Musings from the SDSU Writers Conference

I had the pleasure of attending the SDSU Writers Conference for the first time this past weekend. I cannot begin to tell you what an amazing experience it was and how much I learned. I was so engaged in the experience that I was physically and mentally exhausted (in a good way) at the end […]

Gung Hay Fat Choy … Happy Chinese New Year!

One of my all-time favorite foods to indulge in is Chinese cuisine. Although I’m partial to this family-owned restaurant in the community I grew up, I also enjoy creating my own Asian fare. In honor of Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon – which began January 23 – here are two of […]

Chicken Croquettes

Chicken Croquettes is one of my favorite dinners. And because I first made it for Bryan on Christmas Eve many years ago when we were first dating, it’s become a tradition we eat these during the holidays. Now it is our New Years dinner. These seemingly ordinary chicken patties are so delicious. And there’s an […]

The Writer Behind “Daughter of the Drunk at the Bar”

Every so often I read a book that sticks with me for days (and weeks) after I finish. Daughter of the Drunk at the Bar was the first book I read in 2012 and it was exactly that type of book. Michelle O’Neil writes a gripping, personal, sad, yet hopeful memoir, about growing up as […]

Reflecting on the “Wonder Years”

Recently I was lounging on my couch, reading blogs and Facebook, while trying to find something to watch on our abundance of television channels. I landed on the TV Land Channel and settled on an episode of The Wonder Years. How many of you remember The Wonder Years? The show that introduced us to Kevin […]

The Date Night Out

With a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse gift card collecting dust on a shelf, Bryan and I decided to have a long-overdue night out during our December winter break. A date night, we thought. We’ll get dressed up, enjoy a delicious and leisurely meal, and take a jaunt to the bookstore. Yes, this would be our child- […]

Wrapping Up and Starting Anew

I had no idea what to write for my first post of 2012. So instead of summarizing the year 2011 — or listing 2012 resolutions — I’ll share with you a few random New Years thoughts. … Something about the new year made me want to purge everything from the home. Well, not everything. But […]