Hoisin Chicken Wing Recipe

By: Kathy Trainor 

I just learned the wonder of Hoisin. My father-in-law was using it on some pork and I was in amazed at how good it was. I then learned it is common in asian cooking. I thought I love the wing at the local place we order from…I have chicken at home, lets give it a try! Let me tell you- they came out AMAZING!


  • 4 pieces of chicken I used thighs and legs but you can use boneless breasts of chicken
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 bunches scallions
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce


  1. Heat grill to medium. Brush the chicken with 1 teaspoon of the oil and season with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the scallions with the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Grill the chicken, covered, until cooked through, 4 to 7 minutes per side; brush with the hoisin sauce and turn occasionally during the last 3 minutes of cooking.
  3. After the chicken has cooked for 5 minutes, grill the scallions, turning occasionally, until tender, 2 to 4 minutes.

Very simple for a mid week meal or even a game time snack. IMG_1120

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Surviving Puberty

 By: Tanya Pimental 

Lu & IWith the arrival of Spring, soon comes the birthday of my first born. She is a May baby and as I look back at her birth, I can’t seem to come to terms with how fast she is growing up. This year marks her 9th birthday. The last year before double digits. Dare I say she will be a tween? And with that, the realization is sinking in that puberty is around the corner. Denying this fact will not slow it down.

It’s time for us to have some real conversations about the things in store for her physically and emotionally. Many folks begin these talks as early as 8. I want us to be able to have an open dialog that takes us into the teen years and that fosters a bond where she feels like she can come to me with anything. This is certainly easier said then done.

Just Between Us CoverMy first step was purchasing the book, Just Between Us: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms. It was easy to introduce into our lives. Her love of notebooks and writing made this easy. I think it will really help us get to know each other in a special way. For me it’s also a keepsake. Hopeful we can look back at it years from now laugh or even cry together. My daughter has vocalized that she enjoys 1:1 time with me and this is a way to incorporate that into our lives when things get busy.

Next up is sharing a book that will certainly raise questions that I think I am ready to give answers to. The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls is a highly recommended book from other moms. Reading it ahead of time made me realize I may not have even thought to address all that this book covers. For me, the fact that it’s from American Girl makes it a little more approachable and maybe less scary. I didn’t want something so textbook that it made the changes to ones body so confusing that they don’t make sense.

While I have not yet seen the body signs (hair growth, weight/height increase, breast development) of things to come, I certainly have already witnessed the hormones. I saw her unable to stop tears from swelling up and she shared that she didn’t want to cry but she couldn’t stop herself. I’m sure you can all remember those instances in life. Hoping for now that a hug will help.

I think it’s important to consider our own experiences and model after them or learn from them as we raise our children. The whole idea of puberty was foreign to me. I’ll overly share that the weekend before starting 7th grade, I got my first period and thought I was dying. Then that same year, I learned all about the birds and the bees from a friend in Latin class. I’d like things to be different for my children.

Puberty is clearly just the start of many conversations to come. Let’s just hope I can be prepared and resourceful to my kids without scaring them off. Fingers crossed they will talk to me and listen when I try prepare them for life each step of the way. I should probably also start stocking up on acne products.

All those baby books are long gone and I’ve got a new list of books to pick up. I can’t even begin to think about my son up next. Quite simply, sharing all this makes me want to grab a copy of Judy Bloom’s, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. But, I don’t think I’ll force that on my tween.Keep Calm

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Mommy Sick Day

By: Jessica Aldred 

Every parent giggles when they see that commercial with the parent popping their head into their child’s room aiming to call in sick for the day. The irony of that situation is not lost on me. I recently found myself defeated by the infamous stomach flu and praying to the depths of the porcelain God. As if the whole scenario isn’t bad enough, my scene gets worse.

Imagine you’re there, doing your thing, and the world continues to rotate. The screaming baby pushes that bathroom door open and proceeds to tug and your shirt for attention as you swat him away from the ever-spreading virus. Just then, the puppy comes bounding in to see what’s up. Who knew vomit was such an enticing aroma?! As I rotate pushing the two of them away, I hear the constant bickering between my older sons and the ever so present “Mooooooommmmmm!”

woman-699004_1280Despite my begging for a few minutes of quiet to gather myself, the circus continues on. The screaming, fighting and constant needs of my brood don’t pause for me to be ill. They don’t simply grow up and learn to function like grown adults the second I get sick. They motor on, as do I. I splash some water on my face, re-tie my hair back, remove the toilet brush from the baby’s clutches, throw him on my hip and toss the dog a more appropriate snack. We’ll leave the bathroom clean-up for later. Thank goodness we have extra bathrooms these days.

You see moms don’t get sick days. While my husband is pretty helpful, the unfortunate truth is that the more sick days you use, the less dedicated to your job you appear. Don’t get me wrong, he’s taken a few sick days on my behalf over the last decade or so, but for the most part I’m left to suffer through it. One time (before #3), I tried to flip the scenario when I wasn’t feeling well. As I lay on the couch with my bucket, ginger ale and a warm fluffy blanket, I beckoned for someone, anyone, to get me some crackers or to bring me the remote… but alas, they shrugged and moved on with their lives. You see, Mom’s don’t get sick days, and even when you think you’ve got a sick day, someone else gets sick too and you inevitably fall to the lesser patient on the totem pole.

Sick or not sick, I’m a Mom first. They’re the reason I persevere through the tough times and toss my cookies while I clean up theirs. I’d love to hear how your family has made it through this winter and the nasty bugs it brought. How do you cope with maintaining your daily Mom duties while taking care of yourself as well?

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Another Small Museum to Enjoy

By: Martianne Stanger

We’ve all heard of the “unsinkable ship” the Titanic, right? But, did you know there was another ship far more unsinkable and much closer to home?

