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20 Things to Do This Summer

20 Things to Do This Summer

Here we are already halfway through summer! In Texas, the hottest days are yet to come. If you need inspiration, like we do, for getting through another month or two of the dog days, here are some ideas: 1) Hook up a slip-n-slide and make everyone take a turn (even mom and dad!) 2) Cut everyone […]

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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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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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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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Easter Treats: Rice Krispie Treat Nests with Candy Eggs

Easter Treats: Rice Krispie Treat Nests with Candy Eggs

I rarely know what day it is.  Probably because I don’t write checks very often or work a regular job.  And probably also because I have a three-month-old and three-year-old at home, neither of whom has any concept of time.  (Although I did get a laugh the other day when Jack, the three-year-old, told me […]

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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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Pulled Pork for Lazy People and Other Rainy Day Activities

Pulled Pork for Lazy People and Other Rainy Day Activities

Taking care of a toddler for a full day is a challenge.  And on rainy days, when we are confined to the indoors, it’s nearly impossible.  At least for me.  Usually this wouldn’t be a concern for us in Texas in July, but this week, surprisingly, the forecast is rain. When Jack and I run […]

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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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Adorable Gift Idea For Babies, Toddlers

Adorable Gift Idea For Babies, Toddlers

I did a little Christmas shopping at this year’s Holiday Collectibles Show in Austin, Texas.  What a wonderfully unique selection of products! My favorite booth was the Kandle Kidswear — a company started by Kim and Laura, two super creative stay-at-home moms in Austin.  They make and sell organic cotton onesies and children’s t-shirts with adorable […]

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Do You Believe In Karma?

Do You Believe In Karma?

In a previous post, I wrote about how I am in the process of soliciting corporate sponsors to fund my PBS cooking show.  With that post, I shared a little video about how that is going so far.  If you missed it, here’s a quick summary:  Basically, I left a lot of messages for some potentially […]

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How to Make a Jungle Diaper Cake

How to Make a Jungle Diaper Cake

Say what? Let me explain:  My sister-in-law, Jennifer (or as we call her, “Gigi”), is having a baby in a few months, and we are throwing a baby shower for her next weekend.  Gigi’s husband, Andrew, is a journalist and often writes about Africa.  To reflect this part of their lives, the baby shower is […]

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The Evanescence of Happiness

The Evanescence of Happiness

Today was one of those days … it was so good that I just want to soak up the past twelve hours, if I could, with every pore of my being.  No, it’s not that today was particularly eventful.  But it was meaningful to me. For one thing, it was Jack’s first day of preschool. […]

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The Small Things, Lest We Forget

The Small Things, Lest We Forget

Did I tell you that we’re living with my parents during the remodel? Whenever I mention this to friends, I always get one of two responses: (1) You must be SO looking forward to moving, or (2) You must be SO grateful that you don’t have to pay rent AND a mortgage. My response I […]

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What Are You Craving?  No, Really.

What Are You Craving? No, Really.

I’m ashamed to admit that when I was seven months pregnant, I craved cigarettes. It was early fall and the weather was turning cooler, and (sorry mom, if you’re reading this) nothing sounded better to me than sitting outside on our rooftop terrace and lighting up a smoke. Fortunately, the actual smell of burning tobacco–even […]

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My [Usually] Uneventful Life

My [Usually] Uneventful Life

In college, my best friend Shannon and I used to always watch The Rock. That movie with Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage? It’s a good one. Our favorite line is when Cage is explaining to Connery that his life is usually pretty mundane, and so he is not used to dealing with dangerous chemicals. He says, […]

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