Argentine Pizza

Howdy, folks! I write today's post from my new home and, I must say, it's refreshing to say that and mean it for the first time. Joe and I have been in our new place for a couple weeks now, but it hasn't quite felt like a home, per se. After living in our previous condo for four years and transitioning into something else, I felt like I was in some sort of in between state of dwellings, almost like residential purgatory. My old home wasn't mine anymore - all of our things were gone and we were signing it over to someone new. Yet, putting all of our possessions into this new place didn't make me feel like it belonged to me either. There were still pieces of the other family who lived here - a few scratches on the floor from their dog, their choice of paint colors, etc.... So even though I was in my same bed, under the same covers, the first few nights were spent sleepless and tossing and turning. I began to wonder - Did we make a mistake?  Would I ever get a good night's sleep again?  Was I just an imposter trying to take over someone else's home? Read more »

blackberry+lemon bran muffins

Sorry, I've been AWOL.  A few big changes are in the works personally that have kept me away from blogging, but hopefully all will be sorted out soon... In the meantime, has the color red caught your eye this month?  Maybe you noticed a co-worker sporting a red sweater or little crimson ribbons pinned onto handbags and clothing.  Well, it's not in celebration of our favorite Hallmark holiday, but instead, in spirit of the American Heart Association's  campaign for American Heart Month.  Their annual crusade to raise heart health awareness is in full swing this February and with good reason:  More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined.  Unreal.  Considering I always associated heart attacks with middle-aged men, this statistic was a moment of reckoning. Read more »

a [cinna]bun in the oven

First, I'd like to wish each and every one of you a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!  It's January again, the month where we gladly, or reflectively,  bid adieu to the past year and anything about it we weren't necessarily pleased with.  It's a time for resolution and a time for change.  In my case, it's a time for the biggest change in my life and about time I make a little confession to you, my readers, concerning a sensational secret I've been keeping the past five months:  there's a bun in the oven.  And, I'm not just talking about one of these ooey gooey buns that you're looking at above, but an equally sweet little baby that we are expecting this spring.   I'm not quite sure how I've kept it from you so long, as it's been the biggest thing going on in my life and, quite frankly, we're absolutely over the moon with excitement and anticipation. Read more »

irene and the staff of life

Irene's long gone, but her crippling effects made quite an impression on the East Coast this past weekend.  For some people it meant good surf or more time to putz around in the kitchen.  For others it meant great loss.  My thoughts are with the latter and I pray that as they piece their homes and lives back together, they will eventually bear some semblance of that which was. Read more »

Next Page »