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Thanksgiving takeout options

Gobble gobble gobble, hear the turkey say/ When November comes around I think I’ll run away. It’s that time again. The sun sets at five. The liquid amber tree is aflame with reds and yellows. ...

Hallo-wine & Spirits

The Whaley House is said to be among America’s Most Haunted

My husband Patrick went down to Home Depot for light bulbs and rat traps and came back with a $300 animatronic dragon for our front yard. He’s eager to hear it roar at trick-or-treaters. Halloween ...

King Pumpkin

Pumpkin-infused-everything heralds the season

Mr. Pumpkin didn’t have it so good back in the day. We carved him, smashed him, made pumpkin pie out of him. We watched It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. That was pretty much it. ...

German and Japanese knives, sharpened

My bread knife has never been sharpened at all

German and Japanese knives, sharpened

Drink to your health

The chia has a bit of chew to it, with natural caffeine and omega-3’s

Drink to your health

Rings of Saturn, belts of Jupiter

Stargazing in San Diego County

Rings of Saturn, belts of Jupiter

Road trip and cabin essentials

‘Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares ...

It’s RV season

"Personally, I’m a dog lover, and my boxer goes everywhere with me."

This summer, the Kelly gang is hitting the road up to Northern California — provided it hasn’t burnt down before we depart — and we’re renting an RV to up the togetherness factor. I need ...

Summer of love

Romantic activities our vacation locale offers

Love is in the air. Patrick and I will be attending no fewer than six weddings in the family in the next half year. And one of them is my nephew marrying his niece. Get ...

A slightly complicated Fourth

“I am bringing sweet fruity kabobs. And yes, they will be kitschy.”

We will be having a big Fourth of July party at our house this year. But we’re going to start the day before: Tuesday, July 3rd, at the 130th annual Independence Day celebration with fireworks ...

Monster box of produce

"If it’s in season, then the prices will be right, and the produce will be super tasty."

My childhood summers in Connecticut meant a half-acre garden in the backyard and plucking string beans and cherry tomatoes right from the vine and then dashing off for another round of badminton. I remember rambling ...

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