Delicious, Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

I've shared a lot of recipes over the years with friends and family, but this is hands down the one that gets requested the most often. Honestly, I'm really surprised I haven't already shared it, if only to prevent myself from having to e-mail it to someone new. Forwarding emails is such taxing work, you know. I'd much rather sit and eat bon bons and watch Parenthood (do bon bons still exist?). ...more
For me the secret to this is the enchilada sauce!  I've made a similar recipe minus that step ... more

Career! Sonia Sotomayor Schools Abby on Sesame Street

At the risk of dating myself, I don’t think I heard the word “career” until I was in college. Back then most of us didn’t think about careers other than traditional female occupations like teaching and nursing. Most of our mothers were housewives, with the exception of Eileen Moran, whose mother taught high school English and because of it was considered almost exotic. The women we did see work were teachers or nurses or the occasional Avon Lady. I certainly didn’t know any women who were writers or journalists or newspaper editors, much less any who were justices on the Supreme Court. ...more
Good point! I love your childhood memories and your writing style, too! more

Where Have All the Respectable Dads on TV Gone?

Certain themes in education were trendy as I earned my teaching credential in the mid-1990s. Gender equity in the classroom was heating up as studies showed boys hogged all the attention in classrooms, while girls fell silently behind....more
 @pauline I agree, Pauline.  Andy Griffith wouldn't even be thought of today, sadly. more

Where Have All the Respectable Dads on TV Gone?

Certain themes in education were trendy as I earned my teaching credential in the mid-1990s. Gender equity in the classroom was heating up as studies showed boys hogged all the attention in classrooms, while girls fell silently behind....more
 @Anita Finlay I couldn't agree more, Anita. Thanks for saying it so well!   more

Where Have All the Respectable Dads on TV Gone?

Certain themes in education were trendy as I earned my teaching credential in the mid-1990s. Gender equity in the classroom was heating up as studies showed boys hogged all the attention in classrooms, while girls fell silently behind....more
 @motherofnine9 I couldn't agree more!  And I can just imagine the squeals of the 11-month old ... more

Where Have All the Respectable Dads on TV Gone?

Certain themes in education were trendy as I earned my teaching credential in the mid-1990s. Gender equity in the classroom was heating up as studies showed boys hogged all the attention in classrooms, while girls fell silently behind....more
 @Dadblunders Aaron, every word you wrote rings the truth! Thank you so much.  I am going to ... more

Where Have All the Respectable Dads on TV Gone?

Certain themes in education were trendy as I earned my teaching credential in the mid-1990s. Gender equity in the classroom was heating up as studies showed boys hogged all the attention in classrooms, while girls fell silently behind....more
 @ChrisRoutly I don't know those characters, but thanks for pointing them out!  I'll check them ... more

Where Have All the Respectable Dads on TV Gone?

Certain themes in education were trendy as I earned my teaching credential in the mid-1990s. Gender equity in the classroom was heating up as studies showed boys hogged all the attention in classrooms, while girls fell silently behind....more
 @Jane Collins That's a really good point about the writers in Hollywood being younger now.  I ... more

Summer Cocktails: Blueberry Mojitos

I've had blueberry mojitos on the brain since March of this year, when the husband and I went to out to dinner for his birthday and ordered the most amazing cocktails I've ever sipped! ...more
Sounds delicious! Including the salad! I like another different kind of mojito too- muddle basil ... more

What Are We Supposed to Eat, Then?

My kids now say, “Ewwww!” whenever we drive past a McDonald’s. Those pictures of warm, tasty nuggets on billboards don’t deceive them now that they’ve seen how they’re really made. Apparently that pink goo in the photo circulating around the web isn’t strawberry milkshake, but the beginning of “chicken nuggets.” ...more
 @victorias_view Ugh! Too bad it closed.  I would love a place like that!  more