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Strawberry Picking 2011 (Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011)

Strawberry Picking 2011 (Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011)

| June 21, 2011 | 3 Comments

When I read this week’s topic for Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011, I smiled. It’s a great topic, and one that we should all consider now and again. The topic is ‘What makes you happy?’. The simplest answer I can give is so many things … That little boy above makes me sublimely […]

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Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011: Healthy Living Tip

Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011: Healthy Living Tip

| June 14, 2011 | 7 Comments

Some days, the words just flow. Those are the days where I can sit down and write a post in minutes, and have time for edits and rewrites and rereads. Then there are days like today, where I sat down hours ago to write this and got exactly nowhere. My head is just filled. It’s […]

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Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011: Favorite Thing about Summertime

Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011: Favorite Thing about Summertime

| May 30, 2011 | 2 Comments

Happy Memorial Day! When I woke up this morning, I heard the rumble of thunder and the tap-tap-tap of pouring rain. A cool breeze blew in the windows, cooling down the house for the first time in days. Now, it’s sunny and warm … That’s one of the things I love about spring: the contrast […]

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Easy Split Pea Soup

Easy Split Pea Soup

| April 29, 2011 | 5 Comments

You know how flavors can bring back vivid memories? Split pea soup is like that for me. One whiff of it’s smoky scent, and I feel the chilly spring afternoon air as I sat at my family’s wrought-iron patio set. My grandfather had returned from a favorite deli with sandwiches and soups, and raved over […]

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Planning for Easter

Planning for Easter

| April 1, 2011 | 4 Comments

Shell shocked. That’s how I feel about April starting tomorrow (with the cruel joke of snow too). And Easter is coming too. Oh freakin’ my. Someone asked me today if I am ready for Easter yet. The answer is a big, fat no. I haven’t put a single thought into it at all. But it’s […]

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Homemade Corned Beef Hash (And Eating on St. Patrick’s Day)

Homemade Corned Beef Hash (And Eating on St. Patrick’s Day)

| March 9, 2011 | 3 Comments

St. Patrick’s Day is next week, so it’s almost time to break out the Harp beer and slice the corned beef. Not kidding. When Foodily asked me what we’ll be eating on St. Patrick’s Day, I giggled. As much as I am a firm believer in authentic foods, I am also a full-fledged, card-carrying, head-over-heels […]

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Planning for Valentine’s Day 2011

Planning for Valentine’s Day 2011

| February 11, 2011 | 2 Comments

This morning, Paige and I finished off her Valentine’s and packed them up for school. This weekend I will do the same with Will. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and we’re in the midst of parties and preparations. On Monday, Will has his party at school (Paige’s was today). He’s so excited. Meanwhile, Shawn and […]

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Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010

| December 31, 2010 | 3 Comments

Christmas this year was nothing short of magical for my family. It was happy, joyous, relaxing, restful and beautiful — and many other colorful descriptive words too. It was amazing. On Christmas Eve, the kids decorated gift bags for all the presents they were giving. And they helped to wrap the last few stragglers. When […]

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Holiday Party Hit: Peppermint Truffles

Holiday Party Hit: Peppermint Truffles

| December 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

Every December, my family gets together for a holiday celebration. We eat and talk and laugh and watch our children enjoy each others company. Christmas is a magical time, and this holiday gathering is so special. It used to be held on Christmas Eve, but then it was moved to the weekend before Christmas to […]

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

| December 14, 2010 | 1 Comment

It’s hard to believe how close we are to the end of the year. We can count the days until 2011 in weeks, not months. My calendar is almost filled and closed for the year. And in a few brief weeks, blogs everywhere will suddenly be filled with recaps and resolutions — saying goodbye to […]

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