make a wish … an affair of the heart

i have been thinking about volunteering for a long time. it had to be something that didn’t cost a lot of any money, because we all know i’m pretty much broke most of the time. also, i couldn’t imagine doing something with animals. while i LOVE them, i just know i couldn’t handle walking them for a shelter or anything like that ’cause i’d end up wanting to take all of them home. i also thought about reading/studying with kids or maybe grocery shopping/hanging out/entertaining older people....more

Tattoo You

“Tell me again how old I have to be to get my nose pierced?” Mini Me said. “Eighteen.  Maybe.” She snarled her face.  “Same for a tattoo?” “Oh, baby.  You don’t want one of those.” “Uh.  Yeah, I do.” I patted the sofa.  “Sit.  Let me tell you a story.”   There we were.  In the third floor bathroom.  Me and my co-worker.  She’d worked  in the advertising department of our Washington, D.C....more

Why Spanish School Lunches Beat Ours By A Mile

Today I swiped something from my school in the name of being an informative blogger.  (See the things I do for you?)  I thought it would be fun to discuss...*dun dun dun*...a Spanish school lunch menu....more
This is SO neat! I love a lot of Spanish/latin food so this menu is right up my alley. Plus it ...more

Fasolka po Bretonsku with Piekny Jas and Memories of Poland

On my last trip to our local ethnic store, I found a bag of Piekny Jas and bought it.  Tthe packet cost me nearly $5 for just 12 oz.  But one glance at the large white plump dried beans and I was reminded of a pleasant memory I hold of my mother's family...I am a teenager, visiting my family in Poland, one household at a time on both my mothers and fathers side.  It is ...more

Lupine. A Danger for the Peanut Allergic traveling To Europe

On my page  "Where Is the Peanut Hiding?"   I list items that pose a hidden danger to people allergic to peanuts. A rather obscure food called Lupin is quickly becoming a more commonly used ingredient and food, especially in Europe and the Mediterranean region....more

Spinach in the Polish Style or Szpinak po Polsku

I love cooking with what I have.  Going to the grocery store, seeing what is fresh, on sale, or just appealing to me, and taking it home to make something different.  Something tasty.  And preferably, something traditional.Sometimes, though, I don't know exactly what to do with the produce.  But I have, without exaggeration, 17 cookbooks, 6 of which are in Polish and I am always looking for more.  This time, I looked up Szpinak (pronounced "Sh-pee-nahk" and meaning "Spinach") in my ...more

Poland's Decision to Suspend Compensation Plans for WWII Victims

I should be writing a recipe about Polish Creamed Green Peas and another about raising a bi-lingual child in the USA, but...Right now, there is a controversial decision by the Polish government being discussed around the world.  The decision to suspend compensation plans for real estate seized by Nazi Germany and then by the USSR Communists.If you haven't heard about it, I asked Poland.gov.pl's facebook fan page admi...more

How Scandal Can Inspire Gender Equality

There is a lot out there on the gender equality issue in politics and business, including the issue that there aren’t enough women, moms or not, in high level positions....more

French Kiss

Back then, I hadn’t mastered the art of finding a flaw.  Hadn’t even thought of it yet.  Of protecting myself from little crushes with a prayer.  Show me, God.  Reveal something undesirable about this guy—halitosis, a lousy work ethic, a collection of Skipper dolls—that’ll make this constant thought of ‘what if’ go away.                                        &nb...more

10 Things I Have Learned After 18 Months in Prague

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”  -Mark Twain, American writer, humorist, 1835 – 1910 The Majestic Prague Castle...more