Crock Pot Creations: Lemon Chicken Pitas

It’s recipe #2 in the Crock Pot Creations series. This time it’s Lemon Chicken Pitas. This was the first time I attempted this meal in the Crock Pot (typically I grill the chicken).  But the slow cooker did not fail me, and it proved to be a delicious (and EASY) dinner. Start by placing a […]

Rapunzel, Rapunzel … Time to Cut Your Hair

Well my friends, it was time. Time for Sophie to get her first major haircut. After nearly four years, it was time to trim Rapunzel’s golden curly locks for a cute summer cut (so what if summer’s nearly over). So I called in Auntie Kayli, the haircut guru. Kayli is my “baby” sister, ten years […]

Healthy and Delicious Chinese Fried Rice

Have you ever had really good Chinese fried rice? I’m not just talking about rice that’s been cooked in oil. I’m talking about robust flavorful fried rice. Don’t worry if you haven’t because I’m going to share with you my fried rice recipe. And despite the word “fried” in the title, it’s actually quite healthy. […]

Thumbs Up, Down and Out (of the Mouth)

I used to think I had it made. My Sophie was one of those good babies who always knew how to calm herself down. All Sophie needed to do was find her beloved little thumb and start sucking. And then magically, she’d be fine. It’s as if the thumb had special healing and calming powers […]

How About a Biscotti?

I’ve never been a big fan of biscotti. I think it’s the hard texture that does it (or doesn’t do it) for me. But I realized you can bake tasty biscotti that are soft, easy to make, and have great flavor. I got the recipe below from a cooking class I recently attended. I always […]

Farewell, Old Friend … Farewell, Borders

My mother called me on the phone Monday night to deliver the bad news. Did you hear? she asked. No! What?! Tell me!, I cried. Mom broke the words gently, Borders is going out of business. I am extremely grateful mom didn’t call with the news that a relative or close friend died. Yet, in […]

Inspiration from Simple Conversations

I love it when I’m having a conversation and the person I’m talking with says something so profound and poetic that it just makes me say, “Wow … what a perfect way of expressing that.” I’d like to share with you two “quotes” from people who said just a few sentences, but the words have […]

My First Memory

I remember sitting on furry brownish-green 1970s carpet in our house in Castro Valley (Hayward), California. Above me was my pregnant mom, sitting in the old upholstery-covered rocking chair. She was cross-stitching something (not an uncommon activity for my mom). The room was dark – whether it was night or day I don’t know. But […]

Crock Pot Creations: Pulled Pork Tacos

Not long ago, after making a delicious dinner of shredded chicken tacos, I updated my Facebook status with the likes of, “The crock pot is my friend.”And yes, it is true — I love my crock pot and all it has to offer. I haven’t always been a slow cooker. I started using the crock […]