Image Courtesy Tuttorosso Tomatoes

This post is part excitement, part thanks, and part mea culpa. See, the great folks at Tuttorosso Tomatoes reached out to me a while back and asked if they could send me a blogger kit. No strings attached, no post required, but if I liked what I saw, I could share their promotion with you all. I said sure. I like tomatoes. They sent me a kit. I didn’t realize it. It’s an extremely long and semi-pointless story, but the bullet point is, I just found it. And the promotion ends today. Bad blogger. Bad, bad blogger. So MEA CULPA. And I’m sorry, Tuttorosso Tomato people, because your tomatoes are

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Make Social learning stick

My dear friend Laura has the coolest job in the world – she’s a book publicist. She’s also a fellow “sensory mom” and knows what we’ve been through with L.’s complex neurology. So when Laura messages me about a new book she’d love me to read and review, I know it’s going to be something I have to check out. Make Social Learning Stick by Elizabeth Sautter isn’t so much a “book” in the way you might expect. I experienced it more as a sort of field guide, a curriculum model for parenting – it’s full of colorful illustrations and charts, each helping to explain a different set of techniques

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Salmon Pate

So here’s the thing. I’m a seafood girl. My 8-year-old son, L., gets his amazingly adventurous “If-it-swam-it’s-edible” attitude from me. One of our favorite things to do together is hit the sushi bar, and at a recent family dinner at a nice restaurant, L. took his first hit of raw oyster – then reached for more. The two of us will eat fish and seafood at pretty much any hour of the day, including breakfast. In fact, one of the small-but-awesome perks I’ve discovered in the half-year or so I’ve been self-employed and working from home is that I no longer have to tiptoe around the concerns of my officemates

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April meal plan

Happy Spring! Or maybe not. Spring in the Northeast is and always has been a fickle beast, but I’m not sure I remember too many other Marches that went out with as much “lion” still roaring as this one. Just a few nights ago, I finished singing a concert in Providence and walked out to a fresh coating of snow that required a legitimate brushing-off of my car; today is snow-free and not as frigid, but even 8-year-old L. conceded that he would need both his hooded gym sweatshirt and his winter coat to survive recess. The Easter forecast looks bright and sunny, but all my lovely pastel dresses will

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Beet Tzatziki and Red Lentil Hummus

Who loves veggies? I love veggies. I really do. In fact, with the exception of green bell peppers (which I believe to be an abomination against food), I can’t think of a single vegetable that I don’t enthusiastically enjoy. That’s why I was so excited to be invited back to the #LoveHealthy campaign, which is all about vegetables in the month of March. It was, quite honestly, hard for me to decide what to post. We eat tons of vegetables in this house, so which recipe would be the best to spotlight during the campaign? I finally realized that I was coming at things from the wrong angle. I didn’t

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grocery store vegetables

I’ve been quietly watching something take shape in the blogging world, as respected kid-and-food writers (many of whom are friends of mine) have been debating the merits of the new FNV campaign – essentially, a marketing machine that’s aimed at promoting fruits and veggies. The idea behind the whole thing is that if kids can be swayed into eating junk foods and highly processed items by savvy marketing, then the reverse should hold true: We should be able to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among our children if we advertise properly. (Side note: FNV apparently doesn’t SPECIFICALLY target kids, but I can’t believe that a star-studded ad campaign to make

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March2015

Okay, I admit it. Things have been really boring around here lately. If you’re a reader of mine, you’re probably not reading anymore, because there’s been nothing TO read. Yes. I’m hibernating. I’ve been taking a blogging break. It wasn’t intentional, and I wouldn’t say that I think it’s been a strictly fantastic idea from a pure audience-engagement standpoint (a quick look at my Facebook page tells me that nobody’s particularly impressed). But it happened. The best way I can explain it, without being EVEN MORE BORING THAN SILENCE, is that there are times when life takes more from you than you expect it should. Even though there’s nothing currently

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Lovehealthy

Those of you who have followed me for a while know that I’m not much for making “cute” food on a regular basis. I’ve always followed the philosophy that healthy, delicious meals and snacks are already appealing to the eye, so they don’t need a lot of extra dressing up. However, on certain occasions, I realize that my wholesome homemade foods are going to be up against a lot of competition: Sugary, highly processed, marketed-within-an-inch-of-their-lives sweets and treats. Valentine’s Day is probably the worst culprit, at least in my book. Just as we’ve finally started to get everyone back on track after the winter holidays and hot-cocoa-fueled sledding trips, along

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February 2015

So, uh, it’s not quite the last day of the month yet, but there’s this thing called “Juno” apparently headed this way? And we might get crushed under the weight of one billion pounds of snow? OK, it probably won’t be THAT bad, but still, it does look like there is going to be quite a lot of weather bearing down on us here in the Providence, RI area this week. Schools are already cancelled for tomorrow, with principals cautioning parents that we ought to mentally prepare for a Wednesday cancellation as well. People are scrambling to stores for bread and milk and batteries and flashlights. My boys are planning

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See the one on the top? Oranges AND figs. He tried figs. Didn't like them, but tried them!

Not long after I began writing this blog, many moons ago during the last Ice Age and when I could still say confidently that I was closer to my 20s than I was to my (gulp) 40s, our older son L. was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. As time went on, he’d also be diagnosed with a motor planning disability, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, and giftedness in selected areas (which, believe me, is more of a “diagnosis” than a bragging thing and can affect his functioning in the world as much as any of the other stuff he’s got). All of those labels for my kid’s complicated brain wiring mean a

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