Avoid Kitchen Fires With These Tips

  My nose detected an unpleasant scent. My brain recognized the odor and soon my feet were running down the hall. I think I leaped over my then-3-year-old on the way to the kitchen. She was sitting on the floor playing with toys. “What smells?” my son asked as I ran by. He was 11…
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Beware Of Pester Power And Grocery Store Layouts

  “We don’t have any of this!” my daughter announced as she stood eye-to-eye with the cartoon character on a box of cereal at the grocery store. She was about 4 at the time. “We have plenty of cereal at home,” I replied. “But we really need this!” she exclaimed. I ushered her back into…
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Foods Can Bind Generations To Each Other

I grabbed a shopping basket and quickly strode through the grocery store. I felt like I should be wearing dark glasses and a wig to disguise myself. After looking in three places for the item, I finally gave up and found a grocery clerk. “Excuse me, but could you tell me where I’d find the…
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This Spud’s For You

The world’s largest potato weighed more than 18 pounds, according to Guinness World Records. I think I was served its slightly smaller cousin at a restaurant. I didn’t mind getting a giant potato stuffed with chili and cheese. I like potatoes. I appreciated the generosity of the restaurant, too. It gave me enough food for…
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Chocolate Has Some Benefits But Moderation Still Important

“Mama, a few chocolate chips, please!” my daughter requested. She was about 3 at the time. “Did you have a rough day at preschool?” I asked. She gave me a puzzled look and held out her hand. I grabbed a bowl and added some chips. I didn’t want melted chocolate from her hands on the…
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