Whipping It Up With Jessica

Let me introduce you to my newest friend. Her name is Jessica, and in the few months since I’ve gotten to know her, she’s already bailed me out–in the kitchen, at least–more than once. She’s down-to-earth–especially for someone who lives in New York–has a great sense of humor and owns scads of gorgeous sweaters. Like…
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Your Serve

As a mom of three, I’ve managed to rustle up hundreds of meals for my family over the past few decades. No, I didn’t start out at as a stellar chef, but over time a few tricks of the trade have tipped my way. Nevertheless, who hasn’t run out of dinner ideas occasionally, or resorted…
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Second Endings

When nearing the end of an hour-long community band rehearsal (for which one wasn’t fully prepared in the first place), an amateur instrumentalist may find few words more welcome from the director’s mouth than these: “Second endings! Second endings!” Those uptempo marches by John Phillip Sousa and Karl King often have two or more repeated…
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Softball Stars

Tattoos, tacos, Tweets and TV binge-watching may have overtaken baseball, hot dogs, motherhood and apple pie as quintessential American touchpoints, but while the United States marks its 241st birthday this week, I can still state with certainty that church softball leagues remain a hot summer ticket in communities throughout the country. A single quick Internet…
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Return, Renew, Reunion

“I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason…” –lyrics from “For Good” by Stephen Schwartz Yes, I’m back home–back where the mail has piled up on the countertop, the lawn awaits mowing, work demands to be done and the refrigerator needs restocking. These kinds of everyday tasks are what we…
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