Cilantro Lemon Fried Rice

Cilantro Lemon Fried Rice

I tend to cook in one of two fashions. I come home from work starving, and quickly make something like a fried egg sandwich, or a quesadilla, or a bowl of cereal (gasp)- something that I can have ready in about five minutes because I don’t want to wait any longer. I come home from work almost starving, and decide to cook something proper, because I’m very hungry but can wait longer than five minutes. I then proceed to cook…

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Classic Book Giveaway!

Classic Book Giveaway!

Update: The giveaway is closed, and we have a winner! Congratulations, Marylou, your bookshelf should be expanding shortly. Thank you all so much for your comments. I loved reading them all, and appreciate your participation. And to answer your questions, yes, you can certainly enter if you’re family, and yes, submissions from other countries are always quite welcome. Also, if you signed up for the emails, and didn’t see anything this morning, be sure to check your spam folder. Sometimes…

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How To Use Hair Henna

How To Use Hair Henna

What is henna, and why would you use it on your hair? Excellent questions. Henna is plant-based powder that has been used for hundreds of years as a natural hair conditioner. It is reported to strengthen hair, increase growth and shine, and diminish dandruff. Straight henna has a reddish color, although you can buy it mixed with indigo for brown to black, or with marigold for blonde hair. It will never lighten your hair, since it isn’t a chemical dye,…

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Five Things Living in Honduras Made Me Finicky About

Five Things Living in Honduras Made Me Finicky About

Everyone knows that living in another country for an extended period of time makes you, well…different. This is only exaggerated when you live overseas as a kid, during your formative years. As self-proclaimed weirdos, we TCKs love nothing more than finding others who can relate to our cultural oddities. So, I decided to share with you a few of my personal hangups derived from years of living in Honduras. One. Going barefoot. There are two reasons for this. First, going barefoot is…

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The Birthday, and How I Spent It

The Birthday, and How I Spent It

Since I am now in my upper-twenties, I decided to take off work like a responsible adult and spend the day cavorting with Rosie, whose birthday is only five days from mine. Necessarily this involved thrift shopping, and eating amazing food, since that’s how we roll. After our somewhat-unsuccessful-but-still-fun thrifting run, we went to downtown Winston Salem for some nourishment. I recently happened upon a taco joint called Crafted, and it was the kind of place I wanted to go…

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Why Do People Like Birthdays?

Why Do People Like Birthdays?

I’ve been counting down the time to my birthday as if I were a five-year-old, and happily making plans for it for weeks. Picnics! Dressing up! Mango cream buns! I like growing older, and I like celebrations and presents and cake and introspection, so I think birthdays are swell. In celebration of mine coming next week (!!!), I did a little poll among my friends, asking, “What do you like about birthdays?” So without further ado, here are some of the…

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Chipotle Pork Tacos, or, a Shortcut to Making Friends

Chipotle Pork Tacos, or, a Shortcut to Making Friends

There are two ways to make friends with someone. You can either go the traditional route of obligatory small talk, which will either lead to deeper conversations and connections, if they’re the right kind of people, or endless talks about football and the weather, if they’re the wrong kind of people. But there’s also an easier way which I prefer, given my feelings about small talk. Chipotle pork tacos. They are the perfect company meal, because they’re hardly any work, and…

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Weekend roundup: Ten Guides to Make Your Life Easier.

Weekend roundup: Ten Guides to Make Your Life Easier.

Happy Saturday! So, what are you doing with your weekend? I’m going to help my mother attack the painting at the house my parents are remodeling. Also, I’m inordinately excited about the cooler weather predicted, and hope to take advantage of it in a park tomorrow. Picnics float my boat. Many of you all are new here, so I wanted to say welcome to the party. Drop a comment below telling me how you arrived here, and what you’d like…

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Life On My Own

Life On My Own

My roommate Lyn is gone for the summer, and I am busy checking “living alone” off my 30-Before-30 list. If you are looking for a helpful guide to aid you in making the decision of whether to have roommates or not, I have written one up for you. So here goes, pros and cons of living alone.   Pro. Quiet mornings without hearing anybody else. Con. Quiet evenings in which the creaks of the house are amplified.   Pro. You…

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The Single Years of The Good Mennonite Girl

The Single Years of The Good Mennonite Girl

As soon as she gets out of school, 8th grade or 12th, depending on where she’s from, she must get a minimum wage job at a bulk food store, bagging cinnamon powder and gummy bears and oats. Here she will learn valuable skills such as customer interactions, and how to not cut her fingers off with a cheese slicer. Once she has completed her bulk food term, other job options include cleaning houses, labeling books at Choice Books, anything related…

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Book Review: Daddy-Long-Legs

Book Review: Daddy-Long-Legs

Ahhh. Introducing this book to you all feels like introducing you to my (secretly favorite) child. It’s one that I reread every year or so, when I want something light and relaxing and hilarious, and every time, it is just as fun as I remembered. Daddy-Long-Legs, by Jean Webster, is the story of Jerusha, a girl who had spent all eighteen years of her life in an orphanage, until one day, she was called into Mrs. Lippet’s office for an…

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Five Inevitabilities of Life

Five Inevitabilities of Life

“Mmmph yrsh,” you mumble in reply as you hastily swallow your unchewed food. Leave it on, it will drive you nuts. Tear it off, it will bleed and sting. Ah yes, the great equalizer of humanity. This person will be seated next to you at the party. He’ll probably also chew with his mouth open. Of course, you won’t notice till you have your legs comfortably stretched out into the middle of the circle you’re sitting in.