Yes, your kids can pack their own lunches. BUT . . .

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You really do want to check them before they leave the house.  Not that there is anything wrong with an actually quite balanced and hearty meal consisting of ham, carrots, apple sauce, an apple, yogurt, and ...  bread-and-butter balls. "It's just something I invented," the kindergartner mentions casually.And then we have this meal prepared by the third grader:   who is willing to face the day knowing she has peanuts, two cold … [Read more...]

At the Register: God and the Hungry Belly

[L]et's make a distinction here. Christ and the saints exhort us to deny ourselves, to voluntarily turn away from the lure of physical comforts, to sell all we have to follow Him. He wants us to learn that we have a choice: to give ourselves over to the demands of the flesh, or to master the flesh and try, instead, to satisfy our spiritual hunger and thirst. Christ and the saints did not exhort us to deny others, to prevent other people from enjoying physical comforts. He did not tell us to mak … [Read more...]

At the Register: To serve your parents

Late afternoon finds me slaving over a hot Facebook page, gorging on a smorgasbord of tantalizing photos with captions like: "Here is my 8-year-old carefully chopping the chives she grew in her little garden! This is the second time this week she's made pork medallions herbs de provence, but we're not complaining, as long as her little brother provides those scrumptious grilled peaches with caramel bourbon sauce for dessert! They are so cute with their aprons. <3 <3 <3"Yes, well. I b … [Read more...]

What’s your roast beast?

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My favorite part of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is where he brings back the roast beast. Because while it's true that Christmas isn't about presents or decorations or food, you really do want to have that special Christmas food!If we can manage it, we spend Christmas Eve drinking egg nog and decorating the tree, then going to Midnight Mass.  Then Christmas morning is presents and chocolate and a breakfast of eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, and cinnamon buns.  Candy all day.  Then -- and he … [Read more...]

Arista Pasta!

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Arista Pasta!  Isn't that a great name?My brother-in-law's brother Benjamin Herried (yes, the same family who produced John Herreid, who did my book cover!  Ridiculously talented bunch of people) has been selling fabulous handmade pasta products at their local farmer's market, using local sustainable produce.  Delicacies like Caramelized Fall Pear and Gorgonzola Ravioli and Sweet Potato and Roasted Garlic Gnocchi.Pardon me, I need to mop the drool off my keyboard.So, it's been ver … [Read more...]

Self-explanatory Halloween party treats that you can totally do

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Now that I posted about Lou Reed, I feel a little more comfortable slipping into mommy blog territory for a minute.  I just signed up to bring treats for my kid's Halloween party.  I actually love doing things like this, but I know I'm going to be busy this week.  If you're making Halloween treats, here are a few possibilities for projects that you can figure out how to do without reading the directions:A few years ago, I made these:and achieved the holy grail of internet-inspired tr … [Read more...]

Gov’t shutdown means food pantries need help – UPDATED

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I know, I know, Big Brother is too big, and it's super fun to crow about what a vast improvement it is when government is shut down -- no more panda cam, boo hoo hoo.But for many people, the shutdown is no joke.  Since our fearless leaders in Washington are covering themselves with glory (and I include both parties.  I'm completely disgusted with every last one of them), there are plenty of Americans who face genuine hardship.The WIC program will run out of federal funding in a few days, … [Read more...]


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