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Posted on Dec 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Glitter Emergency!

Glitter Emergency!

  Out of glitter? A common conundrum, I know. It’s right up there with sparkle shortages and fairy dust droughts. If do you happen to find yourself in a glitter emergency, toss some aluminum foil in your cross cut shredder.       That was a close one. Glad I could talk you through it.   It can also make kinda awesome tinsel. Ghetto tinsel. But tinsel.       Happy Winter Crafting! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Posted on Aug 11, 2015 | 8 comments

End of Summer

End of Summer

Here’s what we did today to celebrate August, the summer harvest, and the ending of the season. It required a book from many seasons ago. Those cringingly cute craft books you see for 20 cents at yard sales or used book stores (or when Nana cleans out her garage)? Go ahead and pick one up – you never know.   Instructions: 1) Assemble materials. 2) Painfully drag kids through making one object each. 3) Do the rest yourself.     This is a fairly intricate project for 4 and 6-year-olds. Mine kept up fairly well with the tracing, pooped out on the cutting, and revved back up for select gluing, painting and stuffing. Be forewarned. Even with all the hand holding, it was worth the afternoon, I think. I finally got something that celebrates the end of summer up on our seasonal banner. (Click here to see the original banner that turned into a holiday and seasonal tradition.) And it led to a sunny late summer evening outside, painting other items from...

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Posted on Apr 22, 2015 | 0 comments

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day or not, my kid wants to be in the dirt. Specifically, planting in it. Or weeding it. Or hoeing/raking/shoveling it. Gardening it! He loves it so much, it was his birthday party theme for two years. Where he gets this passion for gardening, I have no idea because it is the polar opposite of anything I would ever volunteer to do. I love to be outside but preferably resting my feet on some warm terracotta hardscape, a cold beverage in my right hand and a Bill Bryson book in my left. For one thing, I cannot STAND bugs. I hate them. HATE them! The way they skitter so fast, and they can hide out and surprise you at any second, even in your sleep and….crawl on you. I would not do well in any other part of the country, I think. The worst thing I ever came across in my entire childhood at the beach was ants. No big whoop. Then, I moved to the wild suburbs and discovered: 1)...

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Posted on Mar 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May your joys be as deep as the oceans Your troubles as light as its foam And may you find sweet peace of mind Wherever you may roam ~Irish Blessing ~Non-Irish Blessings   Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Posted on Feb 14, 2014 | 1 comment

Be Mine!

Be Mine!

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Posted on Jan 5, 2014 | 4 comments

Winter Cocktail: Tom and Ruby

Winter Cocktail: Tom and Ruby

This drink is named after my stepmother. Let me explain. Pay attention, as this will not be so easy to follow after you’ve had a Tom and Ruby. My brother’s mother was my father’s first wife. My mother was my father’s second wife. Ruby is my father’s final wife. A sparkling gem of a woman, she vibrates calm, warm energy. Much like this drink that she introduced me to this Christmas. The original drink, a Tom and Jerry, was created in the 1850s and involved separating a raw egg and processing the two parts independently. This simple version requires you do nothing more strenuous than open a carton of eggnog. This can be a good thing after a long day returning Christmas presents while driving through snow. (Uphill, both ways). I don’t get a lot of snow around here, but a warm, cozy drink is always a welcome treat. Just like Ruby! Tom and Ruby   Print Cook time 5 mins Total time 5 mins   Warming, aromatic, soothing...

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Posted on Dec 31, 2013 | 3 comments

Where There’s a Party Hat, There’s a Party!

Where There’s a Party Hat, There’s a Party!

I am not remotely crafty. In fact, I’ve always kind of hated that word, the same way I kind of hate the word “journal” as a verb. I do not “journal” and I certainly do not “craft.” At least, I thought I didn’t craft (and, if you bring up blogging as journaling, well, I don’t want to talk about that right now). What I have noticed lately is that I am inclined toward artsy (as opposed to crafty) projects with my kids. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that art therapy is a thing, and that my artistic ambitions started after I had small, loud people join my household. As I sit there, drawing, cutting, tying, painting, taping, re-taping…my mind can wander somewhat. It always snaps back, as very small children don’t need much therapy, but they do seem to need a lot of intervention. Especially where scissors and paint are involved. The artistic results are not always expected, but they lead to lots of lessons like “make the...

