Hooray for Memorial Day weekend!!!!!!!  Any big plans?  Maybe you like to travel with your family for a quick getaway and play tourist is a small town.  It is also a good weekend to get those veggies in the ground that you’ve been meaning to plant.  And you can’t have a Memorial Day weekend without a little time on the barbie!  (Um, I’m talking about the barbeque….in case my husband is reading that differently.) The only problem with Memorial Day in the Midwest is that the weather sometimes can be a little iffy.  So, what do you do?  You don’t cancel a basketball game becauseRead More →

When do you realize that you are starting to get old? Is it a number that makes you old? 40? 50? 60? 70? Is it when you and your friends start every conversation with the weather and commentary on your aches and pains? Maybe it is when you start putting the word “the” before other nouns? (Example… The Cancer, The HBO, The Twitter.) I have my moments where I do something and then say, “Ready or not….here it comes…I’m getting old!”   I think the first big indicator for me has been my glasses or as I fondly call them…my old lady glasses. I can seeRead More →

Do you still make believe? Do you see yourself as a rock star when you are singing into your loofah in the shower? Do you put on a new outfit and walk down the hall like a supermodel? Maybe when you are training your puppy to sit you pretend to be a lion tamer in the circus. It doesn’t matter what you imagine it makes you happy. I like to pretend I have a restaurant. I am smart enough to know a REAL restaurant is a lot of work. It takes countless hours (and dollars) to make it successful. You need a good team ofRead More →

“Deck the table with balls of meat Falalalalalalala Really so good no one will leave their seat Falalalalalalala There’ll be none in your trash barrel Falalalalalalala I’d even share them with my sister Cheryl Falalalalalalala” I think one of my (and my sister’s) favorite parts of the holiday season is the excuse to make a lot of little plates. Whether you see them as appetizers, tapas, hors d’oeuvres, amuse-bouches, or stuff on a stick; they are truly the highlight of my Christmas time treats. I like Christmas trees made out of cheese, peppers shaped liked gifts and strawberries with Santa beards. The anticipation of seeingRead More →

My tomatoes are not doing well this year. They are getting too much rain. So instead of having my usual bounty of July tomatoes, I have very tall green plants. The only thing red in my garden right now is my watering can! So when Red Gold Tomatoes and Laura’s Lean Beef (Laura’s Lean Beef is Kentucky based company that produces lean, hormone-free natural beef) asked me to participate in their Summer Grilling Giveaway, I was happy to have a project with some good tomatoes. (Red Gold Tomatoes are my favorite next to my own!) Besides coming up with some delicious recipes for the grill,Read More →

Do you prefer peace? Are you most comfortable at home? Are you artistic but resistant to change? If so, this is your year! It is Chinese New Year and the Year of the Goat…or is that a Sheep? I think people lean towards the sheep because sheep are so cute and cuddly. I like to say goat because I’ve kissed a goat and it has bonded me to these ruminants for the rest of my life. (Ruminant is your word for the day. Ruminants are cattle, sheep, goats, giraffes and other one-toed ungulates. These are the guys who chew the cud that is…um, regurgitated fromRead More →

I am a VERY methodical person. I like to plan and be organized. I feel accomplished just by having a plan and sticking to it. The problem is that they often go wonky. An example would be Halloween this year. My plan was to get some chili on the stove early, volunteer at the elementary school for the party and pass out treats in the evening. BUT as we know the best laid schemes of mice and men often go askew. (Did you know this saying originated from the poem “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns? It is a nice story about a guy whoRead More →

Where are my tomatoes??? This summer has been so cold that my tomatoes are JUST starting to surface. I think I’ve picked a pint of grape tomatoes and that is about it. . (I mean seriously, it was in the 50’s at one point yesterday….during the day…when the sun is out!!!) My stash of canned tomatoes from last year’s garden has been long gone and the “fresh” ones in the stores produce aisle haven’t been anything to write about. This is where I now feel compelled to say “We interrupt this blog to bring you this important message from Red Gold Tomatoes.” So when myRead More →

Do you every get that feeling that you are getting too big for your britches?  (Do you ever really use the word britches in a sentence?)  This winter has made me feel that way literally and figuratively. Literally…I am TOO big for my britches and can honestly say my pants are too tight.  Apparently the cure for cabin fever in this house is any kind of food.  And like antibiotics, I’ve developed a resistance and I need more food to make myself feel better.  (I started to type something about my muffin top but that just made me want to go make muffins!) Figuratively, IRead More →

Are you happy that the holidays are over?  I am. To put it mildly, I was a super sourpuss this year.  Was it because I was naughty and I knew Santa would be skipping my chimney this year?  Noooo. Was it because I have Scrooge genes coursing through my blood?  Noooo.  (Okay, there is a little of that.) I just was in a mood about a few things.  First and foremost, I missed my dog, Shadoe.  I had received her 15 years ago on Christmas day.  I was missing how she acted in the snow, watching her sleep under the tree and her real doggyRead More →