How to get your whole family on the same plate

Before I became a mom, I swore I wouldn’t become a short order cook at dinnertime. I had memories of my own experience growing up — we simply ate what my mom made for dinner, and I was never consulted as to what that would be. It’s funny how much we think we know before (read more…)

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5 essential make-from-scratch foods for your health and budget

I never thought I would bake my own bread. After my first passing attempt at homemade whole wheat bread years ago, I got reviews like, “Wow, that’s dense.”  I happily submitted to the fact that bread-making wasn’t for me. I knew where all the bread outlets in my city were, so I had a frugal (read more…)

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The family meal: a place for common ground

When I look back on my family memories as both a child and as a parent, some of my fondest recollections revolved around our traditions for the family meal. It was the daily ritual of our family meals that pulled us all into the same orbit at least once a day, all week long. It (read more…)

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Five steps toward a greener kitchen (recipe: Happy Planet Cookies)

Environmentally friendly practices are a dime a dozen, but implementing them in the home doesn’t happen overnight. Like any lifestyle change, they are best put into practice gradually; little actions that can be realistically maintained. It’s important to take those steps to being eco-aware, even if it is just giving up bottled water this summer. (read more…)

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Tips for quick and easy family meals to maximize summer

Summer is officially here, with its days spent building sandcastles at the beach and t-ball games in the evening. Summer has a way of starting out long and lazy, but then it quickly gets filled with activities and impromptu get-togethers, and it’s all those things that start to interfere with family dinnertime. It’s easy to (read more…)

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