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Posted on Dec 30, 2013 | 1 comment

Christmas Toys Bring After-Christmas Joys

Christmas Toys Bring After-Christmas Joys

That happy week between Christmas and New Year’s. When the merry pressure has escaped and emotions settle. When new toys are there, ready to channel young energy and restore balance. This is Mom’s favorite toy of the year. (The kids are crazy about it, too). It’s one puzzle made of four individual stacking toys. Separately, they are the four elements: air, water, fire, and earth. Can you see them?   This is made from the fire element.   It’s from an amazing company called Grimm’s. Visit their website to see their entire line and get ideas for building, but they don’t sell directly to the public. If you decide to buy, Amazon has many of the products at a good price. You can probably also find them at your local Waldorf school or store. It’s wooden, beautiful, strong, and limitless in the ways it can be used. This is made from the water element.   It can be arranged into a puzzle, stacked into the elemental shapes, or sculpted far beyond...

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Posted on Dec 19, 2013 | 2 comments

Whole Spice Ornaments

Whole Spice Ornaments

As you may remember, I received a jar of mulling spices for Christmas last year. I never did mull a darn thing, but I did make Hot Chai Cereal several times for my kids, to much delight (theirs) and surprise (mine). Spices don’t last long, so when I came across this inventive way to use them up, I jumped on it. It combines my favorite things: seasonal crafts that yield a product you actually want to use, fun things to do with my kids, and yummy smelling stuff. So, we made spice ornaments! As per usual, I did not create this idea. I cannot claim creativity in the artistic arena. You want a closet organized, a desk sorted, a multi-page spreadsheet formatted? Yeah, I’m your girl. Art?? Not so much. So, I turned to What To Do At Home With The Kids. It turns out, spices aren’t just for eating.     First, I sorted out the biggest spices for the kids to decorate with. If you are doing...

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Posted on Dec 15, 2013 | 3 comments

Fantasy Football: The Advent Calendar Goes Deep

Fantasy Football: The Advent Calendar Goes Deep

December 1st is a big day around here. It’s the first day of Advent, and it’s the first day of the Advent calendar with its 24 days of teensy tiny gifts. I got the calendar last year, against my will. It practically jumped into my cart! Click here if you want to see it, in all it’s evil, magical glory. It has turned out to be the best impulse buy, ever. The whole family loves it. It is a challenge to fill all those itty, bitty, teeny, tiny little slots. All 24 of them. I’ve got elves on the situation, all over town. If they happen to see a goody smaller than a pack of dental floss, they are to pick it up immediately. There are still nine days of Advent, but I’ve only got five treats left, so if you come across any, you are likewise required to snatch it up and forward it this way. Kay? Hey, it takes a Santa’s Village to get through Christmas, people. Most...

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Posted on Nov 28, 2013 | 2 comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I like what a friend of mine said today, so I will say it too. If you are reading this, then I am thankful for YOU. Hey, I made a rhyme. Happy Thanksgiving!   Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Posted on Nov 22, 2013 | 0 comments

Switch Witch Switch: Chocolate Dipped Hazelnut Marbles

Switch Witch Switch: Chocolate Dipped Hazelnut Marbles

I was dreading this project. It’s real name is Billes de Noisettes au Chocolat, for God’s sake. It was the one thing in the entire world my kids asked to make, in exchange for surrendering their junky Halloween candy this year. I procrastinated, avoided, considered “forgetting,” and all-in-all just about gave up because I just didn’t wanna. Yet, I felt compelled to give my kids their first choice treat, since I was snatching the candy from their hands and disabusing them of the sweet Switch Witch story, all in one fell Halloween. (Actually, they were surprisingly game for the new plan). But I still didn’t wanna. I could not have been more wrong! This is the perfect activity for kids. Few ingredients, few steps, lots of hands-on mashing and poking of stuff, and hardly any actual cooking.   The recipe comes from the book Chocolate & Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen, by the sparkling food blogger, Clotilde Dusoulier. First, you grind up a bunch of hazelnuts with some...

