Wait for it. Wait for it. Wait for it. All good things come to those who wait? Is that true? Do you mind when you have to wait for something? Or do you do whatever is in your power to make things happen NOW? I’m a pretty patient person when it comes to waiting. I never mind waiting in a doctor’s office when he/she is running late. My thought is that someone must need the attention more than I do. I don’t mind waiting in lines at the grocery store because it gives me the time to read the headlines on all the gossip magazines.Read More →

I love to make recipes from different areas of the world. I feel even though I may have never been to very many places, I can get a taste of what the natives are eating. (Unless there are areas where natives are eating natives, I won’t do that.) I sometimes am hesitant to write about my attempts in fear of them not being authentic. People get so hopped up when you aren’t genuine or real with things. Example….this one time I put on a super padded bra. It was kind of neat to see how different I looked but when I walked out of myRead 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 →

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I have always loved that saying. Every now and then, you get handed things that may not be what you currently desire but you just have to make the most of it. Lately, my plate has been full (and not in the fun fill my tummy kind of way.) It isn’t that I’m in a sour mood, I just feel a little overwhelmed and that I’ve lost some of my zest. (Ooooo, clever lemon-esque wordplay for your reading enjoyment.) My mind started to think how can I make lemonade out of my current exhaustion and then I rememberedRead More →

One of my favorite things to do with friends is catch up over lunch or coffee.   Our conversations usually cover the usually topics of hubbys, kids (theirs) and food (mine). The other day during one of these wonderful catch up sessions, we started talking about things to put on a burger. (Yep, we are that exciting!) The banter sort of went like this… Me: Grilled onions Friend: Ketchup Me: Cheese Friend: Lettuce Me: Tzatziki Friend: Gesundheit Me: No, Tzatziki. Friend: Bless you. Do you have allergies? Me: NO, I am talking bout tzatziki sauce. Friend: Never heard of it. Me: Here let me tell you….Read More →

Hooray! It is starting to feel like spring. The birds are chirping like crazy, the grass is greening up and rumor has it there are some baby bunnies hopping around our neighborhood. (I can’t wait to see the bunnies!) Another big sign of spring is seeing all the stuff you should have gotten done around your house this winter but you didn’t because it was too cold and it felt more rewarding to sit under a warm blanket. I’ve been making some progress cleaning but find I am really tired at dinnertime so I don’t want to cook a “real” dinner. I just want toRead More →

Change.  People really have a hard time accepting change.  Adjusting to something out of the ordinary seems to throw most people off balance.  (I say off balance because it is nicer than calling people crazy.) The time change this weekend is a big one for a lot of people.  There are certain people in my life that I do not talk to for days after the time change.  It isn’t that I don’t love them but they start to pull me into their head scratching, time warp metamorphosis. A typical conversation goes like this: Me:  How are you? Friend:  I hate time changes. Me:  ItRead More →

Zoiks!!!  I am cutting it close this month.  I’ve been doing great keeping my New Year’s Resolutions but I almost let February slip by without cooking the cover of the February Bon Appétit. I will admit I was procrastinating on this one.  It was not that Chicken and Dumplings with Mushrooms wasn’t appealing to me.  (Actually Chicken and Dumpling are terms of endearment in this house.) The problem is that I didn’t want to use chicken thighs.  I know the higher fat content of thighs keeps them from drying out when cooked for long periods of time.  But there is just something about the textureRead More →

Brrrrr!!!!  If you don’t live in the Midwest, I consider you lucky right now.  The last two days have been filled with incredible amounts of snow and wickedly low temperatures. It is so cold…..how cold is it…it is so cold that we are eating with plastic silverware so that our forks won’t stick to our tongues. Our area of NW Indiana is known for being part of the Snowbelt and we lived up to that name last night.  It has been bad enough that a state of emergency has been declared and we are being asked to stay off the roads.  (I couldn’t even seeRead More →

Are you happy that the holidays are over?  I am. To put it mildly, I was a super sourpuss this year.  Was it because I was naughty and I knew Santa would be skipping my chimney this year?  Noooo. Was it because I have Scrooge genes coursing through my blood?  Noooo.  (Okay, there is a little of that.) I just was in a mood about a few things.  First and foremost, I missed my dog, Shadoe.  I had received her 15 years ago on Christmas day.  I was missing how she acted in the snow, watching her sleep under the tree and her real doggyRead More →