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Summer’s Here! Plan to Have Fun

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Ready to have a great time this summer with your kids? While spontaneous adventure is great, a little planning will ensure that you don’t spend the next three months playing video games. Make a summer to-do list We’ve done this for several summers now, thanks to some friends who passed on their family tradition to […]

Meal Planning: Easy Summer Meals

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Summertime says, “Slowdown and relax,” to me. It doesn’t mean that we really have a slower schedule. But fewer obligations, longer days, and warmer weather suggest a vacation mentality. Easier said than done. While the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer can’t usually take the whole summer off, there are things that we can do to […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Have Fun with Your Peeps This Summer

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One of the best ways to celebrate lazy summer days is to host a summer camp for your kids. Yes, your own kids. You may think that it is smooth sailing, once school lets out. Au contraire. Unless you’re up for unlimited video games and TV watching, you’re going to need a plan.

(I say this all the time, don’t I?)

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Dinner in the Freezer!

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Years ago my neighbor Wendy showed up at the door with a lasagna and a loaf of garlic bread. For. no. reason. at. all. I was floored. And amazed. And so totally blessed.

What mom wouldn’t like dinner already made for her? Talk about your Mother’s Day gifts!

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Dessert

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No dinner is complete without dessert. At least in my opinion. It doesn’t have to be something exotic or elaborate, just something a little sweet to end the meal. And, geek that I am, I love themed desserts for special occasions. My kids love to create birthday cakes that match their interests. And I love […]

Freezer Cooking: A Make Ahead Holiday Dinner

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When I was a child, I loved the big dinners that my mom was able to pull off for friends and family. My kids are no different. Over the years our family has had the opportunity to welcome large groups into our home for holiday dinners. With six children and four siblings, sometimes “just family” […]

Easter Entertainment for Children

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When I was growing up, my mom was the hostess with the mostest. Today I have no idea how she pulled it off. I think she must have not slept too much near special occasions. Not only did she get five kids dressed — in Easter dresses and bonnets — but she also usually hosted […]

Holiday Dinner Helps and How-To’s

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Photo source: Per Ola Wiberg Wondering how you’re going to pull off the party of the year? Anxious about hosting your first, big holiday dinner? You’re not alone. Even if you’re just welcoming family or close friends into your home, planning and serving a large meal can be daunting. But, it doesn’t have to be. First, […]