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Siri Valentine’s Day E-Card

A couple of months ago, I created a video to address student behavior and expectations at a school assembly, and I used Siri’s voice to remind students to be respectful audience members.  [...]

Heart Pockets

Happy Friday the 13th! You’ve got really bad luck if you’ve only just now remembered that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Trinh finished her funny E-card for her husband, and since [...]

A Taste of Can Tho: Bitter Melon Soup

My Mom was an amazing cook. I miss her and her Vietnamese food.  A Taste of Cần Thơ will be a series of blogs dedicated to my Mom (Cần Thơ was her hometown).  Although I’ll never be as good [...]

The Duo’s Life Hacks: Toothpaste

Toothpaste isn’t just for your teeth anymore! While Trinh is at her house getting every last bit of toothpaste from her tube, I’m at mine spreading the stuff all over the place. [...]

Mini Meatball Sliders

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and while everyone else is likely preparing for the big game, I’m here blogging about a dish you should serve at your party – mini meatball sliders! I [...]

Plantable Save the Dates

I heart my bae. We tied the knot 06.29.13 – an eco-friendly backyard wedding with about 220 guests. Yes, I said backyard wedding, so yes, there were lots and lots of DIY projects! My first [...]

Cake Mix Cookies

Did you know that you can make cookies from boxed cake mix? I didn’t! Why didn’t you tell me? It’s pretty neat because with all the different types of cake mix out there, you [...]

Mama Steel’s Pasta Salad

My mom is a great cook… and she’s the How To Duo’s biggest fan! Mama Steel always makes this pasta salad, so it’s definitely one of my favorite side dishes to eat. [...]

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

My brother-in-law just turned 40.  He’s a total meat lover and is known to get his money’s worth at buffets, so when my sister decided to do a buffet-themed birthday party to [...]

We Heart Ramekins

Ramekins make everything cuter.  Ramekins are so fun.  Ramekins are for everybody.  Ramekins can be for your brother.  Ramekins can be for your sister.  But do you know who we think would like [...]

VooDuo Voodoo Doll

I don’t hate Trinh. Sure, I might do or say things sometimes that could possibly make you think I do, but I really don’t. Why would I? She’s the other half of the How To Duo! [...]

GCF Puzzle

A couple of weeks ago, my students took a test on GCF and equivalent expressions.  As I planned for the review, I wanted to incorporate some type of hands-on activity, so I decided to search [...]

Gender Reveal Pins

The Condors.  These are my girls.  We go way back.  There are four of us; we all went to junior high together and have remained close friends for over 20 years.  I’d take a bullet for these [...]

Apple Pie Apple

I love pie. Like, I really love it. And if you’re like me, you have no business buying an entire pie, topping it with vanilla ice cream, and eating it straight from the tin while you binge [...]

One Man’s Trash…

Is another man’s treasure!  Don’t throw away anything that you could potentially use to make something new.  Take this necklace, for instance.  My sister sent it to me when I requested a [...]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

A lot can change in 13 years. When Trinh and I reunited, there were a handful of things that I noticed that were different: we can no longer party like we did when we were 22, Trinh’s voice [...]

Holiday Decoration Organization Tips

Nothing gives me the holiday blues more than having to take down my Christmas decorations. Sure, I’m going to miss the twinkling lights and smell from the Christmas tree, but what really [...]

Baked Hawaiian Sandwiches

The How To Duo loves nothing more than making tasty meals from random ingredients we’ve already got around the house. You probably already have most of these things in your refrigerator, so [...]

Spam Musubi Bites

Spam has always been a favorite of mine. It’s really easy to cook and can be eaten for any meal of the day. For breakfast, I fry it up and enjoy it with eggs. Or for lunch, I can simply add [...]

Hello Kitty Glasses

A close friend of mine threw a Hello Kitty themed birthday party for her nine-year-old daughter yesterday.  I rarely ever attend kids’ parties because “I don’t want to.”  [...]

Turtle Pin Cushion

Number twuo of The How To Duo has been carrying his pins and needles around in one of those free hotel sewing kits for quite some time (so sad).  I thought to myself, that’s no way to ring [...]

Holiday Gifts For Students

Tis the season to be giving!  But that can be challenging on a teacher’s budget (especially when you have 100 students)!  Still, I wanted to give my students something more than the [...]

Paper Towel Roll Gift Box

I love being able to reuse things that people would normally consider trash. Call me a hoarder, but I really do get a thrill out of this.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not a dig-in-your-trash [...]

Monkey Advent Calendar

Happy Holidays! The days have been flying by! Did your online shopping just go from Standard shipping to Express shipping and finally to the dreaded Next-Day shipping? An advent calendar will [...]