favor-“ette”: heart-shaped egg

favor-"ette": heart-shaped egg

February 13th, 2013

How about starting a loved one’s Valentine’s Day with this? My dear friend Emily sent me the link to this tutorial on how to make a heart-shaped egg, and guess what? It’s so easy! Here’s what you need: 1 peeled hard boiled egg* – this will work best on a freshly boiled egg that’s still […]

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winter with a toddler: your “survival” kit

winter with a toddler: your "survival" kit

February 12th, 2013

When we dropped Noah’s nap back in August, I didn’t quite notice the change to my day-to-day at first. He has school every afternoon, and even the weekends were easy enough to fill – as long as we’re outside Noah is a happy camper. But once the weather turned, things got a bit more…challenging. Especially weekends. […]

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blove: terra savvy

blove: terra savvy

February 11th, 2013

Full disclosure: I LOVE this woman.  photo courtesy of Jill Vaughn Really, I do. Jill and I met “on-line” and were friendly for several months before we connected in real life. It was at the Blogstar Sunday Supper and, if you recall, I was a wee bit nervous. The supper was being attended by a […]

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101: ganache

101: ganache

February 9th, 2013

Ganache is, hands down, THE multi-tasker in the kitchen. With just a few ingredients, minimal time and zero special equipment, you’ve got the base for (are you ready?) THREE different recipes – a glaze, a frosting or some heavenly truffles. I made the truffles. Can you say “Valentine’s Day”?

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mealtime bootcamp: portions

mealtime bootcamp: portions

February 8th, 2013

It’s our final installment of Mealtime Bootcamp with the awesome Caroline! Her last challenge has to do with portions: How much do I prepare for each meal? Do I make just enough for one meal for all of us or cook more than enough for leftovers? I have a friend who cooks for the entire […]

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take it away…sugar (and a dairy recap)

take it away...sugar (and a dairy recap)

February 7th, 2013

So I did it! A whole month without dairy (well, there was one slip – at the airport coming back from Alt, my “custom” burger order came with cheese – yes, I ate it anyway……). And, like most experiments, it had a completely different outcome than the one I was expecting. Let’s start with my […]

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dotty valentine cupcake toppers (from airheads!)

dotty valentine cupcake toppers (from airheads!)

February 6th, 2013

Okay, I’ll admit it – I was ALL OVER this challenge. As an Alt Summit attendee I received an e-mail from Airheads inviting me to create a Valentine-themed craft, using (what else?) Airheads! No stranger to using candy as a decorating tool (thank you, Hello Cupcake!), I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Polka […]

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favor-“ette”: conversation heart frame

favor-"ette": conversation heart frame

February 6th, 2013

This was one of my very favorite Valentine’s Day crafts when Chelsea and Conor were little. I mean, who doesn’t love conversation hearts? And this is one of those crafts that is simple enough for a very young child, yet appealing to older kids too. As for Noah? He was into squeezing the glue on […]

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chinese new year at ruby foo’s!

chinese new year at ruby foo's!

February 4th, 2013

Did you know that next Sunday (February 10th) is Chinese New Year? It’s the Year of the Snake and we’ll be celebrating at Ruby Foo’s restaurant in New York City: Doesn’t this look like a great event? I was asked to review a recipe for the event, and immediately gravitated toward the pepper beef. Conor […]

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mealtime bootcamp: timing’s no match for caroline!

mealtime bootcamp: timing's no match for caroline!

February 1st, 2013

Hi all! It’s Friday, so that means Mealtime Bootcamp and the lovely Caroline! She’s spent the last few weeks implementing my tips and suggestions for timing meal prep and I’m thrilled to have her back to report on how it went for her (spoiler alert; she did great!): Last week when Sheri tackled the “timing” […]

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