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For Mom, Chip Chip Hooray

My mom has the exceptional gift of being easy to please. She likes glossy travel magazines, Walker Bros. hash browns, her grandchildren, soft throw blankets and a good Clinique bonus. This quality makes her, as they say, “easy” to buy for. And since we all know people who are “impossible” to buy for, I think [...]

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We celebrated Josie’s birthday at her 6th grade class graduation party – a big BBQ by the lake with loads of wet, hyped and hungry 12-year olds. I’d bring the cake, but I didn’t want a fussy, frosted thing. Sandy kids would be swimming – too busy for forks and plates – so the best [...]

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Dentist’s Nightmare in my Kitchen

Josie said “Mom, this is so not you.” “This is completely not normal.”

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With a houseful of guests and grandparents coming out of my ears, I’ve truly neglected my tasty friends over here at Simmer. Josie graduated from 6th grade last night, and though it’s a big deal, it’s remarkable what a big deal they make out of it these days. There has been so much eating and [...]

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Happy Birthday, Greg

It’s my husband’s birthday. This is not my husband. This is Cleo, our passive but noisy lab. Greg – said husband – and I spend a lot of time saying things to each other like “…what’s Cleo barking at?” or “why is she barking now?” We spend a lot of time saying things like “what’s [...]

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