Entries from February 28th, 2011

Candles

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments · crafty, fun with kids

Here are some pictures from daddy daycare day a few weeks ago. We bought some beeswax sheets and made candles. The kiddos enjoyed pretending it was their birthdays and blowing out the candles. And a very grateful shout out to Pioneer Woman for explaining why my photos look bad on the web. Thanks to her [...]

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This is not for lunch, usually

February 26th, 2011 · 2 Comments · food

I hesitate to put this up because it is not representative of what we eat for lunch. But I enjoyed these crabcakes so thoroughly, I thought it was worth remembering. The snack lunch Violet, being a toddler, would eschew all meals in favor of snacks if she could, so lunches and dinners are often hit [...]

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A snack of sea turtles on a log

February 24th, 2011 · No Comments · food

Did I mention that V could live on snacks? At any hour of the day, there is the familiar cry, I’m hungry. Just not for lunch or dinner… Slices of apples spread with peanut butter (almond butter will also work) and dotted with raisins, cranberries or dried cherries. This is a much enjoyed riff on [...]

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Breakfast of champions

February 21st, 2011 · No Comments · food, fun with kids

This week I feel like writing about food. We have had some yummy breakfasts the past few weeks and I wanted to share. V is enjoying cooking more and more these days. She insists on scrambling our eggs in the morning. And she does such a great job. Tig adds just enough milk and cooks [...]

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Distilling love part two

February 17th, 2011 · 2 Comments · crafty, fun with kids

Hope you are having a lovely week.

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Distilling love

February 14th, 2011 · No Comments · parenting

As I was writing the simple guide to festival planning, I thought ahead to Valentine’s Day and what I wanted to get out of it. Most years I think of Valentine’s Day as being inconsequential or forgettable. The commercialism surrounding the day doesn’t interest me, and the history behind St. Valentine and his annual commemoration [...]

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Paper dragon tutorial and template

February 12th, 2011 · 3 Comments · crafty

As promised, here is the tutorial for making the paper dragon from the last post. I made this one morning with V and loved the way it turned out. The idea originally came from Martha Stewart, but I also looked at the ones sold in Chinatown and made my own version and template (below). You [...]

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A simple guide to festival planning (with worksheet)

February 10th, 2011 · 6 Comments · celebrations

Violet playing with a paper dragon we made. A tutorial and template on how to make your own will be available this Saturday. In today’s high-speed bullet train world, our lives are accelerating at a blinding pace. Technology blurs our days and nights, globalization flattens the earth. Both are changing our concepts of space and [...]

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Welcome the year of the rabbit (with bubble tea recipe)

February 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments · celebrations, family and friends, food

This weekend we celebrated the year of the rabbit with a party. The intoxicating scent of paperwhites (narcissus) brings me back to Chinese New Years in Hong Kong. Calligraphy by Grandpa Jack. Oranges, chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil, and red candy. It’s important to get the oranges with leaves. Hung bao, or red envelopes [...]

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Snow cave!

February 5th, 2011 · No Comments · fun with kids, nature

A snow crystal is a letter from the sky. –Ukichiro Nakaya, Japanese scientist (1900-1962) The snowbanks outside pile high to the sky, like Ezra Jack Keat’s illustrations in The Snowy Day. On my way to work, I brushed the feathery snow from one of the mounds with my glove. Diamond dust sprinkled from my hand. [...]

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