I like to twirl…..and twirl….and twirl.  Do you twirl? I can walk in my yard and just start to spin.  My arms spread out and my head tilted back.  I spin for only a moment, just enough to get my hair flying and feel a gush of wind on my face. It is an amazing feeling of freedom and lightheartedness that usually is reserved for little kids. It is that sense of not having a care in the world.  You are immune to everything.  It is uninhibited and it is fabulous!!! I think that is why I like to use the word twirl whenRead More →

When you hear the words “inside-out”, what do you think of? Do you think of the film where every emotion has a character?  (If you haven’t seen the movie, it is cute.) Do you think about accidently wearing a piece of clothes the wrong way?  (I went to the beach last week and put my t-shirt inside out when I left…went to lunch like that…and then errands….or at least that is the story I’m going with!) Sometimes inside out makes me think of just being all turned around and not knowing what is going on.  I have felt like that lately.  I feel like thingsRead More →

Sonnet 1:  Ode to my Garden (With a little help from Elizabeth Barrett Browning…. but my iambic pentameter and stanza are a little off) How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth of my countless bags of composted My roots feel free to grow and don’t feel hurt. For your pretty flowers and green leaves. For the vines of cucumbers that roam free To the height of tomatoes that have outgrown me I love to water you every single day And watch the way you absorb sun rays. I love thee for the veggies that you grow.Read More →

I’m a little late posting this week….sorry.  I’ve been a little distracted with my veggie garden duties.  The Magic Garden (Magic because I don’t know what I’m doing) is in the delicate stage where it is growing rapidly and needs a lot of extra love put into the soil!  (I water and talk to them daily….and no…they have yet to talk back.) This year looks like I will have a bumper crop of cucumbers, bok choy, tomatoes, lettuces, miscellaneous peppers, eggplants and herbs.  The herb part has me kind of overwhelmed already.  They are growing really fast which is good but unfortunately, I don’t haveRead More →

DISCLAIMER: NO HUMANS, DOGS, STUFFED MONKEYS OR CHILDREN WERE HARMED IN THE WRITING THIS BLOG. (With a disclaimer like that….you want to keep reading…right?) What do you do when you are tired? Do you curl up on the couch and watch TV? Maybe you check out of life with a book on a hammock in your backyard? Some folks have even been known to catch a few “z’s” just to recharge. Not me. When I’m tired, I think I should write a blogpost. Not a good blogpost…but a blogpost that makes sense as I’m typing but when I look back…I think to myself “Don’t writeRead More →

First, let me apologize for not posting for the last week or so. With the holiday bustle (and a husband who was home from work….A LOT), my quiet time alone with my computer pretty much disappeared. (Hubby is home now too…but I’m ignoring him.) I had a good holiday but honestly I am just ready to wrap 2016 up. I’ve enjoyed my many food adventures, time with friends and just taking advantage of daily opportunities of my life has given me but there was just something missing. Even though this was not a big surgery year, I felt that my struggles with Crohn’s disease didRead More →

The anger. The resentment. The name-calling. The accusations. The foulness. The glares. The ignorance. The bitterness. The pettiness. The disillusion. These are the words that keep streaming past my eyes when I think of one thing….being apathetic to pasta noodle options. It is such a personal decision and people take great pride in their choice. How can we come to a resolution and decide that no matter which noodle we love best, there is a place in this world for all shapes and sizes of pasta.  (Unless you don’t like pasta at all and want to go live in Canada.) I started to think aboutRead More →

The Prince and the Pea Ravioli Once upon a time there was a Prince (actually he was an engineer with impressive lineage…his parents were a royal pain.) He was a loving guy who was searching for the perfect mate. The Prince had qualities he wanted in a mate (sense of humor, brown hair, long legs, good imagination) but never seemed to find them. He didn’t really want a princess; he just wanted someone who could cook. (Princesses were high maintenance and this guy wanted his belly filled…not his closets.) Young beautiful women would cross his path and he would invite them to dinner. The Prince’s dinnerRead More →

I’m a thief…a no good rotten thief!!! Now before you start looking at FBI posters for my picture, let me say what I’m guilty of. I steal from restaurants….kind of. You are probably saying “Barb, you can’t “kind of” steal. You either do it or you don’t!” Let me tell you what I steal before you throw me in the slammer to go live a life of commissary treats and pruno. (If you are unaware of pruno. It is a hooch made from fermenting fruits and very popular in prison. I learned of it from countless hours of watching the TV show Lockup!) It isn’tRead More →

When making dinner what guides you? Do pictures you see on the Internet influence you? Is it a recipe that one of your friends forwards you? Maybe it is as simple as having a regular rotation of meals in your house. For me, it is power of suggestion. I am starting to think I am really simple minded. (I know a few of you are saying to yourself “She is just starting to think that?”) If there is a conversation about food, I will end up making one of the dishes. This isn’t that unusual in my circle of friends. We all like food andRead More →