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Chocolate-Almond Biscotti: FishPapa’s Favorite Cookie

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Are you looking for a little instant ease when it comes to kids home for summer vacation? I totally get you. Check out the Summer Survival Guide . It’s chock-full of great ideas to organize your summer and enjoy great times with yours kids. My husband loves these Chocolate-Almond Biscotti. Perfect at Christmas! Perfect anytime […]

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Birthdays at Christmas Time

Every December 23rd without fail, my mom calls her younger brother, my Uncle Ed. She could wait until the 25th when she calls the rest of the family. But, she calls him then, too. You see, today, the 23rd, is his birthday. (Happy Birthday, Uncle Ed!) While I don’t have a sibling or child with […]

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News from the Front

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Yesterday I did something I was loathe to attempt: clean out my “toy and school garage.” Long time readers, or at least those who’ve been reading since September, will remember that when we moved into this new house, we lost the school room and play room that we had in our last rental. So, we converted […]

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Fun Family Gift for the Family of Boys

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A couple years ago my sister gave each of the boys a Lego dart gun. It was one of the highlights of their Christmas morning. We cleared away a lot of debris, armed everyone and let the darts fly. What a fun family gift! A certain family of four boys will be enjoying these blasters […]

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Christmas Morning: Breakfast in a Stocking

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one of our more sedate moments (I’m on the left) Growing up, Christmas morning was a mad affair for our family. Excited children plus presents plus the ubiquitous box of See’s Candy produced a somewhat chaotic atmosphere. Sure, Dad eventually cooked up a pan of Lil’ Smokies and there was usually an orange in the […]

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Last Minute Gift that Gives All Year Long

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One of my most favorite gifts that my mother-in-law ever gave me was several years’ subscription to Fine Cooking. I have kept — and used — all the back issues over the years. They have proven to be an invaluable resource to me in the kitchen. A good magazine can do that —  help in […]

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More Important than Your To-Do List

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The following was originally written last December 21st. While my to-do list looks different this year, the sentiments still ring true. May your heart be centered on what really matters this Christmas. Four days left. December 25th looms on the calendar. Are you ready? It seems that there’s this big, frantic deadline approaching. In years […]

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Family Photos: History in the Making

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Ever had to sit patiently while someone else showed you all their family photos? Not had that pleasure? Well, today’s your lucky day! Inspired by The Happy Housewife’s latest round-up of family photos, I thought I’d share with you a little of our history. It seems that over the years the FishParents have disappeared from […]

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