I’m trying to make a decision if I have a bad habit, an obsession or something that requires therapy. When you enjoy something when does it become an addiction?  I’m seeing an issue and I’m not sure if it is an innocent behavior or a serious problem. It has to do with bowls. I think I wrote about this before but it is really getting out of hand.  I’m not to the point that I ask for a bowl at someone’s home or when I’m at a restaurant.  I don’t carry one in my purse (because that is where I carry my condiments.) I just like toRead More →

I think the cold meds are getting to me. I was in the kitchen this week making Pork Wellington for Earl’s belated Valentine’s dinner when I channeled Beyoncé. If you don’t know who Beyoncé is she is a popular pop/R&B singer. She is tall, amazingly beautiful and African American. She can shake her body in ways that defy all science and gravity. She can dance and pop her booty like her hips are mechanical. And the woman can siiiiing!! You are probably thinking right now “Barb is it is like you guys are sisters from a different mister!” I hear that all the time! WeRead More →

Did you ever watch the Jetsons as a kid (or adult)? It was a fascinating cartoon about life in the future. (Okay, maybe fascinating is stretching it but it truly was awesome Saturday morning entertainment when it was in syndication during the 1970’s.) Just in case you lived in a cave or had a mom who limited your cartoon viewing, it was the story of George Jetson and his family who live in the future. It essentially was the epitome of every sitcom produced in the 60’s….BUT IN A CARTOON!!! I was in my 30’s before I realized that every episode was like the Flintstone’s exceptRead More →

I think I told you once that I worked as a bench chemist in a small lab in Illinois.  (I do have my degree so don’t try this at home!)  A lot of my time was spent starting a reaction in the morning and then waiting for the right moments to add more ingredients chemicals. There is a lot of time drawing out diagrams, doing calculations and chatting with your co-workers.  (I think I talked more than most of the people but that shouldn’t surprise anyone who has ever tried to have a conversation with me.) I worked mostly with boys (I could call themRead More →

Like most people, I have goals.  Some of them are simple…like clean the bathroom closet.  Some of them are a bit more complex…like take a vacation in Italy. Some of my goals involve my husband.  (Um, I’m not going to share that one!)  Some of them are completely independent of him…like taking particular cooking classes in the city. But I’ve had one goal that has haunted me for years.  It is a goal that many people have achieved gloriously but I never have quite gotten there.  I’ve watched people do it effortlessly and been completely envious. Pulled Pork!  Why is pulled pork so easy forRead More →

Do you ever have a thought in your head that is REALLY random?  I mean, there is nooooo reason whatsoever for this thought, it just pops in your head.  This thought is so random that you spend countless minutes, maybe even hours, thinking about this particular topic. Yankee Doodle.  Yep, that was my thought the other day.  I was driving and I started singing that song in my head.  It is not like I saw a billboard or heard it on a commercial.  I just started thinking about it.  It was like all of a sudden he was ridin’ on a pony and I started analyzingRead More →

I treat holidays like “opposite days.”  Most people get the urge to jump in the kitchen during the holidays.  They cook more dinners than they would normally and they bake cookies like a Keebler Elf.  (Is it politically correct to still call them elves?) Me, on the other hand, gets really lazy about cooking.  I don’t wake up and think what I’m making for dinner like I usually do.  I think of how to have enough leftovers in the fridge so my husband can fend for himself.  (Which is a reason that it is good that I am not a Keebler Elf or he wouldRead More →

Meatballs.  Did you ever see that movie from 1979?  I wasn’t feeling well the other day and it was on one of the “classic” movie channels.  (I always feel old when movies I grew up with end up on the classic channels.) I couldn’t resist cuddling up in my woobie and watching the whole thing.  I’ve seen it numerous times since I was a kid but it is fun to watch movies like that at different ages in your life.  (I never did see it in the theatre.  I was too young.) My dad had rented it on VHS in the early 80’s and IRead More →

There is nothing more exciting in a small town than the opening of a new restaurant.  (If you read the headlines on our front page you will realize the truth in that statement!)  It can be anything from a small independent sandwich shop to a larger franchise coming to the area.  If it involves new food, people will come.  (Heck, the food doesn’t even have to be new, people will still come!) So about 3 or 4 years ago, a little Mexican restaurant opened up in a neighboring small town.  It was a pretty neat place because it didn’t serve only the usual “Americanized” MexicanRead More →

For whatever reason, I’ve had a really hard time focusing my thoughts today.  Actually, to say I’ve had thoughts is an exaggeration; my mind has been blank.  I just feel so dull. Dull, you say?  Yep, like I have no personality.  Whoops, there I go again, living the life of a Brady Bunch character.  (Cue Intro Music) In this case, I’m Peter Brady from Season 3.  (The fact that I know it is from Season 3 is not pathetic, is it?) One of the top Brady lines ever came from the episode called “Personality Kid.”  Peter is called “dull” at a party and at his father’sRead More →