From the category archives:


O Marks the Spot

by the Coconut Girl on April 1, 2013

“Kids do well when they can.” A friend said this to me when my children were toddlers, and it set me free. She’d been reading a book about behavioral challenges in children. In addition to some innate physiological predispositions, she learned that some children are especially challenged by certain foods, fatigue, and overstimulation. She was [...]


The Accidental Cupcake

by the Coconut Girl on January 31, 2013

“I don’t want to rail against the term Mommy Blogger, but that term is kind of derisive, and it has a patronizing tone to it like, ‘Oh, you are writing about your little cupcakes that you are making.’ There isn’t anything wrong with cupcakes,” Morrill said. I couldn’t help but laugh. “It’s an oversimplification of [...]


The Cheeto Road

by the Coconut Girl on November 25, 2012

  Google Maps won’t show you The Cheeto Road, so I will. It’s the road you take when you live in a small, organic town and you want to Hoover down a bag of chips you impulsively bought at the gas station. Chips you want to eat in peace. You see, in a small, organic [...]


The Hostess

by the Coconut Girl on July 23, 2012

We had a blast with our out-of-town guests last weekend. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at modern hostessing.


Kitchen Sweepstakes

by the Coconut Girl on February 8, 2012

Enter to win! Contest renews every night.


Now & Later

by the Coconut Girl on October 10, 2011

Hey, what’s that stashed behind the soup bowls in the kitchen cabinet? Candy! People love to give children sweets. Bank tellers, teachers, neighbors, elders in the mall bathroom. Where does it all come from? I have a flashback to college. “There’s got to be a single, giant kitchen under West Philadelphia that supplies all the [...]


Open Sesame

by the Coconut Girl on September 30, 2011

If I hadn’t wiped down our kitchen counter minutes before, I may not have noticed it at all. But against the backdrop of the bare, white laminate, I saw the sesame seed flip in the air like a distant snowboarder above a tableau of snow. I examined the label of the puff pastry I’d just [...]


To Myself, at 80

by the Coconut Girl on May 11, 2011

There are plenty of things you did wrong. You fussed at your son for his bad attitude. Then, when the fever hit, you realized it was only because he was getting sick. You forgot to pack quarters in your daughter’s lunch for Ice Cream Friday. You didn’t take either child out enough for one-on-one time. [...]


MealTicker: More Daily Meal Ideas

by the Coconut Girl on April 26, 2011

The MealTicker is a roster of meals made chez Coconut Girl that’s posted on tCG’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The idea is to offer quick culinary inspiration when everybody’s hungry and you don’t know what to make. Top row: Left: Butternut squash, cubed, doused with olive oil and salt, and ready for the oven. Cover [...]


More Shopping on The Coconut Girl Channel!

by the Coconut Girl on March 30, 2011

Is anyone hungrier than a new mom? Possibly a new dad. The Coconut Girl and Darcy Larsen return with innovative products for family meals. Only on the Coconut Girl Channel! Missed the first shopping show? Here you go! Thanks to Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell and Billy Hunt of Powhatan Studios.