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fresh herb and garlic meatballs with quinoa

Somehow, this recipe makes meatballs seem like a summer meal, maybe it's the quinoa but it ends up being not-too-heavy, delicious, comfort food. I guess you could substitute with store-bought, frozen meatballs but then you'd miss out on the fresh…

beach fruit

It's fruit day today for some of the littlest Southern Californian Junior Lifeguards. They swim in the surf, paddle on boards, practice rescues, run on the sand and then share the fruit they bring from home. But how to serve…

fresh laundry

There's now plenty of storage, plus space under the folding counter for a three-section clothes hamper and a bin for cleaning rags. A girlfriend once told me I should make my laundry beautiful because I'd be spending a lot of…

paper war

This battle has been going on for a very long time at my place but I do believe it's over, thanks to a cool little gadget my husband bought for me while we were in Palm Springs at the start…

kitchen fish

Fish Lamp I was thinking about tucking a little flat screen TV somewhere in my kitchen so I could have something to watch while I cooked.  One guppy population explosion later and I am the proud owner of a tall,…

4th of july easy dessert

We flew the flag. Cheat sheet - after the bbq, the kids loved this pretty July 4th dessert spread and I didn't need to toil in a hot kitchen all day preparing it. Store-bought star-shaped cookies and quick and easy…

hallway heaven

To open up this long, skinny hallway I had all of the base boards and the molding around each doorway removed. Paneled doors were replaced with a mix of plain and frosted glass-paned ones. I swapped ornate brass handles for…