July Recipe Roundup

If the recipes a blogger posts in a month says a lot about her, July says “hey world, I love fresh berries”.I have to admit that I’m not a super organized blogger working off of big dry erase boards and spreadsheets to plan out her posts. What looks good at the grocery store or the farm stand, what my family requests, and often just whatever idea happens to float into my head dictates what I make. I don’t cook or bake to blog, I blog what I cook and bake....more
Bodynsoil Glad you found some new recipes to try. Please let me know what you think.more

Help Wanted: How to evade the empty nest

 It’s no secret that I will be an empty-nester in just 3 weeks. I’ve talked a lot about giving thought to whether or not I should continue blogging. I started this blog for a few reasons, some (two actually, who shall remain nameless) of which are flying the coop or leaving the nest   or something....more

Holding On . . . While Letting Go

Holding on and letting go. Two completely different concepts, right? But right now I find myself trying to balance them both.I have two boys, teenagers at this point. One just finished his freshman year in college. The other just graduated  high school. I’m not sure how this all happened, I just know that old cliché “time flies” is a cliché for a reason.My boys are a little more than a year apart in age. So when my older son was born, I had a year alone with him. He was a baby and it was time I treasured....more
Suzanne Fluhr I know most families fight to sit down to dinner together and we did (and do) ...more

June Recipe Roundup

June is a month for settling into summer routines. My older son, College Boy, is home from his freshman year. He went to work campaigning for his close friend's dad, our Congressman. My younger son, PurDude, graduated from high school (in the top 6% of his class, but I digress). He continues to work for the city as a lifeguard as he prepares for his freshman year in college....more

Patriotic Pavlova

Summer is officially here and my baking reflects that fact. I love all of the fresh fruits and vegetables that summertime brings almost to my doorstep. I wish I had a garden, I don’t, but farmer’s markets and roadside stands are all around....more
shellybean70 The secret to meringue is not to overcook it, then to turn off the oven and let it ...more

Teenager Approved: Strawberry Shortcake, Nacho Style

I was so excited to have been involved in a strawberry shortcake recipe contest for so many reasons. First,  especially at this time of year I love using fresh berries in recipes and strawberries are a favorite. Also, I love a challenge. Nothing sends me to the kitchen faster than a houseful of teens an ingredient challenge. ...more
Chi Chi Yes, shortbread are a universal cookie. So versatile. I hope you try this recipe, a ...more

A Virtual Stone

 September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  I honestly hadn’t planned to write a piece about cancer.  It’s been in me for a long time, but I never even considered letting it out until now.  Still hopelessly torn, I ultimately took the easy way out and put it in my Step-Mother’s hands.  I told her that I was thinking of writing a piece and if she agreed, would send it to her for approval before publishing.  If Joyce said that I could write it, I would.  If Joyce didn’t want me to, I would not. ...more

Quiche and Monkey Bribe I . . .Mean Bread

 Which is worse, quiche for dinner or stitches between the eyes?  I always thought I was a decent cook.  Not “food network is knocking at your door” material, but I could hold my own.  As it turns out, I’m worse than a hole in the face. My first hint came when the kids were little. We were sitting at the table listening to them whine about dinner and in exasperation Rick says “Listen, I eat plenty of things I don’t like around here and you don’t hear me complaining”.  Sheesh, thanks for the help. ...more
 @cdrdash  Moms should never have to go through holes in the face. I was more traumatized than ...more

An Open Letter

In the few short months since I’ve started blogging, I’ve had quite an education in the blogosphere. It’s a jungle out there.  There’s such a plethora of blogs available, everything from funny to serious to thought provoking to cringe-provoking. ...more
 @KarenLynnn Thanks, KarenLynn, I'm not only happy to be here but happy to be able to comment.  ...more

Can I Blog?

If you ever want to know what your kids think of you, ask them to help you name your blog.  As if their propensity to do the opposite of everything you ask isn’t already a hint, just wait to see what they come up with for Mom’s blog name....more
I can tell you that my kids will certainly never have me at a loss for stories, so I guess I'm in.more