Archive for April, 2008

Parenting Green

It seems like everywhere I turn, people are talking green. There is a lot to say, and share these days about being green. And it’s good. Some people will treat it as a fad, but a great many others will learn a new way forest.jpegof living.

I read this article in the NYT last Sunday that articulately sums up how I feel about this green wave. At the end of the article, the author suggests the one best way to be green, and decrease our footprint, is to plant a vegetable garden. I love this idea because it is something I like to do anyway, unlike taking cold showers to save gas, or staving off bananas because they’re flown in on a 747. I think he suggests planting a garden because it is not too overwhelming, and it is easy to become overwhelmed with this topic of footprints and climate change. And though I agree, it is better to do one thing than nothing at all, I would like to add one more thing to our must- do list to help preserve our environment: write to our representatives. Write to them about emissions, corporate responsibility, and China! You know: act locally…

What are families doing these days with their families to help decrease waste, conserve resources, and lessen consumption? Aside from recycling, and begging my daughter to use both sides of the paper for her drawing projects, there is one other little thing I do to help decrease waste. My daughter and I cut up all our empty cereal, cracker, and frozen food boxes (of which there is an embarrassing plenty), and use the cardboard for drawing, gluing and other artsy projects. Oh, and I grow tomatoes and basil– not really a vegetable garden, but about all I can do with .13 acres. What are other doing?


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I’m in the car the other day with my three children, listening to my 6yo and 4yo’s conversation in the back seat. Sunshine, my 6yo, is trying remember a detail from some story. Boo remembers it for her and then says:

“Do you like that you have a smart brother?”


“Do you like that you have a silly brother?”


Pause (mom smiling in the front seat, while listening)

Boo says to Sunshine, “Do you know why I’m so smart?”


“Because when I see a bad guy, I’m going to kill him, cut off his head, stuff it down the toilet, and then flush it.”

My jaw hits the floor, and I look into the review mirror to see my son smiling happily at his sister.

Do I need to be worried, here?

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I plucked this recipe from my FAVORITE cookbook in the world. No, it’s a William Sonama, or by some cute young British chef. It is from the Denver Junior League, and it is called Colorado Collage. Buy it, and you will never regret it because every single recipe is delicious and easy! And, you get to support a good cause!

This recipe is one of my favorites because it is alway popular at dinner parties, seems harder than it is, and the side note by the recipe says: “A delicious tart, ideal for the novice baker.”


8-10 servings (if you have to share)

Pastry: (so quick and easy!)

1 cup flour

1 TBS Sugar

pinch salt

1/2 C (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1 TBS pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp. water

Filling: (so tasty, I could eat it by the spoonful. Honestly.)

3/4 C sugar

3/4 C whipping cream

1 TBS Grand Marnier or other orange flavored liquor, straight from your snifter

1/2 tsp. pure almond extract

pinch salt

1 C sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease 9″ tart pan with removable bottom. In food processor, combine flour, sugar, salt, and butter. Pulse until mixture resembles course meal. In small bowl, combine vanilla and water. With processor running, gradually ad vanilla mixture to flour mixture. Process until dough just comes together. Press into prepared tart pan. Bake until set and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. (Don’t forget this part, like I usually do, or you’ll be bummed in the end. But you’ll still eat it.)

In small bowl, combine sugar- salt. Beat with fork until slightly thickened. Stir in almonds and mix well. Turn into prepared crust. Bake until the top forms a crust similar to pecan pie, 45-55 minutes. Remove from oven and cool thoroughly before serving- if you CAN!

( I really want a photo of the tart for you. Guess I’ll have to make one tomorrow so I can get a picture…)

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Blogging Stress

Sometimes being an underachiever has its benefits.


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