- Monday, October 18, 2010
Foodie With Family: Quick! Cookies
In our home, a cookie jar is well-nigh impossible to keep filled. Lack of cookies is not an option. The solution is a stack of cookie recipes that can be turned out last minute to keep the whole crew happy.Continued ...
- Monday, September 20, 2010
Foodie with Family: Fall's baking season
Baking, flannel shirts and frosting thieves. This is the stuff of fall traditions. Since it is now nearly officially fall, it is time to dust off some of our shelved-for-the-summer classics and give them some timely attention.Continued ...
- Monday, August 23, 2010
Rebecca Lindamood: Hot days of canning
When produce is coming on great guns and it's time to give the canner its annual stress test, it is going to be the hottest stretch of weather in memory.Continued ...
- Monday, July 26, 2010
Foodie with Family: Garden of Delights
I wandered out to the garden to check on progress one steamy morning last week and got the shock of my life. Cucumbers had arrived early. Very early. There were a lot of them. And cucumbers wait for no man. It was time to pickle.Continued ...
- Monday, June 28, 2010
Foodie With Family: Peel me off ceiling
I am a total wimp when it comes to caffeine, much to the dismay of my parents, siblings and husband, each of whom has gradually replaced the plasma in their blood with super-strong coffee.Continued ...
- Monday, May 31, 2010
Lindamood: Wiping away bad sponge cake
I have people coming over for dinner to celebrate my grandmother's birthday, I still have to clean, I told everyone that I would make Tres Leches cake and I should've known better.Continued ...
- Monday, May 3, 2010
Foodie with Family: A healthy dessert. Really.
I am a baker. I am the sugarplum fairy, for crying out loud. Desserts are what I do. I have always been a little (read: a lot) snotty about healthy desserts. "You want a healthy dessert? Eat an apple!"Continued ...
- Monday, March 8, 2010
Foodie with Family: Spring and camo casts
Geese aren't the only creatures in flight this time of year. My 8-year-old, Ty, attempted flight off of our loveseat last week -- aided in his endeavor by propulsion provided by his elder brother -- and landed in the local emergency room.Continued ...
- Monday, February 8, 2010
Foodie With Family: Team Couch Potato
There is very little I find more soul-satisfying than cuddling up in a fuzzy blanket on the couch with endless plates of finger foods and hot drinks while watching athletic people exert themselves to the breaking point for pride and nation in sub-zero temperatures.Continued ...
- Monday, January 11, 2010
Foodie With Family: Determined to have fun
The week before Christmas marked a major milestone for me as a parent. My husband and I left all five of our sons (and our two dogs) with my sainted mother (sainted for agreeing to and following through with a promise to watch the aforementioned horde) and flew to Houston. As in Texas. The Texas.Continued ...
- Monday, December 14, 2009
Foodie with Family: Reluctantly sentimental
I don't normally think of myself as an overly sentimental person. But there is something about Christmas that -- coupled with an overactive imagination -- really fires up my reluctant sentimentality. Also, what kind of food columnist would I be if I didn't give you at least one party food recipe to grace your holiday buffets?Continued ...
- Monday, November 16, 2009
Foodie With Family: Fighting holiday crowds
I spend a good portion of the holiday season (and ready or not, we're in it now!) trying to avoid crowds. Although it seems a contradiction, I eagerly anticipate Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and everything in between for most of the year. Just not the crowds.Continued ...
- Monday, October 19, 2009
Foodie With Family: Late-night snacks
Last night my husband offered to get the boys ready for bed and tuck them in last night so I could have a break. He did this out of the kindness of his heart. Or maybe he did it because I had crazy eyes when I begged him to do it. Who knows? The fact remains that he did it. And as I sat on the couch snuggled up in my favorite blanket I heard snippets of my husband's bedtime conversation technique drifting down from overhead ...Continued ...
- Monday, September 21, 2009
Foodie With Family: Racing kids, clock
This is a great time of year to consider delicious dinner building blocks that save time and money. With just a little forethought, it is possible to have homemade dinners on the table whether you're eating around races with your kids, meetings, studies, work, after-school or community activities.Continued ...
