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Instagram, e-mail and other reader outreach

Happy New Year, all. I'm in the process of refocusing and refreshing the blog, but, in the meantime, I'm over on Instagram, trying to find a groove for when we hit the road this spring. (More to come about that!) So please come follow me if you're an Instagrammer, too. I'm also putting finishing touches […] read more

Leftover Halloween candy? Think outside the box.

Everyone has an opinion on Halloween candy. (Me included.) But no matter where you fall on the spectrum of balance to binge, let's all agree that the candy can get old, fast. And that's when it pays to get creative. Check out my latest post as a Parade contributor, where I talk gingerbread bling (and share lots […] read more

Blogging for money. And, oh yeah, 15% off PlanetBox!

I started blogging because I had something to say. I wanted people to rethink their assumptions about kids and food. I wanted to encourage people to speak up and advocate for change in their own back yards and well beyond. It sounds corny, but I wanted to help make the world a better place. Four […] read more

I don't remember how I first found Lisa Leake's blog, 100 Days of Real Food, but I do distinctly remember thinking, "this girl is going to change a lot of lives." This was several years ago, and I'd been blogging myself for about a year, during which time I'd become well-acquainted with the food blogosphere. […] read more

In case you want to listen…

Here's the link for the radio broadcast I mentioned yesterday. We covered a lot more than Halloween and candy: modern food culture, crazy ingredients, education vs. restriction, skinny doesn't mean healthy, "it's just one night" (not), helicopter parenting, the nanny state. Good times. And a great discussion. Worth a listen even if you don't live in Rochester. […] read more

I’m alive. And on the radio. Discussing candy.

Wow. Four months. When I abruptly stopped blogging mid-June, I knew I'd be on hiatus a little bit. We'd decided to move. I had a big writing project in the works. We'd started tossing around the idea of homeschooling. So I knew blogging would take a backseat temporarily. I was thinking a month, max. Then […] read more

Rochester shout-out: Recycle Shop

Click here to learn why I’m blogging every day this month. I've got one more crafty post before I return to my regularly scheduled food programming... If you read yesterday's post about my daughter's handmade American Girl feast, then you know I've got a girl who can spend hours (days) creating. She often has multiple projects […] read more

An American Girl doll feast

Click here to learn why I’m blogging every day this month. This is one of the things I love about summer break. When Tess wants to immerse herself in a project, she can jump in with both feet and just go. Here's how she spent half the day today -- crafting food for her American Girl […] read more


Click here to learn why I’m blogging every day this month. Today I quipped on Facebook about how hard it is to change my daughter's bed sheets because of all her stuffed animals. Apparently that resonated with a lot of you, because it was one of those me-too threads. And that made me remember this […] read more

Table topic

Click here to learn why I’m blogging every day this month. I live for finds like this. Maybe I should curate a little Spoonfed store with all the neat food-literacy products I come across. (Hmmm.) For now, though, I'll share just one. It's a silicone placemat that kids can color with washable or dry-erase markers. (It's […] read more