monday fun day….. the second (and local version)

Rapid fire, wasn’t it? Whew….. that first giveaway went quickly. {{Congratulations to Kelli Abrahamian who won the Canning cookbook, and to Liz Paul who won the Thanksgiving cookbook!}} Thanks for entering, everyone!! ARE YOU READY FOR THE SECOND WEEK? IT’S A BIG ONE!! But first, let me repeat the details, ok? Some of you may […]

monday fun day…. the first

Happy Monday everyone! I know…. Monday is not exactly a favorite anywhere. It’s really such an abused and ornery day, isn’t it? People save everything unpleasant and difficult for Monday…. have you noticed? “I’ll start my diet on Monday.” “I’ll start exercising on Monday.” “I’ll make that doctor’s appointment on Monday.” Then Monday comes, the […]

“be fearless…. and above all, have fun!”

Happy birthday Julia Child!! The culinary icon and towering personality would have been 100 years old today. And if she was alive, she no doubt would stick to her mantra in the kitchen, regardless of whom she was talking to: And the thing is, this being fearless aspect of cooking, this devil-may-care mindset and learning […]

the pastabilities are endless ( and a giveaway )

In moving past the continual consumption of meat with our meals, it brings to light an entirely new way of going out to eat, as I’m left wondering how up to date any restaurant will be with their meatless options. There are those places that soar, offering a wealth of meat-free entrees that dazzle, while […]

herbivoracious- review & recipe

I’ve been on a mostly plant-based eating plan for just over a year now and have no intention of ever going back to eating meat on a regular basis. I’m not against having a bit of it here and there if the mood suits me, but with a heightened awareness of how it deeply affected […]

knee touch

It’s late on a Friday night and after dinner, the long drive home and a quick change into my ‘after work’ clothes, we climb into his little sportscar and sit, shoulder to shoulder, driving through the settling dusk to pick up my car from it’s day-long service appointment. It’s the first chance we’ve had to […]

weekend of nothing {{Just Write 28}}

Saturday used to be my most favorite day of the week. Sleeping late, leisurely coffee in the morning, with the newspaper that I used to obsess about reading. There were different clothes for Saturday, the light seemed brighter, the hours an endless stretch in front of you that led to a Saturday night that morphed […]

almost 18, and still taking baby steps

This boy of mine, a man-child with the deep voice and winsome smile, self-sufficient and capable who is learning to drive and manage a bank account and negotiate girls and friendships….. so much that’s happening with him on every passing day but he can’t seem to manage taking a shower without a few heavy knocks […]

call of the wild

January 23rd, yesterday, I strapped on my cross-country skis for the first time this winter. This Winter, waiting for snow cover deep enough to kick through has nearly killed me in anticipation, especially given that last year I was out almost every week between late November to well through March. Every snowfall that came our […]


There’s no resolutions, no expectations for the year ahead. There’s no ‘To-Do’ list for 2012, rich with lofty goals and making better all those little things that make me who I am and there’s no Bucket List. Definitely no Bucket List. But this morning, as I sipped my coffee and watched the sun rise over […]