Monthly Archives: March 2013

Just a Dumb Housewife

Years ago, when the Norwegian Artist and I decided that I would stay home and raise the kids, this was not a savvy, astute, wordly-wise, shrewd, smart decision. Back in the 80s, when women could do anything they wanted, by … Continue reading

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The Common Cold and Common Sense

Well, guess who’s feeling yucky these days. There’s me, for one (and yes, you are right; that is written in a grammatically incorrect fashion, which just goes to show how yucky I’m feeling). And Tired of Being Youngest, who did … Continue reading

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Learning Spanish by Studying Greek

Excerpt from the Start Your Week with Steve newsletter, a free weekly e-mail newsletter of Steve Henderson Fine Art: Steve Says: “Years ago, Carolyn and I lived in Pamplona, Colombia with Colombian friends. The house was an alleyway with a tin roof … Continue reading

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Kitchen Failures — Sometimes They’re Delicious

This weekend, the Son and Heir was indescribably excited about making Gjetost (yay-toast), a Norwegian “cheese” produced by simmering whey for 12 hours until it reduces to a creamy, caramelized concoction. Norwegian children apparently eat it spread it on their … Continue reading

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“Overwhelmed” Is Not the New Normal

Lately I’ve been wandering through various food, family, and homeschooling Facebook and blog sites, and the word “overwhelmed,” is showing up entirely too much. Like this: “I am homeschooling a five-year-old and I have a toddler and a new baby. … Continue reading

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Impulse Buying versus a Wise Investment

Sometimes the best pieces of advice don’t seem real because they don’t seem like advice. Like this one: Wait, before you make a purchase. See what I mean? It’s so prosaic, so basic, so sensible that it’s almost boring, and … Continue reading

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Market Manipulation, Roasted Chicken, and You

I don’t know about you, but I get vaguely irritated when I realize that I’m being manipulated. And given the marketing climate in which our society operates, this means that if I don’t watch it, I spend two thirds of … Continue reading

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Is Religion a Crutch?

How often have you heard this — “Religion is a crutch that only weak people need?” If you’re not religious, your first thought may be, “That’s right!” If you are religious, your first thought may not be very charitable. But … Continue reading

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Recipe: Healthy Kamut® Yeast Rolls

Never heard of Kamut®? It’s an ancient grain, and I give a brief overview of what it is and why we use it in Ancient Wheat — a Potential Alternative to Gluten Free. These rolls involve time — mixing and … Continue reading

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Ancient Wheat — a potential alternative to gluten free

Gluten free eating is “popular” these days, although I hesitate using that P word because some people who are truly gluten intolerant (think, Celiac Disease) get offended, and understandably so. But gluten-free is popular in the sense that a lot … Continue reading

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