Old Scratch Review

A few months ago, Theo and I had the chance to go on a date night! We don’t get out often without kids, and one of the things that we always struggle with is finding things to do and places to eat that are fun but don’t require a whole paycheck or a reservation.

This last date night we went on was an absolute blast. Theo took me geocaching around downtown Dayton. It was the PERFECT date for us- walking around and doing something, but still able to have conversation and spent $0!! After all that walking and conversation, we needed some good food to fill our bellies with!

For dinner, Theo had heard some great recommendations about a place in Downtown called Old Scratch Pizza. Neither of us had ever been and I’m so glad we went!

Old Scratch Pizza makes modern Neapolitan pizza- all fresh, with locally sourced ingredients. When we first walked in, we ordered at the front counter like we would’ve in a fast food style restaurant. That, however was the only similarity to the typical fast food style restaurant. The pizza kitchen is in full view of the dining tables, and it is so fun to sit and watch the pizza making process!

Since we went in on a Saturday night, it was fairly crowded and most of the diners were dressed in UD garb, so I assume they were about to attend a UD basketball game. Because of this, it was fairly noisy and crowded, but the acoustics were well-managed and I enjoyed people watching so much! It was SO family friendly, but also fantastic for date night or even a big group get-together.

Our food took about 15 minutes to arrive and smelled and looked DELCIOUS! Indeed, it was. So, so good.

The menu at Old Scratch is creative and innovative, and contains so many options, no matter the dietary restrictions. They have vegetation, vegan and gluten free options on their menu as well as the option to make any pizza gluten free for a small additional charge. The menu has so many creative pizza options, that I can’t wait to go back and try some more!

I should also mention here that they have an extensive menu of wines and craft beers. Since Theo and I rarely drink alcoholic beverages, we didn’t order anything from this menu, so I can’t give a full review of it, but I can tell you that it looked just as popular and creative as the pizza menu!

One of my favorite things about Old Scratch is how they give back to the community. Each month they choose a local organization or charity to donate to, called Cones for a Cause. When ordering an ice cream cone, they don’t require payment, but instead suggest a donation. Every month they collect all monies from these cones and donate towards a local organization. This month is Hospice of Dayton, which provides end of life support for uninsured patients.

YOU GUYS. I can get behind this. You know any business that gives back has my enduring love and loyalty.

What about you? Have you ever been to Old Scratch Pizza in Dayton? If you haven’t I can highly recommend them!!!

Old Scratch Pizza

812 S. Patterson Blvd Dayton, OH

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*This post is not sponsored in any way, they have no idea I’m writing this review or that I ever stepped foot in their restaurant.*

And just for fun, here are the cliff notes of my review:


Atmosphere * * * * 

We were there at peak hours, and it was rather busy and fairly crowded, but I was able to hold a conversation with Theo anyways. Clean and well organized, aesthetically pleasing and full of unique decor! 

Food * * * *

Some of the menu was so unique that I wasn’t sure what I was actually ordering, but we both ended up LOVING our pizzas. SO GOOD. 

Price * * * *

Around $10-$12 a pizza

Service * * * * * 

Servers were attentive to all the needs of the customers. Even during peak hours, no one was neglected. 

Bathrooms (because I am fully convinced that any restaurant can be rated entirely by the state, cleanliness and decor of its bathrooms) * * * * *

Bathrooms were easy to find, clean and efficient.


Friday Favorites: Cookbook Roundup

Recently, on my Instagram stories I have started sharing what we are eating for dinner each night.

I follow several Mamas on Instagram who always share what they are making for dinner and how they are making it, and it’s one of my favorite real life things to see, so I started to do the same!

After doing this for several days, I had a few people interested in seeing my cookbook roundup.

I rarely use Pinterest for recipes, unless I’m looking for something really specific like “Alfredo sauce recipe” or “whole wheat bread recipe”. If I just go on Pinterest and type in “dinner ideas” I get SO OVERWHELMED.

You can see my menu planning strategy here. And my Grocery Shopping Routine here.

Instead, I turn to my tried and true cookbooks. I love cookbooks. I may become a minimalist in every other way, but I will always have too many cookbooks. Always.

Today I wanted to share my five favorite go-to cookbooks (in no particular order):

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Foster Parenting is Hard, but so is Parenting

I know I have a wide range of readers on this blog.

Many of you read this because you are foster parents.

Many of you read here because you want to become foster parents.

Many of you read here because you are simply interested to follow our life or you accidentally stumbled upon my blog or you’ve been a long-time family friend who has somehow stuck around over the years.

Well, this post is for the latter group.

I want you to know something. Most of the time when I write, I aim to encourage people by sharing real life- oftentimes, this means opening up about the daily struggles of life and the challenges of being a foster Mom.


But the other day it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Yes, foster parenting is hard. 

But so is parenting. 

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5 Things I’ve Learned by Letting Stranger Stay in My Basement

You Can Tell A Lot About Someone by their Trash. This one makes me chuckle every time I clean the apartment because I can tell so much about what someone did in the last 24 hours by seeing what is in the trash. 8 cups of coffee? They must be exhausted. Tylenol and earplugs? Whoops, maybe we were a bit too loud up above last night. Two six packs and a bottle of wine? Ok, ok…I’ll try not to judge. A giant pile of tissues followed by an emptied tissue box? Looks like I’d better sanitize really well. Wendy’s, Taco Bell and Chipotle? I know what they ate for dinner. A billion makeup remover wipes? Hope she was successful in her grad school interview. Cleaning the apartment after someone has left is not my favorite part of hosting strangers in my basement, but it always reminds me that we are all more alike than I thought.


….head on over to the Dayton Mom’s Blog to read the rest of the things I’ve learned by letting strangers stay in my basement…

Discipline For the Weak at Heart


The word itself sends shudders of dread into every parent.

Although I am known for being open, authentic and honest, having a conversation about our discipline strategies terrifies me.

We are all so different. We all parent differently, and each family has a unique range of ages, personalities and backgrounds.

Theo and I have always been fairly decent at conflict resolution. We have plenty of conflict, but we can resolve it within a day. But one of our biggest reoccurring conflicts is over how to discipline our children.

It’s mostly a personality thing. I want to be kind and loving and helpful and smooth out any waves of conflict, while Theo wants to use tough love and make sure that the children in his household can learn important lessons and don’t grow up to be like the people he arrests on a daily basis.

Throw in a foster child, who is practically a stranger, who has never had rules and expectations, and who has a background of trauma, abuse and neglect… and we have the perfect storm.

Most of the time, we have absolutely no idea what we are doing. We are so weak and we don’t know how to proceed. Our hearts ache with the brokenness of this world and the brokenness of our children’s hearts. We long to bring them closer to Christ and to discipline so that they can grow up to be functioning adults and understanders of the grace of God.

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