This is a recipe that really works for me! I developed it when I was on maternity leave and wanted hot lunches and needed plenty of nutritious calories for breastfeeding, but I was distracted by the baby and often literally had my hands full. It takes a while to cook, but it can be left … Continue reading Lentil Rice
UPDATE: At the beginning of 2011, Market Outlet moved one block southeast to 1700 Penn Avenue. It now carries a few types of fresh produce, some frozen foods, and the weird brands of soda mentioned below. Market Outlet has opened in the Strip District basement formerly occupied by KML, on Smallman Street just east of the Sixteenth … Continue reading New discount grocery store in Pittsburgh!
Nicholas loves stuff. He's constantly collecting things that he wants to keep. I get frustrated with how little he uses most of this stuff and how much it's underfoot or visually cluttering our house. But last night I noticed a little box of his treasures that he'd left on the dining table before going to … Continue reading A Four-year-old’s Treasures
New research on why people born in winter are less successful suggests that it may have nothing to do with birth timing. They found that winter babies are more likely to have young, less educated, single mothers--and all of those things are known to be correlated with lower academic and economic success. This makes me think … Continue reading Thoughts on Birth-month Research
One of the good things about this economic depression is that it seems to be getting a larger number of people to put some real thought and effort into living within their means. I've been reading a lot of newspaper and magazine articles on the subject and finding that, although most of the tips are … Continue reading How Credit Cards Work for Me
It's Works-for-Me Wednesday! We started reading chapter books to our son when he was 2 years 9 months old. Two years later, they're an important part of his daily life. I read to him every day on the bus going to and from preschool, almost always from chapter books because they're more convenient: more story for … Continue reading Great Chapter Books for Kids!
The following items appeared in the "Crime & Incident Report" column of my university's newspaper, mostly during my time as a student there--the last one is from my brief stint working there. It was an interesting campus environment . . . and whoever compiled these reports had a knack for writing them with just the … Continue reading Excerpts from the Crime & Incident Report
Reducing the meat in your diet can save money, reduce environmental impact, improve your health, and reduce the calories per meal. (Obviously, all these things are affected by what you eat instead of meat!) You don't have to become a total vegetarian to experience the benefits of eating less meat. Here are some tips for … Continue reading 7 Ways to Eat Less Meat
Overall, I was a pretty sensible teenager, and there aren't a lot of things I roll my eyes about when I think back on my adolescence. However, the other day I saw a television commercial to which I would have reacted very differently 20 years ago. The ad: Here's a new soda pop! It is … Continue reading The Difference Between 16 and 36
This week's Works-for-Me Wednesday is a special edition for organizing tips, so I'm linking to my old articles about the rule of One Thing and Three Things and how to organize your Girl Scout troop records, as well as posting this new article that isn't an organizing tip but works for me! This past spring, my … Continue reading Making Pants into Shorts
I wanted to be an architect. From the moment I first learned what architects do, when I was about ten years old, I knew that's what I wanted to be: a person who designs buildings that make people comfortable and happy. Right away, I started reading architecture books and magazines. I was fascinated by floorplans … Continue reading The Path at the End of the Road