more about: summer

Peach Hand Pies

Can you believe I haven’t baked a pie all summer? I’ve thought about baking a lot of pies but just haven’t gotten around to it. Last weekend my parents came to visit with some peaches from my sister’s tree, and I knew I could resist no longer. By Monday, we only had 4 peaches left (we’d eaten the rest out […]

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Pre-Made Salad that Won’t Get Soggy

For a dinner party (or even just a regular weeknight meal), making the salad ahead of time can save you precious minutes, but it normally results in soggy lettuce that no one wants to eat. Thankfully, all you have to do to is layer your salad ingredients properly, and then give a quick toss before serving. Here’s the order you […]

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Hair Removal: What Is Your Go-To Solution?

After doing our hair removal road test, I found it so interesting to learn how everyone’s preferences ranged. Some people wouldn’t go near a razor and were all about waxing, others only liked razors. In the summer I like waxing best, because it leaves my skin smooth for weeks (translation: less work for me). My favorite salon is Uni K […]

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Michigans (Hot Dogs) in New York

I’ve been spending a lot of time this summer at my fiance’s father’s house in far-upstate New York, in the small, quiet, mostly farming community called Chazy.  Chazy hugs the western edge of Lake Champlain and moves at the kind of slow, friendly pace that immediately curbs my rush-rush-New York City tendencies.  You wouldn’t know the place unless you’d grown […]

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How Much Computer/Video Game/Wii/Whatever Time Do You Allow Your Kids?

Well, now we’re in the thick of summer, which means that all over America, parents are breathing down their kids’ necks about how much time they spend playing Xbox 360. Or is that just at my house? We have a general rule of thumb, which is that the kids get 1 hour of screen time on school days and 1.5 […]

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My Attempt at Carving Mango Flowers

A few weeks ago, on a visit to Coney Island (yes, the same Nathan’s Hotdog excursion) I bought a five dollar mango. I typically wouldn’t pay that much for a piece of fruit, but it was carved like a flower, and came on a stick, and I am a sucker. There were 2 women with pretty substantial knives just carving […]

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Friday Links: No Bake Cookies

We’re doing a special themed Friday links this week. For much of the country it’s going to be another hot weekend, so here’s our round-up of cookies that you can make without turning on the oven. And for those of you not sweltering this summer, just think of them as incredibly fast and easy cookie recipes: Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies […]

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A Sauce from the Garden

Last weekend I did a little foraging around a friends garden and yard for some dinner provisions In the yard I found a few raspberries, gooseberries, and currants. Fresh thyme grows all over the yard. And the garden is full of fresh chives. I stated by sauteing some shallots. I then added the berries, currants,  thyme, a little honey, and […]

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Friday Find: Silver Linings (aka The Sweaty Shoe Solution)

It’s H-O-T! Thanks to this massive heat wave sweeping through the central and eastern regions of the country, it literally feelings like a steam room outside. And, every pore of my body is emitting sweat. Gross, but true. One of the most uncomfortable sweat-ridden areas is my feet. Can I get a witness? Don’t you hate when the sweat from […]

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Cute Sandals…for Ugly Feet

I recently received a distressed note from a reader about shoes and the trouble she was having finding pretty sandals (read: not closed-toe flats) for her not-so-pretty feet. I quickly realized that she had made a valid point. As a runner, my feet are often callused and blistered, and I’m sure that other athletes and non-athletes alike suffer from similar issues. […]

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