How to cut a watermelon


Food

I like bite-sized pieces, all ready to go. Here’s a simple method that I’ve had fun creating and playing with, in which the rind itself becomes the cutting board for watermelon cubes.

June 20, 2018

Summer boredom?


Life around home

“Work is the best way to turn around from being grouchy and bored to cheerful and motivated. Physical work especially is good. However, almost no one likes starting to work. So, you have two choices: either make your kids do it anyway, or make it fun.” -AZ

June 4, 2018

Pretzel rod houses


Celebrations, Food

Do you know how fun and easy it is to build a cabin Lincoln-log style out of pretzel rods cemented with daubs of frosting? This is what happens when your son insists on a three-dimensional structure fire cake for his ninth birthday. It would be fun to use in other ways as well—a woodsy/ hunting […]

July 1, 2014

How to stop a fight


Life around home, People

I knew I’d be glad I asked you. Super food ideas, ya’ll. Keep it coming. –Shari ***** Today I share, with permission, a composition from a younger Zook. It wasn’t intended for my eyes at all, but I stumbled across it–and fell in love with his perfect mix of humble pie and protest. *Drop your arrows […]

June 14, 2013

Quadrants


Life around home

Confession: I’m so happy to have my son Aarick home from school for the summer; it means some super hired help. [evil chuckle] Let the games chores begin. Really though, I’m grateful for more reasons than that. I find it delightful having a son old enough to crack jokes, carry on near-adult conversations, and work […]

May 14, 2013

I speak for the trees


People

I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues. —Dr. Seuss ***** Dear Ladies, Having written a note to the other half of the species, I would like to direct a comment your way as well. Once upon a time I tried to convince my four-year-old son Aarick, who was in danger of […]

March 2, 2013