Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Aioli

This year, the NHN family traveled to Tampa. It was the girls’ first time seeing the ocean, and while they marveled at its wonder, I marveled at a particular crab soup from a local restaurant, Frenchy’s. This soup was heaven on earth. To my dismay, Maddie felt the same and ate quite a bit of my soup that she insisted she was just sampling. I could have eaten a vat of that soup. When it came time for my turn to make our monthly dinner in September, I was still thinking about it. (more…)

9 News Stories from 2017 That Inspire

This year had a lot of bad news, a lot of confusing news, and a lot of news that just didn’t need to be told. But, especially on Christmas, it’s important to remember that the world is not made up of these bad stories. There are a lot of good people out there still doing things that are fantastic and noteworthy. In remembrance of those good people of 2017 whose selfless, heroic, and charitable stories made their way to our newspapers, here are nine of the top heartwarming news stories of 2017. (more…)

Pets for Christmas Gifts

Christmas is the time for giving, and what could be a better gift than a PUPPY?! Or a kitten. Or any other pet of your choice. We’ve all seen pictures of the golden puppy with a red bow, well behaved in its box, just waiting to be opened and shower its love. I’m just as much a sucker for puppies as the next animal lover, and I admit to turning to pictures of puppies several times over the course of this tough year to get a quick dose of happiness. But before you wrap up a living, breathing being, please consider the realities and consequences of such a gift. (more…)

Taking a Good Mom’s Advice

This week has been a busy one. Last Saturday, we ended the week with a beautiful light parade in a neighboring town, and the next day, I started the week with travel to Orlando for a work trip. The work trip started with play and a secretive trip to Disney World. I say secretive because I have no intentions of sharing that aspect of my travels with the girls. It wouldn’t end well for anyone. Besides, I did spend the next three days working, and that’s all they really need to know. Thursday was spent catching up from the work trip, and I added more play to my week on Friday by adding a long-anticipated trip to IKEA. Saturday was an all-day marathon of cookie making, which brings us to today, Sunday. (more…)

Play Before Sunday-Dos

Today is Sunday, and Sunday is getting-ready-for-the-upcoming-week day. For me, this means that all the laundry is done, meals are planned, the house is clean, and so is the kid. Since I work from home, most often some of that work spills over into the weekend, not to mention the projects I’m helping others with or doing on my own time. And add all the errands to run and activities to do, and my Sundays can come up on me like a wrecking ball.

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