The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Hey sugar, smile! You’d be so much prettier if you smiled. My daughter was gifted a copy of The Pout-Pout Fish, by Deborah Diesen, for Christmas. At first glance it seems great: fun illustrations, catchy rhyming scheme, the words “New York Times Bestseller” on the cover. It took one read through to discover that it is […]

This fresh roll and peanut sauce recipe are Vietnamese and Thai-inspired. I’m not sure if these ingredients in this combination would actually be used in either of those cuisines, but I enjoy them. Fresh rolls (also called fresh spring rolls) are one of my favorite foods to make – time-intensive but ultimately satisfying to look at […]

There’s a fresh crop of babies in my friends and family, so I’ve been buying lots of baby presents and thinking about the baby and toddler items that have had the most staying power in my own house. Most of these are products that I hadn’t known about or at least thought about before having […]

Cover Art for Skip to My Lou

The books that my daughter asks to read most often are ones that we can sing along to, so here are some of the ones that we’ve found through the local library system: Two nursery rhymes illustrated by Iza Trapani, both of which have many more verses than the original rhymes: Baa Baa Black Sheep and The […]

We borrowed The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen from the library last week and have really been enjoying it. The story is loosely based upon wreck of the Royal Tar off a Maine island in 1863, except in this fictionalized version the animals survive and are taken in by the island’s townspeople. The illustrations are incredibly […]

My 18-month-old daughter is fixated on trucks, trains, construction vehicles, and basically anything else that chugs, clangs, or vrooms, so we’ve been checking out a lot of books on these themes from the library. So! Here are some of our favorites. If you have other suggestions, I’d love to hear them. Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and […]

I came up with this ridiculously simple recipe about a year ago when trying to recreate the salty, garlicky, delicious spinach rolls that my father’s best friend, Joe, used to make when I was a kid. Whenever we’d go to visit him, he’d send us home with a cooler full of spinach rolls individually wrapped […]