Say “Thank You” With Peppermint Brownies

To thank some new coworkers, I made one of my favorite desserts — peppermint brownies. Since I love baking and cooking, this was the best way for me to show my appreciation for their kindness a la a homemade touch. I first tasted these little bites of heaven at a book group gathering. They were […]

The Perception of Tragedy Over Time

January 28, 1986 is day that most Americans will always remember. The day the Challenger exploded before an entire nation’s eyes. Like the assassination of JFK, most people can recall exactly where they were when those terrifying images came on the television screen. I was 10-years-old and in 5th grade when the Challenger exploded. But […]

Cinnamon Dolce Waffles

We’re trying to get back to our Sunday morning tradition of eating a home-cooked breakfast together as a family. So this past Sunday I made Cinnamon Dolce Waffles, an ode to my favorite drink – the Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte. So in my ever quest to create all-things cinnamon, I created these waffles. They’re quite […]

The Worst Job I’ve Ever Had

I have had many jobs in my life, beginning at age 16 when I dipped cones and spun blizzards at Dairy Queen. And there was the summer of 1996 when I worked as a news clerk for Knight Ridder New Service during the Republican National Convention in San Diego. Those are examples of two good […]

Saucepan Spaghetti: My Original “Go-To” Dinner

Saucepan Spaghetti is one of my favorite, classic go-to recipes. I have been making this recipe since I was a kid. Seriously. I’m pretty sure it originated from the Better Homes & Gardens Kids Cookbook. This recipe is so easy and I usually have every ingredient in my freezer and cupboard. And it’s quick. So […]

What’s for Dinner?

I’ve been asked by several people how I plan my dinners and how I shop for groceries. While these seem like somewhat mundane topics, there’s quite a method to my madness. And since you asked, I’ll tell you what I do. (Be warned — this is a long post!) I started getting into meal-planning several […]

My Idiosyncrasies

The other day, I was staring at my huge pile of clothes on the closet floor and I thought to myself, “Why do I never put my clothes away?” I come home from work; change outfits, and leave the day’s attire in a pile.  What an odd habit! That bit of internal dialogue got me […]

Oprah, Time to Take a Lesson from Yourself

Like many of you out there, I have been watching the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Yep, I tuned in New Year’s Day to watch the premiere and stayed glued through “Season 25” and Peter Walsh. And as I watched the network and glimpsed at the upcoming programming, I was struck by how the power […]

What’s My Story?

I was recently given a prompt to write the following passage describing me. While that sounds easy, it’s actually quite tough to write about yourself on the spot. I was pleased with my piece, which I feel has – in a way – become my mission statement. I see myself as a writer, communicator and […]