Less Meat = Healthier Leah

Well, she’s done it again. … Oprah, that is. I know. I know. After the slight rant on Oprah I wrote not too long ago, I’m here now to sing her – or her show – praises. Specifically, I’m talking about the Harpo vegan challenge where Oprah and 378 of her staff went vegan for […]

Childhood Lessons of Money

Several weeks ago, Sophie was playing with an old plastic gift card. She took the card to the stereo (of all places) and made a sliding motion, gently running the card through a slit in the stereo. When I asked what she’s doing, Sophie said, “I’m getting money from the machine.” Wow, clever, I thought. […]

If I Knew Then What I Know Now…

I love that expression. It’s the basis for such great movies. A recent WordPress blog challenge was: What would you tell yourself 10 years ago? I wasn’t going to write on this topic. But then I read a post on Balance Overload and her writing inspired me to think about my own words of wisdom […]

Penne a la Vodka

On tonight’s menu — Penne a la Vodka. I know what you’re saying … Another recipe?! But when I was making it tonight, I knew I had to share it with you. This dish is a classic in my book and it’s SO delicious. The recipe is based on one from Phillis Carey, from whom […]

My “Secret” Balsamic Salad Dressing

Every time we entertain (translate: never) or we’re invited to someone’s home for dinner, I always bring a salad with balsamic dressing. People love this dressing and insist on the recipe. Here’s the secret. … Are you ready? There’s really no secret to this dressing. It’s loosely based off Ina Garten’s balsamic dressing, and it’s […]

Heart Crafts and Brownies: Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! Sophie and I celebrated this fun holiday by baking brownies and having a heart-filled craft weekend. Let’s start with the brownies. I baked up a pan of Ghirardelli brownie mix (thank you, Costco). Then topped the brownies with cream cheese frosting (cream cheese, butter, vanilla, powdered sugar), and those cute little red […]

The Politics of Girl Scout Cookies

We’re just barely into 2011 and already the world is in turmoil. Egypt is breaking apart. California’s economy is a sinking ship. Toyota is recalling thousands of cars. And probably worst of all, Girl Scout Cookie season is in full force and it’s more political than ever. It used to be that you were buying […]

A Flare for the Dramatic

I never thought I’d be saying this, but my daughter is somewhat of a drama queen. Yes, young Sophie has a flare for the dramatic. We see a future in theater for the young comedian. You have to understand this is such a foreign concept for me because I am not a drama queen in […]

Baked Chimichangas

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a crisp tortilla filled with goodness. And it’s even better when the tortilla isn’t fried. And that is why, my friends, I’m sharing with you my recipe for Baked Chimichangas. They are so easy. So delicious. So healthy (but they taste unhealthy). And just in time for Super Bowl Sunday! […]