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    All together in the kitchen

    Right before the beginning of the school year, a friend and I got together to cook up eight gallons of chili. The pot was big enough to fit one, maybe both, of my kids — a holdover from Linda’s years in catering.

    Just that morning I was trying to get a few kitchen tasks out of the way, while my kids made each other...

  • Slow down snacks: nibbles for sitting still

    Slow down snacks: nibbles for sitting still

    In the midst of summer days, whether yours are full or free, there comes a time when it’s too hot and muggy to move. My...

    • Jun 27, 2017 01:54 pm
  • Relax, and let the kids into the garden

    Relax, and let the kids into the garden

    My children start “helping” in the garden in February. Before I order seeds, I go through my box of seeds from...

    • Apr 28, 2017 01:45 pm
  • Backyard camping: the proving ground

    Backyard camping: the proving ground

    ONE SUMMER WEEKEND, eight families gathered on a camping trip, albeit one close to home. Actually, in my yard. We roasted hot...

    • Aug 30, 2016 04:29 pm
  • Campfire cuisine: Biscuits on a stick

    Campfire cuisine: Biscuits on a stick

    I am raising two mini cavemen. They love grinding things with rocks, foraging in the berry patch, and holding a stick over the...

    • Jun 23, 2016 03:20 pm
  • Screen-free summer travel

    Screen-free summer travel

    My husband and I fell in love while traveling. Our courtship included subways, ferries, and interstate highways. We were out to...

    • Apr 29, 2016 02:35 pm
  • Let the ink flow

    Let the ink flow

    Turn off all of your electronics, gather pens, pencils & crayons, sit down together at the table, and draw on paper. Voila, a...

    • Mar 1, 2016 01:48 pm
  • Crayon coins

    Crayon coins

    In the cold dark days of winter, we can find ‘treasure’ in many places — the bright skies after a snowfall,...

    • Dec 24, 2015 12:46 pm
  • Put a little wild in your yard

    Put a little wild in your yard

    Parents complain that kids don’t play outside anymore, so why don’t we just send them out in to the yard? But even...

    • Jun 23, 2015 02:46 pm
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