Spiderman Donuts & Birth Announcements

Oh, have I got a birth announcement for you! (if you have a spare three minutes)

I think I always meant to tell you that. In case you didn’t already know from Facebook and/or Instagram, Scarlet Bella turned eight over the weekend. Whoa, what a day. It had highs and lows and creamy ice cream middles. The thing is, the day was BEAUTIFUL with her. Then when night fell, my sunniness evaporated and gave way to doubts and swirling thoughts.

I lost the sunniness the day had given, but it can’t go away too far with Scarlet Bella on the move.

The thing is, she held my hand before she fell asleep and she wouldn’t let go.

Then everything crept, and then zoomed, forward. From back of mind to front of mind. Tears for fears. Doubt. It’s those rough moments in which I worry my mama’s heart is too raw and exposed, and it will never survive, even though the alternative of having a rough and hidden heart is far worse. The thing is, sometimes I look at old photos of my father and I worry that he died of anxiety and heartache. That his heart beat too fast and too painfully. Not for any reason, other than sometimes the world is too big to bear, too wide to wrap your heart around, and too fixated on time for anyone to not feel the rippling effects of its passage. I know that he died of undiagnosed heart disease and not of the blanks I’ve had to fill.

And as much as I live and love and make my heart beat too fast, too much, too hurt, too everything, it won’t kill me. Our hearts hold up the world, because that’s what they’re meant to do, despite our efforts to topple down beneath the rubble.

And I’m banking on that, as well as her supreme smile, the way she cleaned her room in exchange for me reading with her for an hour last night (which I would have done for free), and how she went up to another little girl at camp this morning who was crying and scared and introduced herself because they have the same time. She’s a sparkly girl; makes me proud.


Now can we PLEASE talk about doughnuts?? These are such fun and the movie is now out!

Are you a MARVEL fan? These Spiderman Donuts are easy to make, and super fun to decorate. If you're planning a party, you need this Spiderman Donuts #recipe


1 box of cake mix (we used Funfetti Aqua Blue Cake Mix)
2 Eggs
2/3 Cup of Water
1/3 Cup of Vegetable Oil
Red Wilton Candy Melts
Black Icing Gel
Wilton Donut Pan


Mix cake mix, water, vegetable oil and eggs according to the cake mix box.

Spray donut pan with cooking spray.

Pour donut mix into a measuring cup for easy pouring. Pour the donut mix into the donut pan, making sure not to fill all the way to the top.

Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Let cool for 5 minutes.

Melt red candy melts in microwave or with this Wilton Melting Pot

Dip the top of each donut into the red candy melts. Let harden for 5 minutes. You can also put into the fridge for it to harden.

Use the black icing gel to create a spider web by drawing 2 circles on top and then about 8 lines across the circles.


Leftover Easter Eggs? Make Avocado Egg Salad!

Have leftover Easter eggs? Or maybe just an abundance of hard boiled eggs? Make this incredible Avocado Egg Salad #recipe! It's #healthy and #tasty. #spring

First things first. Hi. Happy Easter. Happy Spring Break? This begins our week. I get excited, because I have big dreams for road trips and fun in the sun, but April in New England is rather tricky. We can have a blizzard. Or, it can be 86 degrees like it was yesterday for Easter. Cassidy’s birthday is in mid-April and he can remember hot/cold birthdays. Our anniversary is April 26th, and sure enough, I can remember wearing a winter coat as late as then, and I’ve worn sundresses on our anniversary too. We had our wedding in late April because the rates were off the chart cheaper than having a wedding in May – wedding season – but we tried to get it as close to May as possible. It snowed the weekend before and the weekend after our wedding.

Our wedding? It was overcast all morning and then beautifully 65 and partly sunny. Like this:

wedding in Vermont

Avocado Egg Salad

Easter was.. a little weird. We were winding up the “best week of our lives.” It was good. Best week of our lives? Maybe in some small and powerful ways. Getting baby chicks. Celebrating Cassidy’s birthday so closely, and without kids. Getting more page views for ONE POST than I swear I’ve gotten for several consecutive months. That leads to new opportunities, of course, in my dream career. Still, I woke up on Easter Sunday and I was off. I think it was a mix of allergies, dehydration, being overtired, and being nervous/stressed. I woke up dizzy. Do you ever wake up dizzy? It can be terrifying and nausea-inducing.

It used to happen to me about once a year. NOT bad. Now it’s about once every 2-4 years. Whooo! I’m now home free?

spring awakening

What do you do when you’re dizzy? For me, I drink water and put my head down. I also lean both hands on something solid. I take deep breaths, maybe even use a little lavender oil, and focus on just one thing. It might be as silly as a game on my phone, or editing a difficult photo. All I know is that nothing was going to stop me from watching and enjoying the kids opening their Easter baskets. They were SO happy. And we were happy we pulled off the magic for another year.

Here’s to many more!


By late morning I was feeling completely back to normal, although drowsy from dizzy and unsettled sleep. We hadn’t seen one of my mothers-in-law in FOUR months. She came over with my father-in-law and we set right to work dying Easter eggs.

leftover Easter Eggs

Then we celebrated all that we had missed in the last four months – birthdays, St. Patrick’s Day, etc. – with corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots, homemade cole slaw, beet salad, snowflake rolls with homemade honey butter, and leftover birthday cake and ice cream. Then we played outside for hours, and played with the baby chicks for a bit. We don’t want to overstimulate them, but I think getting them comfortable with us is important too. One sat in my hand for five minutes today and I wasn’t holding her. I had my hand resting on the floor of the chicken nursery, and she sat companionably with/on me.

We get three more tomorrow!

baby chicks

So, tell me. What do you do for occasional dizziness? Or even constant dizziness? How do you bond with chickens? What did you eat for Easter dinner? What is your favorite recipe using leftover hard-boiled* Easter eggs. I’ll show you mine right now:

Avocado Egg Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Avocado Egg Salad


  1. 8 leftover Easter Egg Hard Boiled Eggs, peeled of course
  2. 2 whole Avocados, Pitted and without skin
  3. 4 Tbsp Mayo
  4. 1 Tbsp mustard of choice, or enough to taste
  5. 3 teaspoons Red Wine Vinegar
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. Pepper To Taste
  8. 1/2 tsp Paptrika


  • Combine your ingredients in a food processor
  • Pulse a few times until it reaches your desired consistency - smooth or chunky
  • You may need to scrape the bowl a few times
  • Taste egg salad and add more seasoning if desired
  • Serve on a sandwich and cut into neat triangles or finger sandwiches for fun
  • Enjoy!


Photo by Patty from "The PKP WAY"

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Have leftover Easter eggs? Or maybe just an abundance of hard boiled eggs? Make this incredible Avocado Egg Salad #recipe! It's #healthy and #tasty. #spring

Have leftover Easter eggs? Or maybe just an abundance of hard boiled eggs? Make this incredible Avocado Egg Salad #recipe! It's #healthy and #tasty. #spring

Have leftover Easter eggs? Or maybe just an abundance of hard boiled eggs? Make this incredible Avocado Egg Salad #recipe! It's #healthy and #tasty. #spring

Have leftover Easter eggs? Or maybe just an abundance of hard boiled eggs? Make this incredible Avocado Egg Salad #recipe! It's #healthy and #tasty. #spring

*Special note. Make sure your dyed Easter eggs used food-grade or homemade dye before eating!