and, of course, my birthday.... Read More