Category Archives: Holidays

It Is Tradition

By Mary Ann Esposito,  Author of Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites: Quick and Delicious Recipes from an Italian Kitchen

Probably one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is make bread. To me something very miraculous happens when flour, water and yeast come together as dough and then as bread or rolls or pizza and more.

At Christmas time I make a lot of yeasted breads, both sweet and savory but my most requested bread is for little bears made with a simple sweet dough. Each one is shaped by hand and when they are all baked, they each have their own individual look and personality. I dress them up with holiday ribbons around their necks and cluster them together in a beautiful Christmas basket, and they are always part of my holiday table. One year my mother was so intrigued with them that she made them for a dinner party to which she invited her parish priest. Each place setting had a bow bedecked bear. The guests loved them and thought them too pretty to eat so they took them home. The next day the parish priest called not to say how great the food was, but that he had forgotten his bear! The tradition lives on.

Fun Christmas Websites For Kids

No doubt the kids are are getting excited as the Christmas holiday approaches. These five fun Christmas related websites are sure to keep them entertained.

Mother’s Day

By Michael DeJong,
Author of Clean Body:The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing Yourself

“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”
–Phyllis Diller
Don’t blow your nose. Just use your sleeve.”
“Is that shirt dirty? Ehhh . . . whatever.”
“Yeah, I ditched school too.”
“Sure . . . lets keep the dog.”
“Curfew — Schmurfew.”

. . . not exactly what you’d expect mothers to say. But if they did — the world wouldn’t be nearly the same place.