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Why I’m Abdicating Thanksgiving and Heading to a Hotel

Let me start by saying I love Thanksgiving. I love the ritual of re-creating family recipes every year, I love getting family and friends together, I love the women gathered in the kitchen, drinking wine and sharing family stories, and I especially love that moment when we all finally sit down together around the table, [...]


5 Toasts for Thanksgiving Dinner: Do You Have Something to Say?

The same thing happens every year.  The wine has been poured, the sides have been carefully arranged and the turkey has been carved. Friends and family are all seated, waiting patiently to get their feast on. But you can’t just start chowing down. As the host, you need to say something. Something special, meaningful and [...]


Are Redheads Genetically Programmed to Dislike Dentists?

People with naturally red hair, according to a new study from the Journal of the American Dental Association, appear to have a genetic predisposition to experience more anxiety about going to the dentist. Which, interestingly, means that dentist-fearing redheads may actually be telling the truth when they claim to loathe dentistry at a cellular level. Although it seems [...]


5 Must-Have Apps To Help Mom Pull Off Thanksgiving

I know Thanksgiving is, like, tomorrow but I haven’t even gone shopping for what I need to make yet. Gah. I’m in charge of quite a bit of the appetizers and sides, and truth be told you can forget my fancy stand mixer — my favorite kitchen tool just might be my iPhone (okay, it’s [...]


What Should Kids Learn in Sex Ed?

What, when, and how should kids learn about sex? There may be as many opinions on this subject as there are parents. Seriously, even people with seamlessly aligned child-rearing philosophies can find themselves at odds on this highly emotional — and anxiety-producing — issue. The root of the problem seems to be the fear that [...]


100 Calorie 2 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Mug cakes have been taking the web by storm. I set out several months ago to make my version of the perfect mug cake, and created a Nutella mug cake you can find here. It’s been my most popular recipe to date. It is good, really good, but it’s high in fat and calories. I [...]


7 Thanksgiving Crafts You Can Eat

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there’s always great memories of having a kitchen full of family and friends. In the hectic moment of preparation, however, a kitchen full of anything can be a stressful experience. Which is why these Thanksgiving Crafts are a holiday heaven-send! While you put the finishing touches on the turkey and [...]


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