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Posted on Nov 18, 2013 | 0 comments

Thanksgiving Brunch Menu: Sandwich Buffet

Thanksgiving Brunch Menu: Sandwich Buffet

Thanksgiving is almost here, and I think I’ve got my brunch menu down.     Last year, I wanted to hit all the big traditional flavors. This year, my concept is a Thanksgiving Sandwich Buffet. Yes, it’s casual, but sparkling wine will be served in crystal glasses, so that balances it out! I’ve scoured all my magazines and cookbooks and come up with this menu. Absolutely everything will be made ahead of time, including the turkey breast. (I’ll smear it with herbs the day before and roast it Thanksgiving morning so the house smells delicious and inviting). Everything else just needs to be put into bowls or on platters. Relaxed and easy. I hope it inspires you and that you have a wonderful holiday.   Peach Mimosas with Belgian Peach Beer, inspired by Nate’s Garden Grill Sliced Ham (bought prepared) Sliced Herb Roasted Turkey Breast Sweet Potato Rolls Sourdough Bread Fennel and Orange Salad Basic Cranberry Sauce Balsamic Onions Slices of Brie Mayo, Mustard, Lettuce Potato Chips No Bake Pumpkin Crème...

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Posted on Nov 13, 2013 | 0 comments

Thanksgiving Gratitude Cards with Turkeys, from Your Little Turkeys

Thanksgiving Gratitude Cards with Turkeys, from Your Little Turkeys

You know what? Thank God for the internet. I don’t know how people who care for preschoolers used to get out of bed in the morning without solid plans of how to keep them occupied all day. (Yes I do: the kids jumped on their heads until they decided getting out of bed was easier than staying in. Toddler enthusiasm: life’s timeless alarm clock). Preschool kids are tough! They require constant attention and diversion, unless you like your toilet bowl becoming a lake for your lipstick “boats,” which I’m guessing you don’t. These days, all you need to do is pull up Pinterest or Bloglovin’, type in some random search words that contain the word “craft,” and, BOOM, you’ve got nine thousand ideas of what to do with your kids today. Take No Time For Flashcards, one of my favorite sites. They’ve got a myriad of Thanksgiving projects and twelve Turkey-related crafts right up front. My project is an adaption of this one. As I selected ideas from this crafty little list,...

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Posted on Oct 31, 2013 | 0 comments

The Switch Witch Bows Out

The Switch Witch Bows Out

I’m one of those annoying parents who feels conflicted telling stories to my children about Santa Claus and the Switch Witch. Actually, that’s not true at all. I love telling stories (even though I’m fairly horrendous at it), and keeping those wonderful holiday figures in that context. It’s when my tiny children start to believe me when I tell them these strangers actually will be sneaking into our homes while we sleep and leaving, or taking, our belongings, that it gets a little weird. I work hard to find a balance between precious childhood fantasy and truth and trust. Still, I needed a way to deal with all the toxic, poisonous crap that Halloween leaves little bodies to deal with. Do not get me wrong; I will cross a path of ravenous alligators (i.e., the candy aisle at Rite Aid) for a Butterfinger. Or an Oreo. Or a Frito. I have a deep affection for candy, donuts, chocolate croissants… Just, in small, manageable doses. And, I realized I had the...

