How I Made Hard Cider

Cidermaking at home is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to make your own alcohol. The key to delicious cider, is, of course, the apples! A crisp, sweet, well-rounded cider is made from a variety of apples. ...more
I would love to be on your holiday gift list! Great project. more

10 Things You're Supposed to Know About Your Vagina

As the mother of a tween, I've been spending some time lately with all manner of puberty books. Books that explain the seventeen stages your boobs will go through as they morph from bee stings to Those Things American Marketers Worship. Books that explain Shark Week your period and all the glorious cramps, bloating and hate-watching reality television that accompanies it....more
of course most men have learned maybe one and a half of these. more

Can a Feminist Mama Let Her Daughter Wear a Pink, Frilly Costume?

It’s almost Halloween, the time of year when ladies dress up as “Sexy SpongeBob,” and little girls have costume options that are in no way weather appropriate. (It’s OCTOBER, you guys. You know what’s not sexy? Frostbite.) But I have decided to let my daughter be whatever she wants this year, even if it’s pink and frilly and makes me gag. ...more
Raised by a thinking and thoughtful parent, she'll be a spectacular woman some day, regardless ... more

5 Reasons It's Fine to Not Focus on One Passion

I’m a multi-passionate person, but I wasn’t always proud of that fact. ...more
I wouldn't say that I am one, but I raised one. Now a 26 y.o. Renaissance man, his challenge is ... more

Doing Whatever it Takes to Get People to Read My Blog

Somewhere here I stopped feeling like a writer.  Or a doer of house projects.  Or a researcher of toilets.  I turned into a version of myself that I had never met -- someone who would do WHATEVER IT TAKES to get people to read my blog.  The word that comes to mind is hustler. ...more
Sometimes it can feel like a new definition of insanity. Sometimes it's all that keeps you sane. more

The 10 Commandments of Italian Food

The Italians are real sticklers when it comes to mealtime.They’re particular about what they eat, how they they eat it, and what they eat and drink with it. There are rules about the time of year and the time of day, who’s in the kitchen and who’s at the table, how a dish is prepared and how it’s served. There’s no room for compromise and heaps of scorn for rule breakers....more
@herdaily I made cavatelli last night with fresh tomatoes, spinach, and cannellini beans (and ... more

Food Bloggers Fight Back With Ecards: How to Share Recipes Online

Food bloggers far and wide share their passion for cooking on the Internet each and every day. They love getting in the kitchen to create new dishes and can’t wait to write down the recipe, photograph it and share it all with their friends and followers. They love when they are shared again and again, as long as it’s being shared properly. You may be asking, why am I bringing this up? Images: Courtesy of Ecards ...more
So true. I always look for the creative commons trademark. It's too easy to provide credit that ... more

Hello, kale...if that is your real name.

Hey everybody! Let’s talk about kale. Why? Because I’ve been sick in bed for three days doped up on Ny-Quil, so kale it is!...more
It really is a name, no kidding. It’s currently at an all time peak as a baby name. I recently ... more

The 10 Commandments of Italian Food

The Italians are real sticklers when it comes to mealtime.They’re particular about what they eat, how they they eat it, and what they eat and drink with it. There are rules about the time of year and the time of day, who’s in the kitchen and who’s at the table, how a dish is prepared and how it’s served. There’s no room for compromise and heaps of scorn for rule breakers....more
@SunbonnetSmart.com And traditional or not, I love a good caesar salad with a pasta dinner. more

The 10 Commandments of Italian Food

The Italians are real sticklers when it comes to mealtime.They’re particular about what they eat, how they they eat it, and what they eat and drink with it. There are rules about the time of year and the time of day, who’s in the kitchen and who’s at the table, how a dish is prepared and how it’s served. There’s no room for compromise and heaps of scorn for rule breakers....more
@Elaine Griffin I won't tell. I agree that sometimes taste has to trump tradition. more