How I Cheat the Daily Dinner Grind

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I made a delicious and easy dinner using Johnsonville® Meatballs as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #MeatballMasters How can someone who loves cooking hate making dinner so much? It’s a question I’ve asked myself over and over again. I like to cook. I love to eat. Sounds like […]

The Best In-Between-Holiday Meals

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I made a delicious and easy dinner using Johnsonville® Meatballs as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #MeatballMasters There reaches a point sometime between November and January where you’re just done with the cooking. The novelty of baking has worn off. The excitement of a large family dinner is now sitting in the kitchen […]

A Pre-Holiday Feast in Philadelphia

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My family has this ongoing problem. We love to travel and experience new things but we often lack the impetus to get and go. We have plenty of grand ideas that we always intend to follow through on and end up stuck behind the never-ending litany of household chores and complacency. The holidays are no exception.  We […]

Holiday Traditions Matter because…

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Everyone has holiday traditions whether they realize it or not. We tend to be creatures of habit but more than anything, I think we tend to be creatures of nostalgia. When I was growing up, the holidays were my absolute favorite time of the year. It was one of the few times we had family […]

Hosting A Casual Get-together in 3 Easy Steps

3 Easy Steps to hosting a casual get-together

Big holiday parties are easy to plan. In fact, planning is always the easiest part. We often host Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve dinner. And next month I’m hosting our book club/holiday party in the the neighborhood. I can plan with the best of them. Plan the food: Sometimes heavy, sometimes light. Perhaps one item in […]

What to Do When Your Kid Asks for a Sip

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I make a lot of parenting decisions based on instinct and not necessarily from parenting books, parenting experts, or even friends and family. Every child is unique. Every family is unique. And every family situation is unique, especially as it relates to alcohol. In my household growing up, you couldn’t find any alcohol in the house, not […]

Netflix for Food Lovers

Netflix for Food Lovers

I’m not sure how television viewing works in your house but in mine, it goes hand in hand with food. Ordering out? Let’s eat in front of the TV! Watching a movie? Let’s make snacks! And sometimes, we’ll even watch shows about food. Back in the day, when we shelled out the big bucks for […]

Eating My Own Dog Food: Part 2

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Back in the day, I used to play Buzzword Bingo at every corporate meeting. I played it in my head, that is. I listened while marketing metaphors were thrown all over the place. And when I started this blog over five years ago, it was because I wanted to be part of the space I […]

Every Morning, I Wake Up With Bolivia

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When I was a kid, I was never geographically challenged. If I wasn’t pouring over a world atlas, I was spending time browsing our World Book Encyclopedias. I thirsted for knowledge about any place that was further than my immediate 60 mile radius. It also helped that one of my childhood hobbies was philately, known […]

The Best Lunch to Pack for Your Kids

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I love the idea of bento box lunches. In fact, I think you could put anything in that bento box and I would eat for lunch. Because who doesn’t love cute, compartmentalized food? But if I’m being honest with myself (and with you), I’m never going to be that Pinterest-inspired mom who packs a quinoa salad, […]

Our #PrettyGreat Trip to Williamsburg, VA

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We took very few vacations when I was growing up but those that we did take certainly stood out in my mind. In particular, I recall my parents renting a motorhome for the weekend and taking the whole family to Williamsburg, VA. I have fond memories of the ruffled paper flowers on sticks that my sister […]