Sweet and spicy pecan snack

Wintertime in New Orleans means lots of pecans on the shelves. Here’s a quick, tasty afterschool snack. (Also popular when you need a snack-to-share.) If your munchers don’t like spicy treats, make a batch with just the sugar and a little cinnamon. Sweet And Spicy Pecans 2 cups pecan halves 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 […]

Yoga for writers and other creators

Hey all you NaNoWriMo scribes, and everyone else who’s creating with your bare hands! If you’re feeling tight, sore, or tense from hunching over your words or images, here’s a yoga video I found really helpful from Yoga with Adriene. She labels it for musicians, but I think it works for anyone making beautiful things (special […]

Review: In the Shadow of the Sun

North Korea has been in the news a lot lately, and although I’d rather not think about why, my kids have questions: Who are these people, and why are they targeting us? In the Shadow of the Sun by Anne Sibley O’Brien, an action-packed, middle-grade novel, offers a fascinating glimpse into the closed-off culture of North Korea, […]

Roasted carrot po-boy sandwich

So…I’m turning to comfort food a lot lately. Po-boys are a quintessentially New Orleans version of what we in Wisconsin called a sub sandwich: crusty french bread, fried or juicy filling, dressed with mayo, shredded lettuce, and tomato slices, with or without gravy. As vegetarians, my family likes french-fry po-boys (yup, a french-fry sandwich), or […]

Happy Halloween 2017!

It’s a mighty busy day, so I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking… Costumes! I love that my kids still want to make their own costumes. Er, I should say, have me “help” them with cans of spray paint and my sewing machine. Spooky stories! I was going to read a couple of […]