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Posted on Oct 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Hangin Wit My Halloween Homies

Hangin Wit My Halloween Homies

Part of Cute Banker’s costume.   A chip off the old block!   But with more hair. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Posted on Oct 28, 2013 | 6 comments

Desert Dreaming in Anza-Borrego State Park

Desert Dreaming in Anza-Borrego State Park

When I was in my late twenties, in the prime of my fabulous single life, I lived with my grandmother. Oddly, it could not have been a better match. I would get all gussied up to head out with my girlfriends and she would size up my questionable outfit and say, simply, “Flirt with the boys.” (Whether she was merely a sweet, wise woman, or just desperate to marry me off, I’ll never know).   Soon enough, my fun-loving grandmother became one of my favorite girlfriends, herself. We would have drinks on the patio together, go out for nice dinners, enjoy season tickets to local theater, and have our morning coffee watching the news shows before I headed out to work each day. It’s one of the most cherished chapters of my life, as I have fondly described before. One of our favorite things to do together was travel. We visited family in England, Arizona, and my grandma’s hometown in Ohio where she showed me all the highlights of...

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Posted on Oct 26, 2013 | 0 comments

Pumpkin Patch Kids

Pumpkin Patch Kids

A good time was had by all (in spite of some of the facial expressions seen here).   We almost didn’t make it this year. Last year’s fall activities were epic, and a lot to live up to. (Here’s a recipe for Sweetly Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, from that memorable year). This year, the days are just tripping over themselves disappearing. But, if one tradition continues, this is the one to choose. Sliding down Cottonseed Mountain never gets old. Even for the old folks (picture not included).   This is the “cat who ate the mouse” face. He was diving head first, and even surfing standing up, and pretty durn proud of his new moves.   Whatever it takes, man.   This tram was painted orange and shuttled people to a distant parking lot. We called it The Pumpkin Train and jumped on (never mind that our car was right in front). It was late and the driver may have been a little tired because he did a bunch of...

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Posted on Oct 10, 2013 | 5 comments

Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes

I succumbed to this enticing, round, multi-compartment shaker of happiness.     At Target, naturally. I didn’t even go there for this. I was on my way to the garden section.     Target and sprinkles: They always get me!!     I used Nigella’s fairy cake and icing recipes from How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking. (You must pronounce it go-DESS, as Nigella does).     I’m clearly not quite ready for go-DESS status yet, because I totally screwed up the cupcakes. I dumped a bowl of powdered sugar into the batter, thinking it was the flour. (They look alike!) I tried to scoop it out without dumping the batter out too. It was a mess. They turned out really dry, but here’s the good part: I layered so much of this ooey, gooey, sweetly salty, life-changing icing onto them that nobody cared. In fact, it was a great excuse to do so. I can never get enough of this icing and...

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Posted on Sep 5, 2013 | 0 comments

Button Wreaths: What To Do With All Those Extra Buttons You’re Saving For No Good Reason!

Button Wreaths: What To Do With All Those Extra Buttons You’re Saving For No Good Reason!

Admit it: you’ve got a stash of extra buttons. (If you don’t, just pretend like you do so I feel better). They may be stuffed here and there, lost to the recesses of your closet, or they may be neatly contained in a beautiful jar labeled in a color complimentary to your bedroom decor. Either way, you can’t get rid of them. It matters not that you don’t own thread. Or a needle. You just know for certain you will need one of these buttons, someday. Then, when you lose a button (once a decade), you don’t remember you even have an extra one. You make due without the button, have your dry cleaner sew on a new one, or discard the garment. It was time for a new shirt anyway. Your stash is disproportionately large to the number of clothes in your closet. You’ve got buttons from 1983. You’ve got buttons to clothes you donated years ago, and you’ve got buttons you have absolutely no idea what garment...

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Posted on Jul 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

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Posted on Mar 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

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Posted on Mar 7, 2013 | 0 comments

Holiday Schmoliday

Holiday Schmoliday

Who says cookie decorating is just for Christmas? And, by the way, why do these activities always need to be done in the nude?? <sigh> Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Posted on Jan 17, 2013 | 15 comments

A Test for Me and a Prize for You!

A Test for Me and a Prize for You!

