My Mother’s Day Journey


My daughter next to the Cinderella Wishing Well in Magic Kingdom. For many years I hated Mother’s Day. I thought my body hated me, God hated me, and life was just not fair. I ached to be a mom. Every Mother’s Day as we sat in church and they passed out flowers to all the…

A Family Weekend


  Picture from clip art. Our family is away for the weekend. My son is participating in the State competition for Science Olympiad at Michigan State University. He is competing in Rocks and Minerals, Optics, Fast Facts, and Microbes. It will be a crazy busy day but it will be a fun weekend. It is…

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies


Sometimes only cookies will help make the day better or are the perfect way to celebrate. My partner had someone in her department take a new job so they were celebrating his last day yesterday. Over the weekend almost 14 dozen cookies were made for her office. My kitchen was like a little bakery all…

Reading Together as a Family


Most parents seem stop reading to their children when they are somewhere between second and fourth grade. The bedtime ritual is dropped, the time for homework starts to pick up, and more classes and lessons are added after school. It’s no longer easy to fit in reading time. One of the things that we have…

Today….


I am away with my family while my son takes the ACT at a college about an hour from home. I wanted us all together today. My heart is heavy. As I watched the news last night I was crying again like 9-11. This is not the world I wanted for my children. So, today…

On the Road Again….


As we get ready to close out the month my daughter and I are on the road again. She will participate in a Feis (Irish dance competition) today. Above is my daughter and one of her beginner Irish dance students. She loves teaching them and working with them. I hope she does well today. It…

Cheddar Lobster Stuffed Potato


My family loves seafood but we live in the center of the country where fresh seafood, I mean REALLY fresh, is minimal at best. Living in New York we took the seafood for granted. In fact we never really thought about it until we got to Michigan and it was no longer in every restaurant…

Reuben Roll Ups


Happy First Day of Spring! Let’s hope the temperature tops 40 degrees today! Leftover Corned Beef is almost unheard of in my house but sometimes I make an extra large brisket just to have leftovers. Reubens are always a great way to use the leftover Corned Beef. This is a twist on those Reubens. Cut…

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steaks II


I found the picture in the depths of my computer after thinking I lost it! Our weather is finally starting to temper a bit. We are still having some wide swinging days where it is 20s one day and 55 degrees the next. But, those 20 degree days are getting farther and farther apart. We…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


This holiday is second only to Christmas in our house. My Irish dancing daughter started dancing yesterday, Friday, at schools and nursing homes in the area. This morning there is a parade through downtown Kalamazoo. After that a Hooley for Healing. A hooley is an Irish party. This one is a fund raiser for families…

Top 5 Blog Posts – February 2018


Thank you everyone for being so patient with me during our vacation. I hope I have caught up with all your wonderful comments and questions. If I have missed any please let me know! February was a terrific month here. Two of the most viewed and liked blog posts have been top posts over the…

Spiedie Chicken


In the Binghamton area of New York Spiedie Chicken is a huge thing. Every festival, family picnic, and barbecue seem to have some form of this on the menu. I love the fresh taste of the chicken. The chicken is usually served on white bread or a hot dog roll, plain. Now, I am a…