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Healthy Treats for a Toddler Easter Egg Hunt

EAT, holidays By March 17, 2016 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Just like my mama, I find joy in celebrating the holidays with some extra special little markers. Even though our family didn’t make pretend with the different characters of celebrations (ie. Santa, the Easter Bunny), we would always wake up to things hidden around the house on Easter for us to find. Who cared whether a egg-toting bunny left it or not, chocolate is chocolate, man.


The Bell that Rang in Easter & Lindt Gift Basket Giveaway

apps, GEAR By March 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , 82 Comments

I am a tradition-a-holic. From a very young age, I have been addicted to the traditions that surround each holiday.  Meticulously sorting Halloween candy with my brother, reading holiday-themed books with family, piling into a vehicle with friends to go on a Christmas light tour, and hand-decorating Valentine’s Day cards for classmates. Traditions are an integral part of each holiday and they are what evoke feelings of nostalgia, comfort, and most of all connection with each other.


Natural Easter Egg Dyes

EAT, holidays, LIVE, play By March 7, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

There’s something about Easter egg waste and chemical dyes that makes me squirm. Of course there are store-bought non-toxic natural Easter Egg dyes out there, but we set out to discover our own from ingredients in the fridge. The result was muted and beautiful – almost what you would find if you happened upon a bird’s nest in nature.


Honey-Glazed Ham with Pineapple Chutney

EAT, family meals By April 5, 2012 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Serves 16 with leftovers

This ham is both simple and elegant, and leftovers are something to celebrate, too.


3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons orange juice
Pinch ground cloves
1 (7-pound) pre-cooked spiral-sliced ham
1 peeled, cored, ripe pineapple, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2/3 cup apple cider (non-alcoholic) or brandy
1 small red onion, chopped
1 cinnamon stick
Pinch red pepper flakes


Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, orange juice and cloves.
Place ham on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes. Brush with half the glaze and continue to roast, brushing halfway through with remaining glaze, until browned and heated through, about 20 minutes more.

Meanwhile, combine pineapple, cider, onion, cinnamon stick and pepper flakes in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until pineapple is very tender, 10 to 20 minutes; cover pan if liquid begins to evaporate before pineapple softens. Discard cinnamon stick and serve chutney warm with ham.

Recipe courtesy of Whole Foods Market.


Roasted Spiral-Sliced Ham with Maple and Orange Marmalade Glaze

EAT, family meals By April 5, 2012 Tags: , , , No Comments

Serves 20

This holiday table centerpiece, sweet on the outside and savory on the inside, makes a memorable main course. Encourage guests to eat the sliced oranges along with the ham since the roasting makes their peels tender and sweet.


1 (7-pound) pre-cooked spiral-sliced ham
1 cup grade B maple syrup
1/2 cup orange marmalade
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 oranges, sliced (optional)
6 cinnamon sticks (optional)


Preheat oven to 325°F. Using a sharp paring knife, make shallow crosshatch cuts all over the outside of the ham. Arrange ham in a large roasting pan and bake for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine syrup, marmalade, juice, ground cinnamon, pepper and cloves in a small bowl to make a glaze. After ham has baked for 30 minutes, remove from oven; increase oven temperature to 425°F.

Arrange oranges and cinnamon sticks (if using) around ham in roasting pan, then brush ham and oranges liberally all over with glaze, pouring remaining glaze over the ham. Return to oven and bake, basting about every 10 minutes, until ham is hot throughout and caramelized on the outside, about 45 minute more.

Transfer ham to a platter and set aside to let rest for 15 minutes. Arrange oranges and cinnamon sticks around ham and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Whole Foods Markets.