A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
Mon, 12/03/12 – 12:49 | Comments Off

It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Reading Across America – in a virtual way
Wednesday, 3 Mar, 2010 – 13:09 | Comments Off
Reading Across America – in a virtual way

We’ve read the books, and we’ve eaten the cake at the library. That’s all old Cat in the Hat now. What else could we do to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America, I …

Shhhhhhhh! Don’t tell them they’re learning
Tuesday, 9 Feb, 2010 – 12:05 | Comments Off
Shhhhhhhh! Don’t tell them they’re learning

Take one over-sized wall map of the United States.
Add quick sheets filled with random information about various states.
Combine with a boy’s passion for racing, stir with a DryErase marker and marinate for 36 events over …

How to let them help without losing your head
Wednesday, 23 Dec, 2009 – 12:00 | Comments Off
How to let them help without losing your head

I love it when the guys help me with projects. I really, really, do.
We’ve made fish cakes with enough icing to sink the Titanic and cookies crammed with so many sprinkles you could lose a …

Can we build an egg-free gingerbread house? Yes, we can
Wednesday, 9 Dec, 2009 – 22:29 | Comments Off
Can we build an egg-free gingerbread house? Yes, we can

Somewhere, there’s a”Max and Ruby” episode that involves gingerbread. I haven’t seen it but Boots has, and it set him clamoring to make houses. Foolishly, I promised him last week that we would over the …

When life hands you lemons, make 3 gallons of lemonade
Monday, 5 Jan, 2009 – 10:35 | Comments Off
When life hands you lemons, make 3 gallons of lemonade

So why do I have a half gallon of lemonade in the refrigerator and two gallons in a Thermos vat on the patio after serving nine people and sending a pitcher full next door?
Because it …

Finally finding a market for cookies in a jar
Friday, 19 Dec, 2008 – 14:48 | Comments Off
Finally finding a market for cookies in a jar

I never could figure out who cookie-mix gift packs were aimed at.
Think about it: If you don’t like to bake, adding a few ingredients and turning on the oven is going to be too much …

Giving the shirt off my back, grandparents edition
Tuesday, 16 Dec, 2008 – 12:54 | Comments Off
Giving the shirt off my back, grandparents edition

Here’s a variation on the homemade T-shirt/sweat shirt/tote bag theme: Homemade T-shirt/sweat shirt/tote bags (and more) crafted with the help of the little darlin’s themselves.
Granted, this is not going to be every grandparent’s thing, and …

Simple Gifts: A-salt on a gift project
Sunday, 14 Dec, 2008 – 11:07 | 2 Comments
Simple Gifts: A-salt on a gift project

Bath salts get a bad rap courtesy of cheap and cheesy prefab gift baskets that proliferate around Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. It’s also a tricky gift to give early in a relationship. What? …

Simple Gifts: A kitchen gift that will grow on them
Saturday, 6 Dec, 2008 – 10:14 | 2 Comments
Simple Gifts: A kitchen gift that will grow on them

How about some fresh basil and parsley for that winter batch of pasta sauce? Or just-cut cilantro for some out-of-season salsa?
If someone on your list loves to cook, an indoor herb garden might be the …

Messing our way through the holidays
Wednesday, 3 Dec, 2008 – 14:05 | 2 Comments
Messing our way through the holidays

It’s another lesson in “everything old is new again.”
Or maybe it’s another reminder that I have way too much old junk gunking up the house. Cooking junk in particular, an area where my obsessive-compulsive disorder …

Simple gifts: Variations on a Play-Doh theme
Sunday, 30 Nov, 2008 – 1:27 | One Comment
Simple gifts: Variations on a Play-Doh theme

WARNING: Play-Doh has become an increasingly controversial toy in recent years. Three current or former sisters-in-law have banned it from their homes. So please consult parents before giving this gift. If they’ve done …