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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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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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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Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Sandwiches

Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sammie We always have bananas on hand for the kids, which means we often have spotty, over-ripe, catnip-to-the-fruitflies bananas sitting around. What to do? Banana bread? Banana muffins? How about frozen banana sandwiches? These treats are quick to put together and so delicious on a hot summer day! The mashed…

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5 Best Bites in Clearwater, Fla.

With restaurants popping up all over town, Clearwater is becoming a foodie destination. On a recent trip I was able to experience some of the best restaurants the city has to offer. Here are my top 5 best bites in the city. Shrimp and Grits 1. Hilton Clearwater Beach‘s shrimp and grits. As a northern girl, I’d…

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Recycled Crayon Molds Using Broken Crayons

This isn’t my usual muffin recipe. The ingredients are decidedly different — and more colorful. My kids love those multi-colored crayons at the store and their playgoup; my husband I don’t love the price of them. We also don’t love the scads of broken crayons in the kitchen. What’s a parent to do? This thrifty…

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Matthaei Botanical Gardens

So, our plans fell through again. My daughter and I were supposed to travel to see my brother and his children but there was an emergency in my sister-in-law’s family. Nevertheless, we decided to go ahead and make the most of our trip though since we were already there. This is why it’s important that…

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