Avocado Egg Salad Sandwiches

I boiled two dozen eggs this morning for the kids to decorate for Easter. Of these, guess how many broke in the pot while they were simmering? Five! I’m not one to waste, so I put together a quick recipe for egg salad but with a healthier twist. Egg Salad with Avocado, Not Mayo Hold…

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Castaway Cay, Disney’s Island in the Bahamas

If you’ve been on a Bahamian Disney cruise, you’ve probably been to Castaway Cay. This little piece of paradise in the Bahamas is Disney’s private island, run by Disney crew and kept for Disney cruisers. As part of the recent media preview cruise of the Disney Fantasy ship, I spent an afternoon on this island,…

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Williams-Sonoma Baking Stone

My baking stone is quickly turning into a Rorschach test, with blips and blobs that resemble all sorts of things. When I bought it, it was a beautiful warm beige, a span of pristine ceramic that almost seemed too pretty to use. Fast forward to a few weeks later, after baking several loaves of bread and one…

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Pittsburgh Style Pulled Pork Sandwich

Primanti Bros. sandwich Many people return from their travels with souvenirs; I bring back recipes. This one’s from a long-term stay outside of Pittsburgh, where my husband and I discovered the joy of French fries in sandwiches (and sometimes salads, too, but that’s another story). This slow-cooked pulled pork sandwich is inspired by the many…

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Not a “Good” Sign

No matter where I travel — across the country or across town — there’s one thing that seems to be a constant: the misuse of quotation marks. On a road trip to western Pennsylvania we saw a few doozies. Like this:   Is it “Thursday” yet? and from the same establishment…. Apparently “someone’s” food is big Seriously,…

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Children’s Book is, Frankly, No Good

As a parent, it’s important to me that my kids love to read. As a person with an English degree and a job in editing, it’s important to me that these books be grammatically correct. My daughter, on the other hand, wants to read every children’s book on fashion and/or cats. It’s a bonus if…

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Mom-Daughter Trip to LEGOLAND

My, what big Lego teeth you have! My daughter is still talking about the trip we took to LEGOLAND Florida last year. My four-year-old daughter and I were invited to attended the grand opening of LEGOLAND and explored the park on a sunny, summery day. Our first stop at the new theme park was Duplo Village, an…

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Bread Baked Fresh (Nearly) Daily

Why, yes, I did bake this bread myself. I was inspired to purchase a baking stone due to a renewed interest in pizza baking. What’s more, the weird, damp, cool spring temperatures we’ve been having make me want to run the oven each evening just to get a little extra blast of heat into the house. Hence,…

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Looking for Adventure in Travel

One of my favorite parts of travel is the planning. I love scouring websites and brochures, reading reviews and looking a photos taken at my destination. I’ll pore over maps to get a sense of the place and its layout (and maybe mark the location of a Starbucks or two) and check weather reports to…

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