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Banish the chill with a book

Bookshelf picks for the month of February.

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The Family Chow

Bar-Risto is warm, welcoming

Our most recent Family Chow mission led us to a relatively new restaurant in Schenectady – Marotta’s Bar-Risto on Union Street.

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Triple Threat: Parenting triplets in the Capital District

Three times the fun

I am full of love and hope this February! In the past my triplets have felt like they are the only triplets in the world. I was recently able to prove them wrong.

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Grandma's Got Gigs ... and gigabytes too!

Walk reveals winter wonders

Enough hibernating, I decide. This is the day to set in motion the plan I have to take the grandchildren on a winter hike.

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The Family Chow

Old-world charm a little tired

Although it is already December, the Family Chow wanted to keep the Oktoberfest spirit alive with a trip to the Spa Brauhaus restaurant.

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Let's Cook!

A star for the fruit tree

This fruit tree is certain to be the centerpiece at any function.

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A tale's bittersweet end

“A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens is common dreaded reading to most high school students. So many kids I knew would try desperately to use the film to get out of reading. There are more drastic ways of getting out of reading this classic, like having a car accident and becoming a quadriplegic.

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There's no need to get present tense

The holidays aren’t just about gifts. Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people — faith, family, charity.

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Kitchen Table Time

Storytelling is a gift for all

This is the season for sharing stories, looking back on old times and reflecting on where we are now in our journey.

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Triple Threat: The challenges and rewards of parenting triplets in the Capital District

Choices are theirs to make

In many ways the choices of my life have led me to be the mother that I am today.

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The Family Chow

Meal a mix of kitsch and crabs

What do you do when the kids are longing for the carefree spirit of summer? When the memories of sand castles are starting to fade? The Family Chow decided to head to Joe’s Crab Shack to see if we could recreate a summer vibe while wallowing in buckets of seafood and melted butter.

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These accessories make packing up easy

Cool new stuff for kids and parents ...

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Let's Cook!

Halloween party options

As we turn the calendar and start prepping for Halloween — and all the parties that seem to come with the season — I am offering a few fun entertaining ideas that are quick, easy and affordable.

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On the Bookshelf

Tales spooky, silly and sublime

Get ready to fall for these great books.

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Kitchen Table Talk

Celebrate imagination

Halloween is not the event it once was. There was a time, not so long ago, when children celebrated in school with a party and a parade, and then, for a second round of fun, went trick-or-treating that night, often performing a song or dance for the neighbors in order to earn their treats.