Happy Thanksgiving. For those of you not from America, today is supposedly a day dedicated to gratitude. I am not even going to attempt to touch on the dubious historic treatment regarding Native Americans. That could definitely be a post of its own. As with most celebrations, the primary focus has strayed and has become … Continue reading When you’re thankful for Jesus
It's the day before America redeclares its independence. As you may be aware of by now, we are an Anglo-American family [read that literally, not as "white people"]. I am English - born and raised in England. Daddy Alsum is third generation American - with his paternal great-grandparents emigrating from Friesland, The Netherlands. Lark, Hart … Continue reading Happy 3rd of July!
As I kneel down at the side of the beds in our kid's room, all I hear now is the sound of the clockwork music box from my Grandad's house. It's dark and past their bedtime. "Take me home, country roads" chimes out loud enough that I can't quite hear their soft sleepy breaths. This … Continue reading Advent 2017: Sinterklaas: In the spirit of giving
So, we did it. We almost put the trip off until next year so that we felt better prepared, but on Saturday we decided to just go for it and leave on Sunday for the day in Leavenworth to commemorate the trip that we had planned to take with my mum. Daddy Alsum was incredible. … Continue reading Leavenworth Christkindlmarkt
Our kids were dressed up head to toe in rain gear. Daddy Alsum was sweeping off and cleaning up outside in preparation for the storm that had already begun. Lark was slipping and sliding all over the soggy deck, while Hart was pretending to clear out the grooves between the planks with a screwdriver just … Continue reading When it rains, it pours
There's nothing quite like a big fried breakfast in my humble opinion. Daddy Alsum is not a breakfast person (or a morning person for that matter), so it is difficult to find a meal he would actually enjoy before the noon hour. This twist on a full English breakfast consists of quail eggs benedict, on … Continue reading Full Pacific Northwest Breakfast
Now this one is going to be a bit of a stretch for the average American family, but I implore you to try it. Britain is known for its meat pies, and we are also frugal people who eat offal or 'variety meat'. Steak and kidney pie is one such example where the two converge. … Continue reading Pacific Northwest Love and Ale Pie