Still don’t have a teacher gift? Don’t panic!

Holiday break looms right around the corner! It’s starting within hours or days for most of us. If you’re in a panic because you haven’t yet figured out what to give a special teacher in your life, I’m here to tell you to calm on down ....more

Personalized Stir-Fry

Awhile back it occurred to me that, while it might be convenient if all five of us had the same exact taste preferences, that’s just not realistic. I also realized that, while I am fully capable of insisting my children eat what I fix, I’m also a big fan of offering options that give them at least a little choice in the matter. ...more

Menu Plan: Organization is Key

Oh, it is just SUCH a busy time of year for everyone. This much I know to be true. Whether you work in the home, outside the home, or some combination thereof, you’re all super busy and the schedules are packed ....more

What’s Your Christmas Soundtrack?

This time of year, I scroll through my social media feeds and get all twitchy and awkward feeling. You see, I’m just so TIRED of the same ol’ Santa debates and number of gift discussions and yes/no Christmas card hooplah and all that. It kind of rains on my parade, if I’m honest ....more

Words of Affirmation

Let me be real about something here– I am a SUCKER for personality-type quizzes/surveys. No, no, not so much those Facebook ones like, “If you were on a pirate ship, who would you be?” or “Who is your 1920s soulmate?” or any of that nonsense. No, no, I just love those inventories you can take that help you nail down your dominant traits and talents ....more

Menu Plan: Christmas is– gulp– HOW close?

Were it just a touch colder out there, we’d be getting buried in snow. As it is, a cold, heavy, ugly rain is falling. That’s okay, though ....more

Peppermint Butter Crunch Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

I always hesitate to share about my spazzy baking style because of a (very nasty, accusatory) email I once received that called me arrogant for revealing I’m a haphazard, fly by the seat of my pants sort of baker. I worried that more of you felt that way about me and it made me feel just awful. Please know that I am NOT encouraging other people to adopt my madness nor do I look down on people who use recipes ....more

Things I’m Supposed to Love, but Don’t

So this is a silly post topic, but it’s been floating around my brain for quite some time now, so I decided it was about time I set it free! ...more

White Cheddar Cranberry Bites

Cranberry salsa is one of my favorite seasonal treats. Bright, tangy, and exploding with flavor, it’s such a fun twist on the more typical tomato variety. ...more

Menu Plan: The First Heavy Snow

As I type this, a very heavy snow is blanketing our yard. They called off school already yesterday evening in anticipation of the Nor’Easter set to hit us. Six to sixteen inches, the Weather Channel said, which just made me laugh because, really? ...more