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Resting on Labor Day Is Hard Work

During a recent family birthday party, my brother-in-law's aunt, an empty nester who travels extensively for work, mentioned that she makes plans for her down time. When I say "plans for her down time," I don't mean weekend getaways or family occasions, per se; she actually has to reserve her own hang-out-in-pajamas, not-doing-squat moments.

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It's Off to School We Go

If Mom & Dad are lucky, the prep work for the first day of school will be a breeze: no ill-fitting clothes, lunches will practically make themselves, and there will be no first-day jitters or tears from the kiddos -- or from the parents either, for that matter.

Ice Cream Gets All Grown Up with Sizzling Fruit

Summers just bring out our inner kids. The wonderfully sticky-sweet, ooey-gooey pleasures of summertime simply demand their due: ice cream, baby!

"Tea Please!"

A crisp, tempting glass of iced tea, sugar-kissed for a Southern sweet tooth, is a mighty fine cure for a Texas summer: a quick pour of strong brewed tea, some garnish and ice. Heavens, yes, lots of ice!

Throw Dessert on the Grill

At a recent weekend barbecue, the party hosts announced that "dessert was on the grill," which turned out to be a produce parade of sliced sweet potatoes, then mango halves and finally pineapple rings.