There is WHAT?!? in Our Bread?

The lunch line at my local Subway store is long. The ads in the window tout the flatbread sandwich specials. I’m pleased that the restaurant has made a move to remove azodicarbonamide from the bread they use for their sandwiches. This chemical additive is banned in United Kingdom, Europe and Australia, though it is commonly found in American products.  It has been linked to causing asthma and other respiratory problems. ...more
My daughter also has a dairy allergy, and we've found alternatives. I generally make all my own ... more

Announcing BlogHer’s Food Well Said (Beta): What Do You Think?

For a little more than a year now, BlogHer has published the #3 largest food network in the U.S. (comScore), syndicating headlines from and advertising to 600 of the best food blogs in the world. To celebrate these amazing bloggers and serve our mission to create more exposure for their work, we've taken an important step forward with this new service: Throughout the day, we will update BlogHer’s Food Well Said (Beta) with beautiful, highly clickable excerpts from the latest posts from all 600 blogs in BlogHer’s Publishing Network for food blogs. ...more
@Lisa Stone are these the self-identified food blogs, or are they otherwise identified by you. ... more

Considering What Unites Us

While I read Alex George's A Good American I thought a lot about what it means to belong -- to a church, a town, a country, a family. Frederick didn't belong to Jette's social strata, so they had to leave their homeland in order to be together. When they reach America, they do not end up in the town they intended to settle in, but they put down roots there....more
I have many different communities - I have the folks I work out with, the parents of my kids' ... more

The Redemptive Power of Song

We've discussed how music plays a big role in Alex George's A Good American when we talked about how he described Jette's life as an opera. It's more than that the family just liked music, it was woven into the fabric of their lives. It was what they used to learn about themselves and about life. ...more
Oh yes yes yes.  I remember listening to the Eagles whenever I had a breakup to get over (who ... more

Is Your Life an Opera?

In Alex George's A Good American music is important to the lives of the characters and is integral to the plot. Jette and Frederick meet when he serenades her in a park. They find help in New Orleans from someone that Frederick met through music. This same man will come back into their lives and greatly impact their future. Frederick and Jette's sons and grandsons are all singers....more
That's a really hard one to answer.  I immediately jumped to Shakespearean tragedy, except that ... more

Gastronomic Mosaics & Culinary Road Maps

Food quickly becomes important to the story in Alex George's A Good American. Before the Meisenheimers ever open the restaurant, Jette finds herself homesick. She turns to the meals she ate in her homeland for comfort. She didn't have recipes passed down from her mother or even a cookbook to turn to. Through a process of trial and error, she made her way through the food in memories until they existed on her table. ...more
Ooooo the raspberry cake sounds delicious.  I am sure that all the breads I make will be part of ... more

The Magical Post-Breakup Makeover

After a breakup, particularly one you did not initiate, your self confidence can take a bit of a beating. During this time my friends and I frequently turned to the magical healing powers of a post-breakup makeover. We would change our hair or buy a new outfit and they became our new armour against the hurt....more
I have never done this, but I absolutely love the concept.  When Eva did it in the book, I ... more

How Soon Is Too Soon For Couples Therapy?

Since I had not read Bared to You, the first book in Sylvia Day's Crossfire series, I was surprised to find that Eva and Gideon were in couple's counseling. Based on what I had read to that point in Reflected in You, their relationship still seemed young and new. By Eva's own admission, they hadn't been together that long:...more
I like the fact that they are in counseling - especially him separately and them together - ... more

What Does Independence Mean To You?

At some point, we all strive for a little independence in our lives. We want to make our own decisions -- call the shots. We want to control our own destiny. Eva, the main character in Sylvia Day's Reflected in You, craved independence from an early age, in large part due to the fact that in many ways her mother was dependent on the men in her life. ...more
Oh I had so many of the same issues with Eva :)  I wanted to psychoanalyze her - and many of the ... more

"Why Does It Take Your Kid So Long to Get on the Bus?"

It's 6:45 AM on any given school day. We're standing in our driveway, my boy in my arms as always, a Thomas backpack slung over his diminutive shoulders. He's staring at his timer with the weight of the world and its worries far from his consciousness....more
@mackenziesmomma  @ReinventingMommy Dumb question, but *they* yanked your IEP?  In our state, ... more