I have a confession. So far, this year has not been one of my favorites….maybe you could tell because I haven’t been writing as much.  It started off on a couple of really hard notes that made the winter end with a snowstorm of emotion. The spring was consumed with dog training and my days were reigned with the challenges of raising a purebred German Shepherd puppy aka Scout aka Princess Underfoot aka Sweet Baby aka Pretty Girl.  (They should come with a warning label!)  She is adorable but German Shepherds apparently aren’t a breed…they are a lifestyle. As summer started, I had glimpses sun peekingRead More →

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 →

It has happened…I have reached that age where high school reunions become important.  It isn’t like the first high school reunion where you go mostly to see who got fat and who has the hottest wife/husband.  You side eye the gal who was flat chested who now has a huge upper hemisphere and notice the guy who won’t take off that baseball cap. You inquire about family, jobs and kids and feel a mixture of joy and jealousy.  (That reads pretty horrible but it is kind of true.) As you get older and mature, reunions get a little different.  You don’t go into with pettiness, youRead More →

A girl’s best friend can be a lot of things.  It can be someone you’ve known for years who knows who you are and where you’ve been. It can be relative who you find easy to talk to and who is willing to hold your hand through good times and bad ones. It can even be a big furry dog who sits by your side and never says anything but is a good listener.  And I have to mention the infamous saying that a diamond is a girl’s best friend.  But what about a cookie? Can a cookie be your best friend?  Given what they charge forRead More →

How do you feel about substitutions?  Do always cut up your garlic or do you sometimes take a scoop from the jar?  Do you make your beef stock from scratch or do you have a favorite boxed brand?  Do you always put real cream in your coffee or do use a “creamer?” This week I started to think about this topic (actually I thought about it last week but my dog was sick and have any time to write).  I love to go for sushi and I LOOOOOVE wasabi.  It has always been amazing to me that every restaurant has a different zing to theirRead More →

July means only one thing in Indiana….FAIR TIME!!  Counties all over the state are gathering their best tractors, animals and 4-H projects to showcase everything that living in the heartland encompasses and dreaming of blue ribbons. The hard work of all of these animal owners and their dedication of trying to be the best in their class is amazing. The pigs are polished. The cows are cuddled.  The bunnies are buffed.  The horses are hugged.  The children are clapping.  The pies are primed.  The canned goods are cooked.  The quilts are queued up on the wall.  And the snacks are on sticks! I like going toRead More →

With summer officially here, it is time to break out the grill.  I know there are folks who grill all year long but I really don’t enjoy grilling enough to want to do it in snow and cold. (You need to realize my grill is behind my house and if it were snowing I’d have to get a path shoveled to get to it.) So at the beginning of the season, I do the routine maintenance of cleaning the grill and testing all the components to make sure it is in working order.  I take out every grate, flavorizing bar and shine the outside untilRead More →

Do you think about cucumbers? Do you always have one in your fridge?  Do you buy one every week?  Do you name them? (Wait….we aren’t talking about people who really LOVE cucumbers.) I adore cucumbers especially on hot days.  There is something about the crispness and the feel of their crunch that make me feel like I am having a treat.  I can sit and crunch on them at snacktime and feel like I am getting away with something. (I don’t do many things wrong so eating a plate of cucumbers make me feel dangerous!) They have become my go-to at lunchtime because I can pairRead More →

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 →

I’m not sure where most of my readers live but this week has shown to be one of the most beautiful weeks here in NW Indiana.  It is the magical kind of weather where it is cool enough to wear a sweatshirt but warm enough to toss on shorts.  It is sunny enough that you might want to toss on a hat so you don’t freckle but it isn’t so bright that you can’t see the blooming flowers in front of you.  It is kind of spring I expected a couple months ago not at the beginning of June. It makes me happy. The onlyRead More →