Thanksgiving leftovers…

I’m not quite sure what it says about our house when 25 for Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t feel “big”. Last year, we did this for Christmas – basically, when we don’t have the kids, we host dinner for friends. It’s fun. But last year felt big. It baffled me at first, we had the same number of…

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A foodie’s loss…

Time sure does fly! This June, my daughter, my mini-me, will be graduating high school… Which means I’m currently up to my eyeballs (and checking account limits) in all the fun of “senior” life. Prom, Senior Night, Cap and Gown, etc, etc, etc. It also means I’m in the middle of making plans for the…

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A world of silliness…

Christmas brought the kids… and of course, Mom with her camera, taking (or trying to take) a bunch of cute kid pics. What I wound up with, oddly enough, were dozens of blurry, or semi-blurry shots of the bundle of bouncing insanity that is The Boy – including oodles of lovely faces, a la Calvin……

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A lump of coal…and a warm hearth

Ever had someone threaten to give you that in your stocking? Or perhaps you’ve threatened to give it instead. That’s what my grandparents used to tell us Santa would bring for naughty little boys and girls – nothing but a great, ugly lump of coal. It had special meaning to us. To most kids, the…

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Count Your Blessings & De-stress!

Prompted by the constant onslaught of “how do you keep so calm with all the holiday stress?” stuff, and updated for 2007. If anything, I’m more relaxed this year, less stressed, enjoying what I have and not worrying about what I don’t. This year, we’ll be doing a lot of driving at Christmas. The kids…

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It’s a wonderful time…

…it’s the greatest time of the year! Time for singing and dancing and time for joy and good cheer! Look at all of those presents just waiting there by the tree… OK, so I grew up with the Chipmunks, what can I say? It is, however, nearly “officially” Christmas time – for my family, the…

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Duluth will never be the same….

Anyone who knows, and I mean really knows, any of my immediate family (including Yours Truly here) and especially anyone who has ever seen us all together, knows that we’re a rather, ah… interesting group of people. Add to that equation a bit of alcohol and you might be in for a rollicking good time,…

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