Chicago Again?


This last weekend was a super busy weekend. On Friday the organization that I chair was part of an Art Hop. In the  downtown area many of the local businesses were open with art displays, information on businesses and organizations, and snacks. It is lots of fun and the artist for this exhibit was super…

A Quick Trip to Chicago


My daughter danced at the Pat Roche Feis (feis – rhymes with mesh and is an Irish Cultural Competition for Irish dance, music, culinary arts, and art) and the Windy City Feis in Rosemont, Illinois at the Stevenson Convention Center over the weekend. So, she finally got a first place in her treble jig (she…

Vacations are Almost Done and Back-to-School is Soon


We spent the last 10 days traveling to see my parents. I don’t fly (until I can get my pilot license – which I am NOT working towards) I am a bit of a control freak. I know myself well enough to know that I want to be in control (all illusion I know, but…

Back to School: The Passage of Time


This is one of my favorite quotes. It is not about making memories it is about having fun and laughing and when we look back those will be the memories.  I am in a bit of a strange place right now. This is not a recipe post. This is about me post. Life has a…

What Do I Make for Dinner When I am in a Hurry with No Plan


Yes, this is it pasta, doctored sauce and fresh Parmesan cheese.  I don’t use jarred sauce very often but I try to keep at least 1-2 jars on hand for emergencies. Even then I add my own spices or freshly grated cheese to the sauce. Jarred sauce  is usually VERY sweet so depending on the…

Top Recipes for July 2019


This month lots of the older recipes have getting attention. These Funeral Potatoes, or Cheesy Potatoes, (click for link to recipe) were a hit on Easter but they are good for any time of year! This recipe for Paula Deen’s Bobby’s Goulash (click for link to recipe) is from 2012. I haven’t revisted it but…

Disney Hollywood Studio – Day 3 (Part I)


Today is the last of my travel report on this blog. I will keep writing on my Earning My Disney PhD blog about all our adventures and the pictures of our Disney trip. But, here is my post on Disney Hollywood Studio and our trip to Toy Story Land. (Click for link to blog post.)

Festival of Fantasy Parade – Magic Kingdom (Part II)


Thank you all for indulging me with my Disney photos. As I am also reviving my second blog, Earning My Disney PhD, (click for link to post about parade) after the end of this week I will be back to all our favorite meals! Hope you all have a terrific day!

Trip Report – Day 1 – June 2019 (Part I)


I’m back! Hope you all are well. Over the next week or so I will be writing mostly about my vacation and all the wonderful fun and food we had. It was very relaxing and a good reconnection for us. Here is a link to our adventures on Day 1 (Part I)  Click for link…