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Recipe: Applesauce Pop-Tarts

Aug 21, 2013
Recipe: Applesauce Pop-Tarts

Applesauce Pop-Tarts are perfect for breakfast or a snack, and are even better when made with homemade crockpot applesauce! Last week I asked Jordan what she wanted for breakfast on the first day of school. I knew that, if it wasn&#...

Slide Show and Ice Cream
She Went Forth

She Went Forth

This July 4th I’m celebrating women in my family who’ve gone forth–that is to say, who’ve taken their love, passion, and loyalty and put it into action. Some do this with loving acts of tradition. I’ve written before about how my Grandma made Thanksgiving dinner for company in 2008, even though cancer and radiation...

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Foods for the Soul
Hand Cranks and Cupcake Cones

Jun 30, 2013
Hand Cranks and Cupcake Cones

  Growing up, my family played shopping cart bumper cars at the grocery store on the 4th of July. Other people careened around the produce aisles, pushing innocent bystanders out of the way to snag the best basket of blueberries…

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Memorial Day: Remembering those who fell in battle

May 27, 2013
Memorial Day: Remembering those who fell in battle

This Memorial Day I’d like to take a moment to thank and remember those men and women who died while serving their country. Almost everyone knows someone who made this ultimate sacrifice.  My family is no exception.  My uncle, Eugene, … Continue reading 

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Please explain yourself, Minnesota

May 12, 2013
Please explain yourself, Minnesota

Today we were shopping for groceries when Paul noticed this display of fireworks in the middle of the store.  Yes, I said FIREWORKS. At first when I was looking at them, I had my California sensibilities in mind.  I thought … Continue reading 

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The Easter egg tree

The Easter egg tree

So the thing where I swore the Christmas tree would be down before Easter? Lies.Granted, I've been a little busy doing dissertation things, but I really did think we'd get the 9-foot perpetually perfect pine into the garage before it came this. Th...

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Easter: A time for new beginnings

Mar 25, 2013
Easter: A time for new beginnings

So, other holidays seem to have a grateful theme to them. Easter seems like more of a time to be hopeful, a time to start over. OK, Easter has always been about candy for me. Those Cadbury mini-eggs and cream … Continue reading 

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Worried about Overeating at Holidays?

Worried about Overeating at Holidays?

I have read online posts from people worried about overeating during this holiday. Holidays associated with candy, treats and yummy food can be tough for many. People worry about not being able to say no to those treats and goodies. … Continue reading

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Romance: It ain’t dead.

Feb 17, 2013
Romance: It ain’t dead.

Valentine’s Day and my very first valentine was 1,500 miles away. I come home from work. Nothing in the mail for me. Sadness and frustration begin to set in. I text Paul. No response. I was this close to throwing … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day advice for singletons: What a difference a year makes

Feb 13, 2013
Valentine’s Day advice for singletons: What a difference a year makes

For the first time in my life, I have a Valentine. Oh what a Valentine. He makes me laugh. We seem to be on the same wavelength or page about everything. I am head over heels in love with him. … Continue reading

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