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The Friday Fifteen, New Year’s style.

I trust everyone had a very very merry Christmas? And a Happy Hanukkah, a happy Kwanzaa, a pleasant Solstice or a lovely day, depending on what you celebrate (or don’t). I’ve been stuffed & spoiled many times over this past week. And while Christmas may be “over” (although technically not until January 6th), the party […]

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Winter warmth in the form of… squash.

; Christmas is over. The cold weather is just kicking into high gear here in New York, as is expected. I’m guessing most people in your house are preoccupied with new gadgets or toys right about now. That’s the best part of the week after Christmas: playing with your new toys! And sleeping late, too, […]

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Cheery lil’ cherry Christmas muffins.

; It never fails; every holiday season, I try to come up with different pretty little muffins and things that can go from breakfast to lunch to “snack time.” Whether it’s breads or loaf cakes or muffins or rolls, I like to have things on hand that can be grabbed at any time of day, […]

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A homemade life.

“That’s the thing with handmade items. They still have the person’s mark on them, and when you hold them, you feel less alone.” -Aimee Bender ; A couple of years ago I read a book by Molly Wizenberg (the blogger behind Orangette), called ‘A Homemade Life.’ It was part of a book club selection- and […]

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