Post image for Summers off, summers together: #AskAwayFriday with NJ from A Cookie Before Dinner

My husband “made me” watch So You Can Think You Can Dance last night (I actually LOVE the show), so I didn’t get to edit any photos from birthday celebrations galore. Guess you’ll just to learn 10 more things about “boring” me in today’s #AskAwayFriday. Welcome NJ from A Cookie Before Dinner. Her real name […]

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The first time I made these cookies were for J’s third birthday last year. I made them again for the holidays last year. The parts I don’t like about these cookies are: >> The dough is REALLY soft, and it can be challenging to cut-out cookies REALLY cleanly. A pet-peeve for a Type-A personality like […]

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Hi everyone! I’ve really wanted to post regularly the last few weeks, but starting before the hubs’ birthday mid-June, evenings and weekends have been packed. Before and after my business trip to Seattle, I spent evenings getting the house in order (laundry, cleaning). On weekends we’ve been doing fun things like blueberry picking, a housewarming […]

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Post image for I love food: #AskAwayFriday with Shelly from DIY Mama

It’s been quiet on the blog lately, and that can only mean that my life (work, home, etc.) has been extra crazy. I’ve also not felt like blogging even when I did have the time. Anyone else know what I mean? I have lots to tell you though — I had a business trip to […]

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A man and his jam

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This is a story about, and an interview with, a man and his jam. It started in 2013, after he went strawberry picking for the first time. He had never tasted a strawberry so juicy and sweet. He thought, “I must make jam.” He added a jam jar sterilization kit to his wishlist. The summer […]

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Throwback: perms

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I mentioned that (perhaps) Alan fell in love with me because of the perm I came home from Taiwan with. Some of you commented that you’d like to see that perm, but before I share that photo, here’s a gem-of-a-perm. My mom, circa 1984. I’m sitting next to her. Not sure what my parents’ obsession […]

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These photos are from the 2nd time we went this year. The weather was much cooler and the strawberries were a bit larger and brighter than the first patch we picked in, just 2 weeks prior. Not sure if it was a different species or just the time of harvest. All photos: Canon T1i | […]

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I know, I know, he’s only (almost) 4. I’m probably making a big deal out of nothing, but I’m a parent. It’s what I’m supposed to do, right? So… The hubs and I aren’t the type of people to surround ourselves with tons of friends. Since we moved to MD 3 years ago, the only […]

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Hello, that time of the week again for Picture Practice with Kelli! This week’s prompt was dad, so I’m sharing photos of the dads in my life and the lessons they’ve taught me. Hope you dads all had a great Father’s Day (US celebration) yesterday. Me, my dad, and my sister My dad was a […]

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Older or just post-partum?

by lisacng June 12, 2014

I can hardly believe that our daughter, O, will be one years old in July. She’ll be able to drink milk (what I am supposed to do with all this extra unused formula?), she’ll have her first taste of birthday cake, and she can eat almost any food off the dinner table. As she reaches […]

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17 channels

by lisacng June 11, 2014

Kelli heard that the average American cable subscriber only watches 17 channels. The hubs and I have talked about ditching cable and subscribing to Netflix or Hulu, but just haven’t done the leg work to see if it’s worth it. A cursory glance at our provider’s website says that a internet + telephone package is […]

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