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How To Make Shrimp and Pork Wonton Soup

Shrimp and Pork Wonton Soup

Can’t let a little puke bug mess with our vlogging efforts! We decided to vlog about Chris’s dinner last night because this #DadCanCook! In fact, Chris can do a lot of things and it’s all because his amazing mother (that’d be my super duper mother-in-law) taught him SO much when he was a little boy. [...]

How to Build a School Bus Stop Bench

How to Build a Bus Bench

Paternity leave = lots of quality family time. While waiting for the school bus with my kids this week, I noticed they had nowhere to sit.  So, I built them a bench. Materials: Three 10′ pressure treated 4x4s Three 8′ 1×6 decking boards 6″ TimberLok screws (50 pack) Stainless steel screws (2 1/4 inch) Instructions: [...]

2014 Toyota Corolla Preview

2014 Toyota Corolla

The all new 2014 Toyota Corolla replaces an outgoing model that everyone knew as a reliable and economical car.  It just wasn’t the most exciting thing on the road. Toyota invited Annie to experience the new Corolla in Miami a few weeks ago. UnFortunately, she was 9 months pregnant and couldn’t go, so I went [...]

Cast Off!

Cast halfway off

Little Owen broke his arm a few weeks ago.  He got his cast off this week. The latest x-rays showed that it was MOST definitely broken. Now we take care of the delicate little arm. No playgrounds, no falling, no jumping, no running, no rough housing – yeah right. We’ll do our best.    

Quesadillas – A Family Friendly Weeknight Meal

Family Friendly Quesadillas @anniestow

Finding a meal that everyone likes is a challenge for our family.  One reliable favorite that’s quick and easy to make, even on a weeknight, are chicken quesadillas.  I play around with different fillings for the grownups, but the basic recipe just needs chicken, cheese, salsa and tortillas.  The kids usually have a simple version [...]

Choosing a Family-Friendly Paddleboard

Paddleboarding in Dennis

I had a great time standup paddleboarding on our vacation in Dennis two years ago.  For that trip, I rented Bic 10’4″ ACS SUP from a local surf shop.  Unfortunately, the board was not very stable and, despite being one of the toughest boards around (made of thermoformed polyethylene), we managed to ding it and [...]

How To Build A Fire Pit

How To Make A Fire Pit

You’ve smelled the wood smoke in your neighborhood already.  Your kids are begging you for s’mores.  You’ve got a ton of brush and branches from the winter storms.  It’s time to build a fire pit!  Don’t worry — it’s not difficult or expensive!  All you need is a flat spot in your backyard, concrete blocks, [...]

Family Fondue Night

The Perfect Cheese Fondue

Looking for a dinner that your kids will enjoy as much as you will? Aren’t we all. A family meal option you might not have considered is a classic cheese fondue.  It’s really not too difficult, seriously! A good fondue pot can be hard to come by when you’re out and about. We use an [...]

Monster Trucks at Monster Jam 2013

Blue Thunder

Chris (Father of the Year) took Aidan and his cousin Tommy to see Monster Jam at the DCU Center last night. Aidan has been a big fan of Monster Trucks on the YouTube since, well, forever.  Last night, all his dreams finally came true.  Just don’t forget your ear protection!!  You can purchase your tickets [...]

Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken

Annie loves her Chinese food.  It can be difficult to replicate at home, though. Sesame chicken isn’t as quick to make as a simply stir fry, but it doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated.  It does take quite a few ingredients (see the end of the post) to make it taste right, but you [...]