Of M&Ms, Hot Tamales, Milky Ways and More

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In New York, Halloween day was sunny and brisk. If I had weather control, I would have slowed down the wind a tad. As usual, I spent a fortune on goodies to contribute to the national sugar high – just in case the Power Rangers and princesses descended – and as usual, no kids came. Well, maybe the usual handful did, but I was called away to help with the Halloween chaos some miles away at my daughter’s house.

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Food in the Movies

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I love food in the movies. I’m not talking about my own consumption -- popcorn or Junior Mints or Dots -- but the vicarious pleasure of watching as actors enjoy their food on the big screen. For the viewer, movie meals can be a deliciously, beautiful experience. I like a good movie romance as well as the next girl. But what I also like is a little knish with the kisses, a little lemon meringue with the loving.

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No Gift Wrap Necessary

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Just barely past Halloween, weeks to go before Thanksgiving, and the holidays are already knocking at the door. At my daughter’s house the door was opened early, and in walked Mack who might be – no bias here – the softest, mushiest, most adorable Papillon-Pekingese mix East of the Mississippi.

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For Pre-teen Girls Only: The Best Scary Halloween Party Ever!

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As if being an almost-teenager is not scary enough! There comes a time in your child’s life when she is a little too old for trick-or-treating in the neighborhood and not-quite old enough to be with friends out in the dark night on Halloween Eve. Girls just want to have fun. You want your daughters to be safe. My husband and I have avoided this dilemma by throwing our own party when our daughters were pre-teeners. The planning wasn’t a lot of work and the girls had a screaming good time!

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