DIY Dresser Makeover for Children’s Room

The dresser in my children’s room was in need of some TLC.  I didn’t want to refurbish the dresser too drastically because 1. there was already an attractive finish to the wood, courtesy of my mother-in-law 25 years ago, and 2. I am not motivated enough to attempt a too-elaborate crafty project. So I decided […]

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Best Simple Chili

Soon the spring will bring warmth, sunshine, and fresh garden salads to your table, but while the winter winds still blow, enjoy this recipe for your best simple chili. Like most of my favorite meals, this one is easy to modify based on the contents of your kitchen. Simmering on the stove or cooking in a […]

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10 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Clean

I don’t enjoy cleaning either. For most of us modern folks, the art of housekeeping has taken a back seat to more interesting pastimes that were neither encouraged nor available to the classic 1950s homemaker (think: career, or, Pinterest). I can think of an infinite number of activities that vie for my attention throughout the […]

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Tomato Soup with Poached Egg (Shakshuka)

The traditional Middle Eastern brunch of egg and tomato soup is rich, flavorful, and deeply satisfying – a healthy comfort food. I’ve never eaten it for breakfast, but we enjoy Shakshuka for dinner often. It’s also extremely versatile and easy to make. Leave your measuring cups in the drawers! The foundation of the dish is garlic, onions, […]

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BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

I love recipes that are so forgiving they’re more like guidelines. They leave me feeling like I have culinary magic in my fingertips, as if my intuitive decisions to replace the fresh tomatoes with salsa and substitute red onions for scallions were the exact decisions needed to produce an especially tasty meal. But really, forgiving […]

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