Soda or pop? SodaStream makes both.

January 17, 2013

What do you call your carbonated soft drinks? Soda or pop? Surprisingly, there is actually a web page set up to track geographical variations in the use of these terms. Really. I’m not joking. You can even add your personal data to help them with this critically important project. Isn’t it comforting to know that there […]

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What to do with a bumper crop of jalapenos

October 8, 2012

My parents have a love/hate relationship with hot peppers. Mama Chick hates them. She’s what’s called a supertaster. She has ultra sensitive taste buds that can pick up even the slightest hint of heat. If one of us is making a spicy dish for a family dinner, we’ve learned to leave the “spicy” out of it. Papa […]

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Fight the Good Fight

September 6, 2012

“You know the Chick, she’s an animal lover.” These words, uttered by PapaChick, are usually accompanied by an eye roll. It’s true. I am an animal lover. Especially dogs. And birds. And all God’s creatures great and small. As an animal lover, I am honored to share with you a guest post written by my […]

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Aerial yoga makes posing fun

August 16, 2012

I hate yoga. It’s boring. Breath in, strike a pose, breath out, hold the pose, breath in, change the pose, breath out… B.O.R.I.N.G. The names of the poses kind of crack me up, though. Downward facing dog. Feathered peacock. Cobra. Child’s pose. And then there’s my personal favorite—the warrior pose. I can just picture Mel […]

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How to Keep Your Laundry Smelling Fresh

August 7, 2012

Left to its own devices, the human body is a smelly thing. That’s why God invented soap and deodorant. He probably got tired of the stink wafting Heavenward and planted the idea of deodorant in the head of an unknown inventor in Philadelphia who is credited with creating the first brand of commercial deodorant in 1888. […]

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My secret garden

July 9, 2012

It’s been hotter than a hotcake on a griddle (I think that makes me sound southern, don’t you?) here in Southwestern Pennsylvania this summer. I’m talking the kind of hot that makes you crabby, tired, and sweaty just by stepping outside. Hot. Hot. Hot. I haven’t even been able to enjoy my Friday evening ritual […]

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Goodbye, Mr. Magoo

June 11, 2012

I didn’t want to write this post today. In fact, I never wanted to write it. I wasn’t supposed to have to. Not now, at any rate. It’s been three weeks, four days, and 23 hours since our beloved pet bird, Mr. Magoo, passed away. He was not quite six years into what was supposed […]

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(Virtually) guilt free snacking is easy with cocoa roasted almonds

April 23, 2012

I could stand to lose a few pounds. Ok, fine. We’re all friends, right? I’ll admit it. I could stand to lose just a smidge more than a few pounds. And then a few more. I’m not alone. According to the Food Research and Action Center, two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight. […]

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All vanilla extracts were not created equal

March 27, 2012

The Big Man wanted to surprise me one day by cooking dinner. “When are you going to be home from work?” he asked. “I’ve got a surprise for you.” I told him I would be home in about an hour and excitedly asked what the surprise was. “I’m cooking dinner!” he proudly exclaimed. For some […]

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Hoisin sauce is a secret for recipe success

March 20, 2012

Today I’m happy to bring you a guest post from my friend, Joyce, one of the hard-working moms over at the Busy Mom’s Recipe Box. I am in awe of women like Joyce who work all day and then come home and cook dinner for their families. My mom had dinner on the table promptly […]

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