My Summer Reading List 2013. . . .Including A Discovery Of Witches. . .The TRILOGY!!!!!!

I’ve been walking around with a little bit of an accent lately.A sort of . . .sophisticated twang.I’m using bigger words . . . like “gather” in lieu of “pick up” when yelling at my children to clean up the house.Normally, my voice is a bit high pitched, but I’ve elected to bring it down an octave, to create an aire of mystery. And as I speak in my new sexy, 18th Century voice (could be 15th century. . .I’m no historian), I work in my garden. . .toiling (see I told you) over the weeds and ‘the like’ Read more […]

Fingerling Potato Salad, A Note to Nana, and CLEAN FOOD by Terry Walters GIVEAWAY!!!!

Dear Mommy ( I call my mom ‘mommy’, sue me.),Sorry. I meant to share this with you last month, but alas time has gotten away from me. These are photos of Phoebe’s first Musical Program, and I thought you’d get a kick out of all of her silly expressions. The first photos are of her getting ready for the big event.I’ll narrate as I post the pics.She poses now. For every. single. picture. Just like her big sister Soledad. Whom she screams at. ALL THE TIME. Yet, she acts just like her. I know. I know. Read more […]

Mexican Lasagna and A Child who Shutters at the Sight of Me. (Plus! A GIVEAWAY!!!)

(Winner announced below)Camera at the ready.My hand cupped the lens. My eye peering through the view finder, searching. Searching.Where is she?I let the camera strap rest around my neck as the camera dangles and I look for her.There she is.Green and white striped shirt. Her back to me. Walking away . . . . down the corridor. Walking away from me.”Shelbi!” I yelled.She turned around and looked at me, but only for a second.Quickly, she swung her head back around and weaving herself into the massive Read more […]

Happy New Year!!! Black-eyed Peas with Mollasses

I’m going to do it.It’s going to be wrong.But, ah hell. I’m going to do it anyway.My New Year’s Resolution for 2013 is. . . . . .To do all the stuff I know I should be doing anyway, to the best of my ability, even if it isn’t perfect. Or great. or even palatable.Like blogging.Uuuffff.Did you know that I don’t blog half the time because I’m worried it won’t be perfect? Which it never is. Like the pics are crap, or my mind is blank. Or the food is bluk. Or the topic is yuk. Maybe I’m talking too much Read more […]

Very Berry Muffins & Blogging for a Cure: The Best Friends Guide to Breast Cancer by Sonja L. Faulkner, Ph. D

I try not to, but sometimes horrible thoughts come into my head.I think of my maternal grandmother and of my cousin Andy, and I shiver. My girls. I think.My four beautiful girls.Me.Their mom.Stay away, I murmur. Cancer, stay away. My maternal grandmother died of breast cancer before I was born.My cousin Andy (Andrea) died of breast cancer just a few years ago, and she was in her thirties.It’s a horrible disease.And it seems we all have a link. When Andy was alive, I’m sure I was not the best cousin Read more […]