The DNA results are in! Turns out I’m 87% Central European and not even anything remotely jazzy like Italian or Greek. It’s no wonder my kids are so, um, pale, even given their much more pigmentally-gifted father.  You can’t beat those numbers! But, it turns out I am also 13% something else.  Care to guess? Check out my picture, although I’m not sure it will help. If you guess correctly, you will win a prize: A $25 gift card to Amazon.com! Leave your guess in the comments.   Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Posted on Dec 27, 2012 | 1 comment

Best Christmas Gift Ever

Best Christmas Gift Ever

I have always been the sort for whom a vacuum cleaner is a good gift.  Forget flowers, they die.  Sweets? I’d rather use my calories on wine!  (And I’ll feel the need to detox later with a spirulina smoothie!). And if you’d like to pick clothes for me, well, perhaps you could also include the receipt? Give me practical, any day of the year. This may not be exactly practical, in fact it’s pretty unnecessary in the grand scheme of things, but a new puppy it ain’t. Ever since I saw that genius advertisement, also known as the show Who Do You Think You Are?, I have been itching to get my DNA tested.  I wonder if I have some long lost relative in India! Belarus! Madagascar! Tasmania! More likely, some odd pocket of the world where people get excited about the nerdiest things. Ahh, the romance of a biohazardous specimen bag. Can’t you just hear the angels singing? The odds of an exotic link aren’t likely, I suppose,...

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Posted on Dec 26, 2012 | 1 comment

Table Scraps

Table Scraps

“Shabby chic” is an oxymoron I haven’t always been able to muster much enthusiasm for.  I’ve leaned decidedly more toward the solidly “chic” category. But, tastes, times, and circumstances can alter preferences, even aesthetic ones.  These days, I’m looking more hopefully at estate sales, hand-me-downs, and even, gasp, do-it-yourself. It was nice and timely that I saw Martha Stewart talking about this new centerpiece idea.  My family was due for Christmas brunch, I was up to my elbows in empanadas for Cute Banker’s family celebration, and I have two tiny humans living amongst my ankles.  Thus, I was running a wee bit late. When my sweet grandma came in and offered to help, I choked down my natural response to shove a glass in her hand, and firmly point her in the direction of the couch.  I handed her a tray of a homeless Christmas ornaments, had Cute Banker bring in the last box from our move a year ago, and unpacked some wine glasses. I also managed to...

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Posted on Dec 25, 2012 | 0 comments

Christmas Brunch, or, It’s Not a Party ‘Till You Forget Something

Christmas Brunch, or, It’s Not a Party ‘Till You Forget Something

Christmas, to me, means brunch.  I don’t need a fancy rib roast at dinner.  By then, I want a calm, easy supper, after the energy of the day.  I certainly don’t want a frenzied, late night Christmas Eve extravaganza. For me, Christmas Eve is for quiet family time at home, hot chocolate, a fire, maybe snuggling up on the couch to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, and opening one present from someone who will not be there on Christmas day.   Then, off to bed early.  Christmas comes faster that way.  My mom told me so.       Overnight, Santa comes to fill the stockings. On Christmas morning, stockings are opened without cameras, without parents hovering, at whatever time the little recipients want.  I – I mean Santa – likes to include a protein bar in the stockings to hold them over until brunch. Brunch.  Possibly, my favorite meal of any day, but especially Christmas. You can sleep later, keep your jammies on if you’re at home, and...

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Posted on Dec 22, 2012 | 0 comments

Deck the Smalls

Deck the Smalls

You know those adorable photo cards people send you every Christmas? The ones printed on the thinnest rectangles of slightly bowed photo paper that simply won’t stand up on their own? You prop them against the sturdier, folded, cards but they angle away, and eventually slip down, taking other cards with them, and they drive you crazy all season? Okay, maybe it’s just me. Or, you put them on your refrigerator, but you really don’t want them on your refrigerator, but you have no where else to put them that they don’t fall down? Or get knocked over by a cat tail, a stray breeze, or the breath of a spider? Again, maybe just me. Whether or not you suffer from Fallen Photo Card Syndrome, I thought of something fun to do with them this year. Since they are almost always pictures of children, I taped them to the wall in my kids’ room. They add to the festive decorations in there and I think the boys like seeing...

