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New Blog Series: Recipe of the Day!

In honor of my love of eating cooking, I’ve decided to start a little series on the blog devoted exclusively to all of my favorite sweet treats and good eats. My goal is to post at least one main dish, side dish, and dessert recipe each week to share with all my beloveds in attempt to give… Read More New Blog Series: Recipe of the Day!

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Saying Goodbye to Summer

Today over lunch, my four year old asked me how many days were left until fall. As a teacher’s kid, he should have known his question broke one of the Cardinal Rules of Summer where one is forbidden from mentioning the F-word until at least the dawn of Labor Day. I did my best to… Read More Saying Goodbye to Summer

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Olympic Fever

I love everything about the Olympics. The competition, the pageantry, the patriotism, the hype; I simply cannot get enough. Like many of my Olympic fever-stricken friends on social media and around the world, I am glued to every ounce of coverage I can spare a moment to watch. Every two years I find myself becoming… Read More Olympic Fever

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6 years . . . already?!

Easily lost amidst all of the boys’ birthday party fun is the fact that the very next day was our Alejandro’s official 6th birthday. And while this could have been a recipe for an anti-climactic day, a little snafu on behalf of the party rental company ended up making it one of his favorite birthdays to date.… Read More 6 years . . . already?!

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For the Love of Backyard Birthdays

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved birthdays. My mom likes to tell a story about how as soon as I was old enough to understand how a calendar worked, I would circle my special day in the month of October (its the 11th, just in case you’re interested) and begin… Read More For the Love of Backyard Birthdays

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The Money Talk

There’s been a lot of talk about money in our house lately.  What is it? Where does it come from? Who makes it? How does a person get it? As you can tell by the line of questioning, the interest is coming from the two youngest members of Camp Jarl, more than likely precipitated by… Read More The Money Talk

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Culinary Chemistry

I love to bake. I love to cook. There are few things in life I enjoy more than being in the kitchen.  With a cup of coffee or glass of wine in hand and some Sinatra on the Sonos, creating something to enjoy with the ones I love around our family table truly feeds my… Read More Culinary Chemistry

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Bittersweet Birthday Treats

Many of you who follow me on Facebook or Instagram may have noticed that yesterday was our sweet Antonio “Tino” Xavier’s 4th birthday.  Of all of his birthdays yet, this was by far the one met with the most anticipation and excitement.  Much like his big brother, there was a certain amount of passive indifference… Read More Bittersweet Birthday Treats

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The Accidental Camper

Anyone who knows me knows that there is very little about me that says, “Let’s go camping!”  Despite being the daughter of a career Army officer who spent much of his career sleeping in some sort of make-shift shelter in the woods, desert, or jungle, I myself managed to avoid it for the first three… Read More The Accidental Camper

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All aboard!

Anyone who knows anything about my two boys knows that they are absolutely consumed by all things trains. Real ones, fake ones, as long as it has a funnel and says, “Choo-choo!” they are all in. I have spent more time than I like to admit sitting next to the tracks at our local station… Read More All aboard!