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Happy In The Same Pants You Got Mad In

Happy In The Same Pants You Got Mad In

Last week was a frickin bear. Sister was baptized on Sunday, which was wonderful. But then late that night, she got sick. Her fever (103+) lasted until Thursday morning (following the “egg cleansing” . . . more on that later). Poor baby. Thank goodness it was just a virus and she’s better now. When I have […]

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Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Are You a Morning Person? Here’s My Secret…

Are you a morning person? I am. I love mornings. Although, I think John might disagree with me on this. And to his credit, I guess there is a minor caveat: I love quiet peaceful mornings. Of course, since having kids, not many mornings at the Saba household could really be described as either of those […]

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Fig Bacon Salad

We Found a Fig Tree!

Last week, I was in search of a fig tree for our yard. Thanks to some great suggestions and insight (thanks especially David M., Chelsea B., Shannon D., Natalie T., Dave E., Susanne H., Tiffany M., Miriam P., and Carla C.!), we found a little Celeste Fig Tree at Barton Springs Nursery. I wanted the […]

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10 More Ways to Bless Your Child

10 More Ways to Bless Your Child

I read this post recently: 200 Ways to Bless Your Child with a Happy Childhood, and loved it. It includes a long list of simple ways to have fun with your kids, like: Build forts Let them jump in piles of clean laundry Have staring contests Make a refrigerator box rocket and fly to Mars for […]

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How to Recharge as a Mom: My Seven Secrets

How to Recharge as a Mom: My Seven Secrets

I remember Jerry Seinfeld used to do a bit about parenthood. He’d say, “When you wake up in the mornings as a parent, you have to be READY!” And as he told the joke, he would have his knees bent, hands out and eyes open wide, looking around. Ready for anything. I feel that way. […]

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Secrets to a Successful Summer Picnic!

Secrets to a Successful Summer Picnic!

Back in January, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to: “Play outside more with the kids.” Well guess what earlier-version-of-myself, I’ll see your “play outside” and raise you an “eat outside more with the kids.” Picnics. They’re my new favorite thing. Poolside picnics, to be precise. From a logistical standpoint, are picnics intimidating to you? […]

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Mint-Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Mint-Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Spring makes me do funny things. Just as the mountain laurels start to bloom, I actually (if falsely) believe that our house could be clean for an extended period of time. Like one day or something. And under that belief, I get very determined and start cleaning at odd hours like a crazy woman. Then one […]

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Secret to Happiness: One Line A Day

Secret to Happiness: One Line A Day

The last thing any parent needs is one more thing to do. (Or in my case, one more thing to not do, and then feel guilty about for a few hours.) But I am going to share this anyway because it makes me feel happy at the end of each day. It’s called “One Line A […]

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Soup When You're Sick (or Not): Lime Soup With a Thai Twist

Soup When You’re Sick (or Not): Lime Soup With a Thai Twist

Belize is my kind of place: White sand, blue water, rum punch, lime soup. Have you been? I went with my best friend Elissa and our mutual friend Rob back in 2007. We left a few days after Christmas and stayed through the New Year. This was back when John and I had just started […]

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Texas Chili

One Helluva Texas Chili Recipe

I’ve been a bad Texan. Yes, I own boots and a Stetson hat. But I don’t have my own chili recipe.  Oh the shame. My dear Texas, I want to make it up to you. Will this suffice? What if I told you that it was made with 12 ounces of Shiner Bock Black Lager? […]

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Easter Treats: Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops

Easter Treats: Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops

I love this TED Talk about art. It’s by Korean novelist Young-ha Kim. His premise is that, as children, we are all artists and have an innate desire to play. He says that, as we get older, this type of free play and creation is discouraged.  For example, he says that, as an adult, if you were […]

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Easter Bunny Cake

How to Make an Angel Food Easter Bunny Cake

My husband and I have a running debate about the proper use of the word “rich” when describing food. (Lame, yes, but that is what happens when two lawyers get together.)  I say “rich” should only apply to very buttery or fatty foods. Whereas, John uses it to describe any highly-seasoned cuisine. Well, good news […]

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Valentine's Day Recap

Valentine’s Day Recap

If Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a celebration of love, it was. For the third year in a row, we had John’s band and their families over for a Valentine’s Day dinner. The guys cook (and drink beer) and the ladies chat (and drink champagne). The kids make a huge mess. But back to LOVE. […]

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High-Protein Lunch: Another Take on Tuna Salad

My friend Erica told me this about motherhood: “The days are long.  The years are short.” She is so right. For example: The day seems long when I’ve been awake since 5:30 in the morning and now it’s 5:30 in the evening and we are all hungry and sister is fussing and then, a bunny […]

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Pistachio-Crusted Cod

Pistachio-Crusted Cod

I am enjoying the cold weather.  I am.  It’s fun to bundle up in hats and gloves and puffy jackets and venture out with the stroller for a walk. But at the same time, I am already thinking about summer.  About my second-favorite place on earth: Port Aransas, Texas.  (Austin is my first favorite, if […]

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Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

Easy Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders

After a wonderfully hectic Christmas, John and I rang in the New Year with a double-date dinner at one of my favorite Austin restaurants, Fabi & Rosi.  Have you been?  If not, you must go.  The atmosphere is peaceful and romantic. The menu is European with strong German influences. (The owner, Wolfgang, is from Germany […]

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Easy and Amazing Beef Stew

Beef Stew: The Ultimate One-Pot Meal

If I write another cookbook, I think it will be called “Marie’s One Pot Meals.”  That’s what my life has come to lately, what with a new baby on my hip and a toddler running around. Now I understand why my mother (who raised four kids) has always been such a fan of what she […]

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Gift Idea for New Mom

Gift Idea for New Mom

Jenna, my best friend growing up, just had her second baby.  That’s us in the pic below, circa 1987 or so. I haven’t talked to her yet, but I can imagine that she is — in equal parts — thrilled, overwhelmed, and exhausted.  (And that pretty much sums up motherhood, doesn’t it?)  A mutual friend […]

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Sautéed Summer Squash with Parmesan

Sautéed Summer Squash with Parmesan

When it rains, it pours, as they say.  It’s been a hectic few months is what I mean. First things first.  I’m pregnant, which is great news and a huge blessing.  But geez, I am not a fan of the first trimester.  Nausea, headaches, exhaustion, insomnia; repeat.  The one thing that has gotten me through […]

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How to Dye Easter Eggs

How to Dye Easter Eggs

Growing up, we always dyed eggs to celebrate Easter.  One year, my younger brothers (Chris and Matt) decided to enter an egg-dying contest.  Armed with a big bowl of hard-boiled eggs, they dipped each one in every single color.  The result was a murky brown color … not at all what my mom had in […]

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