Several years ago I was watching one of those daytime “housewife” shows. You know the ones: the ones with segments dedicated to clever ways to use leftover meatloaf, cute ways to “dress up breakfast” for your kids and “10 ways to look 10 pounds thinner.” Good TV. Anyway, one segment featured a woman who talked … Continue reading Five-Year Plan Party
Back when I was a good mom, my kids and I planned fun Summer School sessions around a themed cirriculum. When the kids were small, we had alphabet days, a la Sesame Street. I have really sweet memories of these days because we worked hard to make fun days on a slim-slim budget. For S day, I … Continue reading Ooh, Ambitious
This delightful Jello cocktail is just in time for Easter (and Easter dinner with family). Combining all the classic kitchen-love of a gelatin dessert* with the power punch of a Jello shot, this cocktail dessert is perfect. And it’s topped with a Peep. Need I say more? Bunnytail 1 3-oz. box strawberry jello 3/4 c. boiling water … Continue reading Bunnytail
Christmas is the time for spreading Christmas cheer and making merry. Peace on earth, good will toward men. At this time of year, I have a compulsion to give gifts that show love to the dear people in my life; blessing loved ones with homemade gifts full of butter and sugar. What I think is funny though, is that while I … Continue reading I Love You This Much
I had my annual Christmas Open House last Saturday evening and it was just beautiful. Just like last year, I decorated my house, cleared out the furniture on my first floor and invited artist friends to set up tables brimming with their handmades. Then I open the doors to guests who shop and sip wine and mulled … Continue reading Goat Cheese, You Sassy Girl!
(The title is a Godfather-geek reference to the dirty song that Mama Corleone sings in the wedding scene of Godfather I – possibly the best scene in all of film.) The first time I ever heard of chai, that spicy tea-milk drink that soothes my soul, was in an Indian restaurant in Chicago. My big family had ordered … Continue reading Chai la Luna
Every once in a while, a friend and I will go out for lunch at one of those so-hip-it-hurts bistros. The places that kindly suggest certain wines to go with your chic salad. (Alright, twist my arm.) After getting over the guilty feeling of being a fake, a phony, I love these lunches. I feel … Continue reading Grilled Cheese and Fig