The Monster in the Mirror

For a year or so of my life, whenever I looked in the mirror I did not see myself looking back. There was a monster hidden in my mirror in the place of my reflection, a pale-faced, hollow-eyed, greasy-haired nightmare with out-of-proportion limbs and ugly spotted skin.I would stare in disbelief and hunt for myself in there, looking for the girl I used to know; bright eyed and ambitious, waiting for me each morning with a smile. But the monster had taken her place....more

Twelve Days of Summer with My Twelve-Year-Old: DAY TEN

On the tenth day of Summer(mas), my middle schooler gave to me: ten meringues a’melting-----------------...more

My Kids Ate Dirt for Dinner

I am a nurse, and my child is supposed to be healthy so I can encourage others to be healthy too, right? I mean, my child isn't supposed to eat dirt, she should eat her fruits and veggies like a good little girl and set an example of what a great mother I am and how perfect I am (at least in everyone else's eyes), right?  ...more

What do Indians eat?

Do you know what Indians eat? They eat a variety of foods and that is why Indian food is liked by so many people around the world. However the food they eat can vary from one state to another, from one region to another. It's true that Indian food is spicy but not all the time. There are people who do not eat a lot of spices. But as a general rule, Indian food is spicy. Spicy does not always mean hot, spicy means a range of spices to enhance the flavor of the food. ...more

shame with a side of fries

I’m trying not to stare while my coworker eats her lunch.Our de facto break room is in use, so she is at her desk. I’m not sure what kind of sandwich she picked up from McDonald’s because her interaction with the french fries has me enthralled. She removes one fry from the red carton and bites. She chews and swallows before taking another bite. It takes her three bites to consume this single fry.How can she do that? I wonder. I wouldn’t call this mindful eating since she is reading a book, but she is not distracted from her deliberate pace....more

Living in the Moment, One Bite at a Time

I have been trying to live in the moment, if you’ll forgive the cliché. I’ve been attempting to be more mindful for some time now. I’m getting better at it, but it is (ironically) slow going. I’ve focused on two things recently that have had an interesting impact: eating and meditation....more

Eating my Way Through Pinterest: Copycat Olive Garden Dressing

 Today on my blog, I'm sharing the third in my eating my way through pinterest series! I really like this series and I've had a ton of fun making recipes....more

You Will Recognize These People At Your Holiday Buffet!

What is it about standing in line for food that brings out the DMV in people?  This holiday season, whether you're (smart and) eating out at a restaurant, serving the hearty meal in your own home, or partaking in the holiday at someone else's house, chances are the scene will not resemble a Norman Rockwell painting. People will be getting up from the main table to obtain food from what we call a "Buffet."...more


Today is an absolutely beautiful Day. There is a Air-Balloon Fest at the local airport. The "gang" wanted a picnic basket. I thought ok no problem. The count went to 18 people (children and adults). Normally, I do not fry foods a lot. They are baked or grilled. The "gang" wanted fried chicken legs. I coat them in a buttermilk batter, twice fried for extra crispy. After the first 2 batches I was wondering if I was cooking at KFC? For the good portion of the morning I fried, fried, fried  chicken legs. I smell like a chicken! Soon I will cluck like a chicken?...more

A Day of Emotional Eating

Something unexpected happened at work this week that knocked me on my ass. The issue left me feeling angry, betrayed and embarrassed. It's been a really long time since I've felt this way in my professional world, and I'd forgotten the power a bad day at the office can have over the rest of my life. It's okay. Weeks like this are necessary and this one served as a good reminder to rebuild some of the boundaries I had neglected to maintain. In a successful business, it's important not to put faith in integrity. If it's there, enjoy it. But do not count on it....more