10 Party Building Blocks

  By Tara Riceberg, Guest Contributor – Party Planning & Entertaining...more

28 Again

This evening I wrote on my Facebook status update that ''it's good to remind myself that I'm 28 every once in a while'' and that couldn't be more true right now. Following a very stressful couple of months and a stressful week despite the lack of toddler tantrums and co-parenting negotiations, it was great this evening to take some time to go out and enjoy myself a little and to dance the night away, around the handbags (much to the joy of a group of onlookers who couldn't quite believe what they were seeing) and to basically feel my age for once....more

My Royal Experience

To be honest, left to my own devices, I probably would have slept right through it.  I probably wouldn't have even remembered what day it was on, let alone the time.  I would have realized when I turned on the computer and saw updates all over my homepage.  Maybe later tonight I would have caught a few hi-lights on the evening news.Lucky for me, I have a friend who is a royal junkie.  We've been chatting for years, our older kids in the same class, #2 and her youngest in the same class, so we run into each other all the time.  We invite each other to our kid...more

Passion Pasta and Pistols

As promised, here are the sordid details from the murder mystery party I recently attended.  I've left the murderer for you to sleuth out for yourselves.  So, put on your fedora and trench coat and prepare for some detective work.  Ready for a who-done-it mystery?     The mood was grim in La Speranza’s Italian restaurant as the grieving friends and family of Pepi Roni gathered to discuss his recent murder.  Pepi, the beloved owner of La Speranza had been shot in the back by his own pistol and all who had gathered at the res...more

Pressed Picnic Sandwiches

When I was in high school, I basically lived on sandwiches. They were much more basic than these pressed picnic sandwiches, but they were my favorite thing to eat - I would usually prefer to make myself a sandwich for dinner (or even breakfast) than have what my mom was making. I'm sure that this was frustrating beyond belief, but my mom always kept our fridge stocked with plenty of cold cuts and cheeses so that I could make my beloved sandwiches. ...more

These are so sweet! Panini, yes Italian for sandwiches are big around our house. Something so ...more

Girl's Night In

By Lisa Hughes Anderson - Guest Contributor Sometimes it takes getting away to come back to yourself again....more


I am 25 now.So that's something.I'll try not to question whether or not it counts as an accomplishment of any kind. Although some of my family members might find it amazing I haven't managed to get myself killed yet, since my lack of common sense means I make a lot of dubious decisions....more

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Getting Closer to Book Release Time...Finally!

Remember the scene towards the end of the movie Julie and Julia where Julia Child is sitting in her kitchen holding her cookbook in her hands?...more