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Lisa’s Letters Home: A Brief History of Birthday Cakes

I have a bit of  reputation as The Baking Lady, which is entirely my fault because I post photos of my creations on Facebook. The truth is, I’m not at

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Chef Notes: The Art of the Stock

Chef Amanda is back with her fast and easy way to make homemade stocks. Yes, you heard me: stocks. Sounds scary, I know. But, thankfully, we have Amanda to make

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Lisa’s Letters Home: How Does My Garden Not Grow?

This time of year, I’d normally have several things sprouting in little pots on my windowsill and a few things already in the garden. At the end of the month,

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Excerpt: French Kids Eat Everything (And Yours Can Too)

I know a lot of parents who say they’d do anything to get their kids to eat more vegetables. But would you spend a year in a foreign country, immerse

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We Resolve to…Eat Better Snacks

I have an obsession. It’s the oat bar at Starbucks. (Dear Oat Bar, I love you with my latte and hate it when Scarlett makes me share you!) I haven’t gotten the

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The Perfectly Imperfect Home: Pretty Table Settings

You know what I like? Being bossed around. Be honest, you like it, too. This is my theory: Even self-possessed, grown-up people want to take direction, as long as it’s

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Taming Runaway Grocery Bills

I know a lot of you have noticed your grocery bills not just inching but spiking over the last couple of years. Ours certainly has. On the one hand I’d

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Do It Better at a Birthday Party

I just recently finished what seems to be Scarlett’s birthday season–Every Spring is when the majority of her friends celebrate a birthday. Scarlett likes to make her cards and draw

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Do It Better at the Park

Parenting is so easy, isn’t it? I mean, really, what’s involved – patience, creativity, readiness? Am I leaving anything out? When all those elements are at work (and let’s throw

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Do It Better…At The Movies

What’s your favorite movie treat? Mine is Raisinets. Now that I finally got around to taking Scarlett to her first movie, the girl can’t get enough. It was in January