Easy, Fast, Healthy Zucchini Soup and Softball Shenanigans.

We’re sitting in the stands. . .and Warwick is keeping the books.  You know for softball. How many runs, number of pop-ups, where balls are going in the outfield, all the little details he loves so much.He points to center field and yells to the positioning coach, ” The ball is going to short stop! Slow runner on second. Tag her – – – then throw to first!”And then all hell broke loose.It was a total blur.The pitching coach starts pointing at Warwick, hateful and sharp. “Don’t talk about my girls Read more […]

Pre-Game Meal: Pasta and Simple Red Sauce

Today is Bella’s 9th Birthday. And truth be told she’s a real sore loser. That’s one of my favorite parts about her.She has heart.She plays HARD.She works HARD.No need to yell at her.She’s already screaming at herself (or her teammate in her head). But jeez Louise.Sometimes I can’t stand the moping. “Bella,” I say.”Do you love softball?””Yes,” she says. “You know I do.””Then stop with all the moping.” I say.”It’s just that. . .” And “It’s just that. . . .” she murmurs, pouting and kicking the dirt. Read more […]

Smoked Turkey Links and Peppers in a Sweet Red Wine Sauce

Lately, I’ve been searching for something.I’ve been spending the majority of my time either in Garden Nurseries, in my backyard digging, at Goodwill, or on Pinterest.I’m wanting something.I’m wanting this moment to be a moment in the future.A moment where my life is more stable. Where my garden is lush, and I know what the he** I’m doing. I’m wanting my house to be full of pictures and items of age, and history. So that when we walk into it WE know.We know that we are worthy?We know that we are lovely?We Read more […]

Flank Steak on Fajitas, Flank Steak on Rice, Flank Steak in 15 minutes, broils up quite nice.

In my head today. . . . .When I was 8, I had an Aunt who chewed the mess out of gum.I was envious of her jaws. They way they barely moved, as they maneuvered there way, up, down, and around. And every 2-3 seconds the gum would pop! Kind of like Pop rocks, but in a much more sophisticated way. I thought, one day my gum is going to pop like that.When I was 10, I noticed my mom had a lovely long straight nose. It reminded me of a witches nose, less the warts and bumpiness. Pronounced. Out There. Beautifully 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 […]

Spicy Sesame Vinaigrette over Flank Steak Spinach Salad

Me:  Soledad, can you please get your sister and go on a walk to the Enchanted Forest? When you get there, take a left at the wicked witches cabin, and then without her noticing cut some basil from her garden. I need four cups of it. Oh. And watch out for Scallywags and snails. They’ll be the death of you.Soledad (6) : OK! For sure!Soledad dressed in a Genie costume speedily grabs her sister (who is dressed in a fairy outfit) and they run into the backyard with scissors (probably not the best idea) Read more […]

Meal on the Go! Simple Summer Sub Sandwich

Guess what everybody.It’s the summer.It’s Summer Olympics Time!And Black People Can’t swim!Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of footage on how black people can’t swim.I think it’s because (fantastically enough) there are three black swimmers on the 2012 US Olympic Swimming Team, which is adding much needed diversity.I think the point the media is trying to make is that a high percentage of black people don’t know how to swim. Which, my friends, is very, very different from flat out NOT BEING ABLE Read more […]

Completely Easy Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Why Marriage is not so hard if you don’t mind working your tail off

I think I suck at a lot of things.Like listening.  I don’t listen well. I always intend to listen when the speaker opens their mouth, but then sounds start coming out which remind me of something else, and soon thoughts pop into my head about weeds, tomatoes, Popsicles, and toilets and before you know it, the speaker is like, “Right? WELL. . . .WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?”  And I haven’t a damn clue.Yesterday at 6:03 am I groggily asked Warwick if mosquitoes were rampant outside, because I was Read more […]

Southwest Chicken Salad and Pooping Pups, Powdery Mildew, and a Perfect Pick for Red Wine! (Graffigna Malbec Reserve 2010)

Hi. It’s me again.I’m having a bit of a day.My dog decided to climb up on the coffee table and make a boo boo.Not as in hurt himself.A crap crap.As in crapped on the table on top of the clothes that I was going to finish folding.On another note, Lucky (my dog) has been hopping onto the kitchen table chairs THAT MY CHILDREN REFUSE TO PUSH IN AFTER THEY HAVE EATEN, and he has been eating their dinners straight off their plates.Not good.ESPECIALLY since he is on a new vegetarian dog food diet that Read more […]