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Be intentional this season

Posted by Robin Abel on

We're entering into a very busy and sometimes overwhelming season.  Family gatherings, holiday parties, school concerts, and gift giving can drive anyone crazy.  Honestly, I struggle this time of year with all the money being spent and all the bustle that doesn't always equal my expectations of magical moments.   How do we make this season memorable and enjoyable without loosing our minds?  Before everything really gets crazy this year, stop for a few minutes and think about what's important and what do you intentionally want to add to the list this year.  Here are some things I've learned the...

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Cooking with kids needs a little...

Posted by Robin Abel on

When my girls were little, we pushed stools over to the kitchen island so they could help make cookies. We'd get out plastic bowls and put a bit of each ingredient into their bowls so they could see texture and taste differences in the ingredients.  This really took a lot of patience and became impossible when #3 came along but I thought it was important.  Now that the kids are becoming teenagers, I can see how critical those early years were and how important it is to Cook with your Kids! Cooking with kids needs a little... Patience - While...

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Mind blown!

Posted by Robin Abel on

You would have thought I was inflicting permanent damage and was going to scar my children for life on Wednesday.  We loaded into the car and drove a lengthly half an hour west towards a blueberry farm to pick berries for the store.  When we arrived, two of them literally fell out of the car onto the grass complaining of car sickness and whatever else was bothering them when I stopped listening.  "Hello Mr. Farmer.  These are my darling children who are super excited to pick blueberries today. Thank you for having us."  Good golly. We started picking, still complaining about the heat...

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For the love of CHOCOLATE!

Posted by Robin Abel on

Chocolate makes my world go round.  Most people wake up thinking of coffee, I wake up wondering how much chocolate is okay to eat.  Thankfully there are many chocolate companies in the area so we have a variety of chocolate in stock… and to sample…  Why is chocolate so important in life?  Most people can agree it tastes good but there is also science to show it actually makes people happy.  We have chemicals in our brain that get released when we enjoy things or experience things that make us happy.  Chocolate smells good, tastes good, and makes us happy just thinking about...

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