Stomach Bug..."The Beauty and the Beast"

Our family is expected to share, but sometimes that means the bad stuff too.We were all afflicted with a violent stomach bug over this past weekend as it went from one family member to the next. No one was left out. How kind.As I miserably counted down the hours for the 24-hour bug for myself, as well as each member that I had the pleasure of caretaking for, I saw the "beauty and the beast" of the stomach bug....more

Holidays are Coming, Find Fresh & Thoughtful Gift Ideas

The Holidays are coming!Whether you enjoy them peacefully or go into the season kicking and screaming, it is time to start getting your ideas in place.For help in finding fresh and thoughtful gift ideas, come visit me at: are lots of ideas for all of those special people in your life and "token" gift ideas for co-workers, teachers and schools, and gift exchanges....more

"One Cup" Mini Hot Chocolate Mixes

I was determined to get to at least one homemade gift project this season and I am happy to say that I did and this was a lot of fun...and very tasty. I have had 3 mugs of hot cocoa already - I did have to test my recipe ya know!Present a gift of homemade "One Cup" Mini Hot Chocolate Mixes, no Keurig required!...more

My Summer "Thank You" Note

There are so many wonderful things about summer and the people who make mine wonderful. It would be lovely if I could remember all those that I should thank, but my mental fog cannot clear past today, so I will give a shout-out and say..."You know who you are!"...even though they really don't.Two moments today gave me reason to pause and realize that my summer fun is not just dependent on my own action....more

The Kissing Hand


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Birthday Party

I have been seeing green and Ninja’s…and I am not dreaming…Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or TMNT) was the desired theme for a birthday party in my world and I was up for the challenge. I previously told you that I also challenged myself to “do” the party a little differently than I had done for my last few parties.For those parties I basically did one-stop online shopping and got all the party supplies from one place and birthday gifts from another. Bang…done.Nothing wrong with that!...more

I'm Seeing Green!

It’s not money.It’s not envy.It’s turtles.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I have a boy’s birthday party coming up and the desired theme was TMNT…that’s the cool way to say “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. And it just so happens that I know a lot about these TMNT. That’s the cool way to say that I am a cool mom....more

Easy Lemon Pudding Pound Cake

This is an easy, light perfect summertime dessert to take as a gift to your next party!It would even make a fabulously different birthday cake. Go ahead, surprise someone...just make sure you get to eat some too!...more

Road Trip - Returning to the Midwest

We love the Road Trip.And we love the return home.Home…ahhhh“My kitchen whimsy”...more

Road Trip - Our Final Moments in NY

We spent the beginning of our last week on Road Trip at our family host’s home and then we headed to Wells, VT for a mini-vacation at a Bed & Breakfast Cottage to finish off the week. My husband was flying in to meet up with us, relax for a few days and then be my traveling companion for the return-to-home part of the Road Trip.We busied ourselves “spreading the love” as much as we could those last few days, although we were starting to wear thin. At this point in the journey we are always a bit like we have been eating way too much sugar for weeks on end, which we have....more