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Candy Apples | Recipe and Tips

For weeks I looked forward to taking my daughters to the apple orchard. I decided to keep it a secret until we were ready to go, so when my husband and I were getting them buckled in and told them where we were going, they were extremely excited. I expected a cool September day as […]

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Adventures in Home Canning: The Spaghetti Sauce Edition

I’ve gotten into canning and food preservation in the past few years.  As a child I remember my mother’s gigantic garden, with rows upon rows of vegetables.  She canned green beans, corn, carrots, tomatoes, peaches, pears, applesauce, jams and jellies, and even chicken and beef.  The low rattling sound of the pressure canner was a […]

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Grilled Pizza : A Summer Recipe You Won’t Regret Trying!

One of my favorite things about summer is grilling. One of my family’s favorite things to eat is pizza. That’s why last summer I began experimenting more with making pizza on the grill. I’m here to share some of my favorite recipes and secrets for making this meal that’s interactive and fun for the whole […]

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Kumbaya and Pass the Pizza: Surviving Family Reunions

I just returned from a ten day trip to see my family. Notice the use of the word “trip” rather than “vacation” to describe this event. I love vacations and trips, and they are two different experiences. Vacation, to me, means an adventure to a destination, with or without kids. A vacation is staying in […]

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Spending Time Alone

At first I was disappointed… A few weeks ago I realized I wouldn’t be able to join my husband and daughters when they planned a visit to our hometown. My husband had a weekend of golfing planned, and my daughters were going to spend a week at my parent’s home. Then, I started to think back to the […]

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“Just 5 More Minutes”: Adult Sleep Struggles

“Michele… Pssst… Hey, Michele…*nudge*… wake up…*nudge*…the baby is awake…Michele…” I find it hard to imagine that there are any moms unfamiliar with the extreme exhaustion that comes with having an infant. On the other hand, I assume that the majority of them wake up to the sound of their babies crying most nights. However, that has […]

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