Saturday, March 7, 2015


A friend's six year old daughter helped me out by adding leopard spots on the painting I made for her.

Friday, February 20, 2015

coffee and solitude

It is February Break, and my mini-vacation was to JP, the adjacent neighborhood.

The last time I had an afternoon to myself was in June. Not one since baby girl was born. While I love her more than comprehension, it is also time to reclaim a bit of self.

An afternoon! What a treat!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

boston street scene

A sketch of this endless winter..

Baby girl fell asleep in her car seat, and rather than wake her, I waited with her in the cold for 45 minutes. I didn't have a sketch pad, cell phone, or book so I had to improvise with some scrap paper.

This is the end of my street. That is a SUV; the snow is piled higher than its roof!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

lentils for big and small

So. much. snow. in Boston.
89.2 inches this season. Over 7 feet!

The only way to deal when you have a curious, but non-crawling, baby is to spend lots of time in the kitchen. Hibernate and eat!

Baby food recipes call for small increments of food, so it makes sense to also make a grownup version, such as this lentil soup.

Both had lentils, butternut squash, carrots, celery, and onion, but the adult version also had vegetable broth, garlic, and salt. Serve with sour cream and cilantro. (Or blend if you're a baby).

Monday, January 5, 2015

back to work

Winter vacation is over and that means an 8-hour day of meetings before students return.

What a wonderful break it was! Ready for the new year and all it brings.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

happy holidays!

Roasted butternut squash soup, simple crafts, and a Christmas tree sure make the season bright.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

welcome baby tetrault!

An illustration for the newest cousin who is due to join the world on Valentine's Day :)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

happy halloween!

I made a simple nest hat to compliment the baby girl's owl costume.

Happy Halloween!

easy meals

It has been so busy around here with a baby (4 months old today!), Smokey, returning to work next week, and Dave's back surgery. There is a lot on my plate.

To simplify meals, I try to multitask. Like when I made this spinach basil pesto with roasted veggies last night, I took advantage of a hot oven and roasted some sweet potatoes. This morning they were fried up with onions and garlic to make a sweet potato hash.