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Puffs of Love for Mother's Day

May 7, 2018 Celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day with a homemade breakfast surprise. This recipe is a twist on a delicious puff pancake, also called a Dutch baby, which typically is baked in a large cast-iron skillet. more »»

Rock It With Freebie Souvenirs

April 9, 2018 I’ve been doing a “just for fun” survey about freebie souvenirs that friends collect on trips (legal! ... no, not hotel towels). more »»

Tips to Help Kids Stick With Music

March 6, 2018 “Forte! Jump up high ... higher. That’s great!” says teacher Krista Bladel enthusiastically to her eager 5-year-old student Naomi Adam. more »»

Tell Me a Story

January 5, 2018 “Tell me another story about your sled dogs ... more »»

Celebrate Kwanzaa With African Stew

December 6, 2017 This easy-to-prepare chicken peanut stew is an adaptation of a delicious dish I enjoyed during my trip to the Ubangi region of the Democratic Republic of Congo this yea. more »»

Hearty ‘Hotdish’

November 30, 2017 Here’s our tasty, family-friendly version of a Minnesota “Hotdish. more »»

Peter Piper Has Nothing On These Sweet-Hot Treats

May 22, 2017 Imagine taking a hungry bite into a warm grilled-cheese sandwich. more »»

Crafty Like a Leprechaun

March 23, 2017 Think green, think spring, think St. Patrick’s Day coming up on March 17. Kids enjoy learning about interesting people and places. more »»

Mix It Up With Muesli

January 24, 2017 When you travel, what souvenirs end up meaning the most? Photos, clothing, impulse items stashed in the side pockets of your luggage? When I pondered the same question and reflected on special trips... more »»

Whip Up Snowball Candles for the Holidays

December 15, 2016 Bring extra holiday light into your home during the December holidays with candles. more »»

Sharing a Family Favorite Cookie

December 14, 2015 It’s cookie-baking season, and with so many tempting possibilities in magazines and online this time of year, I’m inspired to try something new, but inevitably fall back on favorites that my family... more »»

Refuel With Tasty Snacks

November 10, 2015 After a busy day at school or work, who doesn’t need a little refueling? Make it easy for you and your kids, with healthy, tasty snacks that are a cinch to make ahead of time or right when hunger... more »»

Carve Out Some Adult Craft Time

December 2, 2014 It’s the sweet scent of pine, the taste of hot chocolate dashed with cinnamon, and the secure feeling of being around family and friends that are the ingredients of childhood holiday memories that... more »»

Bet Ready for Winter

November 4, 2014 “DEAR ELF, I HOPE YOU HAVE A NICE WINTER” is the greeting written with a blue crayon in big cap letters and tucked into the makeshift mailbag tacked to the side of the padlocked door at the base of... more »»

Make 24-Hour Refrigerator Vegetable Pickles

October 3, 2014 On a recent afternoon when my son texted me to check in, I nimbly replied with sticky fingers, “I’m preoccupied with taking pics of pints of pickled. ... more »»

Take a Hike! It's Good for You

September 30, 2011 Enjoy the changing of seasons from summer to fall by hiking and walking after school, after work and on Saturday mornings. And do it as a family. more »»

Teach But Never Stop Learning With Kids

September 8, 2011 When our children are young, they look up to us and expect us to have all the answers. As parents, we certainly know that we don’t know it all and that we are learning and growing every day. more »»

Create Summer Seashell Souvenirs

July 7, 2011 Beautiful seashells are priceless, especially those your kids hand-pick on a lazy day at a favorite shore this summe. more »»

Make a Baby and Me Book

May 3, 2011 What’s one of the first things you do after your baby is born? I mean, after checking to see what sex it i. more »»

Doodle Glass Photo Frames

April 4, 2011 Ever notice that foggy windows and kids’ fingers are never very far apart? Suddenly you see hearts and names and the sun and mice. Well, that’s because it’s fun to draw on glass. more »»



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