Simple Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Bacon

“So, wait. Say that again.” I said listening intently as I pushed my grocery cart down the aisle stopping to mull over whether or not it was cheaper to buy a 15 oz jar of sliced pickles or purchase the 30 oz, and slice them myself. The Christmas music was playing louder than usual, Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas is You. I couldn’t quite concentrate on shopping, because my phone conversation and the music was humming in my ear. “Okay, okay. That sounds good. Really firm, but logical. Read more […]

Holiday Salad: Kale with Dried Cranberries, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds, Candied Ginger and Orange Dressing

Warwick:  Nicole. I’m really sorry about last night.Me: Sorry? Why are you sorry?Warwick: Because I was snoring so much. I don’t know why I was having such a hard time breathing.Me: Oh. That’s okay.Warwick:  I should have just gotten up and used Saline Drops. They helped a lot this morning when I got up.Me: Well, don’t worry about it. . . .I’m glad you’re feeling better . . . .and you know. . . .I’d rather sleep next to you snoring, than not sleep next to you at all.Warwick: Really? I never would Read more […]

Do Something Good For Your Heart: 15 minute Quinoa Salad with Carrots, Tomatoes, and Beans

As I type this, my dad lays on the operating table in Miami.Surgery just finished. Today he received a brand new heart. It was beating fast and furious. Strong, regular beats. But now there are a few problems, and the surgeon hasn’t closed him up yet, but I know it’s just a matter of time, before they wheel him into the ICU, and we watch as he recovers, grows strong, and begins again.He got the call yesterday, and had like 20 minutes to grab his things and rush to the hospital. Do you know what Read more […]

Lawry’s Spicy Summertime Recipes and A GIVEAWAY!!!

UPDATE: 8/30/11And the winner is. . . . . .Ashlee:I like to cook…just not during the week, since I don’t like to be rushed while cooking.  So, my favorite thing to eat during the summer, is my husband’s yummy grilled steak…that HE cooks! Ashlee, please contact me at in the next 48 hours to claim your prize!- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -I don’t consider myself a lucky person.And, I don’t consider myself a griller.But Read more […]

Simple Tomato and Cucumber Salad

When I was a kid my mom used to tell me stories about her tomatoes. Her excitement would make me drool. When she’d tell these stories, as with everything, I created my own mental pictures of the tale she was weaving.——-x——-In the early 1970’s, a few years before I was born, there lived an enchantingly beautiful woman.  Stunning in any light. Long dark hair, radiantly golden skin, and piercing brown eyes. She had a heart and smile that could charm even the coldest of spirits. She was Read more […]

Pico De Gallo for the month of Mayo

I have decided that I shall send the 10 year old child to the moon.She is a nut and a half and I only know how to deal with seeds.She is trying out 070-411 for next years drama club production of Beauty and the Beast.And I wanted her to practice for me.And she wanted me to shrivel up and stop bothering her.Me: So, Babette is a feather duster. And French.  You probably need to be very frilly, with a funny accent.Her: I don’t want to do this with you. It’s easier at school.Me: I didn’t ask you if Read more […]

Fresh Strawberry-Mint Salad and Using Cayenne Pepper in Your Garden to Keep Small Animals Away

I. AM. GOING. TO. KILL. THAT. CAT!And by ‘kill’ I mean really, really, make it sneeze.It’s not as if I’m the best gardener in the world.  Let’s face I’m not even the most mediocre gardener in the world.  I fall somewhere between standard and extraordinarily second-rate.  Though usually, this does not a problem make.  We get enough rain (though we’re in a drought now), we get plenty of sunshine (though with the lack of rain its wilting the plants), and the weather is just temperate enough in Read more […]

Creamy Grape Salad with Brown Sugar, Pecans and Yogurt

Today, I abandoned my child.I feel like I’m at Alcoholics Anonymous.It has been 3 hours and 39 minutes since I billigparajumperno last abandoned my child and I am going to rot in hell.Really, I am.Don’t try and make me feel better about it.  Abandonment is abadonment no matter how hard I try and tell myself I really needed to do this one thing for ME.  To feel like I have a life that is seperate from my youngins. Why am I speaking this way? Who am I, the mother of the Walton kids.  Surely not.  Read more […]

Happy Fourth of July! (Creamy Potato Salad, Slow Cooked Pinto Beans & Best Blackberry Cobbler)

This entry was supposed to be posted, 3 days ago on July 3rd.  But, I just returned from vacation, and I couldn’t get my booty out of bed.I quickly convinced myself that I could cook early on Sunday, and post early on July 4th. But ummmmm . . .my life ran a muck (as on most days) and that plan didn’t really work out.  It had something to do with cute little girls dressed up in patriotic wear, and one little girl who had patriotic flip flops. . . . and two other little girls who did not. One little Read more […]

Fresh Cucumber Salad

Because it’s really, really hot outside.  And well, it’s also just as humid.  Because I have 50 million cucumbers on the vine, and they are literally growing out of my nose and to my feet.Because I miss my mommy (though she’ll be here soon), and because she used to make this for us all the time as kids.But mostly because my kids can eat this stuff by the truckload, and they can make it themselves.- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -I’m Read more […]