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Monthly Archive for February, 2013

Caramel Corn: A Re-mix

Some of the best caramel corn I’ve ever tasted was in Ketchikan, Alaska this past summer by a little shop that used organic ingredients. The stuff wasn’t made with preservatives to allow it to sit in plastic on a shelf for six weeks, and we took that seriously, chowing our five dollar bag in the […]

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First Skate

He said he wanted to do it himself. Ice skate, that is. And that he didn’t need any help. Which was when I hung back on the bench without skates and glanced up knowingly when I heard one knee slap the ice… And then the other. We’d been here forty seconds. I watched as he […]

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Kids in the Kitchen

Sometimes I realize I’m changing. You know…loosening up a bit. I mean…not even mildly freaking when my kids ask to have other kids over. To bake. Which has inherently put a picture in my mind of my kitchen with six inches of flour on the floor and of kids wiping their noses and then rolling […]

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Heal and Love

On February 14, 2012, I bumbled up our stairs on crutches–a new knee injury for Valentine’s Day. The first layer of my arm pits had already chafed away, and I panted equally at the effort to move as I did at the effort to keep from sobbing at my own disappointment. We’d gathered clumsily in […]

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Homemade Mounds/Almond Joy Bars

Oh, friend…if you like coconut even a smidge, then you know that something divine happens when coconut gets sweetened and then bathed in dark chocolate. The heavens open up and sing. GLOOOORRRY! When we gave up store bought candy and stuff in wrappers years ago, I didn’t stop loving the taste of coconut and chocolate. […]

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What I’ve Noticed

When I’m in a hurry, agitated, whatever…completely not at peace… The car four feet ahead of me will squeak through on the yellow. At which time I’ll stop with my wheels on the crosswalk and wait for a light that stays green in the opposite direction until the pedestrian is half a block away and […]

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The first Thursday in January we scrambled into the van, leaving a trail of pajamas, unused hair brushes and snow boots scattered in our wake. My daughter had a piano lesson in fifteen minutes, fifteen minutes away and, by golly, we were gonna make it. Both kids sat buckled with rooster-tail hair slicked to their […]

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Recipient of Joy

My son’s spontaneous laughter in a quiet van confused me at the wheel. Was he crying? I couldn’t tell.  I raised my voice and triple glanced over my shoulder. “Are you all right?” I called. ” Is something wrong?” “I was just thinking of something funny,” he said. And he choked on another laugh. “There […]

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Years ago–like ten–I first made these cookies. I think it was the carrot factor that drew me in. And the cloves. I’m a sucker for cloves. They were also a favorite of my husband’s who never put in cookie requests except for these and who has since wondered why in the last four years these […]

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The Cleaning Connection

I recognized the words my daughter spoke, as they belong to a fantasy of mine. She’d come deliberately to where I was hovering over the keys of the computer and plunked her behind beside me on the couch. “I really appreciate all the cleaning you do around the house,” she said. I reformed the words […]

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