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Good articles have been written about why it’s okay to grieve for someone you’ve never met, a favorite actor or singer, for example. It’s natural when music, or art of any kind, profoundly affects us, speaks to our souls, and it’s okay to grieve the artist who sparked those feelings. This week we’ve listened to David Bowie’s music online and on vinyl. Our son played “Moonage Daydream” at an open mic. Our youngest daughter posted a photo of herself from her graduation shoot.
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Today’s Dinner and a DVD: Will Farrell’s ‘Elf’ is another holiday favorite, one my kids watched over and over. And it just so happens that the story includes a meal suggestion.
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I’ve been experimenting with bath salts this year. I’ve sent them to my daughters and friends for a variety of occasions. The massage therapist at my chiropractor’s office has encouraged me to spend more time soaking away my stress and stiffness. Since both of my daughters will be home for the holidays I purchased approximately a dozen different oils and we intend to spend a day mixing up new batches that they can take home.
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We’re starting a new feature here at BCBT: Dinner and a DVD. Every so often, we’ll pick a movie and pair it with an appropriate meal, appetizer, snack or dessert. To kick things off, we decided to start with some Christmas classics.
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It’s a few minutes before 10:00 a.m. and I have finished my coffee, caught up on Facebook, and skimmed my personal emails. Now what? I was laid off four days ago while I sat at my desk wearing a t-shirt embroidered with the logo of my former employer. That was on Friday. Although I have …
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There were two cannolis in the fridge. Every time I opened the refrigerator, I saw them in the clear plastic takeout package that our tenants brought home two weeks ago. Taunting me. And for two weeks I have craved cannolis.
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Visiting a mission with your children provides an opportunity to step back in time and experience the history of California. Most of the missions display art and historical artifacts, and many have living history and other special events.
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So, I have another great recipe for you which comes from Portland-based blogger and awesome daughter, Ashley MacQuarrie. When my children were small, they frequently were told that “chocolate is not a breakfast food” in response to their requests for chocolatey cereals from the grocery store. I’m so glad Ashley found a way to make chocolate a reasonable choice for breakfast, or any meal, and this series would be incomplete without it.
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I think a good meatloaf is not too dry, not too soft and most importantly, does not have bell peppers. I tried to make this in my slow cooker a while back, but the results were too soft, I couldn’t make a decent cold meatloaf sandwich with the leftovers. And cold meatloaf sandwich is surely one of life’s small pleasures.
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As I was looking for ways to use up my 3 pounds of oatmeal, of course, I made a face mask. While I relaxed covered in my oats, I decided to see if there was any research to back up oatmeal’s reputation.
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