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Dish Duty

10 Jul

In the constant need for something to amuse my 2 year old, I’ve considered everything but the kitchen sink.

Wait, why NOT the kitchen sink?

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Cookie Decorating

26 Jun

Somewhat by accident, I recently re-discovered the pleasures of cookie decorating.

Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

I was going to visit my sister and her family and came up with the idea for a host gift. (Yes, I still do those. Here are some ideas.)

I thought this would be something my 7-year-old niece would enjoy, but I was surprised when even my husband and brother-in-law were right in the mix, hogging the colored icing.

The dads kicked the creativity up a notch. And the competition of said creativity.

Cookie decorating is cheap, fun, easy, and something everyone can enjoy together. Not much else meet all that criteria. (Sledding? Play dough? Squirt gun fights?) Plus, you’re left with yummy pieces of art when you’re done.

My niece makes a delicious SpongeBob.

Still not convinced? File these ideas away. You’ll thank me one day.

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Look Up

25 Jun

I was having a bad day and walking the dog. It was about 7:00pm on a cool and cloudy Monday a couple years back. Oblivious to the world around me and in a deep state of musing (as I am wont to do), something made me look up.

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Arroz Con Pollo

4 Jun
Jennifer Pasinosky, Angela Hylland, Angela Taylor, kayaking, Lummi island

Jen and I, before embarking on the uncharted waters of motherhood.

As most of you know, since my mother-in-law’s death I’ve been on a mission to find ways to keep the memory of Sue alive for my baby girl. That desire, in turn, sparked a passion to help other families in the same situation.

Unfortunately, I have many close friends mourning the loss of a parent, right at the time when we’re figuring out how to be parents ourselves. The idea that our little ones won’t know those special people—people who would’ve been such integral parts of their lives, our lives—is simply unfathomable.

That’s why I was intrigued when my friend Jen told me about her continued connection to her mother through food, particularly the native Colombian dish, arroz con pollo. I asked her to write about it, so I could share it with all of you. The result is this beautiful guest post.

Thank you, Jen, for your support, understanding, inspiration, and willingness to share. You, like your mother, make this world a better place. I’m so glad I know you, and through you, her.

Without further ado …

FROM JEN:

Nothing brings back memories of my mom better than food. It’s been nine years since she passed away, and I can still taste her arroz con pollo.

As early as I can remember, I loved spending time with my mom in the kitchen.

She taught me how to make patacones, papas choriadas, pan de yuca, arepas, ajiaco, and on one ambitious day, empanadas. We would sing along to Colombian music playing from the family room. Yo me llamo cumbia, yo soy la reina por donde voy… Or of course, to Julio Iglesias.

She would tell funny stories of learning to cook in the early days of her marriage to my dad, an American. Here’s one of my favorites:

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Word Art

1 May

Last month I offer several fun ideas for Poetry Month. But words can be much more than a carefully crafted phrase, poem, script, or story. They can be visual art as well.

Here are 3 easy “Word Art” projects for execs, parents, bloggers, teachers, kids, crafters, photographers, and anyone else I’m forgetting.

1. The “Wordle”

I discovered www.Wordle.net the other day and quickly became addicted.

  • Bloggers: Simply paste a link to your site, and Wordle.net will create a Wordle for you, sizing words according to frequency. Quite enlightening.
  • Business Types: You might be creating a lot more message “static” than you think. Plug in your text and see what you get. It could help you pair down that site or presentation to what you really want to say.
  • Scrapbookers: Type in words or phrases that remind you of the person or place you’re featuring. I had fun creating this Wordle from words my daughter was saying at the 20-month mark.

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Walk in the Park

10 Apr

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:

It’s all too easy for us, as adults, to forget that every little thing is a source of discovery and wonder for a toddler.

Even something as simple as a walk in the park can be as interesting and fun as an expensive trip to a local museum or a fee-based play space.

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Poetry

6 Apr

Whether you realize it or not, poetry is an everyday part of your life: the lyrics of a song, the prose in a childen’s story, the cadence of the evening news, and even the order and choice of the words you say are all types of poetry.

“And why should I care?” you might ask. Well, it depends on you and what you could get out of it. That’s how poetry works: creatively, individually, unexpectedly. Why not try it for a month and see for yourself?

Here are some easy ideas, courtesy of the folks at Poets.org. For the full list, created in honor of Poetry Month, click here.

Don’t worry. You don’t have to write one. Unless you want to. In which case, go for it!

The Daily Poem
Just sign up, and Poets.org will send a daily poem to your inbox for the month.

The Unexpected Poem
Put a love poem in the mirror for your honey in the morning. Drop one in a lunch box. Write a special poem to your child in the cover of his or her favorite book. Need poem ideas? Here’s a wonderful list to get you started.

The Pavement Poem
I’m not sure why I love this idea so much, but I do. Write a fun poem in chalk on your sidewalk. Might I suggest something from Dr. Seuss or Shel Silverstein?

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