As my son was about to have his second birthday, I had a very difficult task ahead of me. What to provide for daycare-friendly birthday treats?! First, I’ll just say that I incorrectly assumed that in-class treats were not a “thing”...
I’m not really a New Year’s resolution kind of person. I do always try to reflect on what went well in the past year and what I’d like to change in the coming one. I don’t set strict goals...
December is a busy month. In the middle of all the shopping, planning, and traveling, I want to bake Christmas cookies. How on earth can I find time to bake Christmas cookies? I use every shortcut I can think of!...
Every weekend, meal planning, preparation, and baking are a part of my family’s routine. With a son who is severely allergic to many foods, eating out and eating pre-prepared foods just aren’t options in my home. Our weekend cooking...
We are about one month into the school year. Are you in a dreaded lunch rut yet? For our family, we will likely be packing lunches for our son forever. My son has a number of food allergies, including...
Crock-pot meals and the crock-pot itself did not grace our kitchen while I was growing up. My mother hated cooking; in fact, other than breakfast items like pancakes, French toast, and waffles, she does pretty much anything to avoid...
I'll admit it. My kids are picky eaters. I introduce a wide variety of food to my children, but they remain picky eaters. As a result, dinner is a struggle. My first option is to cook whatever I feel like...
In all honesty, wine or wine cocktails are often my go-to for a hot summer night. When I am on a date with my husband, I always grab the wine list to see what they have for white wine....
Summer hasn’t even officially kicked off yet, and I am over here like, “Bring on the cocktails P-L-E-A-S-E!” In this episode of my Summer Cocktail Series: Refreshing Vodka Drinks,  I will be showcasing five cocktails made with vodka. When...
Is there really anything better than sitting on the back deck, watching the kids quietly play, while sipping an adult beverage made with gin, with your significant other or group of friends? Add in the warm temperature and sun...
When I was pregnant with our son, I was sick from week six until delivery, nauseous all the time and losing my lunch on the daily. I remember my doctor saying, “Oh, you’ll feel better at 12 weeks,” then,...
Now that print is dead, maple syrup is the best thing to come from trees. With Maple Open House Weekend and the Vermont Maple Festival behind us, my family is on an extreme maple kick. I have to say “extreme”...
As a Spanish teacher, I spend quite a lot of time planning curriculum around national holidays and culture. Every year around this time, my colleague and I host a cultural event to bring Hispanic culture into our school for...
One thing I never had time for in my full-time working mom days was baking. I didn’t do it. Like, ever. Honestly, my family was lucky if they got a home cooked dinner. Baking a sugar cookie recipe for dessert...

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In March of 2021, a year or so into the Covid-19 pandemic, our family felt like we had reached our limit of “indoor togetherness”....