A Diapered Bookworm

souschef "Thank you! Penelope is a true joy to be around, even if at times she can be difficult! ...more

Homemade Bone Broth — Health In A Pot!

Bone broth, healthy, nourishing, and “gut-friendly,” a natural remedy for the cold and for so much more that ails us, found in a single pot. This healthy broth, chock full of amazing nutrients, not to mention rich and soul-satisfying to drink, can be made at home, allowed to simmer-away on your stove for many, many hours—even  a couple of days’ worth, when time allows....more

Putting Faces to the Noisy Floor Above

“I can’t take the loud thumping anymore! Honey, please, we’ve got to do something about that! We’ve either got to call the office in the morning and complain, or we march upstairs to say something to them! But this has to stop!”From the floor above it came, incessant, nerve wracking, enough to drive one mad!On and on it went: movement of heavy feet; doors and drawers closing loudly; and the pitter-patter of little feet running, back and forth, from one end of the apartment to the other... EVERY NIGHT!...more

Recruiters Using Text To Contact Job Seekers. Really?!

More and more job seekers are receiving texts from recruiters/head-hunters when contacted for the first time. "Found your resume online. Have a position. Contact me.” Really?! Is this considered “professional" conduct? When did we dispense with good form? What happened to introducing yourself through e-mail or even making a phone call when reaching out for the first time?...more
carynstat Thank you for your input, I appreciate hearing others opinion. Texting is a new way of ...more

A Big Pot of Pasta e Fagioli

There is nothing like fixing a big pot of pasta—with beans and vegetables—e fagioli, with a pinch of this and a hefty dash of that and a splash of whatever brings out umami. It will simply come together creating a burst of flavor explosion. A warm bowl of comfort!Just ask my flu-stricken family that sat to the dinner table to devour big bowls of it, all the while yumming, and slurping it all up!...more
souschef Thank you, so did we! My oldest daughter said the e Fagioli was "restaurant quality!" A ...more

Empty Nester Living Large in Small Accommodations

Living in “small” spaces is the new challenge today. “Tiny” living is life in an itty-bitty, little house, and they can range from 117 square feet to no more than 500 square feet. Now that’sseriously small living! Although some “small” houses might go as big as 874 square feet, and that is pure luxury living....more
kimandcoffee Welcome to my post, and thank you for stopping by to comment. Though my husband ...more

From Empty Nest to Love Nest

So what are my husband and I to do now? Now that our once-full and busy “nest” is found empty and we are therefore suddenly free of all family responsibilities? “Children responsibility”; of worrying and providing for, that is! What should now fill the many empty hours and [long] days ahead that were once in-every-respect spoken for—cooking and cleaning for...chauffeuring for...cultivating good manners, and how-to make life choices that will meet their individual needs for their long-term happiness?...more
Linda Anselmi Thank  you, Linda, 'guess we've had 32-years of living together to get it right. ...more

Empty Nester Down-Sizing Thirty-Two Years of Memories

Now that my three children have grown and flown the coop—sadly, they no longer fill the hours of my immediate world—I need to accept my new life without them and, even if reluctantly, move forward. As my children will undoubtedly be setting new roots elsewhere and begin collecting memories of their own, I realize that my husband and I need to make some important changes within our home, too....more
souschef No, it was certainly not fun and not easy, but definitely something that needed to be ...more

Face-to-Face with My Empty Nest Life

I am at last face-to-face with my empty nest life, even if I am still in denial. Today, my first day with an empty house, I want to remain tucked within my sheets, indulging in a flood of salty tears that have already soaked through and stained my pillow. I have no desire to open my eyes and indulge them to a surrounding wall of obvious sunshine and warmth outside.My heart is breaking! And this is only my first day....more
Linda Anselmi And it is very lovely to see you here, too, Linda! I'd like to say that I am back, ...more

Celebrating a Rare Occurrence, “Thanksgivukkah”

This Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28, 2013, we’ll not only celebrate Thanksgiving, but this year it also coincides with Chanukah or Hanukkah [if you prefer] (some are still undecided)—a rare occurrence, to say the least. Actually, Thanksgivukkah (termed by many) this year takes place on the second night of Chanukah/Hanukkah, and this melding of celebrations hasn’t happened since the late 1800’s, and it won’t be seen again for another 1,700 years, in fact!...more
wdolderer Hello! "Chanksgiving," I like this one too. And I like your idea of the cards, very ...more