Looking Back at 2010

As we draw near 2011, I went back and reflected on all my photos, blog posts and memorable events from 2010. It’s certainly been an interesting year for me. I don’t think I’ve ever had a more challenging, yet rewarding, year. 2010 started with the birth of my nephew, Samuel, on New Year’s Day. His […]

Bacon Makes Everything Better

I once read an article that said adding bacon to anything makes the dish that much better. I have to agree. Not Kosher. But what can I say? I love bacon! This week I was rummaging through my kitchen trying to decide what to make for dinner. It is, after all, the end of the […]

The Quandary of Vacation Relaxation and Children’s Television

I have a quandary. Here I am, more than half-way through my two-week (stay)cation from work. Sophie is also on a two-week break. Having the time together is really nice. However, I struggle with feelings of guilt that I should be doing more activities for/with her every day. And by activities, I mean turning off […]

The Laryngitis Saga (aka How I Interviewed for a New Job With No Voice)

It’s time for me to share my laryngitis saga from a few weeks back. I think laryngitis has got to be one of the worst things you can have happen to your body (fatal diseases and injuries notwithstanding). But like life, my bout of laryngitis proved to be a challenge I needed to overcome in […]

Candy Land, Cookies and Crafts

Here’s a look at a few of the activities we’ve done during the first half of our two-week winter break vacation at home. We played Candy Land quite a few times. Yes, I have the very old-school Candy Land version and I love it. We made sugar cookies and and cut them into stars, trees and snowman with […]

Baking Gone Wild

Tis the season to bake! And I have gone baking wild in the last week. The confections started with a knock-off version of the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar that was my contribution to the office cookie exchange. I LOVE those Starbucks bliss bars. This recipe comes pretty darn close to the real thing. Continuing with […]

The Beauty of Re-Gifting Gift Bags

I read a great post on this freshly-pressed blog about how she’s wrapping all her Christmas gifts in newspaper to be environmentally-conscious. I completely agree with her. It’s always boggled my mind why we spend money to buy all this beautiful wrapping paper to have it torn to shreds in a matter of minutes. I […]

The Elf on the Shelf Scares Me

Several years ago, we were the recipients of an “Elf on the Shelf” kit. Let me just say that the elf scared the bejesus out of me! It scared me three years ago when I was given the kit, and it scares the bejesus out of me today. (Side note: I actually had to look […]