Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

…Make cranberry relish

Ingredients

1 pound cranberries, fresh

2 oranges

½ cup orange juice

¼ cup Grand Marnier

1 cup sugar

½ cup toasted pecans (optional)

Candied orange peel (optional)

Directions

Peel and chop oranges. In a pan, combine cranberries and chopped oranges with orange juice, Grand Marnier and sugar. Stir. Cook on a low heat for 10 to 15 minutes until cranberries burst and are tender. Add candied orange peel to mixture (optional). Pour into a serving dish, top with toasted pecans and chill. Serve cold.

—Stephanie Sidell Sokolove  ’76

Sokolove is owner and executive chef of Stephanie’s on Newbury (www.stephaniesonnewbury.com) and the recently opened Stephi’s on Tremont (www.stephisontremont.com) in Boston. A resident of Newton, Mass., she is one of the region’s most celebrated restaurateur-chefs.

[Our senior writer Hannah Benoit, a fabulous cook, made this recipe, and our staff enjoyed it.]

…Get children to spend more time outdoors in the winter

Slowly remove the video-game controller from their hands.

Give them squeeze bottles filled with water and food coloring, then send the kids outside to “color” in the snow.

Cross-country ski in your own backyard.

Explore different sledding hills in your area.

Feed the birds. Make your own bird feeders by smearing big pinecones with peanut butter, then roll them in birdseed.

Get outside and join them. It will be hard for them to come back inside if you are out there playing with them.

—Kristin Sundin Brandt ’94

Brandt, who has two children, is vice president at Sundin Associates (kristin-sundin-brandt.com), a marketing and advertising agency in Natick, Mass. She is the executive editor and co-host of “Manic Mommies,” a weekly podcast for parents seeking a work-life balance, and a member of the National Wildlife Federation’s Founding Moms Advisory Board, which helps

…Talk to your children about S-E-X

Giving our children honest, up-to-date, age-appropriate, and accurate information about sexuality is one thing we can do to help them stay healthy as they grow up. If you start by talking with very young children whenever they ask questions or have concerns, and then continue the dialogue through adolescence, there’s a good chance they will hear what you are saying and continue to bring you their questions and concerns.

If you don’t know an answer or how to answer, tell your child you need to think about it and will answer very soon. If you’re uncomfortable discussing sex with your kids, ask someone you trust—a health professional, a relative, a friend or a clergy member—to talk for you.

—Robie Heilbrun Harris ’62

Harris (www.robieharris.com) has researched, written, and updated three award-winning children’s books on healthy sexuality, including It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health. She lives in Cambridge, Mass.

…Stage your home to sell

Be clean and uncluttered: Clean like the dickens and remove all the bric-a-brac (sentimental, or not), and clear away clutter in your home. A buyer needs to visualize their mess, not see yours.

Do a weekend makeover: Spiff things up! A fresh coat of paint here, a vase of fresh flowers there; it can make a world of difference.

Add the “home sweet home” factor: Not long ago my mother-in-law placed her home on the market. Just before the first open house, we lit fires in the fireplaces, roasted a turkey (the house smelled amazing), and set the dining room table for dinner. The crystal sparkled. The pillows were fluffed. Potential buyers ate it up (no pun intended).

—Jeffrey Ferreira ’95

Ferreira, of Wayland, Mass., is a principal at J. Ferreira Designs (www.jferreiradesigns.com), and has extensive experience in both interior design and real estate.