Turning Picky Eaters into Food Adventurers in New Orleans


My 10 year old son is famous in our family for his finicky palate.  He came into the world a picky eater, which is not always easy when you are born into a family of adventurous eaters. “A bowl of plain pasta, butter and cheese on the side. No sauce. ” That was our standard…

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Magical Rainbow Hidden Mickey Cake


My son asked for another Hidden Mickey cake this year.  With a twist. He wanted rainbows inside. The theme for his Birthday party was Fantasia and references to the Sorcerer’s apprentice were plentiful. I thought I’d try my hand at some magic of my own. I’ve always wanted to try out a “twice baked” cake…

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Mom Bloggers: It’s Time for Your Close Up


Over the past week and a half I have scrutinized close to 400 mom blogs as part of a project I’m working on. It’s been a voyage of discovery, some of it selfie involved. My mom blog investigation brought joy, recognition and moments of laughter as well as moments of cringing and forehead smacking. I see myself…

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Easy Gluten-Free Apple-Pear Tart


Certain things from the time “before” I was Gluten Free (over a decade ago!) I still miss. Warm apple pie, topped with ice cream, for example. It’s not impossible to find a decent gluten free pie crust. It’s just difficult and involves a lot of driving to multiple stores in search of that one mix/crust…

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A Get Well Holiday Gift from Marshalls for Fabian #BestGiftEver


Thanks to Marshalls for the opportunity to shop for the #BestGiftEver A little over a week ago, our babysitter got a shocking phone call. Her boyfriend’s brother was calling to tell her to come home, immediately. He’d just gotten a call from an ambulance company. They were notifying him that there’d been a terrible motorcycle…

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A Gift From HomeGoods for Terry the Bird Healer #BestGiftEver


Thanks to HomeGoods/TJ Maxx/Marshalls for sponsoring this post and giving me the chance to shop for the #BestGiftEver this holiday season. When HomeGoods/TJ Maxx/Marshalls gave me the chance to pay it forward and shop for a special gift for three special people  this year, Terry, the “bird lady” was one of the first who came…

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