Memories are complicated

I started blogging to find normalcy amid painful transitions. I had turned fifty, finished menopause, was unhappy at work, and had angry and anxious teenagers turning into young adults.Three years later, life has shifted again. My son is taking a job in another country, my daughter is beginning her last year of college, I'm three years older, and work is showing improved vital signs....more

What I learned at the BlogHer Food '12 conference

This was my first BlogHer Food Conference. I came as a sponge, soaking up all information presented before me. Overall it was fabulous. I connected with women and a few men of all ages and backgrounds of blogging. Most people I met were lovely and shared their stories including professional writers, cooks and photographers who On my blog The Fearless Cooking Club, I give Patty’s Points after I make something for the first time. So here are Patty's Points after going to her first BlogHer Food Conferece:...more

Who Loves You? I do.

I'm an empty nester mother. Maybe my kids will send me a text this Sunday on Mother's Day, if I'm lucky. But who said Mother's Day is all about waiting for acknowledgement from your kids? I've never had the fairy tale, mushy thing going on anyway....more
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Your huddled masses

As middle-class, middle-aged, suburban Caucasians, it is easy to get stuck in the same routine for work, play, and leisure. Drive in the same car everyday to work, shop at the same grocery and big box store, worship at the same location and hang out at the local coffee stand....more
Interesting post. I haven't thought about this before. I used to take buses before I can drive. ...more

The one car couple

My husband and I are now empty nesters. Woo hoo! We raised our glasses and toasted that both our children have jobs and paychecks. One just graduated from college and the other is halfway through. That is the good news. Here is the bad news. We have one vehicle. So you ask….Why did you give away your cars to your children? They have jobs, they can buy their own vehicles?! We decided, as a couple, that it would be easier, initially, for them to get on their way without any drama, to take the two cars and get to work....more

I read the obits

I admit it. I read the obituaries. I’m not retired and I’m not feeling old. I’m not fascinated with death and I am not morbid. My mother and father read the obituaries regularly....more

It sounds like you are having an extremely stressful week. I hope everything goes well with your ...more

Parents Are Just People and Sometimes Children Need to Struggle

I am almost an empty nester. I haven’t been able to put my thoughts into words until I saw that movie last night. My son graduated from college a week ago. His growth into adulthood has been painful for the entire family. He has struggled with every part of studying, taking tests, caring for himself, and social relationships. But he had grown in many aspects of his academia....more

A wise psychologist I work with is raising his two sons alone when his wife died 10 years ago. ...more

Tres Leches Cake...The Fearless Cook bakes

I was in Super Walmart a couple of weeks ago, picking up odds and ends. I wandered over to the baking aisle and this cake mix caught my eye.  Tres Leches cake. I had only heard of it a couple of years ago when at a graduation party. Living in the Western U.S....more

So I was reading an article in my local newspaper last week that had a Tres Leches Strawberry ...more

The Fearless Cook is sick of Italian Chicken

The fourth Italian Chicken dish I challenged myself to make is Chicken Cacciatore. It is a traditional, country-type Italian stew with cut-up chicken pieces, garlic, wine and leftover vegetables.     ...more

Thanks for reading- you are so kind. I think the three subscribers to my blog tuned me out and ...more

The Fearless Cook makes Chicken Parmesan

    Chicken Parmesan - The third recipe in my Italian Chicken series challenge.   Chicken Parmesan is a popular American favorite of Italian dishes. Fried chicken with pasta?...more

I thought I was clever! If I had only known...more