5 Best Bites of Western Pennsylvania

Sometimes the best way to acclimate yourself to a new place is by trying its food. I recently traveled to western Pennsylvania (read all about it here on TravelingMom) and came back with more than just memories and vacation photos – but also food ideas I’ve already put to use. (A sandwich with fries and slaw…

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Dehydrator Raw Fruit Crackers for Travel

I’m not a raw foods freak — sure, we try to eat healthy as much as we can and maintain a mostly clean diet with little processed foods — but I recently discovered how amazing raw fruit crackers can be. At the risk of sounding like a crunchy granola mom, I will reluctantly admit that…

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Wordless Wednesday: Green Tomatoes

We had our first frost the other day and had to pick every last tomato from the vines before it hit. Thankfully there were a few red ones (and red peppers), but lots of green ones as well. Anyone have a good recipe that uses up a lot of tomatoes?

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Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Homemade pumpkin spice latte Fall’s here, and pumpkins seem to have found their way not only onto our porch but into the kitchen as well. I’ve baked the requisite pumpkin bread (I will post about that soon!) and now it’s time for a true fall treat: pumpkin spice lattes. I don’t even buy pumpkin spice…

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Homemade Granola

  So I make my own crackers. What’s next, make my own granola? Why, yes. I have actually been making granola for a few years now, and find it much tastier, fresher, cheaper and just plain better than what I’ve found in the store. I’m working on a way to reduce the amount of oil in…

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Easy Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Easy pumpkin spice muffins It’s cold and damp outside, but not cold enough for the furnace to kick on. What’s an always-cold girl to do? Bake cupcakes! These are super easy and include one of my favorite fall flavors — pumpkin! They go great with pumpkin spice lattes, too. Pumpkin Spice Cupcake Recipe 1 box spice…

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Constructing a Birthday Cake

It’s birthday season here at Chez Mom. From November through February we celebrate a batch of birthdays, with another series of births in the spring. While I’m constantly trying to find the balance between work and being a mom, one thing I’ve decided that’s important to me is to make my kids’ (and sometimes husband’s) birthday cakes….

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Thrift Store Shopping

You’ve got babies? They’ve got clothes. Living in a college town has all sorts of benefits. A revolving-door population means quick turnaround on a number of things — including used goods. And with two young-ish kids, we frequently have a quick turnaround on things as well, especially clothes. A pair of pants or sweater that fits one…

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Weekend Getaway to Inn at Bay Harbor, Michigan

Sometimes a hotel is more than just a place to rest your head for the night. Instead, it’s a destination in itself, a place you find yourself not wanting to leave. The Inn at Bay Harbor in northern lower Michigan was exactly that. My husband and I spent a weekend together at the resort, just outside of…

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In Training

These running shoes and I are going to be very well acquainted this year. It’s official (sort of) — I am training to run a marathon. Well, a half marathon. Thirteen-point-one miles. I haven’t actually put in the paperwork yet, but I’ve mentally committed myself to running the Detroit Free Press Marathon. I’ve found a training…

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