Tell Me “No Cook” and I’ll Cook. Maybe.

Kitchen frustrations

It’s possible I may have the distinction of being the only person who’s been reading Bon Appetit for 30 years without trying a single recipe. Well, that’s a small exaggeration. I’ve tried a handful for better or worse, but my kids have always told me, “You’re better at the basics than when you try to go gourmet, Mom.”

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Avoid the sweat. Keep them wet.

Sprinkler Drinkers

Two of the most annoying words ever spoken by kids with great imaginations, plenty to play with, and backyards that beckon: “I’m booorrrred.” Hot, bored kids can have a chilling effect on any parent’s mood.

Water is a natural, plentiful mood elevator. That is, unless it’s preceded by a question or request along the lines of, “Please take a shower and wash your hair,” or “Did you load the dishwasher?” So let it flow in novel ways when the heat is on.

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Watermelon is Not the Pits – Health Benefits and Serving Options

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Summer at my daughter’s house can be counted in watermelons. On any hot day, she can be counted on to bring out a giant bowl of cut-up watermelon chunks or slices (which, by the way, when put on top of a vegetable steamer placed in the bottom of the bowl, will not turn mushy).

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Chill Out with Calming Foods

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Email is down. Deadlines are passing. Errands piling up. Book group coming. I am s-t-r-e-s-s-e-d! The go-to solution? Haagen Dazs dulce de leche or maybe a bag of Twizzlers or a handful my daughter’s cookies pulled out of the freezer and shoved into the microwave for a quickie defrost. Bad choices all. I would never pledge to purge them from my diet, but they really are really not a great prescription for stress busting. The sugar rush is great, but when your blood sugar rate drops, stress hormones are released.

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