How can I say this? It is going to be hard.  It is going to come out so I guess I need to be the one to say it….I think I’m a fraud. Maybe I’m being too hard on myself.  It isn’t like I stole anything or deliberately tried or tried to deceive people. It wasn’t that cheated someone or swindled someone out of their life savings. I don’t pad my bra (that is obvious), lie about my age or hide my feelings.  I am one who believes that withholding the truth is the same as lying. But sometimes ignorance about something may look like you areRead More →

Is it worth it?  Do you ever think that? Eat another piece of cake? Is it worth the calories? (YES….it is cake….life is short.) Go to the fancy restaurant? Is it worth the extra money to eat off little plates decorated like pieces of artwork? (YES….because usually pretty food is delicious food.) Eat the spring asparagus? Is it worth your pee smelly funky for a day?  (YES…I went there and I’ll tell you why……) I guess this might be one of my most unappetizing blogs (and if you don’t want to read it…I understand so you can scroll straight to the recipe below) but let’s face it,  ifRead More →

Do you observe Lent?  I’m not even sure anymore which religions necessarily practice this custom.  I have a handful of friends of different denominations who give up “things” for lent.  I’ve heard about sacrifice of things like snacks, smoking and even their social media accounts.  (The irony is not lost on me that I read about it ON their social media account.) In some religions, it is to honor the sacrifices that were made for people and to heighten awareness in their faith.  (I could go into more detail but I’m sure I would say something wrong and get an email or hit by lightning.)Read More →

Every year the same discussions occur this time of year during the Super Bowl.  I hope it is a good game or that the commercials make sense.  Will the half time show make you stay in your seat or will you take that opportunity to run to the bathroom?  Is the game worth they hype or is it just something you watched because you thought you’d miss something? I think all of those talking points can also be about Super Bowl food.  You want it to be good and worth your time.  You hope your munchies are fantastic and you don’t want to skip aRead More →

During our single digit days of winter, I had an obsession.  It wasn’t anything too perverse or weird at least by my standards.  It was something that made me excited about the new year and trying new things.  (I can see how your mind is wandering.) I was preoccupied with following Steve Dolinsky’s Facebook and Twitter Feed.  If you don’t know Steve Dolinksy, he does an amazing job of exploring the food universe on a segment called the Hungry Hound on ABC in Chicago.  But he is much more than a Chicago food explorer, he travels and does an amazing job of explaining new foodsRead More →

Have you tried any new foods lately?  Not just tried them but learned a way to like them?  Do you do it willingly or is there some hesitation?  Will you taste it multiple times to see if you truly like it or are you a one bite and done? Even in all my food adventures, I sometimes get my picky girl face on when it comes to something different.  Even before it hits my mouth, I start with a forehead wrinkle and a very straight face.  I take a bite with uncertainty and hope I like it. The bad thing is that I think weRead More →

How caught up to you get in word definitions?  Do you feel the need to correct people?  Do you let it slide because it really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things?  Do you deliberately say things improperly just to see if your “friend” will correct you?  (This is one of my favorite games to play….you’ve been warned) I say a lot of things wrong. (Stop looking surprised….or feigning a look of surprise.)   I either pronounce words wrong or say them in the wrong context.  (I just looked up context because I wasn’t confidence that it was the correct word.)  I sometimes just haveRead More →

So, Labor Day is here (or past depending on when you are reading this) and we already have leaves in the yard.  I’m not complaining….Fall is my spirit season.  The cooler weather, the changing colors and comfort food makes me happy….really happy. I was walking a lot in my yard this past week and enjoying a breeze as it whipped through my hair like a supermodel under a fan in a photoshoot (okay….I’m pushing it here but you’ve got the picture.) The handful of leaves were rattling behind me as I stopped to pick more from my bountiful crop of tomatoes.  As I plucked thoseRead More →

Happy July!!!  Any big summer plans?  Do you like to just hang out at home and avoid summer crowds?  Or maybe this is the only time of year you get off work so you take a big vacation? I like the mini-stay close to home vacation.  I feel like I’m getting away but I still pack like I’m going on a safari.  (Actually, I think I pack like the Howell’s from Gilligan’s Island.  I don’t have any boas or gowns but I do have my bag count usually outnumber my days away.) We went on a trip the other week out east to visit someRead More →

Hooray the sun is shining, itty-bitty green leaf buds popping out on my trees limbs and the daffodils are in full bloom….aaaahhhhh…Spring is finally looking like…well…spring!!!! I love everything about the newness of the season…well…almost everything. I don’t like the warmer days!!! Whaaaat??? I’m probably in the minority on this topic but it is just weird that it was in the 40’s last week and just yesterday it hit the upper 70’s!! What happened to the 50’s, the 60’s and the 70’s??? (It kind of like aging…I don’t know what happened to my 30’s and now somehow I’m in my late 40’s!) A few moreRead More →