Mama's Twig & Blossoms Blog

The Magic of Childhood

Two Christmases ago our Elf on the Shelf, Luciano, left my children a gift of lollipop seeds before going back with Santa to the North Pole. The kids were ecstatic, and immediately made the connection between a bag of sweet seeds and the potential for a lollipop garden. And so it was on a warm day last July, that we planted them amongst the vegetables in ou...

Big Feelings, Kid-Sized Packages

It is the tender hearted moments like this that tug so at my mama heartstrings. Yesterday my sweet littles had their first concert in German. Leading up to the day there were questions like, "How many days until the concert?" and, "How many songs will we be singing?" But I never felt any hints of anxiety until we were about to leave the house. This is my sw...

Kids in a Cage

We Love German playgrounds, they are the absolute best!! If you want to slide down a slide, you're going to have to work for it. And though my heart still sometimes skips a beat when I see my sweet babes so far out of my reach, my protection, it's a reminder of how far I've come as a mom. Today I watched my kids navigate climbing up a cage, of sorts, just f...

Carrot Juice Pulp Muffins

We love to make fresh juice and have tried various recipes over the years to use the pulp leftover from juicing. My family has gamely tried countless varieties of raw crackers (some of them really delicious), and we've suffered through many a terrible muffin recipe in the name of using our pulp, in lieu of just composting (thought composting feeds us in a d...

Taco Rice Bowl

I love to make my family healthy meals, but let's face it, fast and easy meals are where it's at. Nowadays, though, it's never been so easy to marry fast and easy with healthy, and I love rice bowls because you can make a hearty yet healthy meal that the whole family loves. I usually start by making a big batch of brown rice (or other yummy whole grains) at...

Dandelion Pesto

Many, MANY years ago my sister made Dandelion Wine. There was some unfortunate sediment, and it wasn't the most delicious beverage, but it was the first time that I became aware of dandelions being something more than an aggravation in the yard (or for us kids, a complete wonder, because blowing dandelion seeds was SO MUCH FUN!). Fast forward to last week (...

For the Unseen Among Us

It is Mother's Day and I have been effectively sequestered in my room, with a cup of coffee, while my husband and sweet children make Mother's Day magic in another part of the house. To say they are excited is an understatement. As soon as I woke up this morning, they greeted me with hugs and kisses and Mother's Day wishes. Then they bounded off after daddy...

White Beans with Rosemary

OK friends, it's been a few weeks since I've posted (but since then we've visited several additional states, so....) and I thought I'd treat you to one of my favorite recipes for today's comeback. This white bean recipe is about as good as it gets, in my opinion. If you've ever been to Zöe's Kitchen and had their white beans, this may taste familiar. I fell...

We grow where we're planted

Being a part of a military family means we move, a lot. In the last 9 years, we have lived in Texas, Arizona, Germany, (short stint in Kansas), Colorado, Kansas (again), Georgia, and now Germany (again). Did you get that? Our kids are just four and we're in our 6th home since they were born. SIXTH! The upsides to this are numerous and varied. We get to ex...

Pickled Beets with Fresh Mozzarella

I have not always loved beets. In fact, I still do not always love beets. But this amazing dish, to which I was introduced about 6 years ago, had me moving forward in relationship with a vegetable I'd spent the duration of my life, till then, ignoring. I've punched it up a bit with the addition of Wild Orange Essential Oil and even my kids ate it!! This is...

Best Ever Wood Polish DIY

I love old things. Let me say that again. I LOVE old things!! My happy place is almost any European flea market. I love finding interesting pieces of furniture and imagining their origins. My heart races upon finding that elusive platter I've been missing from my collection of china, and THEN turning it over to find it bears the stamp used from 1894-1909 (Y...

I'm a Super-Hero, and so are YOU!

I was in the grocery store this morning when I got the call from the school. "The children are fine, but I have news for you that is not good. Because you are not registered at the Rathaus, there is no place for your children in the school." It was heavy news and felt devastating to my being that was, for whatever reason, feeling fragile this morning. This ...

Quilt in a Day

Many years ago my sister, excited I was showing an interest in her favorite hobby, loaned me a book called Quilt in a Day. I excitedly picked out my fabric (in hindsight, not the best choices) and gathered my supplies and on a sunny Saturday, sat down to let my creativity flow. A month later, my quilt was complete. A MONTH! It was my first quilt and i...

Aromatherapy Play Dough DIY

Oh, the joys of play dough! Really, it's such a fun sensory activity, but the fun begins way before we start playing because, in our house, we make our play dough. It's super simple and fun, and adding Essential Oils gives it another dimension because kids can pick their favorite scents or you can make it for a special occasion and scent it appropriately. F...

Chocolate Orange Brownies

Have you ever tried those orange-shaped chocolates that usually come out around this time of year? You know, they have segments, taste like an orange (OK, they taste like chocolate with orange essence), and are so easy to eat that before you know it, it's gone and you have a tummy ache? Yeah, I don't know them, either. This is so much better for you, easy t...

What's on your beam?

Once a week, I said. How hard can it be? I'll publish a new blog post once a week. Ahahahaha, yes well, let me wipe the tears of mirth from my eyes as I tell you, the best laid plans rarely survive enemy contact (or so says Helmuth von Moltke). And so it is that, after almost a THREE month break, I am back at the computer, typing away. It's not that I did...

Lemon Blueberry Smoothie

OK, for the second recipe post in a row, you might feel like I'm cheating a bit (traveling!). But again, I implore you to give it a try, it's so good! And I'll give you something a bit meatier soon, promise. This smoothie is super yummy and full of goodness. My kids loved it, and for those mornings (we do this for snacks, too) when we need to do something q...

Basil Hummus

This "recipe" is going to leave you thinking I don't take seriously my commitment to post a tasty new recipe more often than not. I do, friends, believe me, and if you trust me for just a moment, you will see the beauty in what you're about to read. I love hummus. We use it on crackers, veggies, as a substitute for mayonnaise, and sometimes, just by itself...

Moroccan Rice

Last week (er, maybe it was the week before) I shared with you a recipe for Moroccan Chicken with Lemon and Olives. The flavors of the chicken were so incredible that I wanted to recreate it in another dish and found the recipe for this delicious rice over at Food.com. For this recipe I used an Instant Pot. Never heard of it? It's an electric pressure cook...

Basic Homemade Cleaners DIY

I let my kids clean the bathroom. When I say "let," of course, you know that I mean it's a chore. But the point is that my kids CAN clean the bathroom, because it's not unsafe for them to do so. We make our own homemade cleaners, which means we don't have to worry about the same issues as those folks using traditional chemical-based cleaners. Oh, what... yo...