Crisp or crumble? Baked summer desserts defined

Photo by Jen Yu It’s not yet July and my dessert track record for the past month has been something like this: cobbler, crisp, crisp, fresh fruit cake, cobbler, and crumble. There’s no question that as soon as the seasonal fresh fruit of summer arrives at the market, I’m waiting to pounce on it and (read more…)

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The basics behind a budget that works

I used to get easily frustrated when I tried my hand at a family budget. I’d never be able to predict the right amounts for the right line items, and out of sheer frustration, I’d quit before we’d even give the poor budget a decent shot. It wasn’t until several years of failed budgeting attempts (read more…)

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Weekend links

Photo by Ellen Munro Creating a Kid-Friendly Yard :: Simple Nest Birdseed Cookies :: Let’s Explore (there’s been lots of great summer stuff on this blog lately) Outdoor Art Fun: Painting Rocks :: Make and Takes The Summer List :: Whatever (via The Inspired Room) Planning a Staycation :: Mom Advice The Laundry Post :: (read more…)

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Steps for organizing… life

Reader A.C. writes: “As a young mom with two toddlers who works full-time, and recently decided to go back to school part-time, I sorely need to get organized! … I spend my down time at work saving sites in ‘Delicous’ that I never go back to. I save lists in Amazon of books that I (read more…)

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When will he ever stop doing…?

Every marriage, every relationship, is fraught with perpetual problems and issues. It’s common that I will counsel a couple for several sessions, they reach their desired goals, and leave with renewed hope and energy for the marriage–then come back several years later still arguing about the same issues. While each person has changed and gained (read more…)

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