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Eat Your Vegetables: Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Working fresh veggies into our meals is something I try to do at least a few times a week. When these sweet potatoes are cooking up in the oven, I get requests for samples before dinner is served. That. Is a Veggie. Coup. Honestly, they smell like dessert. And they taste like a sweet treat. Serve them with a savory entrée, like a steak, or some oven baked meatballs, or broiled chicken. I throw any leftovers over some raw chopped kale with...

What to Do During the International Adoption Wait

The wait for custody, which can span years in international adoptions, can seem an eternity. A typical pregnancy is a definite period, while the international adoption wait is more often not. The questions from well-meaning loved ones come often. “How much longer?” “Any news?” And even “Why does it take so long?” A lack of control over the process coupled with a longing in one’s heart can be excruciating. “Do something!” the brain screams at the expectant parent. Because at...

Top 5 Reasons Why Being an Older Parent Rules

At 43 and change, I became a parent again. Not to a sleepy newborn, but to a walking, talking, 25 pound toddler. (Behold, the wonders of adoption!) Many are quick to point out the downsides of advanced age parenthood.  Being mistaken for a doting great aunt or (yikes) grandparent surely wouldn’t be fun. Many consider their life plans too inflexible toward middle age.  The infamous “what age will I be at his/her high school graduation” arithmetic is a big downer,...