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Homemade Shamrock Shake Recipe

by Lexie
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to try some homemade shamrock shakes. They were really easy to make and judging by how quickly my family consumed them, they taste just as good as the original!
Homemade Shamrock Shakes
makes two 12-ounce servings
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 to 1-1/4 […]


Frozen Fractals All Around (and some fun links)

Most of the family is skiing tonight, but Miss Lily and I stayed home to curl up and watch old Disney movies. It’s been a Disney kind of day. Don’t laugh, but earlier today I was working on a really difficult piece of writing, so I made a deal with myself: if I powered through, I […]


Mimi’s Mendiants

During our Christmas break, I had time to read through the latest stack of magazines from Great-Grandma Too-Too: Victoria, Country Living, Martha Stewart Living, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and Bon Appétit.
There were lots of great articles, but my favorite was a feature on food blogger, Mimi Thorisson. I was intrigued by the idea of a mother […]


Salted Nut-Roll Bars

These bars are like a childhood dream come true: an entire package of Nutter Butters melted with a stick of butter, and that’s just the crust. Oh, mama. They’re mildly futzy to make, I suppose, what with having to smash up the cookies and make a couple of layers, but I think they’re worth it!
Salted Nut-Roll […]


The Saturday Morning Book Club + Reading List

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Last week we had a great conversation about “comforting clothes.” Well. On the third Saturday of every month I get to go to book club, which is like slipping into the most comfortably well-worn sweater you can imagine.
No one remembers exactly when our first meeting was, but we do know it was at least […]


Dublin Street Wisdom / From China Village

I came across a lovely blog this week called From China Village. The author had left a comment on Design Mom linking to her own post about street wisdom in Dublin. Of course I had to go check it out since she used two of my favorite words—Ireland and China—in one sentence!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Man, it’s challenging to have Valentine’s Day the same week as Chinese New Year, but we pulled it all together last night by the skin of our teeth.
Lily was happy to see her favorite heart-shaped-candy box-with-the-red-cellophane-wrapper waiting for her at breakfast this morning. She had reminded us about the heart […]


Chinese New Year / Fortune Cookies

Happy New Year! And welcome to the Year of the Snake. Did you shudder a little when you read that? Snakes don’t have the best reputation, but they do help keep the rodent population under control. I think they’re cool. From a distance.
If you were born under this sign, the Chinese calendar folks consider you to be […]


What to Cook? / Food We Love

Here is a collection of my favorite recipes, the tried and true. Some appear on our table weekly, some just once or twice a year on special occasions, but none of them ever let me down. I’ll be adding more, so please check back if you need ideas!
Main Dishes
Aunt Karna’s Stuffed Shells
Neopolitan Casserole
Grandma Charlotte’s Pork […]


Sympathy Meals / Neopolitan Casserole

My husband, Tim, had a serious accident on his mountain bike two years ago. He was hospitalized for weeks and spent months in rehab. One of the things that got us through that challenging time was the support of our friends and family. They watched our kids, they got them to lessons and after-school activities, […]


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