Carol

I'm a writer living in Northern California. I blog daily at www.carolcassara.com... read more

July Recipe Roundup

If the recipes a blogger posts in a month says a lot about her, July says “hey world, I love fresh berries”.I have to admit that I’m not a super organized blogger working off of big dry erase boards and spreadsheets to plan out her posts. What looks good at the grocery store or the farm stand, what my family requests, and often just whatever idea happens to float into my head dictates what I make. I don’t cook or bake to blog, I blog what I cook and bake....more
Bodynsoil Glad you found some new recipes to try. Please let me know what you think.more

Top 10 Things I Learned at Last Year's BlogHer Conference

10. For several days following the conference you will amble around BlogHerized. Definition: The mind-boggling state of sorting through the Who, Where, Why and When of What you experienced at the conference. ...more
@lisapettysays  We do get caught up.  Thanks for stopping by.more

I Ended Hundreds of (Twitter) Relationships, and I'm Glad I Did!

The other day, I broke up with hundreds of people. I did it. I bit the bullet. I took that needed step and just did it. I was the one picking up the slack in these one-sided relationships, the one carrying most of the burden and I just couldn't take it any longer. I deserved more, and I knew it. I looked at the list of people, groups, and businesses I was following on Twitter and checked which ones were also following me back. There were over 350 relationships in which I was the one doing all the work! My Twitter life needed to change. NOW! ...more
Man, Bonnie, I feel you. I get rid of at least 50 inactive followers and people that do not ...more

Teenager Approved: Strawberry Shortcake, Nacho Style

I was so excited to have been involved in a strawberry shortcake recipe contest for so many reasons. First,  especially at this time of year I love using fresh berries in recipes and strawberries are a favorite. Also, I love a challenge. Nothing sends me to the kitchen faster than a houseful of teens an ingredient challenge. ...more
Chi Chi Yes, shortbread are a universal cookie. So versatile. I hope you try this recipe, a ...more

IS THAT A SUMMER COLD OR SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS? Is it viral or bacterial and when to seek treatment.

elaineR.N. Linda Anselmi Yes! Oh, my...Jim Henson. SO very sad.more

What's the Ideal Length of a Tweet? Shorter Than You Thought.

Buffer posted a roundup of the ideal length of anything you may write online: from headlines to blog posts.  Ideal length of a tweet? 100 characters. I know -- they want you to waste the other 40?  You can take those words over to Facebook where the ideal length is only 40 characters.  Luckily, the ideal blog post can take up to 7 minutes to read.  Wheeeeew, at least I can be wordy over in my personal space. ...more
Let just write what we need to write, and read as much as we are compelled. I'm pretty sure ...more

Take a Left at the Nipple Clamps

If you’ve ever shopped at an Adult Bookstore - and you know you have - you might’ve noticed there’s a real shortage of books.  I didn’t see any.  I wasn’t necessarily seeking out reading material, though.  Good thing. because I was only there to get a good gander at the film titles for my novel.  I swear....more
thehachmom  Oh, the opportunities we miss. So glad you read and commented. Thank you!more

Don't Cry, Mom

Funny thing about being a mom: Some of it's not that funny. Don't get me wrong: A lot of it is joyous, glorious, fulfilling. Even when you're sleep deprived, at the fraying end of your rope, wishing you'd had your tubes tied when you were eleven, one look at those tiny, precious faces and somehow it's okay. You have your babies, get to call yourself Mom. Then they start doing shit. You gotta start kissing boo-boos....more
delray09  There is, indeed. Thank you for reading!more

Eating Disorder Awareness Week: What You Don't Know About Me

I started long after I knew better, past the age when my decisions could be chalked up to that invincible feeling that fades away as we get older. Already a mother, I should have been setting a good example and following the very rules I was setting for my own child. I was embarrassed by my weakness. Life was too much. Single parenting and autism and a whirlwind of experience I couldn’t seem to grasp left me feeling undeserving of the most basic necessities and looking for something I might actually be able to control. ...more
Thank you for addressing such a hard topic and sharing your own personal struggles.  It's ...more

I Thought My Mom Was Angry and Cold, But She Was Just Keeping Her Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis a Secret

When I was a young child, I always thought my mom was angry most of her life because she didn't want us, wished she hadn't had kids, didn't like being a mom. Then, when she passed away five years ago, I had the chance to read some of her old journals (she made an entry every single day for most of her life) and began to understand that in actuality, she embraced motherhood and her kids with a huge amount of enthusiasm. In her early entries, she was giddily happy about having kids and a family, and wrote long entries about how wonderful it was to be a mother and how happy she was, being married with kids. ...more
“CathyChes: I Thought My Mom Was Angry, But She Was Keeping Her Multiple Scler Diagnosis a ...more