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12 Days of Shopping: Make Your Own Gift, GRANOLA 2 Ways (Day 1)

Best Granola Ever: Recipe Below

Capability:Mom and I are doing a series of 12 posts jointly for the 12 Days of Shopping; one a day starting today for 12 days in a row.  She’ll do half of each post, and I’ll do the other. We selected those requisite gift categories that can be tough to figure out (in-laws, tutors, etc), and wracked our brains for several  hours at our coffee shop. I hope this helps you in your holiday scramble to the finish! Read more…

Easy Dinners for Busy Families

Easy, Fast, Healthy Dinner Ideas

I confess to reading cookbooks like some people read good novels.  I like simple home cooking from different countries; as long as it has a lot of flavor, it will be a hit in my family.  Recently I tracked the career goals my children mentioned over the past year.  Two of them mentioned chef and the other, my little gourmand, said she wanted to be a food critic.  You can bet it’s difficult to cook a meal that pleases everyone!  Read more…

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Greek and Roman Gods: Mythology for Kids

It all started innocently enough.  I had just finished The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, the first book in his new chapter book series post Percy Jackson.  It’s a great read and I highly recommend it, as does my 5th grade daughter.  (Don’t worry, Percy and Annabeth are in the series).  Roman versus Greek Gods were occupying my mind. Riordan does a great job converging the two sets of seemingly similar deities yet pointing out the differences between the two (who knew?!).  I was always more partial to the Greek Gods myself and now I know why.  They were the gentler, kinder version.  Less warlike. More human.  More … interesting. Read more…

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Bangladesh: Culture, Alpanas, Children’s Books, Recipe and More!

Bangladesh: Children’s Books, Crafts, Art and More

I know that I was a little vague in my post, Lessons From the Dog Park Applied to My Blog, about Teach Me Tuesdays in that I simply proposed that we learn together.  Then I remembered the advice that DesignTrackMind gave me:  “Explore different countries.  Add in fashion and interior design.  Recipes are good but you HAVE to make it first.”  Don’t you love it yet hate it when you get advice so dead on that it calls you out?  Like I’d post a recipe that I’ve never made myself??!!  Ok, she knows me too well. Totally busted. Read more…

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Make Your Own Playdough Recipe

DIY Playdough Recipe for Kids

This is an old recipe from my first preschool.  My middle daughter used to LOVE to play with playdough but she didn’t like the stinky smell of purchased playdough.  Mix a batch and store in an air-tight container for hours of fun. My kids would make this (with the help of a teacher or parent volunteer) in preschool when they were 3 years old. They love to stir (just do it off the stove) and adding the food coloring is magical for them! And there is nothing better than warm playdough! Read more…

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Guatemala: kids books, recipes, weavings and more

Guatemala for Kids through Books, Culture and Food

I landed in Guatemala because I actually had no idea of what to post on but I keep an email folder of “books that I want to read” from all the blogs that I read and Libertad came up and that was it for me. I don’t know much about Guatemala though my oldest just did a unit on the ancient civilizations of South and Central America but I always get the Aztecs mixed up with the Mayans. I think she had the Mayans, though. Read more…

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Sri Lanka with Kids Books, Recipe and Design

Exploring Sri Lanka for Kids through Children’s Books, Food and More

I love this local cafe, L’Aroma Cafe, which seems to be a vortex attracting all kinds of nice people and frequently people who I know both one and two degrees of separation apart.  It was no different the other day when I was hanging out, waiting for a friend to arrive.  The owner came up and started talking to me.  They had offered their space to my friend,  Sharon Schindler,  a talented photographer of quintessential Boston, and it was wildly popular so all parties involved were thrilled, myself included because I got to eat yummy desserts surrounded by her gorgeous photos.   Read more…

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Asian in America (Amy Chua, new Asian KidLit, dumpling recipe!)

Asian in America and Tiger Mom Amy Chua’s Influence

There is no doubt that Amy Chua’s “Tiger Mom” book sparked a reaction fanned, no doubt, by the incendiary article by the Wall Street Journal. I read somewhere that when people bother you, it’s because they reflect something inside yourself that you are trying to suppress. They are a foil into your own “dark side.” So it’s not surprising that an extreme parenting style that produces a child that appears to be obedient, talented, and smart is an end result we all to achieve. Read more…

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Burma (Myanmar) for Kids: Books and Culture

Burma or Myanmar for Kids Though Books and Activities

Why Burma? A trio of serendipitous events collided:

  • A Mom Friend from Burma hosted a Mystery Dinner School Fundraiser and 8 parents from my school went to her dinner.
  • I had brunch with one set of parents who raved about her dinner, a Burmese Noodle Dish — recipe below –, and reminisced about his own travels to Burma.  He was there during the student protests (see history bullet points below) which was a crazy and somewhat unsafe time to be a tourist in Burma.
  • I was at a U2 concert a year ago, and Bono dedicated a song to Aung San Suu Kyi, who was I barely aware of. Read more…