Down and Dirty Sorbet

It's been a struggle to wake up each day and read the news. Everything from racial tensions and political chaos in our country to this natural disaster called Hurricane Harvey and the absolute devastation left in its wake, has left a lot of us feeling down and out. Like a lot of you, I feel … Continue reading Down and Dirty Sorbet

The Best Happy Hours are at Home

I always think that when the weekend arrives, I’ll be ready to put on a cute dress and hit the city.  Occasionally that happens, mostly just on special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries.  Usually, by the time Friday rolls around, I just want to get home, put on some old torn up cut-offs and a … Continue reading The Best Happy Hours are at Home

Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals

I'm a big fan of "semi-homemade."  There's no shame in using prepared foods as ingredients if it can save you time (and save your sanity).  Let's face it, after spending an hour in traffic, having to wait 50 minutes for wild rice to cook, just ain't gonna happen.  Occasionally, I will prep stuff the day … Continue reading Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals

Wine Wednesday: Bubbly Beverages

I’ve never felt sad while drinking a glass of champagne or prosecco.  There is just something about the feel of a sparkling beverage as you sip it that is pleasing--the slight tickle in your noise, and the fizz on your tongue.  Maybe it’s just psychological, I mean bubbles are fun and enjoyable:  blowing bubbles as … Continue reading Wine Wednesday: Bubbly Beverages

On Becoming an Empty Nester Part 3: Taking Bob Marley’s Advice

Rise up this mornin' Smiled with the risin' sun Three little birds Pitch by my doorstep Singin' sweet songs Of melodies pure and true Saying', (this is my message to you) Singing' don't worry 'bout a thing 'Cause every little thing gonna be alright - Bob Marley, 1977   Image From PopRocks Design on Etsy … Continue reading On Becoming an Empty Nester Part 3: Taking Bob Marley’s Advice

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