Twas the Last Night of NaBloPoMo

Wow! Can it be? NaBloPoMo goes so slowly and yet, so fast. ...more
Congratulations Robin! You did it! I loved reading your daily posts they were funny and ... more

Can't Beat an Egg Beater

I love new fangled kitchen gadgets, but wouldn't trade my old fashioned, heavy duty egg beater.Why? A zillion reasons. For one, my grandmother used one and every time I use mine, I'm reminded of cooking with her. Then, I like using hand power knowing that if the grid goes down, I can still make whipped cream. Finally, I enjoy putting my energy into my food, feeling a connection with the eggs as they get frothy and the raw cream as it whips up. It's just plain satisfying to feel the power of the beaters create a tasty treat....more
Good Morning Robin, My mother in-law still has her egg beaters from the 50's, they are a delight ... more

Stay in Touch

I recently heard Neil Diamond’s song "Sweet Caroline" and was inspired to write about touch. Love that song and must have listened to it at least a thousand times since it first came out in 1969. (On a personal note, at least one of those times was during a make-out session behind my parent’s house.) The part that is most moving in the song is when Neil sings about hands touching hands. Touch between two consenting adults is so romantic. In fact, while I am writing this, I feel like playing the song and lighting a scented candle. But, let me pull out of the mood, as I am approaching this from a health perspective and not my own personal romance needs....more
MAKE THE WORLD RIGHT: HUG A FRIEND, A LOVED ONE, OR BOTH Best advice ever! I believe in hugging! more

5 Ways to Not Be That Mom

From the PTA to boardrooms, from gyms to grocery stores, we can all relate to these moms. In fact, there is a little bit of each of these women inside of us. The trick is to find ways TO NOT BE THAT MOM. [Note: You can replace the word mom with: co-worker, neighbor, or friend.]...more
I avoid the Push Your Kid to Brink moms. My town has a world famous and very hard 10K run and a ... more

Your dog's inside with a bottle of Pinot Noir...

It was a sad couple hours tonight...I was just taking a quick nap (it's cold, it's dark, I need a nap just to get through the rest of the night) when my daughter knocked on the door...the neighbors were here and were crying...they had just come home and found their dog had died in front of the back door of the kitchen... There are very few things that can wake me up instantly out of a nap, but that's one of them.  Their beautiful dog Ice, was as striking as her name suggested...she was a husky rescue, with ice cold blue eyes, if she had been human she would've been&nb...more
Thanks Cindy for the sweet and loving story. I love how your father became a Baptist! I hope ... more

Do You Have A "Manna?"

On June 29, 2012, our area of the east coast was hit with 65-75 mile an hour winds and much damage from fallen trees.Power was out for days with half a million residents in Montgomery County, Maryland affected. We were only out three days and our freezers held so we had no loss of food and besides, we didn't leave town. But, some of our neighbors did leave, rather than live in the dark. When they returned, they complained about having to throw away food, many hundreds of dollars worth. At the time, I didn't know there was anything else to do....more
Great idea I never thought about donating my food during a storm! Thanks Robin...coffee and ... more

Blackstrap Gingerbread, with Lemon Sauce

Traditional foods provide traditional health, the robust health carrying our human species down through the millennia....more
Hi Robin,  Are the molasses sold in the grocery store black strap or some other kind? My brother ... more

Waiting for Winter to Arrive

 (My back car window after a snowfall)  Beats actually cleaning the windows...plus I don't remember where I put my ice scraper...or snow shovel...here in Milwaukee I have my own name for winter, I call it HGTV se...more
I love snow and cold BUT hate ice!!!!! Ice is the worst pain in the ass to deal with! Farmer's ... more

The Flu

The flu is kicking my ass. 24 hours ago I was a normal healthy unemployed radio dj enjoying a weekend in Iowa with my family...sometime around 3 am...I was sicker then the dog...I've never understood that expression...I have seen sick dogs...unless they're dying, they seem pretty cheerful...at least my dad's dogs...cheerful, overfed, running the house, but all in all...pretty good... Up until a couple of hours ago when the fever broke I was unable to lift my head without plotting an escape route to the bathroom...do you know what got me out of bed? ...more
I hope you feel better soon having the flu sucks! more

Frailty, Thy Name is NaBloPoMo

Oh, it always sounds so simple: a month's worth of posts in thirty days and thirty nights. Following the adage of easier said than done, however, the less time I have to finish something, the harder it is to do, which is a problem. What's the problem? Well, when I finally get time to myself to sit down and enjoy my writing for BlogHer, it's when I'm really tired and would rather be slipping in between the covers, than into a desk chair to work the keyboard....more
I love your writing! You wrote a beautiful post about trying even when we don't want to! ... more