One of my favorite parts of summer is also one of my most dreaded parts of the summer.  It isn’t the fact that we finally have beautiful sunshine and yet the afternoons are too steamy to go out.  It isn’t the fact that our scenery in NW Indiana looks so amazing that our roads get packed with the tourists all trying to see it.  It isn’t even the reality that the cool nights get spoiled by the sting of mosquitos. It is really simple….it is pasta salad.  I LOOOOOOVEEEEEE pasta salad.  I mean it is pasta (WIN) and it is considered a salad.  (Okay, notRead More →

Comfort food.  We all have our own favorites.  The things that make us smile and fulfill our souls when we are the emptiest.  The thought of these dishes can erase the worries of a hard day.  They warm us from the inside out and our life wouldn’t be the same without them. I think when you are married for a longer period of time, you become like a comfort food to your spouse.  It may not be the most romantic way to phrase it but there is nothing people like more than comfort food and there is no one I like more than my husband.Read More →

There is a ritual in NW Indiana.  It may not be limited to this area but it is definitely something I took notice of 19 years ago when I moved to the area.  I am not sure if I would consider it a good practice or something I look forward to but I know it is going to happen. It happens with a frenzied energy and it almost makes people have tunnel vision.  They can only see one thing….one goal…one purpose….getting to the grocery store before the first big snowstorm. Now this may sound a little dramatic but we live in the infamous snowbelt.  EveryRead More →

Happy Friday.  It is hard to believe it was just last week that I went to Schaumburg, IL to try some new favorite restaurants as part of a super-preview of Meet Chicago Northwest Restaurant week. (Check back on their website soon to see the participating restaurants.)  I’ll remind you again that the dates are February 23, 2018-March 4, 2018 so you can make sure you plan a trip to the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. The final restaurant for this Foodie Fun Day was Chicago Prime Italian (1370 Bank Drive, Schaumburg, IL).  If you are thinking the name is awfully familiar to my last post, it isn’tRead More →

  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 →