Monthly Archives: November 2013

Picky Eaters

Salade nicoise

We are coming up on the biggest eating event of the year and if you have young kids, it’s possible your teeth are already pre-gritted.  Pick eating:  the bane of a foodie parent’s life.  I don’t know why I get

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Like Sister, Like Brother

CH drawing in front of fireplace

Last night Child Harbat decided to do a section cut drawing of a vet’s office, with a view into each room where a different animal was being treated.  I loved that she had a specific architectural view in mind.  Not

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Number Two is Two

Number Two is two

My son is two years old or, in the jaw-clenching vernacular of uber-parents, he’s twenty-four months old.  Before having kids I vowed only to count a child’s age in months until they were old enough to count it in years. 

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Do a Barrel Roll!


I’ve been chastised by my brother for featuring “girly” beers on my blog recently.  Well, excuse me for wanting to drink my beer from a miniature porcelain teacup featuring images of dancing Pomeranians wearing hats and booties!  Excuse me for

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How to Go for a Hike With Children

CH & N2 wagon 1

Hey all you logical people who put the day before the month:  it’s still 11/11/13!  Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about taking two small children to the park for a “hike”.  Is it possible?  Define “hike”.  If

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Ape Orphan Annie

Ape Orphan Annie

What’s the best Halloween costume?  One that comes together at the last minute.  This year I put on a djellabah and skullcap I bought in Egypt and called myself a pilgrim, a hajji.  Total costume planning and dressing time:  90

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Almanac Beer: Honey Saison

Saison 1

This is a great time to be drinking beer.  I don’t mean right now, in the morning, I mean this year.  The United States is in the midst of a beer boom, with more micro-breweries popping up every day.  And

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Hangar 24 Gourdgeous – A Review

Pumpkin ale 3

They’re everywhere now, clogging the endcaps at your grocery store, pushing regular beers out of the way with gaudy orange and black signage:  pumpkin beers.  Most are regular beers with some fake pumpkin flavoring added.  And let’s really dig into

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