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If there is one dessert that MP can’t pass up, it’s cookies. Decadent chocolate chip cookies are her weakness, followed by crisp butter cookies and just about anything made with dark chocolate. So you can imagine her delight when she discovered Slice & Bake Cookies by Camden-based cookbook author Elinor Klivans. The cookbook features make-ahead cookie dough you can refrigerate or freeze for later use.

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Kim Collins Kalicky is a 50-something wife, writer, and mother of two grown boys. Her latest book, Mothers Fulfilled, focuses on her life as a full-time working parent, and the challenges her hectic schedule presented in the office and at home. On a broader scale, the book discusses work-life balance for families throughout the United States. Kim introduces a dialogue about the need for parents to have more flexible scheduling options at work.

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Fairy houses are a relatively new phenomenon in the Cute Potato household. We didn’t realize how much fun they could be to construct, until we were invited to the Portsmouth Fairy House Tour last September.

Just one of hundreds of fairy houses at the 2011 Fairy House Tour in Portsmouth.

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While MP was in France last week, she had the pleasure of reading French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon. The book’s sub-title, How our family moved to France, cured picking eating, banned snacking, and discovered 10 simple rules for raising, happy healthy eaters, piqued MP’s interest. CP#1 and #2 are good eaters, but they can be picky, and like their mother, they also enjoy a delicious snack—let’s call it a petit dessert—twice a day. With these facts in mind, MP thought a little guidance couldn’t hurt.

French Kids Eat Everything begins by showing the cultural differences between North American parents and the French when it comes to food. Prior to their move, Le Billon’s girls, ages 2 and 5, were accustomed to several snacks throughout the day: mid-morning, afternoon, and another before bed, while the French maintain an unwritten one snack a day rule (the after school goûter). For meals, the author’s oldest daughter, Sophie, preferred foods like French fries, Cheerios, pasta, and buttered toast. Claire, the youngest, began to follow suit.

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