November 25, 2013

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truly the best gifts for kids

Half the joy of any gift is the anticipation of it. Look at the pleasure we get in planning a trip, for example. It’s part of the fun to choose the destinations, research the restaurants, collect recommendations from friends, plan…
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November 21, 2013

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black friday on thursday

WHAT I ACTUALLY BOUGHT TODAY METAL SPOON STRAWS At a recent life-changing meal at Atera, we were served cocktails with these metal straw spoons. Forget for a moment that they’re good for the environment (I always do), the mouth-feel experience…
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November 18, 2013

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all dressed up – thanksgiving edition

I‘m married, so I get my thrill for variety sated in food options. I’ll never abandon the traditional stuffing of my youth: apple, sausage, celery, sage and walnuts. Sometimes golden raisins will plump up in wine or stock, that, or…
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November 15, 2013

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thankful for do-ahead thanksgiving recipes

Over the past three days, I’ve received more than a handful of random requests for my cranberry sauce recipe, and for the Corn Pudding Pushover. Recipes included below, along with links to prior Thanksgivings, including last year’s video of how…
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November 14, 2013

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books on film

I never got busted. For an English major, and a published author, of all things, I should be embarrassed that I chose most essay topics and college classes based on the reading syllabus, ticking off the books that had become…
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November 5, 2013

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playroom zones

I spent my day cleaning their playroom. To be fair, the beans are good about cleaning up after themselves, but if I leave it to them, everything will be everywhere, always. I label bins and review the system with them,…
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October 30, 2013

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raising creative kids, the artist’s way

“DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO” IS A LOAD OF DON’T Just wait,” my friend said. “You’ll see.” It was her succinct argument in defense of parenting hypocrisy. Yelling at your children to “Stop yelling!” for example is…
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