A little family time mixed with one kickass hollandaise sauce

It is 7:49 p.m.—or at least it was when I wrote this. A typical weekday night … no. Wait. Let me retract that statement as there is no such thing as typical in my household. The same household, mind you, my ever curious neighbor from down the street has, on more than one occasion, dubbed a…

And now, abortion …

I used to be opinionated. Dogmatic, if you will. When I was younger I voiced my opinions and never thought much about why I felt the way I did – or  why I thought I felt as I said I did. But now. Now that I am older, I look back and realize I claimed to…

Rainbows and unicorns are everywhere –

I try not to think about bad things. Because It serves no purpose — accept maybe to antagonize me. There have been moments, days, even weeks where I have been consumed by bad thoughts … when I have internalized the worst possible scenario … When a plane crashes, my mind pictures people that I love on…

How to give the perfect insult in Pig Latin…

Youyay ightmay ebay ethay iggestbay idiotyay onyay ethay anetplay. I didn’t learn much from my grandmother — and in all honesty, I don’t have a bank of fond memories to fall back when I think of her. But, while it goes without saying that she was from a different era, it wasn’t the generation gap…

And the best party trick is (not what you think) …

When my mother said she was so happy she might pee herself, I figured it was in reference to her new car. Which I totally get — I mean its exciting stuff, getting a new car. But alas, no … her elation had nothing to do with an automobile. She was simply eager to see how…

How I know Mother Nature never had teenage daughters!

If a picture is worth a thousand words it must be one hell of a picture, eh? From the rain-drenched balcony of a hotel room daughter one asks: “Did you check the forecast before you booked the trip?” Daughter two chimes in: “Is it possible to get a flight home?” My family and I were…

Aren’t you happy the umbrella was invented?

A lot can happen in 24 hours, let alone an entire day, year, or three centuries for that matter. Heck, entire countries can be formed and dissolved. I mean just look at what happened to poor Prussia … declared an official country in 1525, things were going along just fine until 1947 when BAM, the…

Would you feed your cat that?

I like lasagna. But what’s not to like about melted mozzarella and pasta? Truth be told, I prefer vegetarian versions with mushrooms and spinach and fresh tomatoes sliced on the top, BUT I certainly don’t need an altered recipe card to tell me how to create my version from the standard layers of sauce, ricotta,…

Like, gag me with a spoon!

The younger generation – more specifically, my teenage daughter – has me stumped. Because she does things that simply don’t make sense. And it frustrates me well past my usual state of composure. (Yes, believe it or not, I am a fairly composed person – really – I’ve worked on it over the years and…

Something as small as a blackberry …

Picture a busy street. One crammed with four lanes of commuters cruising along at 55 mph. Add the bike lanes. Add the sidewalks.  What do you see? Is your imaginary sidewalk empty?  Or did you see the runner? Did you see the children walking with their parents? Did you see the dog and his owner? Did…