Cuban Black Beans and Rice (Moros y Cristianos)

Hi.I’m back.I know it’s been awhile. But, ummm, I’m sure you forgive me. I’m back in Houston with my children and my husband, and my dad is still sick, but getting better everyday. No more dialysis. No more fever. The heart is ticking away all on its own. The respirator, gone, gone, gone. He’s still in ICU and heavily sedated, but yesterday he squeezed his hand, opened his eyes, and moved his neck. . . .all great news.But. . ..and there is a but. . . .throughout all the craziness. . . .not sleeping. 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 […]

Quick and Easy Vegan "Cheeseburger" Mac (or Non-Vegan if you so prefer)

Yeah. I said it. “I swear, If. One. More. Thing. Happens. THAT DOG IS GOING TO THE POUND!!!!”And then all Hell broke loose.Shelbi started crying and blaming the whole fiasco on Soledad, “It’s all her fault. If she’d just act right. SHE RUINS EVERYTHING!!”Bella started itching uncontrollably, it’s a nervous reaction, AND WAILING. “Mommy, its just not fair. How can you just give him away? We are his family. That isn’t right! You just don’t give a member of your family away!” She’s crying and inconsolable. Read more […]

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade and Somewhere Only We Know by Keane

Summer Weekend Galveston, TXLook hard. There’s something in there. Coffee Bean Flake.  Cruise Ship. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -That is what I did this past weekend.That, and listen to my new favorite song about 10,000 times.’s all I can do. Man, I love it.And something else I love and can’t stop thinking about.This.It’s Strawberry Lemonade. Sooooooo good.I didn’t even order it. I just drank hers (my sister) and his (my husband).So Read more […]

Homemade Fresh Lemonade Kool-Aid and Other Things You Should Know

1.  I like to paint bathrooms.2.  I like to paint bathrooms in my pajamas.3.  My pajamas are old t-shirts.4.  I don’t brush my hair when I paint bathrooms in my pajamas.5.  I like to take pictures of myself while painting bathrooms in my pajamas to prove that I actually do stuff.6. I used to wear Tom’s Deodorant, because I don’t like aluminum in my deodorant. I buy Peach scented Tom’s Deodorant.7.  My husband told me that Tom’s Deodorant doesn’t work. 8.  My husband told me I didn’t smell Read more […]

Green Apple Tea Slush

My brains are pushing on the edge of my skull trying to get out.I can feel the thumping. Thump. Pound. Thump. Pound.If my children ask me for something to eat ONE MORE TIME, I think the thumping will cease, my head will just burst open and my brains will splatter EVERYWHERE.I really think it could happen.WHY ARE THEY SO HUNGRY?WHY MUST THEY LOOK AT ME LIKE I AM STARVING THEM?HOW DOES SO MUCH FOOD FIT IN SUCH SMALL MOUTHS?I don’t really want to know the answer to that.I don’t really care.In the past Read more […]

Homemade Lower Sugar Fig Jam and Canning In the Microwave

I’m mad at him.A few days ago we woke up in our bed, I looked at him and smiled. He leaned over and kissed me.  I said, “Wait, is the door locked?”  And he quickly looked up at the door, which is easily 20 feet away, at the teeny tiny little knob and said, “Yeah, it’s locked.”Reason #1: He has good eyesight, and mine is going to crap as we speak.Exhibit A: New glasses.Yesterday I woke up, looked over at him, and smiled. He leaned over and kissed me. I said, “I need your help with something,” and Read more […]

Movie Review: MONTE CARLO and A Minty Lemon-Cooler

Let me tell you this.I can not. Lie. To. Save. My. Life.If your life depends on it, don’t ask me to save your tail. My face will turn red, my mouth will dry up, and my eyes will betray me, resulting in the betrayal of you, no matter how much you make my heart go pitter patter.I’m just not built to have a poker face.Consequently, I’m not even built to watch those with a poker face. Lying just makes me very uncomfortable indeed.Lying to people who deserve to be lied to. I’m uncomfortable.Lying Read more […]

4th of July Barbecue Side: Salt and Vinegar Baked Chips

“Thanks to Plum Organics for sponsoring my post about fun kid photos and the stories behind them. Enter Plum’s “Babies for Yum Caption Contest” on Facebook and you could win a $100 gift card or Plum goodies.”Today I’m putting my ‘mommy’self in my 10 year old’s shoes.I’m imagining.Pondering what it would have been like to be in the middle of a basketball game, with a crew of monkey kins sitting idly by watching.Wondering how it must have felt when those crazies started acting up.—– x———This Read more […]

Strawberry-Basil Lemonade Slush

This weekend, my husband’s family had a reunion.It was in the country, where it’s hot. Sweltering, blistering, and humid. You know the kind of hot, where in the movies the people are depicted as sexy as they walk around in the 100 degree weather as their bodies shine with a dew from their sweat. Beads of moisture delicately rest on their noses, and their hair seems like its wet from a shower, versus wet from the humidity.  And then to cool themselves off,  they walk around in their daisy dukes Read more […]