One of the positive things about spending more time at home has been the opportunity to enjoy leisurely mornings.  No more rushing out the door with untied shoes and a bag of cereal to munch on in the car.  Probably the best change to our morning routine has been the reintroduction of a hot breakfast…

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For the past week or two I’ve been obsessed with the idea of creating a container herb garden. This obsession was inspired by all the cooking I’ve been doing during quarantine, and I’ve really enjoyed the chance to try and create new recipes. Yes, the Julia Child in me is flourishing, with my family (and…

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Right now I’m hooked on the Marie Kondo television series on Netflex – “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”  The series is based on the organization methods detailed in Marie’s bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.  If you have a chance to watch even just one episode,…

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I first discovered the restaurant Yank Sing over 30 years ago. I was just out of college and working as a television production intern at CBS affiliate KPIX in San Francisco. At least once or twice a week on my lunch break, I would walk over to the restaurant’s location on Battery Street and let…

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Keeping My Head Above Water

For years we had carpet on our stairs and second floor living area.  It was a light colored carpet.  The type of light colored carpet that shows all manner of dirt and stains.  Let’s just say that with two kids and a dog, the carpet had seen better days. After a while vacuuming and shampooing…

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Keeping My Head Above Water

Earlier this summer our family of four flew off to London and Paris for an extended visit. I’m an Anglophile and a history lover so I was pretty excited to take our teenagers on their first trip to Europe. Mindful of the difficulties they might have adjusting to the time difference between California and our…

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Keeping My Head Above Water

I’m a decent cook. One of these days I’d like to be better. During a busy week I struggle like most parents in coming up with healthy yet interesting ways to prepare chicken, turkey, fish, veggies and pasta (staples in my house) so no one becomes bored. On the weekends, I like to really go…

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Keeping My Head Above Water

My kids are now teenagers and over the years they’ve made some wonderful, precious gifts for me that stole my heart over and over again. These gifts were usually craft projects made at school for special holidays like Christmas or Mother’s Day. I’ve kept significant pieces as a way to hang on to that moment…

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