Category: Food

Gabriel’s S’More Truffles

This is my sweet boy, Gabriel. He just turned 9. I call him Pie, short for Pumpkin Pie Guy which is what I called him when he was a wee bit. But the nickname proved prophetic. This child of mine likes to cook. He has his own sharp knife, given to him by Sue. He learned to make her sauce before I did. He … Read More Gabriel’s S’More Truffles

Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce from an Expert

This is Sue: Sue has been in my life since high school. Her son Ryan and my brother Joe were best friends and teammates. She and my mom and dad got close sitting together at football games. Then, since most of Sue’s family lives in Nor Cal, she started coming to holiday meals. Then Family night. Then twenty years ago on Christmas we officially … Read More Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce from an Expert

My Thumb is Chartreuse

The awesome news is that we have garden beds: The less awesome news is that for four straight nights, and after a robust imitation of Spring that caused all the trees to bud, we’ve had frost. Good thing I didn’t transplant my sprouts. Here they are, these precious babies that I planted six weeks ago: Don’t ask me what they are, though. When I … Read More My Thumb is Chartreuse


In a strange, rather quick turn of events, my husband and I bought two new cars last week. Even stranger, we went from a lifted Toyota Tundra and a Volvo wagon (guess which one was mine!) to two, yes TWO Toyota Priuses. Or is it Prius’? Priuii? It’s funny that slowly, but surely I’m becoming someone I never thought I’d be. I’m someone who … Read More #IMakeMyOwnGranola

Dinner of Champions

Paula and I lived together all through our 20s. One of our apartments was a two bedroom, one bathroom on the bottom floor of a two story building built in a mid-century style. Big, wide floor to ceiling windows in the living room and light green tile in the kitchen. We called it the cave because it was always cool and dark in that … Read More Dinner of Champions

I Suck at Cakes

Vanessa, from Suburban Mama Goddess, posted before Christmas that she baked an ugly cake. I felt her pain. I was ten the first time I made a cake all by myself. It was from a box, but I still took it very seriously. While it was in the oven, I didn’t go outside and play with my brothers. I sat on a chair in … Read More I Suck at Cakes

Chicken Soup. Basic. Healthy. Yummy.

People are sick around this time of year.  Kids are dropping off left and right from Mazie’s preschool class.  My friend and writing partner is currently quarentined up in her bedroom, diagnosed with the flu.  I’m not jealous of the sick part, but there’s a part of me that is jealous of the quarantine part.  And the codeine. If she were still local, this … Read More Chicken Soup. Basic. Healthy. Yummy.

Christmas Cobbler

Can we start with this: On Christmas Eve, it snowed on our hill. Look at my babies. They have no idea what to do. On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a dessert hack. Our new home town is also home to Harry and David, gourmet grocers, famous for their Moose Munch and gift baskets. Their flagship store also … Read More Christmas Cobbler


Our most popular post ever… Soup in a Jar

We’ve made it… it’s the final week before Christmas.  If you’re like me, you’re done-ish with Christmas shopping, and you’re close to being done-ish with your wrapping.  The kids are amped up:  there are team parties, dance studio parties, preschool parties, and family parties. And you, my friend… you need an easy dinner. And guess what.  If you make a bunch of these this … Read More Our most popular post ever… Soup in a Jar

The Thing About Cranberries

She insisted on having an uncooked cranberry. Actually, she wanted a whole bowl of them. I warned her that they were yucky. But she was determined and since I’m a Live and Learn Mom (a LALM, can we coin that? As in “Be a LALM and Carry On”???), I shrugged and said “Ok, but let me get my phone.” This has happened with all … Read More The Thing About Cranberries

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do ~ Dana

A good friend of mine texted me last week to me know that her father passed away. He had been sick for a long time and over the course of his illness, she and I had many conversations about this process of losing a parent to cancer. When I told another friend the news, she said to me, “Oh, she’s lucky to have you. … Read More What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do ~ Dana

Reblog: Welcome Autumn! ~ Dana

Last year I shared my recipe for A Kitchen Witch’s Pumpkin Spice Bread and today, since I’m up to my elbows in cowgirl costume sewing and SAT essay scoring, I’m sharing it with you again.  Like many of you, Autumn is my favorite season, and I cannot wait for some cooler temperatures here in Southern California.  Those of you who are feeling fall already, … Read More Reblog: Welcome Autumn! ~ Dana

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