Shortcut Amish Friendship Bread (no starter)

I wanted to make Amish Friendship Bread for a very long time. But whenever I look at the recipe and see that it requires starter which needs 10 days of stirring and waiting to be done, I quickly lose interest. I thought, would it be possible to cheat a little bit? So, I used same ingredients for starter as the original recipe, but also added some fresh yeast. I know, yeast and sourdough are not the same, the sourdough lands a little bit of acidity to the bread, but the difference is so small that it can easily be ignored....more

Granny Squares and Gratefulness

I was feeling unraveled this morning. I found my husband's usual teasing banter a bit annoying, but I tried to be civil, even friendly. But I was trying to think. Deeply. Having to respond to his inane questions was preventing that. (I really do love my husband.) I had two things on my mind: my pastor's message yesterday and a book I was reading. Both had to do with my relationship with God. I think. (Or I would if I could.) ...more
poojanegi Well said! It is easy to dwell on the negative, and I find if I just take the time to ...more

The sisterhood of the traveling blow dryer...

Thursday morning, I needed the black blow dryer, the only blow dryer that is movable at the health club."Sure, hon, anything you want," responded Donna to my request. She was perched on her usual Tuesday/Thursday stool at the counter that contains every blow dryer the women's locker room offers (that would be three). "Do you need anything else? I'll give it to you. I'll give you anything -- except my spot!"She laughed and smiled, as did I, but she wasn't kidding. (Although I suspect if I had some sort of medical reason why I needed the spot, she might share.)...more

Scattered Pictures

Twenty-seven years ago (ACK!!), I moved into my first apartment at Georgetown with three classmates.  It was like playing house--walking to Safeway to buy groceries, making Quick Corn Light Bread from my mother's recipe, using the carpet sweeper, fighting over whose turn it was to buy toilet paper, throwing dinner parties.  We had so much fun.  And of course it seems like it all happened yesterday....more

Why I Feel Sorry for Married Ladies and You Should Too

“We’re not just married. We’re friends.” That’s a shame. I feel sorry for the woman who proclaims as much on her wedding day. Yeah, it’s the nuptially-correct thing to say and sometimes it’s even true. Still. It’s a shame. Fast forward 10 years, her spouse is her only friend, and sometimes they aren’t even friendly. ...more
LOL is this post even serious? You sound bitter. Crazy hella bitter.  And I'm saying that as a ...more

Celebrating a friend's birthday and thankful for friends

Late morning and this afternoon, I spent time celebrating a friend's birthday. She wanted to do something in addition to having lunch together. Due to an appointment that ran late in the morning, we weren't able to do much, in addition to lunch. I am glad I got to spend time with my good friend on her birthday. ...more

Facebook Saved My Life

Facebook saved my life. Well not literally (although it has saved some), but I have to create something catchy to draw you in!I guess a better title really would be “Facebook saved my sanity”  and here’s why. ...more
@A FIFO wife although our perspectives for facebook are a bit different, the concept of allowing ...more

This is a Post on Friendship

Last Saturday was my 45th birthday. In my opinion, birthdays are the absolute best day to be a Facebooker. By the end of the day, I had a really cool notice on my page: “71 friends posted on Stacy’s timeline for her birthday.” 71 friends — wow! The tentative middle school girl, who still lurks quietly inside me, felt really popular....more

The Cruelty of Ms. Bourbonpants

I drove my friend Ch ... oh, crap. I promised I wouldn't write her name tonight. I'll just call her Ms. Bourbonpants. I drove my friend Ms. Bourbonpants home from a top-hatted, steampunky show in an old converted taxi garage that we went to tonight....more

The Beauty of Community Lies in its Fragility

 wrote some about the beauty of community in Part One.  I believe everything I wrote.  It really is amazing, and I’m so thankful for the impact it regularly has on our family....more