Ben Johnson

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Teaching my kids to be responsible and appreciative, one Popsicle stick at a time.

When I tell people that I work from home, they usually look at me with a hint of envy.<p>Usually. But not during the summer.<p>With four kids at home, there isn’t much working going on in the summer. Between breaking up fights and making grilled cheese and washing endless loads of swim towels, there …

Parenting

How to Make Ladyfingers the Fast, Easy Way

Ladyfingers are one of the simplest recipes in a pastry chef's toolkit. The piped sponge cakes are used as the scaffolding for creamy, layered desserts—most famously tiramisu and charlotte russe, but ladyfingers are killer in summer trifles and banana pudding, too.<p>Ostensibly these slender biscuits …

Dessert

Moroccan Pita Bread (Batbout) Recipe

While Middle Eastern pita bread is baked in the oven, the Moroccan equivalent, <i>batbout</i>, is cooked stove top in a skillet or on a griddle.<p>Also known as</i> …

Sandwiches

Sleeping at Sissinghurst: An Overnight Stay at England’s Most Famous Garden

At Sissinghurst Castle, where Vita Sackville-West created her breathtaking gardens in Kent, England, the very best times for wandering are the early …

The Latest: Tillerson: US reviewing climate change policy

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a meeting of the Arctic Council (all times local):<p>1:30 p.m.<p>Arctic nations have approved a document calling for global action to address climate change. But U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says his country continues to review its own policies.<p>Tillerson …

Donald Trump

Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.<p>In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, …

10 Simple Ways to Develop Leadership Skills in Your Children | Inc.com

Every child has the potential to be a leader. Some may have more traits associated with leadership, but any child's leadership ability, at whatever level, can be groomed and nurtured.<p>Here are some simple things parents (and grandparents, teachers, coaches, aunts, uncles, and neighbors) can do to …

Team Building

People Are Losing Their Minds Over These Ice Cream Cones

See how they're made and you'll get it.<p>The famous song <i>"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!"</i> has never come to life more than at Milk Train Café on a typical Friday afternoon. Tweens, hipsters, grandmas and tourists alike are all losing their minds, Cloud Cone in one hand, iPhone in …

3 Ways Kids Can Make Homemade Slime They'll Actually Play With - GeekMom

Reading Time: 2 minutes<p>Making slime is fun for anyone of just about any age. (And apparently it’s the new hotness for kids, thanks to YouTube.) But …

Kids

Free: 12 Common Construction Details Fully Modeled in SketchUp

Great architecture is nothing without carefully considered details, and no one understands this better than the architects and engineers of the International Masonry Institute (IMI). That’s why they have created an extensive series of typical construction details, each fully modeled and freely …

Home Improvement

The best medicine for ADHD might not be medicine, at least at first

Steve and Michelle were desperate. Their 6-year-old son, Sam, was diagnosed with ADHD soon after entering first grade. Sam’s behavior seemed outright defiant: He ignored adults when his name was called and was in constant motion. Sam let out bloodcurdling screams when forced to stop playing a game …

Autism

25 of the Most Inspiring Books Everyone Should Read | Inc.com

Whether you turn pages, tap a tablet, or listen to audio, a good book can be a perfect relaxation aid, tutor, or source of inspiration. Here are quotes from more than two dozen executives who name their favorite book and explain why it's worth your attention.<p>1. <i>The Checklist Manifesto</i> by Atul Gawande<p>…

Mission Impossible

A Compact Home in Moscow Built on the Lowest Possible Budget

Placed throughout the home’s slatted wood exterior, windows are positioned to allow for the most attractive views and...<p>A corridor-like entrance invites residents into the home.<p>A pair of lights from IKEA hang above the first floor, which houses the living room, kitchen, and bathroom.<p>Chairs and …

Dining Rooms

Rare 'lava firehose' from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has been active since 1983, but scientists have filmed an unusual phenomenon.<p>Dramatic footage shows lava as it flows through a crack in a sea cliff, and into the Pacific Ocean.

National Parks

How you and your kids can “become like children”

We start out embracing wonder, and too often (too early) we're taught to let go of it...<p>“Christmas is for children,” says one song. “From 1 to 92,” …

14 garden tricks to get the professional look!

If you believe that a great garden is always the result of professional landscape architects and gardeners, then we are here to tell you that it …

What Is Hygge? And How To Embrace It This Christmas

When I first started seeing the word Hygge I thought it was just another craze that lifestyle bloggers had fallen in love with. Boy was I wrong!<p>Hygge …

Hygge

Elisenlebkuchen (Glazed Flourless Nuremberg Lebkuchen) Recipe on Food52

Cooking is more fun with friends.<p>Find your friends who are already on Food52, and invite others who aren't to join.<p>Join Our Community<p>Follow amazing home cooks. Collect recipes and articles. Get inspired.<p><b>Author Notes:</b> These Elisenlebkuchen, the archetypal German gingerbread, hail from the Bavarian …

Mashed Potatoes and Fondue Made a Baby, and It's Pommes Aligot

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>It can't be an accident that so many potato-and-cheese dishes were born in the mountains of Europe. There's Swiss raclette, an Alpine cheese that's held close to a fire or other heat source until the surface is …

Mashed

Scandinavian Christmas Tree Art

The holidays are here and Christmas decorating is the first thing on my list. Whenever I have bare walls, I try to DIY wall art that will help fill …

The Ultimate Winter Bucket List For BFFs

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Share the festive fun with your best friend and complete this bucket list before the chilly season is over. Whether you love to stay cozy indoors or feel the crisp air outside, we've got ideas for all kinds of besties. Check it out!<p>Take a cooking …

Decorations

My daughter has my eyes, my hair and my ADHD

My mother wisely warned me that it is naive for young parents to imagine that their children will inherit only the traits they most admire in their spouses and themselves. She advised us to be realistic about the beautiful creatures we created and reminded us that our children are every bit as …

Parenting

What this Catholic learned from a morning with some Evangelical kids

If I asked my own kids what their favorite Bible passage was, and why, what would they say?<p>Though I’m Catholic, I recently was asked to step in as a …

Top 12 Soft Skills Employers Seek

Depending on the organization or business, employers are seeking key skills and experience for each job. But even though these skills are extremely …

Crystal ball-like robot will fill your home with sunlight

LONDON — Dr. Diva Tommei, 32, was once a Bioinformatics PhD student at Cambridge University who was spending way too much time in a dark office.<p>That …

Twitter account is resurrecting the Japanese art of wood joinery

The ancient Japanese art of wood joinery might be a dying tradition in today’s modern technological landscape, but one man is still trying to thrust this age-old practice into the future – and now he’s bringing it to Twitter.<p>For those unfamiliar with this culture, Japanese wood joinery is a …

Woodworking

The Feminization of Christianity | The Art of Manliness

Welcome back to our series on the relationship between Christianity and masculinity, which aims to explore the historical and cultural factors that …

The Danish Way of Parenting review – how to raise the world’s happiest kids

Denmark approaches childhood, and society as a whole, very differently to Britain or the US, argue Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl<p>Having muddled through six years of parenthood without consulting any books on the subject, I was pretty excited about this, my first one. Perhaps it …

Parenting