Do you have specific things that your mom said to you growing up that ring in your ears as part of your everyday life?  It can be little things like the way she said I love you or how she answered the phone.  It can be little affirmations that she would tell you all the time or even ways you were reprimanded.  (My mom is now reading this and feeling nervous as to what I’m about to say.)  On a daily basis, I get to hear my mom’s voice….part of it is because I call her all the time and the other part is thatRead More →

Tomorrow is Tuesday!!!!  Do you observe Taco Tuesday?  I write that like it is a religious holiday and to some it is one.  Simply, it is the weekly ritual of eating tacos on Tuesday.  (It would be cool if there was a little more than that like maybe doing a shred the cheese dance or a tortilla fling to the sky to thank the taco gods.) I think when the term was first coined, a fast food taco joint took credit for it and tried to own the name….and we all know Taco Tuesday can’t be owned!!! You can make your tacos at home andRead More →

When you are in a conversation and you misunderstand something, what is your reaction?  Do you just smile, nod and take a sip of your drink with the hopes that is enough to be considered part of the exchange?  Do you furrow your brow, smirk and think about other things?  Maybe you just widen your eyes, flare your nostrils and take a breath and tell them you have to go potty and then sneak into the bathroom and google it. Actually, when I’m talking in a group and something comes up that I don’t understand I think I do kind of an eye squint andRead More →

*Small edit….spell check had spelled “gochujang” wrong….I think I corrected it.  🙂 Every time I introduce a “new to me” ingredient” (like the gochujang in my last post) I get feedback. Some folks find the information very usual and can’t wait to try it on their own. (Gold Star!) There are folks who claim they can’t find the ingredient in their area. (But given how quickly they respond to the original post…I’m guessing that is an excuse not to try something new.) There are folks who think I have been living under rock because they have been using that “new” ingredient all their life. AndRead More →

Do you remember having a substitute teacher in school? Depending on the class, this imposter would come in and either be the coolest person in the world or a complete nightmare. They could be funny and laid back or be the kind who wants to quiz you on things you haven’t even learned again. Maybe no one can ever fill the shoes of your teacher so it doesn’t matter who subs in. I am kind of like that with food substitutions. I’m not talking about doing something easy like subbing ground turkey for ground beef or fettuccini for spaghetti. I’m talking about really out ofRead More →

I know the Olympics are over and I didn’t watch one event or follow it on the news. It isn’t that I am un-American (I’m wearing my USA undies as I type this) but I had a bad Olympics experience that really kept me from really ever wanting to watch them again. I would love to say it is an exciting story like one day I was standing on the street waiting for the torch to pass. As the torch passed, the runner pulled a hamstring, tripped and almost set me on fire. I spent years being scared of runners and torches ever since. Nope,Read More →

Do you procrastinate? Maybe you wait until the last minute to write bills. It could be that you don’t fold your laundry until you start wearing your undies inside out.   (I don’t do that but I do know someone who does….consider this your warning that I’m going to name names!) It might be as simple as delaying listening to messages until bedtime so you don’t have to call people back. (This way you aren’t lying when you say “I got your message so late, I didn’t want to call back and wake you.” Obviously, I showed all my cards on that one!) I really don’tRead More →

Finally…..it feels like spring!!!!!!!! HOOOORAY!!!!! My chore list for outside is a mile long but I am putting my vegetable garden first. I had started seeds inside this year and will confess that it was a complete fail. My yield was in the single digits. Sigh. I don’t know if I planted the seeds too early, if it was too cold or maybe they just didn’t get enough tender loving care. Any which way, they are dead. DEAD AS A DOORNAIL!!!!!!! I think I ended up with more dirt in the dustpan than in my garden! I was pretty upset at first but that isRead More →

I spent most of the weekend getting my vegetable garden ready for planting. Silly cultivating things like picking weeds and moving dirt around. I started a lot of seeds inside this spring and hope that in the next few weeks they’ll be able to make their way off my kitchen table and into the side garden. As I worked in the yard, I did some other basic gardening things in the yard like splitting some plants….and picking more weeds. There was a moment as I was working I looked down at my hands and saw my mother’s hands in the dirt. It made me smileRead More →

One of the things that I’m most proud about with Felt Like a Foodie is that I “try” to stay positive in the things I write about. (With the exception of teasing my hubby, in-laws and people in pajama pants.) But recently there is something that is really getting my undies in a bunch. I feel a bit hypocritical bringing this topic up since I have been guilty of the same crime. I like to think that my radical change gives me a little more room to call people out on what I now find one of the most irritating things I hear people say….Read More →