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Passover on a Stick

posted Wednesday April 20th, 2011

For a holiday packed with symbolism, there was nothing particularly significant about the choice of this year’s seder theme at my house, “Passover on a Stick.” My dear friend Cindy and I were entertaining ourselves over cake pops (what’s up with that trend?!) at a Bat Mitzvah not long ago, when she got a gleam […]


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Making Nanny’s Brisket

posted Tuesday April 19th, 2011

I asked for a Dutch oven for Hanukkah last year. My mother bought me two. I laughed — and wondered where the heck I would put them — but I wasn’t entirely surprised. Not only is my mother an over-the-top gift giver in the very best way, she knew this was a meaningful gift. And […]


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Happy Purim

posted Saturday March 19th, 2011

It’s a sign of the times, I suppose, that my mother found a recipe for hamantaschen on a cupcake blog. What’s not cupcake-centric these days, in the world of food? At least there’s no bacon in these. The Hamantaschen is not a close relation to the cupcake (though there is a sort of odd recipe […]


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Our Valentine

posted Monday February 14th, 2011

I’m a big believer in paper valentines — the kind that show up in your real mailbox, not your e-mail one – but since I don’t have your street address, I’ll have to send yours here. This is our family creation, circa 2011. Annabelle drew it, I stitched it, Sophie (and the Beatles) came up with […]


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Funny Valentines

posted Saturday February 12th, 2011

Mustaches are everywhere these days (the new owl!) so why not on Annabelle’s valentines? We had a lot of fun making these. Here are the directions. It was a good day. Sophie wrote all of her valentines (Olivia the Pig, of course) in one sitting.without complaint. A small miracle. Now, to be honest, you couldn’t […]


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Love Shrines!

posted Thursday February 10th, 2011

Over the years I’ve done my share of classroom crafts — with varying degrees of success but usually a large measure of failure. But today I left Sophie’s classroom with a full heart. We made love shrines. It was so easy. (And inspired by none other than the Crafty Chica!) I tracked down small tin […]


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What Does Your Heart Say?

posted Monday February 7th, 2011

Mine told me to make candy conversation hearts. I can’t believe how well it went — I am typically the queen of culinary disasters. Here are my hearts, sans messages. The directions to make them (and lots more pictures) are here. And if you are feeling crafty, might I recommend my favorite (thanks to my dear friend Kate!) […]


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Happy New Year!

posted Friday December 31st, 2010

I might be setting expectations a bit high, but I couldn’t resist this calendar on etsy. Here’s wishing us all the best year ever.


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Tradition

posted Friday December 24th, 2010

It’s been more than 30 years, but I can still picture Becky Head’s house at Christmas. Particularly the cookies. Becky’s mom was from Texas — a magical place from which emerged larger-than-life characters with hair that didn’t move and voices far more interesting than those touched with just a faint Phoenix twang. At Christmas, Mrs. […]


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Yes Abbie, There is a Santa Claus

posted Tuesday December 21st, 2010

My dear friend Trish hates Christmas. At least she says so, and I’ll admit she does a pretty convincing job of it. But every year I drag her to the luminaria at the Desert Botanical Garden, along with her daughter Abbie, who is now 15-going-on-16. The two of them are actually on speaking terms, which is amazing […]


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