The best advice I ever received

This. Is. What. We. Do. That’s the best advice I ever received.  It came as parenting advice eight years ago when I was reeling from the reality of what having a new baby really felt like.  The hormone happy haze was gone and I was caught in the past of how life used to be…

Obligatory Pi Day Post!

I’ve been laying low from the blog lately.  Mostly because I’m exhausting myself on all of my thoughts and ideas and am trying to recalibrate what this really is – a meaningful hobby.  I don’t aspire to be a blogger. I’m not interested in spending my energy creating a community of empty “likes” in the…

How I Learned to Love My Dog

One would think I should be a dog lover seeing as though I have one, but it took me quite some time to learn to love my dog. I had not been able to completely warm up to her until an unexpected experience left us with more in common than I ever could have imagined….

Quick Fix: Anytime Egg Bake

This is not a food blog.  Rather, it’s a blog which promotes the belief that through sharing food, we can build better relationships and ignite new ways of connecting with people.  Which leads me to occasionally share food I make because I can never pass up a chance to espouse my enthusiasm for eating! This…

Don’t Put Their Light Out: Part 2

“It’s like everyone in my class is a house and I’m just a table.” “I’m not made for school.” “I wish I would just die.”   His self-talk had progressively begun to deteriorate.  By the time winter break rolled around, this happy, bright-eyed, eager learner ended up in a heap of tears wishing he would…

Gift Givers and Present Buyers

During this week leading up to Valentine’s Day, I’ve been on my soapbox about the difference between giving a gift and buying a present. I love, love, love giving gifts.  To anyone.  I even keep a note of gift ideas in my phone because I often see things that remind me of people in my…

Served: Chef Douglas Katz

There is no way to predict what moments might influence the trajectory of someone’s life. We interact with people day in and day out, but rarely stop to consider that some of these interactions might actually live on as an important memory for someone. I experienced that moment 11 years ago when I had to…

Don’t Put Their Light Out – Part 1

I’ve got Part 2 in the works because it NEEDS to get out of my head (brace yourselves), so I thought I would share Part 1 from the beginning of the school year… Don’t put their light out. That’s all I keep thinking. It’s on repeat – no, it’s a permanent neon sign – in…

Say YES, please!

We’ve totally overdone it on empowering people to say “no”.  I’m bringing back “yes’ in a big way. Think back to the last time you had a meeting or went to someone’s home and were offered something to eat or drink. What did you say?  I put money on it that you said no.  Ok,…

Blueberry Lemon Muffin Tops

We’ve timed out on muffins around here.  I make them all the time, and while they still taste good, my big oven reveals are not met with much enthusiasm anymore.  The boys will run into the kitchen, ask what I’m baking, then fake a smile and leave when I say it’s muffins. So this morning,…

Served: Larry the Red Coat

“I’m going to wear a tuxedo on my last day.”  Larry had been saying this for a few months now when we would talk about his upcoming retirement.  I woke up with curious anticipation this past Friday, knowing that it was Larry’s last day.  As I entered the hospital building we work in, I peered…

Quick Fix: Energy Bites

Our household snack selection is anemic and hardly ever offers interesting items to choose from.  I am not destined to be the cool Mom that showcases a cupboard full of excitement to our children and their friends.  I got nothin’.  Which is probably why I have heard from neighbors that our boys have begun making friendly…