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Thanksgiving, Kids, and Counting Pumpkin Calories

Thanksgiving … it is one of the great American holidays, and its activities are excellent sources of alliteration: Food, football, festivities, friends and family (at your own risk, in some cases). For me, I’m very grateful, even thankful, for the many blessings received throughout the year – wonderful people whose paths have crossed mine, the […]

30,144 Reasons to Love Costco From the Comfort of Your Own Home or Bomb Shelter

Who doesn’t love Costco – the bulk-buying bonanza of big-box-store bomb-diggity? I’m pretty sure “Mama June” from everyone’s favorite reality show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” probably does. Based on her overflowing shelves, it looks like she’s got supplies to last for years, if not several lifetimes. Like the rest of us, she does need […]

Child’s First Birthday Cake – Make it a Smash Cake

It’s your baby’s first birthday. You buy a fantastic cake. Really well-decorated, tons of frosting – a pastry of perfection that anyone, except for a newly-turned-one year old would truly appreciate. One that looks something like this: I’m all for a really nice celebration, and great cake, for that special little youngster. However, I’m still […]

Summer of 1972 – The Family Station Wagon

On this particular late-July day, it was typically hot and humid across most of Iowa, including our fair city of Cedar Rapids. Who doesn’t love 95 degrees Fahrenheit and 90% humidity, where your shirt sticks to your body like Saran Wrap as soon as you walk out of air-conditioned paradise? Our family made the four […]

“If Music, I Mean ‘Pumpkin Pie,’ Be the Food of Love, Play On …”

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. Cartoonist Jim Davis I had dreams of it tasting like a pumpkin pie. Of course, it didn’t. I hated it. Brian Long Fall is my favorite time of year; even here in northern California where the leaves are in […]

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