The Pilgrim was America’s first double-hulled steamship. It traveled from Fall River to New York in the 1800’s and survived a 100-foot hole being ripped in her bottom by an unexpected rock. Not only did she survive, but she stayed afloat, delivering all her passengers safely before going into dry dock for repair.

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This was just one of the fun facts we discovered at the Marine Museum of Fall River, a small, local museum we visited on a field trip recently.

Much like when we went on a fun field trip (which has since been repeated!) to the Old Colony History Museum in Taunton, I had not heard of the Marine Museum of Fall River prior to being invited on a field trip there. This little gem of a marine museum has been around since 1968 and hosts events, offers community programs, and makes education a mission by offering in-museum field trips, classroom visits, and “museum in a box” options.

Our Visit to the Marine Museum

When we arrived for our field trip, we were warmly greeted by museum staff, who happily waited for the rest of our group beginning our scheduled tour.

Because our group had recently been studying the Titanic, our tour kicked off with a brief lecture about the Titanic and the museum’s Titanic collection. Within the lecture, our kind and knowledgeable tour guide, Paula, also included hitherto unknown-to-us facts about the historical Fall River Line of steamships. Then, while waiting for some children to return from the bathrooms so she could turn all the lights off in the museum to show us what the Titanic looked like in the dark on the night it sunk, Paula pointed out some of the other museum collection pieces, which ranged from playing cards made of whale bone…

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… to life-size bedrooms and dining rooms from the Fall River Line Steamships…

… to plenty of models of ships.

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Once everyone was ready, Paula turned off all the museum’s lights and drew our attention to a 28-foot RMS Titanic model which had working lights, giving the children a taste of what it might have looked like to pass the Titanic at night before she went down.

After that, our guide handed out two version of a Titanic scavenger hunt and set us off to discover what we could about the Titanic through the museum collection. With a little help from Mom, even the youngest members of our group became engaged in the hunt!

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After completing the scavenger hunt and “running on the sinking Titanic,” we were free to explore the rest of the museum.

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The museum held a varied collection of items from both peacetime and wartime marine history. Of course, my children were excited by the latter. If there is a canon or a gun in a museum, my kids will find it!

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Finally, our tour group came back together to review what we found during the scavenger hunt, answer any further questions, and – surprise – to receive parting gifts, like a replica of a newspaper from when the Titanic went down!

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As we drove home, and later in the evening, the children and I continued to refer back to our Marine Museum experience. It was a great way to spend a rainy morning – offering us glimpses of history, a bit of hands-on learning and another opportunity to make local and world history come alive.


If you’ve never visited the museum, I’d recommend it for the next rainy spring or summer day. Not only will it make an inexpensive historical adventure, but there are plenty of other attractions nearby to give your trip further impact.


The Marine Museum is open all year round, Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as well as on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Adults: $8.00

Seniors 62+: $6.00

Children (6-12 years): $6.00

Family Pack: $25.00

Members and Children aged 0-5 years: FREE

Groups are by prior arrangement only.

If you have a favorite local museum or outdoor spot, I’d love to hear about it! My family enjoys learning about history and culture – as well as just enjoying the great outdoors – at new, recommended locations!

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Signature Healthcare Teams Up with CAP Foundation to Host Free Cervical and Breast Cancer Screenings

In a continued effort to increase awareness about cervical and breast cancer and enhance access to important screenings, Signature Healthcare, in partnership with the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation’s See, Test & Treat® program, is delivering free ‘same day result’ cervical and breast cancer screening, along with community health education, on Saturday, May 16th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m at Signature Healthcare, 680 Centre Street, Brockton.

Uninsured or underinsured women between the ages of 21 and 64 are invited to join special guest speaker and breast cancer survivor Maria Cardoso, 41 at this event.

Women between the ages of 21 and 64 who pre-register for the cervical cancer screenings will receive PAP and HPV tests performed by qualified medical professional.

Women between the ages of 40 and 64 who pre-register for the breast cancer screenings will receive a breast exam and mammogram from a qualified medical professional.

While waiting for the screening results, attendees can enjoy adult and children’s activities, a mini health fair, and an opportunity to learn about the health insurance marketplace. Once results are received, screening recipients will receive a Wal-Mart gift card and goodie bag. Bilingual staff will be available to answer questions and interpret screening results for attendees.

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

By: Kathy Trainor 

Teaching your kids to help others can be a hard to explain. When it comes to small children, I’ve found that actions speak louder than words.  Sometimes showing them something goes much further than just explaining.

Recently, while driving home, I saw an older man laying on the side of the road. I pulled over and asked him if he was ok. He didn’t answer and I called 911. Another women, who had also pulled over to help, and I assessed the scene and tried to determine if he needed further help while we waited for the medics to arrive.   We tried to make him conformable and checked for any other signed of injury. We were worried that it may have been a hit and run since we were stopped on a pretty busy street. child-164317__180

He appeared to have had stroke and couldn’t answer common questions like what his name was or what day it was. He had the newspaper in his hand. I asked him to tell me where he got the paper and he couldn’t tell me. The EMTs arrived and took over the care of the man and brought him to the hospital.

My boys, John and Pat, were safe in the car- about 5 feet away. I got back in the car the boys knew that “fire fighters” were helping a man . I told them he was not feeling well and the “fire fighters” would take him to the hospital to feel better. I explained that we should try help people when we can and that if we can’t help them we should try to find someone who can them help.

I may not know if this man will be ok, but I know I helped and my boys learned to help others today.

I never thought that they may see something they didn’t need to see. I never thought about the questions they would ask about me stoping on the side of a road to help a person. I never thought about the answers I would have to give. I only knew that the man needed help. I knew I could explain things later no mater how bad the situation is.

Life happens and you learn from life.

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