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    Friday
    Feb212014

    Delicious dinner in no time, courtesy Campbell's Slow Cooker Sauces

    Like many midlife mothers, I cooked major meals for many years. I didn't mind cooking — I actually enjoy cooking, for the most part — but when the nest emptied I was ready for a break and now limit my time in the kitchen.

    Campbell's Slow Cooker Sauces

    That doesn't mean my husband and I don't still appreciate — and often crave — home-cooked meals, though. So when I started seeing the commercials on television for the Campbell's Slow Cooker Sauces, I was intrigued. The flavors sounded delicious and the idea that prep time for a home-cooked meal was just five minutes sounded perfect.

    Even more perfect? Though I'd not yet had a chance...

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    Thursday
    Feb202014

    Warm up with 'CURIOUS CRITTERS Volume Two'

    Considering all the snow and cold outside, it's a great time to warm up indoors with some curious critters. Specifically, the critters found in CURIOUS CRITTERS Volume Two, the latest captivating look at the best nature has to offer, courtesy David FitzSimmons and his masterful photography skills.

    Curious Critters Volume Two

    CURIOUS CRITTERS Volume Two has beautiful...

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    Wednesday
    Feb192014

    250 Best Meals in a Mug: THE cookbook for single-serving meals

    When my daughters lived at home and the nest was full, I used big pots and huge pans for meal preparation. Now that the nest is empty, I get a kick out of making meals on a far smaller scale, usually for my husband and myself. Sometimes even just for myself or just my husband if one or the other of us is out of town.

    I recently had the opportunity to review the absolute perfect cookbook for making meals for one — or two. 250 Best Meals in a Mug: Delicious Homemade Microwave Meals in Minutes by Camilla V. Saulsbury is chock-full of, just as the title says, delicious meals... that take mere minutes to make... in the microwave... in a mug.

    Courtesy 250 Best Meals in a Mug by Camilla V. Saulsbury © 2014 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.My oldest daughter, who lives alone, stopped by my house the day after I received my free review copy. She couldn't stop ogling...

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    Friday
    Feb072014

    Carol Burnett hangs with Curious George February 10 on PBS KIDS

    Grab your fave preschoolers on Monday, Feb. 10 and settle in together to watch as Carol Burnett guest stars as George's Great Aunt Sylvia on Curious George, PBS KIDS' popular program for youngsters.

    Carol Burnett on Curious George

    In Monday's "Toy Story" episode, Great Aunt Sylvia (Burnett) returns from the Galapagos with a special gift for George: a front loader. Unfortunately...

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    Monday
    Jan062014

    Baby boomers and travel: An infographic

    What are your travel plans for 2014? According to a recent survey from Homewood Suites of AARP Member Advantages members, baby boomers prefer short trips by car to long affairs by air. And we like to leave the kids — and grandkids — at home.

    This infographic provided by AARP Member Advantages; I was not obligated nor compensated to post it.

    Friday
    Dec062013

    'Highs in the Low Fifties' a bold, witty, wild memoir (review)

    If Marion Winik's Highs in the Low Fifties: How I Stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living were a novel, I can imagine an editor telling her to take out this part and that part and this one, too, as those things are just a bit too bizarre for readers to believe. Especially too hard to believe that one character went through it all, did it all.

    Went through it all and did it all, Winik did, though. And she bares all the adventure, all the despair — along with all the undeniably funny — right there for one and all to see in her recent memoir. The writing...

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