“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please,
but as the opportunity to do what is right.”

-Peter Marshall


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    In the Kitchen

    A Playing Dough Kind of Day

    It was a play dough making kind of day! With a gray chill in the air, my little guy and I decided to hole up at home, crank the heater and have a little fun.  My son requested orange dough the other day, so I snagged a cheap box of said-colored gelatin during my last grocery shopping trip and was thankful to have it on hand. My little guy loves to mix all the ingredients for this gelatin-based recipe and even stir for a bit, but it doesn’t take long for his little arms to get tired and relinquish the spoon to mama. I really don’t blame him; even my arms get tired before the…

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    A Real Mom’s Kitchen — Katie D. Claims Her Calm

    Welcome to A Real Mom’s Kitchen. This is the first of a monthly series that will take us inside the kitchens of real women to see how they actually use their spaces to keep the family nourished, get the academics done, keep the creative juices flowing and maybe even run a business or two. It’s all about reality, functionality, dreams and getting dirty, and most of these moms actually volunteered to let me through the front door with all my questions and my camera. Oh, and be sure to try the recipe at the end of each post, which is a featured family favorite meal (say that several times fast). One of these recipes…

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    Super Yummy Quick and Easy Chili

    We haven’t seen the sun much during the last week and cooler temps have finally come along, so in my kitchen that means chili is on the menu. I love to make a large batch of chili that will feed the family several times over because it’s easy, makes great leftovers and is super yummy. . . especially when you add a few Fritos at the bottom and grated cheese on the top. Now when I make my chili there are a few things you must know. First, I don’t use a recipe and it never tastes quite the same way twice. I throw in a bit of this and a dash of…

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