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Brothermade: DIY Karate Belt Display

We had a long and busy Hanukah, with some wonderful family and community celebrations.  The best part: my boys made sweet gifts for each other (a karate belt display board and a see-through birdhouse), so sweet they nearly made up for the fact that they didn’t make me ANYTHING!  I will start hinting much earlier […]

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Brothermade: Trash to Treasure Sign

My parents are building a new house in Rhode Island.  The end result will be spectacular.  The building phase is equally impressive because my parents involve the boys in every step of the adventure.  Our latest trash to treasure creation (our new term is “brothermade” though it is a bit “mother-brothermade”) makes a great gift […]

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Giving and Giving Again: One for One Shopping

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I’m hoping to keep the spirit of giving thanks alive as we enter the true giving season.  I was grateful for the opportunity to share this giving opportunity on NBC Connecticut on Sunday.  I will share the TV clip as soon as I get it!  Until then, please […]

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Cranberry Salsa – Spicing Up Thanksgiving

I’m going to Thanksgiving dinner and I’m bringing two pies, noodle pudding and a trunk full of Hanukkah presents. And, yeah, the pies are from the school pie sale and the noodle dish is from the market.   We did make some once in 78,000 years Thanksgivakkuh cookies (plain old cookies made extraordinary with chunks of […]

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Spot It: Hanukkah Style

We unpacked our holiday bin this week.  It felt a bit like a Lifetime movie; the boys helping me slide and unstack boxes in the attic until we found the right one, then squeezing down the stairs alongside me and the big green bin, jostling to get a glimpse of the contents. The highlights – […]

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Baked Oatmeal To Cozy Up Your Weekend

My son’s school was closed on Election Day which gave us a perfect excuse to do NOTHING on Tuesday (except vote, of course – though only after my kids watched a movie in the parking lot of my polling place while I read about the candidates on my cell phone). Our sole outing was a […]

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Spooky Cupcakes — For Kids, By Kids

Enough about kale.  Halloween is here, and with it, fantastically sugary and chocolate-y treats.  I mentioned last week how one talented mom’s Spooky Cupcakes (gorgeously decorated spiders, mummies and eyeballs) sold out in minutes at our school farmer’s market. Think you have to be a meticulous decorator to achieve such Halloween excellence?  Not so.  My […]

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Halloween Costume Round Up: Royalty to Rainbow Loom

Three days to go and my family has already donned five Halloween costumes for three separate pre-Halloween festivities.  For a last minute girl like me, these early events mean that we are oddly, unusually ready for Halloween and I don’t have to wait until after the holiday to share our costumes with you. Pete the […]

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Kale: Give it One More Moment

A headline on my newsfeed last week made me click through: Is Fish Sauce Having its Kale Moment?  I know fish sauce is in many of my favorite Asian dishes but you aren’t going to see me cooking with it anytime soon. Kale, though, is still having its moment in my kitchen.  Judging by the […]

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Garden Fresh Marinara – The Simple Kind

Last year, kale and cucumbers ruled our garden. This year, while little white moths enjoyed our kale, we ate cukes ’till we were sick of them and picked tons of tomatoes. Beautiful red cherry and black cherry tomatoes and a larger variety called Rose de Berne that grew huge and plentiful. We harvested the remaining […]

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