The Ugly Side

I’m going to step back for a moment and address something that is not fun.  There’s no pictures of tasty food in this post, or tales of my adult children or thoughts about middle age.  The name of my blog is not only a play on my name, but also a description of my life.  … Continue reading The Ugly Side

Book Club Chapter Two: Ordinary Grace, Grocery Store Gripes, and Fresh Pineapple Salsa

Book Club 2.0 met again last night. We wanted to squeeze in one more meeting before fall officially arrives, even though we just met a few weeks ago. The book up for discussion this time was Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. It's a lovely book about life, how we handle death, and the fact … Continue reading Book Club Chapter Two: Ordinary Grace, Grocery Store Gripes, and Fresh Pineapple Salsa

Saturday Sweets: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes

I’m going to cut to the chase right here:  these are so freaking good.  You should make some.  Now. I first made these for Book Club about 8 years ago, and I honestly don’t recall making them since.  Why have I been holding out?  Book Club 2.0 is tonight at Dana’s house.  Since I’m spending … Continue reading Saturday Sweets: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes

The Work-Life Balance Myth (and other lies we tell)

Recently a friend of mine paid me a very kind compliment, telling me she admired how I “keep it all together” being a “professional and cooking fantastic meals.”  “How do you do it all?” she asked.  Well, I don’t really.  She was giving me far too much credit.  I love to cook, so I frequently … Continue reading The Work-Life Balance Myth (and other lies we tell)

Burgundy and Blush and an Ann Taylor Addiction

No, this isn't exactly a Wine Wednesday post; it's the colors I've chosen for this week's What To Wear To Work.  I absolutely love how popular blush/light pink has been this year, not only in clothing, but also in home décor.  As I plan out the design of our new home, I've already decided to … Continue reading Burgundy and Blush and an Ann Taylor Addiction

The Weeknight What To Fix For Dinner Conundrum

I love to cook.  I love trying out new recipes, modifying them, and coming up with my own recipes.  I like to experiment and I like to challenge myself.  Sometimes when I come home from work, I pretend that I'm on an episode of Chopped and I can only use the items in my pantry … Continue reading The Weeknight What To Fix For Dinner Conundrum

A Tale of Two Salads

When it gets to this point in the summer, I start getting bored the same old meals.  We’ve done all sorts of stuff on the grill, and served it with all kinds of sides, so I’m always looking for new twists on old basics.  I started with an alternative to caprese salad, and followed with … Continue reading A Tale of Two Salads

Sunday Funday: Concerts, Festivals, and Middle-Age

The Old Days I’ve been going to live rock shows since I was 12 years old.  The very first concert I ever attended was Pat Benetar.  My dad took me, and I remember I was surprised by how loud it was, and how the feeling of my ears ringing afterwards was so weird.  The next … Continue reading Sunday Funday: Concerts, Festivals, and Middle-Age

Am I Too Old To Wear A Romper?

I actually Googled this.  I have several rompers in my closet.  I love them because they’re cute and fun and flirty (not to mention comfy).  They do have their downsides (like having to get completely undressed just to pee), but for the most part they are a great summer wardrobe piece.  However, sometimes I worry … Continue reading Am I Too Old To Wear A Romper?

Balsamic Fig Chicken Thighs

We recently bought a house on 4 acres just down the road from where we currently live.  The house is older, smaller, and needed a complete remodel but we fell in love with it.  The lot is beautiful and backs up to wooded Army Corps property, so it will not be developed and has lots … Continue reading Balsamic Fig Chicken Thighs

Wine Wednesday: Vinho Verde

Before I get into the wine, can we look at these adorable wine glasses?  I picked them up at Michaels, yes the craft store.  And no, I didn’t have to paint them, they came like this!  They were 30% off so I couldn’t pass them up.  And, they look super cute in the wine hutch … Continue reading Wine Wednesday: Vinho Verde

Family Notes: Traveling With Teens

As the teen years come to a close in the Goodaker Family, I’ve been reminiscing on vacations past, the good, the bad, the ugly, and those we never took.  There really weren’t any ugly vacations per se, just some ugly moments now and then (like when Montezuma's Revenge hit Child #2 in Cancun, or when … Continue reading Family Notes: Traveling With Teens