Sometime Life Gets in the Way


The best laid plans sometimes go awry. I got a call that my mother had been taken from her doctor’s office to the hospital in an ambulance. Of course I needed to drop everything and start rescheduling everything I could for the next week and cancelling everything else. My daughter and I drove, which should…

Thinking About Your Thanksgiving Menu


Yes, you read that right. It is October and I am asking you to start thinking about Thanksgiving. What? Now is the perfect time to start planning the menu and any other special dishes you may want during that time. Do not forget the tried and true dishes your family loves but maybe it is…

A Few Things I Have Learned with My Blog


When I was little I used to love to play with food. Often to the exasperation of my mother who would say how expensive all that food and ingredients were. I understand that now, I didn’t then. You don’t want to waste your food budget on items that don’t taste good or use exotic ingredients…

Hello to New Friends


Last Saturday I attended the US Bloggers Bash in Schaumburg, Illinois. It was only 90 miles away and I was excited to attend. I have followed ┬áthe UK Blogger Bash for the past several years and I was hoping to meet new bloggers, get some ideas of how they blog, and maybe make a friend…

It’s Not Really the End of Summer, But it is


The calendar says that fall starts on Friday, September 22nd. My heart says it starts on Tuesday. The kids start back to school on Tuesday. This is the day I dislike most every year, next to New Year’s Eve. My kids are ready to go back. They are ready to start all the new exciting…

Creamy Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken


Notice a trend in my posts lately? Creamy. Slow Cooker, Warm. All the titles have fall like comfort words. Yes, we are getting (or have already started) back to school in many areas. This is my New Year’s Day when the kids head back to school. I always see the passage of time in school…

A Weekend in Toledo


Every weekend we have been away I plan on blogging about our adventures. They are pretty much the same each weekend that we go to a Feis (rhymes with mesh), an Irish cultural festival usually refers mostly to a dance competition now a days. This weekend the Glass City Feis and the Great Lakes Feis…

Blogging Friends


I have been thinking quite a bit about friendship lately. One of the blogger’s that I follow regularly Spearfruit (Terry) (click for link to blog) has been battling cancer for while now. We have all followed along with him sending good thoughts and prayers for healing and pain-free days. When he wrote yesterday that he…

On His Own


This has been a strange two weeks for me. My son went to camp for the first time on his own. The past two years he has been to the same fine arts camp he is at now but his sister has always been on the same campus. It was always comforting to me have…

Going Home – It’s All About the Food Edition


If you have ever lived near Wegman’s grocery store and then moved away you will probably understand this. We went back east for a family wedding thus weekend. In the four days we were in town we made 2 or 3 trips to Wegman’s. One was to get prepared food such as subs, pizza and…

Picnic at the Beach


With only about a month or so left in beach season I had the urge the other night to squeeze in a quick evening trip to the beach. Because the sun sets at 9:30 pm we were able to grab subs, soda, and chips before heading out at 8:00 pm. I love that the beach…