Don’t Skip Breakfast

Every morning, I eat my breakfast with six dark brown eyes staring at me. I’m trying to enjoy “the most important meal of the day.” The owners of the eyes lick their lips, making me feel a little guilty. One of them usually whines a little while the other two pace the floor. Then they…
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Tantalize Your Taste Buds

  Think back to your early years in school. Let’s test your memory. Name the five tastes that your tongue can detect and your brain can decode. Have you named them all? If you’re like most people, sweet and sour will come to mind quickly. Being aware of sweet and sour flavors may have something…
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Go Nutty For Nut Nutrition

“Mom, don’t forget to buy peanuts at the store! Please don’t get the kind with the honey on them, just some salt,” my daughter noted. She was 8 at the time. At the sound of the word “peanut,” my then-3-year-old opened the silverware drawer, found a spoon and asked for some peanut butter to fill her spoon. She thought…
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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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