Peach-Basil Daiquiris: Cheers to Electing Women!


I love the challenge of creating a new cocktail for an event, but this one stumped me.  My friend Kristin O’Keefe was hosting a Georgia themed political event and wondered if I could create a signature cocktail with peaches.  Although the event was held in Kensington, Maryland, the main purpose was to raise funds to create a Georgia chapter of Emerge, which helps Democratic women get elected to office.

Concocting a cocktail with peaches sounded like an easy task. I had in mind the

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Beach Week (Senior Week) and Teens Can be a Dangerous Combination

At Solomon’s high school graduation in 2015. I’m so proud of him, but baffled at why my arms look SO AWKWARD in every photo! Any tips?


I’ve been writing more regularly lately for The Washington Post, both on food and family, parenting teens and now Travel.

My latest focuses on why I dislike the local senior Beach Week tradition and how we convinced our son to go camping instead.

“Beer and vomit on the walls and carpet. Dishwasher and other appliances destroyed. We did not get our deposit

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My First Piece in Washington Post Travel: Embracing Adventure with Teens in Nicaragua

While I’m still developing plenty of easy, healthy recipes for my health meal planning site, The Six O’Clock Scramble and have been very busy creating new cooking videos on YouTube, I have also started to dabble in travel writing.

Our youngest child, Celia, will go to college in August and I’m hoping that Andrew and I get to travel even more. I love to share our experiences and observations on the road. My goal is to inspire you to follow some of our adventures and that you’ll share your

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Overnight Oatmeal Recipe Makes for a Great Solution for Early Mornings

Overnight Oatmeal Makes a Great Solution for Early Mornings With No Time to Make Breakfast


I never would have thought I would be the kind of person who would take a 7 a.m. exercise class. I’m not really a morning person, and I haven’t gone to a gym in over 10 years. I used to be better about going to the gym, but then we got two big dogs that need lots of exercise, and something had to give.

My friend Varuni encouraged me to just try coming with her to her 7 a.m. core workout class. I

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You Used to Eat THAT??! Disgusting Foods We Loved When We Were Kids

Admit it, you ate some pretty strange foods when you were a kid.  Maybe your idea of culinary heaven was eating marshmallow fluff straight out of the jar (okay, I’d still do that if I didn’t know better) or eating  raw meat with your fingers when your mom was making meatballs. Many of us drank sweet orange Tang instead of juice, relished salty, soupy SpaghettiOs, spongy and sickly-sweet Twinkies, or fried liverwurst or potato chip sandwiches—always on airy white Wonder bread.

Did you

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