Add All of Your Blog Posts to October's Open Thread

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more

Sign Up for October's NaBloPoMo

The theme for October is DISH! ...more

It's Time to Dish With October's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?  ...more

Add All of Your Blog Posts to September's Open Thread

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more

Sign Up for September's NaBloPoMo

The theme for September is LESSONS! ...more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your October 2015 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
Behind every successful person lies a ...more

NaBloPoMo October 2015 Blogroll

The theme for October is DISH! ...more
You, my dear, are an absolute genius and I am in awe. And since I just blogged about you and ...more

NaBloPoMo October 2015 Prompts

The theme for October's NaBloPoMo is DISH. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in October -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more

But Most Of The Time All You Need Is A Stick Of Gum, A Pocket Knife And A Smile.

 Let's talk turkey or cooking or chicken or butter....more

Crispy Foolproof Chicken Tacos -- for Two, or for a Crowd

Crispy chicken tacos work well for an easy lunch or dinner, but they also work well at a party in that they're a make-you-own offering once you've set out a...more

The Ultimate No-Brainer Corn-Black-Bean Salad . . . or an Entire Low-Carb Meal

By now you understand the concept of mis en place and you've already chopped several items for other recipes....more

The Don't Be Afraid Easy Chicken Alfredo -- From Left-Overs

 So I made my delicious easy chicken tacos and found myself with some left...more

The Best Salsa You'll Ever Eat . . . and Some Mighty Fine Guacamole . . . Even for Dummies

This isn't my salsa recipe. I snagged it while I was waitress in college....more

The Great Escape: Thoughtful Thursday (NaBloPoMo Day 6)

So I've escaped from the house. Without the kids. Or my husband. It's just me. Maybe "escape" is a bit extreme but,, escape sounds about right. Don't get me wrong I love my family. I'm sure if you've read any other post I've written that would be apparent. But one can only take so much before you need a break. ...more

How Do I Tell My Mom I Changed My Religion?

I became Muslim in the fall of 1998. Though I had been interested in Islam for many years, it was not until I moved to Arizona, from Arkansas, that I converted. But I had not told my mom that I had converted to Islam.I was very blessed to have mentors who truly understood the essence of Islam in addition to the teachings. I was never told I had to wear the scarf.  I was taught to study Islam first - to understand the teachings and essence of Islam – the reasons for everything, including the scarf. ...more

Most beloved dish: NaBloPoMo Day 5

Here we are on day 5 of NaBloPoMo. Though I do believe I've posted each day in December? I'll have to take a look back and see. Today I'm very tired and it's getting late so I hope this post makes sense by the time I'm done writing it. ...more

The Beginning of a Blogger

I had an interesting start to life. I was born living with old people. Raised by my great-grandmother, I was always an “Old Soul” and pondered life a little differently than the other children. Everything in my life was recorded into journals, scraps of paper, and mental monologues.  I wrote everything down, storing them in boxes for someone in the future to find and read....more

The Life-Changing Magic of a Tidy Closet

After I started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, I couldn't wait to get started on my own "tidying marathon". I still haven't finished tidying the whole house and I started this process over a month ago. But I KNOW it is possible and am so excited about finally getting "tidy".I'm not sure how long Marie Kondo's tidying marathons last, but if she were in the US or I were in Japan, I would love to enlist her services to keep me focused on tidying for however long it takes. As it is, I am doing this myself, motivated by the version of Marie Kondo in my head who paints a picture of me surrounded by only things that bring me joy, sipping tea in my perfectly tidy home and making time to do yoga and take a bath before bed at night.Following the KonMari sequence, I started with clothes, then moved on to books, then papers, and am currently on "komono" (pretty much everything else - which is a lot!). Today I share my dramatic closet transformation....more