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February 13, 2012

Love is in the air and it is T minus 1 day and counting until Valentine’s Day.  Do you have something special cooked up for your loved one?

SPH and I aren’t big fans of going out on Valentine’s Day.  Many restaurants have only set menus with limited offerings, and quite frankly, they inflate the prices since the demand for special Valentine’s Day meals is huge.

Why not make something at home that will “wow!” your special person?  Here are my top 5 Romantic Dishes, all of which are…

February 10, 2012

Back when I was a graduate student the first time around (working on my first graduate degree in creative writing), I lived in a very snowy, very cold part of upstate New York. I had arrived in Binghamton, NY at the beginning of January, deep in the heart of winter, and not long after a big snowstorm had blown through. The shuttle from the airport left me off at the bottom of a hill near the main campus building, and I had to make my way from there to graduate…

February 06, 2012

Before I was a mom, my career was rooted on top of a hill.  Capitol Hill was the destination of my daily work commute (and what a commute it was--I do *not* miss the DC traffic!).  Never a political animal, instead I loved being in the middle of so much history and history-in-the-making.

One of the most famous recipes from my old office place is Senate Bean Soup.  No one really knows for certain how the recipe developed, but it is served daily on Capitol Hill.  It is the Soup du Jour, every day…

February 03, 2012

It's Friday! It's Friday! Sing it with me-- it's Friday!

Do you have any plans for the Super Bowl on Sunday?

If you're in the same neck of the woods as we are (and care about football-- because let's face it-- not all of us do), you're busy planning where to watch the Pats trounce on the Giants.

Excuse my biased opinion-- like I said, we live in an area with LOTS of Pats fans. Like, diehard Pats fans. Anything less than that is considered a crime. :)

(Red Sox and to a lesser degree…

January 31, 2012

We are starting the fourth week of the new semester, and I'm already horribly behind. The kids are both fighting head colds, and getting them up and going in the morning has taken double the amount of work (triple for L.). We can't seem to make a dent in the laundry pile. The stack of quizzes to grade doesn't seem to be getting any smaller, and the papers are piling up. Although I would love a day to stay in bed, I have been fantasizing lately about having a day to catch up--no students, no course prep,…

January 30, 2012

I’ve figured out a way to get R and G to try a new food:  have someone else offer it to them.  In the last year, we’ve gone from “no way!” to “yes, please!” on two foods for R and G, just because one of their grandparents offered it to them
 

For G, a trip to Grandpa and Grandma’s house has yielded a loyal devotion to Asiago cheese.  Apparently my parents offered him some and my usual cheddar cheese-only boy willingly tried and loved Asiago cheese.  Months later, we rarely are without Asiago in…

January 25, 2012

On Monday I shared one of our favorite ways to get dinner to the table in about 5 minutes flat.  Using fresh and ready-to-eat ingredients, you can enjoy Refried Bean Tacos without turning on your oven or stove.  Today I share my favorite way to get dinner to the table fast, I call it Ploughman’s Dinner.
 

Before we had children, SPH and I lived in London for several months.  It was an amazing experience, one for which I am forever grateful.  He was working full-time for his employer near where…

January 23, 2012

It's been a long time since I've put up a recipe post. It may seem like I haven't been busy much in the kitchen, but I have. I got this new cookbook for Christmas, and I've been enjoying meal planning each week, and looking forward to trying out the recipes. But sometimes the camera is out of batteries, or the meal/dessert is so yummy I forgot to snap a picture before it's all gone, and then another food post opportunity has passed me by…

January 19, 2012

If you think any “bake” or “casserole” has to be bland and creamy, this make-ahead bake recipe will change your mind!  Enchiladas are a great make-ahead bake and you can use yesterday’s Tuesday’s Tip and make an extra tray for future use.  I developed this recipe to cater to my son R’s love of olives.  Use this recipe as a launching pad and cater the flavors to your own family’s tastes!

Make this in the morning and then just pop them in the oven at dinnertime!

Chicken and Olive Enchiladas…

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January 16, 2012

“Where is all the snow?!”  “Doesn’t God know it is WINTER?!”

My boys love the winter.  The snow angels, the snow days, the snow fort building, snow ball fights and the sledding...especially the sledding.  So with our very mild, not-even-an-inch-yet-of-measurable-snow-winter, they’ve been incredulous each time the mercury creeps up on the thermometer.  I try to appease their frustration, but to be completely honest (and I know I may regret writing this if/when we get a long, large and…

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