- Monday, August 24, 2009
Foodie With Family: Poison ivy payback
'What's the big deal about poison ivy? Except for when folks get a secondary infection from it and have to take medicine, I don't understand why they dwell on it so much. Why can't they buck up and deal with it? It's just a little itch." That's what I thought until last week when, for the first time in my life, I experienced my own poison ivy reaction.Continued ...
- Monday, July 27, 2009
Foodie with Family: Special foods for Ty
All of my boys are unique individuals. Ty, my third born, is undoubtedly my quietest child. Ty behaves like an angel in public. He eats politely at restaurants and doesn't wiggle in his seat. He is slightly built, blonde-haired, porcelain-skinned, blue-eyed and soft-spoken; and he's totally, 100 percent wacky. You see, his quiet presence is really just a ruse.Continued ...
- Monday, June 29, 2009
Foodie With Family: Full-stomach hunting
Three of our beautiful egg-laying chickens were stolen from our coop by some nefarious wildlife type critter within 24 hours. So while my husband and I went to work shoring up the defenses of our chicken coop, our five sons launched a large-scale paramilitary operation on our backwoods 20 acres. Upon discovering that the third hen had been stolen, the boys descended into a huddle. With occasional furtive glances toward the coop, they spent a solid five minutes whispering, planning and gesticulating wildly.Continued ...
- Monday, June 1, 2009
Foodie with Family: I'm stronger. Right?
My sister suggested two weeks ago that my saying of the year should be, "It's not working right now." After a winter full of near constant catastrophic vehicle problems, a broken washing machine, a broken water heater, a case of identity (and actual) theft, a dead chicken, and a few other inconveniences -- both large and small -- it would appear that my conversations have been peppered with, "Well, I'd love to ____ but my ____ isn't working right now."Continued ...
- Monday, May 4, 2009
Foodie With Family: Kids save us from salesman
Our first mistake was probably agreeing to the "complimentary in-home, no-obligation water test." Frustrated by years of various and sundry water-related complaints, we uncharacteristically agreed to let a "water technician" (read: tenacious salesman) come into our house and test our water.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 5, 2009
Foodie With Family: Encouraging loose teeth
Right now three of my five children are walking around with one or more teeth that appear to be ready to leap from their rightful places in their mouths. Every time I look at those teeth quivering in the breeze, it leaves me with tingly knees and a fuzzy brain and the children with the certain knowledge that until those teeth fall out they have a weapon of monstrous power at their disposal. They give me the heebie-jeebies.Continued ...
- Sunday, March 8, 2009
Foodie With Family: Children are literal
Following hot on the heels of birthday season for us (October-January) is my annual hair-shirt penitent moment. It is the same thing year after year and you would think I'd learn my lesson. Every single year, I schedule all the kids' appointments to happen at the same time in the name of multitasking.Continued ...
- Sunday, February 8, 2009
Foodie With Family: Food quiets them down
I've heard it said that to be a good conversationalist you should listen 80 percent of the time and only talk 20 percent of the time. If that is true then I am the best conversationalist in the whole world courtesy of my children. The only time one of those boys isn't talking is when they're sick. I mean really sick.Continued ...
- Sunday, January 11, 2009
Foodie With Family: Girly time too feminine
Because we live in the middle of nowhere I can only make it to the grocery store once a week in good weather and every other week in bad weather. I always tell my husband that I'd be able to grocery shop more efficiently and spend less money if I could go shopping without taking all five of my boys with me. This was my story and I was sticking to it. Until last week.Continued ...
- Sunday, December 14, 2008
Foodie With Family: Whispers and shouts
I don't try to eavesdrop on my children but I can't always help it. I'd have to lose all my hearing to give them the privacy that they want. They are, simply put, loud. Just last week I was in the kitchen and heard the following exchange from the boys who were in the dining room.Continued ...
- Sunday, November 16, 2008
Foodie With Family: No chicken recipes here
Last spring marked our first foray into the area of "keeping" animals. We have had a dog or two, a cat and a few various and sundry fish but that had always been enough. We decided to follow the example of a few friends and ordered day-old chicks from a reputable hatchery and combined orders with those friends to save on shipping.Continued ...