Mama's Twig & Blossoms Blog

Natural Easter Egg Dye

No matter where you are on the spectrum of healthy living, you should know that natural Easter egg dye isn't just for the crunchiest among us. Oh no, friends, you can wear deodorant, drive a car, and even buy your clothes in a store instead of weaving them from the nose hairs of a wild yak in the Himalayas. Indeed, natural Easter egg dye is for all of us! ...

Golden Milk

There are days when I have to flat out give myself a high five for a job well done and it feels sooo good! Today is one of those days. I, perhaps like many of you, have a whole list of things I want to do or try and slowly but surely I get to them. Today was my day to make Golden Milk, also commonly referred to as Turmeric Tea or Turmeric Latte. Golden Milk...

When Our Kids are Hard to Parent

In this age of social media where we tend to put only our best foot forward, and especially at Christmas when what we see on our Facebook and Instagram feeds are happy families with seemingly zero problems, it can be difficult to admit that sometimes our kids are hard to parent. Do you ever feel like this? I was a woman beset with a lot of fertility challeng...

A Small Request

This morning, as we were heading out the door for our walk to kindergarten, I asked my daughter what she'd like to do after school. She looked at me happily and said, "Mama, can you make today the best day ever?" I blanched. On our first day back from a long weekend in Paris I thought I couldn't possibly compete, I worried that nothing I could do would compa...

Best Lemon Curd EVER!

It's Good Friday, which means (among many other beautiful things) that my kiddos have the day off from school. It's a special day, to be sure. Though for my kids, at the young age of five, it is MOSTLY special because they have an extra day at home with mama. And it's beautiful, which means they can play outside for hours. And because on special days, Mama m...

Pizzelles for Days

Oh so many years ago (almost 11, to be a bit more exact) my husband and I received a Pizzelle maker as a wedding gift. For whatever reason it was not oft-used, but I brought it out the other day to make vanilla-lemon pizzelles and was reminded of how super easy it was to make a delicious, and beautiful, treat to pair with coffee or tea. Fast forward a coup...

Thai-Inspired Noodle Soup

Baby it's COLD outside! These are the days, friends, that I want a delicious soup to warm me from the inside out, but to be honest, I'm tired of cream-based soups. So as of late I've been trying out various vegan soups, with many happy results. Last week I tried a soup with beautiful Thai-inspired flavors, and after a few tweaks, I've landed on something I L...

It's Midnight and I'm Making Shaving Cream

We're pretty green. You know that, right? I mean, in oh so many areas we try to be as chemical free as possible. We make all our own cleaners, we buy organic whenever we can, our mattress is made of rubber for Pete's sake! But the dirty little secret (every family has one) is that my husband buys whatever shaving cream he wants. "It was a Euro!" he...

Pico de Gallo

Do you remember a couple weeks ago when I posted about our yummy Mexican rice? It was a hit, even with the kids, so today we busted out the oil bottles once again when making Pico de Gallo. To be honest, it had more to do with the fact that we'd run out black pepper ( Penzeys black pepper is amazing and I expect to receive a spicy box of goodness in tomorro...

Mexican Rice

One of my goals for the new year is to cook more from scratch. I know, it's super easy to run by the bakery for a baguette, but making my own somehow feels so accomplished. Plus you get the amazing scent of freshly baked bread that seems to linger in the house throughout the day, which is intoxicating in a "I want to be a foodie" kind of way. To that end I'v...

How to Train Your Dragon Birthday Party

On a recent trip to Prague I pulled the kids into yet another church and my daughter was about to revolt when my son said, "Sofia, shhh! Maybe this is one of the churches mama prayed in to have sweet babies." And that was the end of it as she felt the gravity of the situation and acquiesced to go inside. My kids know that they were desperately w...

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 our...

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 swe...

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 fo...

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 di...

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 (a...

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 exp...