the new

Several years ago, my son and I made this little pun guessing game called Since then I’ve learned a lot more about writing and wanted to redo the site. Now, eight years later, it’s re-written, re-illustrated, re-named and ready for you to play. Read the rhyme, look at the illustration and groan while you fill in the answer.


Homonym Game

My 6 year old son and I created this website/word game for guessing homonyms. Illustrations and rhymes give you the clues. Then check your answer. If you are correct, you get a new homonym to guess. Warning: as with most puns, groaning is a likely side effect.

Check out and tell me what you think.

Comfort Food (October): Apple Pie

After an uncommonly sunny fall here in Seattle, we are getting our first taste of winter. Now I’m thinking of home made apple pie (with ice cream of course- see July’s comfort food). A bunch of Granny Smith’s sliced with cinnamon sugar and nutmeg. All under a blanket of tasty crust. So long summer, who needs those sweaty days when I have buttery carbs to keep me warm.

By the way, have you tried Honey Crisp apples? They’re not ideal for baking but they are terrific with lunch. In season now!

Comfort Food (September): Peanut Butter & Jelly

On a rough day getting used to school again, nothing can comfort like a good old pbj from mom or dad. When it comes to this dietary staple of the 12 and under set, there are two ways to go: gourmet or reality.

For the gourmet option, bake up some home made bread. Then add strawberry jam form the summer garden. Finish it off with a great organic peanut butter (the kind with only one ingredient:peanuts).

Reality might dictate a more pragmatic approach like the one I grew up with. Wonder Bread, Welch’s preserves, and Jiff.

Whatever you can put together between homework help and carpools is sure to become a lifelong favorite.

…and don’t forget to include the little note with the smiley face.

Comfort Food (August): Hot Dogs

Well there’s no fancy recipe to hot dogs (maybe that’s why they’re a comfort food) but just be sure to get something with real beef. If you’ve been living on those turkey things for a while you’ll be shocked to remember how good the real thing is.

Hopefully you’re getting in plenty of pool parties before the summer is over. But then this comfort food could also be great if you put on a parka in January and grill up some dogs along with some memories of warmer days.

Comfort Food (July): Banana Split

As far as my wife is concerned, you can have almost anything with chocolate. When it comes to me, I can like almost anything as long as it’s with ice cream. The traditional banana split is always a hit or just the straight ice cream keeps me happy.

Here is a recipe for I got from my sister-in-law for home made lemon ice cream. It’s perfect for a hot summer day or it’s also great as a base for any flavor. I love trying this recipe with all kinds of flavors (just replace the lemon with vanilla for instance) and adding in leftover bits of sweets around the house. Chocolate cake or cookies are a good start.

The possibilities are endless but the freezer space isn’t. It’s best if eaten the same day.

Kristen’s Lemon Ice Cream:

1 pint milk

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

pour mixture into 1 quart container and freeze according to freezer instructions.

I hope you’re having a sweet summer!