I was looking through my grandma’s recipe books the other day, and I came across these recipes that she had for things like modeling dough, bubbles, and finger paints. I had all but forgotten that she was a Den Mother, and would make these things not only for my sister, cousins, and me, but also […]
Every year, I think the holidays get just a tiny bit crazier. Of course, some days are better than others – the days when it feels like the world heaves a collective sigh, because they’re just content with what’s now. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, man! What a relief! I like to spread […]
Have you ever been stumped about what to bring to a dinner party, especially if the host tells you to bring nothing? This handy guide to host/ess gifts will help you out.
I am challenged every year to decorate for a holiday in the least-expensive way possible. This year’s challenge was extended by Sarah over at Geeks Who Eat. She asked that I show how to transform dollar items into chic and stylish Halloween decorations. I went a little farther, and because cheap is the operative word […]
Today, I almost sacrificed my flip flop to the Atlantic Ocean. After I dropped everything and dove into the surf after a shoe, I wondered 2 things: Should I own more than 1 pair of flip flops? and How far do you think my flip flop would’ve gotten, if I had just watched it float away? […]
I hadn’t been at my new home for 2 hours when a friend of mine texted and asked when he could visit. Truthfully, he could have flown in the next day because I hadn’t been around people for a week, and was ready to be surrounded by laughter again. Instead, I asked him to give […]
It’s all in the journey, isn’t it? I mean that in both a literal and figurative way. The physical act of moving, whether it’s through exercise or relocation, adds perspective. Doubly so, when you do it alone. I just made one such journey. Heading Out If you missed it, I packed everything up and moved […]
Part of the reason I travel is food. I really want a fantastic culinary experience wherever I find myself. This month, I am in Colorado, and I decided to find five events that would tickle my fancy and taste buds, and leave me with fantastic summer food memories as I cruise out of Colorado and […]
This article may contain affiliate links that support my home and blog at no additional cost to you. For more information, please visit my disclosures page. I spent May 16-31 in Prague. I had the wonderful experience of living in a neighborhood with a couple for the entire time. My experience was heightened by not […]
What I packed to take to Prague, what I could have left at home, and what I should have packed instead. If you’re headed overseas, start here for packing advice.
It is with great sadness that I inform you that my beloved Denver Broncos won’t be playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday. Despite that, I am sharing with you all of the ways you can still tune in and cheer (Go Falcons!), even if you don’t know anything about football. Every year, I share […]
The great columnist Dave Barry has a habit of saying “I’m not making this up.” Allow me to borrow that phrase. Just four days after completing my previous blog about my many adventures in holiday travel, I was on my way to Branson, MO for a fun Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends when I […]
This post contains affiliate links that support my home and blog, at no additional cost to you. See my Disclosure page for more information. Every year, I make a list of the parties I am attending, and then try to come up with the best gifts to bring the host or hostess. Until this year, the […]
By Tony Pontecorvo One of the most integral parts of the wine experience is pairing it with food. While most people have heard, “white with fish, red with meat”, those aren’t steadfast rules and there are other creative, simple ways to pair food with wine. There are also extensive, intricate ways to pair what’s on […]
I set out to write the perfect recipes for a holiday dinner party. Then, as it normally does, life happened, and holidays set in, and I found myself planted firmly in the kitchen (my happy place), creating. Few things make me happier than creating in the kitchen, and I won’t get into those now. All of […]
Traveling for the holidays has been a way of life for me for all of my adult life. While it’s wonderful to see friends and families at this time of year, some years it has required a special kind of perseverance. There was the year that I was flying back from Dallas to Salt Lake […]