The Art & Science of RSVPing

As I write I am watching and listening to the gentle waves in the Sea of Cortez in gorgeous San Jose del Cabo. It is LeAnneuary and the celebrations for my 50th year on the planet continue.  With luck, I will have much more to share with you soon about this trip. So far all…

Shop-a-Holic – What to Get for the Foodies on Your List.

It’s that time…you know…you gotta get gifts and get them NOW so you can get them wrapped, shipped and there on time. All too often when shopping for a foodie or a cook, you MIGHT think that the cool, new gadget is THE thing to buy…um yeah, NO!  Not unless it is really useful or…

The Best Things I Ate (and Drank) in 2013

First off, welcome to my new site.  I am thrilled to be here and I hope you come back frequently and visit.  Be sure to SUBSCRIBE and post comments and SHARE this site with those you love and those you think will love me (haha).  Changes you can expect to see now that I have…

What Possessed Me?!

Why would I, a seemingly intelligent woman with a lot of holiday obligations, think that the end of the year would be a good time to devote countless hours learning to become an internet presence?  I like things to start on the 1st and end on the 30th.  Start in January and end in December.  Get…

How to be a Good Guest this Holiday Season (or any time, really)

The mantra when I was growing up was, “Never show up at someone’s house empty-handed.” I still adhere to that rule, but what does it EXACTLY mean? Each time I go to a friend’s house I should bring something? Well…not precisely. Here are a few guidelines for you. And if you are coming to MY…

Pot Roast – Yes, Really

I KNOW I am going to have poultry as a feast, so I tend to crave things that WON’T be served during that meal. The cravings began yesterday starting with sushi and ending with my desire for making a pot roast. (Moment of Truth – I actually like pot roast better after it has been…

New Traditions

As John and I age and the years pass us by, the holiday family traditions we have had from our youth have gone the way of the Dodo, and we have created our own. It started innocently enough. Pizza on Xmas Eve, Chinese on our Anniversary, dinner out for Xmas day and the Island of…

It’s THAT Time of Year Again…

For some reason or other I always have a hard time sitting still in the fall. I jump from project to project and leave half-finished tasks all over the house. Well, this year I don’t have that luxury. As per usual I am hosting the “Island of Lost Toys” Thanksgiving and immediately following that event…

What Makes YOU Such an Expert?

I have never claimed to be an expert on anything. REALLY. Even though my friend’s ex-husband called me a walking encyclopedia and an old boss (at my worst waitressing job ever) called me “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”. But in the age of everyone being an expert on something, I have begun to wonder about…

You’re Out of Your Gourd*

This time of year has the BEST produce displays in the grocery store if you ask me, and no one did by the way. All the gorgeous colors and HUGE vegetables and fruits. It’s the time of the harvest and it is evident in every aspect of the produce department. You also see the ornamental…