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Posted on Nov 22, 2012 | 0 comments

Thanksgiving Brunch at My House For a Meat Lover, a Vegetarian, and a Nonagenarian

Thanksgiving Brunch at My House For a Meat Lover, a Vegetarian, and a Nonagenarian

I am grateful that I can celebrate the holidays with my 94-year-old, sweet, and cute-as-her-pink-buttons grandma. I’m grateful I get to spend them with my mom.  I’m thankful I have a really great man for a husband and that we get to spend a few years with some pretty special little boys. We were all together at my house this year, and I served brunch. My mom and grandma are the perfect guests; they let me get all fancy-like with my table settings and yet it’s never formal or stuffy. Just super fun. When it came to the menu, I had a few things to consider. First, my mom doesn’t eat red meat. On the other hand, my grandma and Cute Banker don’t feel they’ve eaten unless Meat has been served. It doesn’t have to be red, but it doesn’t hurt. Finally, this was the only Thanksgiving meal my mom and grandma would eat this year, so I wanted to cover all the bases: turkey, cranberries, potatoes, apples, sweet potatoes,...

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Posted on Nov 17, 2012 | 0 comments

Why I Hate Target

Why I Hate Target

Because I go in for a curtain rod and I come out with this stupid, awesome thing.   It’s an Advent calendar with an actual box for each day.   In my day…cough cough…sorry. Anyway, way, way, way back then, there were no boxes. Just a different picture behind each date. Although, to be honest, I loved my paper Garfield Advent calendar so much, I still have it and my boys aren’t allowed to play with it. It’s delicate! (It’s ancient, you know.) Way to set the bar high, too. Now, every year, we have to come up with 48 separate teeny tiny treats.   Cute Banker and I kind of rocked it out this year. We got lucky. We went the Birch Aquarium (a must-see for anyone with eyes) and they happened to have twelve thousand or so miniature sea creatures. Perfect, we picked up one of each.   We also just happened upon mini-flashlights, felt cupcakes and hearts, little cars, fish-shaped chocolates wrapped in shiny foil, tiny...

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Posted on Oct 21, 2012 | 0 comments

Last Year’s Halloween Costume

Last Year’s Halloween Costume

  Yes, I am that mom. I like to coordinate my kids’ outfits. It’s one of the benefits of having had my kids, both boys, so close together. I don’t completely match them – I leave that to their grandma who lets me blame her for it – but I coordinate them so they “go together.” One day, they will rise up against this affront to their individuality and manhood but, for now, they are my little peas in a pod, in complementary shades of green. Take Halloween. Their first Halloween together, they were a firefighter and a Dalmatian. Seriously, could you die?  SO cute.  My oldest son happened to be over the edge about All Things Fireman at that point, so it naturally flowed from that. It was adorable. This year, he would not, could not, be tempted to repeat the duo, no matter what good shape those costumes were in, or how cost-effective it was (are those not three-year-old priorities? Oh, well).  As a result, I had...

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Posted on Oct 7, 2012 | 0 comments

Halloween Pumpkins

Halloween Pumpkins

It’s a bit challenging to get photos of the pumpkin carving when one of your carvers is a little nudist.  So, here’s what we’ve got. Yep, that’s all the G-rated ones! Here’s a basic recipe for toasted pumpkin seeds. It’s infinitely customizable; these measurements are just to give you an idea where to start. Add 1/8 teaspoon cayenne if you want a spooky little kick! Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Seeds   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 55 mins   Sweetly spiced (not hot) pumpkin seeds. Try instead of popcorn - or mixed in - as you watch The Great Pumpkin! Author: Michelle Q / Sand and Table Recipe type: Snack Ingredients 1½ cups raw pumpkin seeds, scooped from two small pumpkins, or one large one ½ tablespoon olive oil ¾ tablespoon refined sugar ½ teaspoon chili powder ½ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt (or ⅛ teaspoon table salt) Instructions Preheat oven to 300. Put seeds and any attached pulp...

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