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5 Ways to Make Ramadan Special for Your Kids — An American Ramadan

Kids are not obligated to observe the Ramadan fast, but it's important to keep them busy and involve them in the celebratory mode of the month. Here are a few suggestions to keep them interested and integrated all month long.

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5 Things I Always Keep in the Freezer Now That I’m a Mom — You’re a Parent Now

Before I had a baby, my freezer was like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It seemed impenetrable, things had been there forever, and whoever was brave enough to wade through it would receive handsome rewards.

There were bottles of expensive vodka, the juice of lemons I had brought home from Capri, and batches of peach ice cream I made in the summer. There was the top tier of wedding cake for a year after my wedding. (Once my husband noticed it back there, he legitimately asked me if there was a human head in the freezer. I should have said yes).

These days, my freezer is less of an exciting addition to my fridge and more of a lifeline. On nights when the day was overwhelming, my baby is fussy, or I just don't feel like cooking or making a mess in the kitchen, that freezer is a necessity. Here are items I always have in my freezer.

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How To Grill the Best Corn on the Cob — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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It's summer, which means that not only is your grill hot, but corn is finally juicy and sweet. The two need to meet. While I'd like to tell you it's as simple as throwing the cobs on the hot grill and letting the two mingle, there is some work that must be done to get the corn and its husk ready for the grill.

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Recipe: Lemon Meringue Layer Cake — Video from Kitchn

Sometimes you need someone else to come up with a bright idea — especially the ones that are so obvious in hindsight — so you can simply partake in its glory. That's how we feel about this confection that brings the flavors and gooey textures of lemon meringue pie to a towering layer cake. We're just happy someone dreamt it up so we can make it at home! To demystify some of the magic, start by watching this video. It will show you how to turn three glorious layers of buttery lemon cake, homemade lemon curd, and meringue frosting into this citrus-lover's dream cake.

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Recipe: Orange and Strawberry Muffins — On-the-Go Breakfast Recipes

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These are not cupcakes dressed up in muffin's clothing. That generous drizzle of orange glaze over the top is definitely a treat, so if you're having these first thing in the morning consider them the baked good that replaces that pastry you usually pick up with a cup a coffee.

It's not sugar and spice, though! A mix of whole-wheat and all-purpose flour leaves these orange- and vanilla-scented muffins with nutty undertones and a hearty texture that makes them feel wholesome. The real highlight, though, is the ripple of fresh, chopped strawberries throughout and piled on top of each muffin.

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The Picnic Rule I Totally Disagree With — Family Vacation

"There is one firm … requirement" of the picnic, M.F.K. Fisher wrote in her delightful 1957 essay, The Pleasures of Picnics: It "must be eaten outdoors." In case you didn't get that, she adds, for emphasis, "al fresco, en plein air."

With great deference to Ms. Fisher, I must, however, disagree. This is not to say I don't love a good summer spread under the shade of a years-old tree as much as anyone — I do! Ants, grass stains, and all. In fact, I love picnics so much that I simply can't reserve them for natural settings. No, my requirements for a picnic are much simpler.

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