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Diary of a New Homemaker

May 8

A Stroke

It occurred in early December.

Nov 24

In Which I Am Burned Out of My House

On November 13th, at 2:30 in the morning, we ran for our lives from my home of 27 years.

Newest Article

10 Truly Multi-Purpose Kitchen Tools For A Clutter-Free Kitchen

If you're looking around and wondering how you wound up with 15 spatulas, 12 wooden spoons, eight or so ladles and six kitchen electronics (half of which you have no idea what they do), then it's time to break open some drawers, clear off some shelves and take your kitchen down to its useful and clutter-free basics.

In our kitchen, which is comfortable for one person but a tight squeeze for two, we've narrowed it down to tools -- outside of essentials like pots, pans and mixing bowls, of course -- that are not only used on a regular basis, but serve at least two purposes, if not more.

Autumn, Back to School and Halloween

Spice Up Your Child's Lunchbox

After two months in first grade, my daughter was as tired of eating sandwiches as I was of making them. Tuna fish, egg, ham, peanut butter. Day after day. How boring can it get? Even pickles couldn't lift our spirits.

"Pack a hot meal in a thermos," said grandma. But the thermos came back almost full. My daughter only has 15 minutes for lunch. She can take her sandwich outside in the playground if she wishes, but dragging a bowl of spaghetti isn't an option.

From Our Archives

Neighborhood Campfires

You don't have to go camping or sleep on the bumpy ground to enjoy the friendly warmth of a glowing campfire. Invite your neighbors for an impromptu backyard fire, complete with roasted marshmallows and ghost stories. It's a relaxing way to end the day and celebrate the last nights of summer or first weekends of autumn.

Adults can chat, kids can play games in the dark, and everyone can roast marshmallows or cuddle in a soft lap until they're drowsy. Here's how to make campfires work in your neighborhood.

Clear out the clutter, make some butter!
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