Random Acts of Kindness for Caregivers

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Element Associates and Midlife Boulevard.    This is a picture of my wonderful Aunt Rene. She is the last of my "parents": at least, she is the last of that generation of folks in my husband's family who ever functioned as a surrogate grandparent … [Read More...]

Monthly Amazon Gift Codes by Sharing Your Opinions About Food

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. If I have an opinion, I'm not shy about sharing it. Well, unless I can tell that the person really *doesn't* care about what I might actually think. I can be content to just listen, and let people vent, too. … [Read More...]

Caponata: A Delicious Appetizer You Can Make in Advance

I got more eggplant in my CSA box a few weeks ago, and my daughter was getting burnt out on Eggplant Parm (which would never, ever happen to either my husband or to me), so I went looking for a good way to use this eggplant. There’s no chef I love any more than Anne […]

Manage the Side Effects of Living, with Massage Envy

This post was sponsored by Massage Envy as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.  Funds are low these days around our house. My husband works in the music industry, which is ever-morphing, and musicians are scrambling, trying to figure out not only which turns the business will be taking next, but how to continue to […]

The World Could Use A Little Good News Today

(Gratuitous Labradorian Paper Boy Movie, Uploaded For Your Viewing Pleasure.) In my beginning, there was the newspaper. And it was good. The comic pages were my gateway drug into discovering good newspaper content. My enjoyment of the funnies led me to sampling the horoscope column, and I often checked to see if I’d be having […]

Off the Record Nashville: Fashion, Music, and Feeding the Hungry

This is the story of how I ended up going to the fanciest party I’ve ever been to. It was a fund raiser for Second Harvest of Middle TN, and a live music event, and a fashion show with world-famous designers, and my getting to attend it is due to the generosity of the folks […]

Hallmark is Looking to Connect With Creative Moms

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. A few weeks ago, at the end of a somewhat busy day I had spent away from home, I sat down at my desk, to see what was happening in my virtual world, with my virtual friends. You know: the […]

BLT Quiche: My Contribution to #QuicheFeast

When Cabot Cheese told me they were partnering with King Arthur Flour in a #QuicheFeast, I knew I had to be a part, and what happened next was a BLT Quiche!  The first time I ever asked a guy out, in 1979 (were you even ALIVE then???), I took him out for dinner and ordered […]

Sharpen Your Kitchen IQ with Tools from Kitchen IQ

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for KitchenIQ. I received promotional items to thank me for my participation.    I love learning as much as I love teaching. It’s part of my DNA, to be a lifelong learner, and it’s my JOY to watch the light bulb come on when […]

The Auction Block

I wrote these paragraphs years ago, trying to capture a moment in time. It was a moment that I never got to experience. I was participating in a study called “Israel and the Minor Prophets” through a class offered by Bible Study Fellowship International. I was absent the day the lecture on Hosea was presented, […]

ChopChop Cooking Magazine and a Cheese GIVEAWAY!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS COMMENT #2, STACEY. IN THIS POST, I’M GIVING AWAY CHEESE!!!!!!!!!!! Ahem. Now that I’ve got your attention, 😀 read on, for details! It’s always been my view that love and connection are what makes life worth living. Meals are a vehicle for establishing that connection, because EVERYONE […]

Roasted Chicken Apple Sausages with Grapes

Fall is here! Time to start thinking about comfort food.   I love to cook seasonally, and right now, grapes are at their peak, with many grocery stores running specials on them. The recipe that I have to share with you today is perfect for fall, and for taking advantage of those delicious grapes that are […]