Summer Sublime: Pesto Grilled Shrimp

Summer Sublime: Pesto Grilled Shrimp. Man, I love Costco. I’ll go in for cheap bulk toilet tissue and paper towels and stagger out with 6 year’s worth of shrimp.   “What are you going to do with all that shrimp?” my sister Jenne eyed my mountain of frozen crustaceans.   “I didn’t get that far,” […]

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Your Complete Guide To Splash Pads Along The Wasatch Front

Your Complete Guide To Splash Pads Along The Wasatch Front. There’s something liberating to me about splash pads: you don’t have to strip the kids all the way down, drag out the towels and glue your eyes to the pool to make certain your offspring doesn’t drown. Splash pads are gaining popularity because for merchants, […]

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Summer Reading Programs Along The Wasatch Front

Summer Reading Programs Along The Wasatch Front. Every parent’s heard of the dreaded “Summer Drop,” where apparently our offspring will lose 3,006 IQ points because we’re not mentally stimulating them even when school is out. While I’m pretty weak on some of the directives, I absolutely believe regular reading is a must. Sooo…I will force […]

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Re-Thinking Dessert: Watermelon “Cake”

Re-Thinking Dessert: Watermelon “Cake” There’s everything to love about watermelon.  A simple summer treat.  A frosty beverage with vodka. And now: the prettiest dessert you’ll see this year.  Wish I’d had this in time for our neighborhood Fourth of July party!   I love the supreme Gluten-Free nature of this cake, too. Watermelon “Cake”     Ingredients: […]

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“Mad Scientist” Experiments For Kids

“Mad Scientist” Experiments For Kids. School’s almost out and the summer’s the perfect time to try some of those fun, but messy science experiments with my kids. I can just hose the whole mess away if things take a turn for the worse (which is always what happens at Chez Collard.) I still can’t pry […]

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Low-Calorie Lusciousness–Spaghetti with Spinach & Garlic

Low-Calorie Lusciousness–Spaghetti with Spinach & Garlic. I’ve been on a low-carb diet for so long that I actually teared up when the waiter brought a basket of bread to the table today. I’m not lying.  I’m weeping over a basket of slightly stale sourdough slices and rock-hard butter.  I need a carbohydrate fix or it’s […]

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5 Local Celebrations For May 5th- Cinco De Mayo Utah Style

5 Local Celebrations For May 5th- Cinco De Mayo Utah Style. Perhaps you get a strange hankering for tequila, or you just like wearing one of those gigantic mariachi band hats…whatever gets you excited for May 5th- Cinco De Mayo- is a good thing! Here’s five excellent ways to celebrate this oh, so very festive […]

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Artisan Bread From A Crockpot?

Artisan Bread From A Crockpot? Oh yes, my friends.  Crockpot Bread rules. The crock pot does indeed get hot enough, and it takes less time than using  your oven, because the rising time is included in the baking. The only thing I got right was the crust, it is very soft and quite pale when it […]

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5 Things You Should Never Tell Your Child

5 Things You Should Never Tell Your Child. I think most of us already know how important it is to hold our tongue with our little people.  It really only takes a dip or two into our own childhoods to remember that hard words from parents–the center of our worlds and the source of our identity–to […]

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5 Books That Will Change Your Life: For Autism Families

  5 Books That Will Change Your Life: For Autism Families. You may or may not be surprised to know that our twin sons Zachary and MacLean are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. They were born neurotypical and hit every milestone ahead of time until around 2 1/2, when they disappeared into those little heads […]

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