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January 15, 2018

Lately, I’ve been asking myself the question:  are manners passé?  Now I’m not talking about high-echelon etiquette or military customs and courtesies, but rather basic common sense manners.  Being from the Midwest where “farmer manners” are abundant, and having also l...

September 13, 2017

I am a dog person. These are my two dogs. One is a mixed-breed puppy, and the other an 8-year old Golden Retriever.

With the exception of maybe horses, I prefer dogs over any other animal on this earth. Dogs are generally good-natured, loving, and loyal to a fault. That...

September 10, 2017

My daughter headed off to her first year of college about a month ago. Letting go of my teenager was hard.

She is my firstborn, and a natural leader. She smiles all the time, but is also the consistent, dependable one....and the one with the extra car to help...

July 11, 2017

​These are Pecan Tassies. It is a "go to" recipe of mine, but so much more than that. It is comfort food. These little pastries say welcome, farewell, cheers, and made with love. While I also have Asian coleslaw (the one with Ramen noodles), crescent roll cocktail wien...

June 29, 2017

Yes, I actually stepped foot inside a gym this week. While I have some interesting examples of crazy workouts in Chapter 10 (Big Butts, Droopy Boobs and Cankles) of my book, 40-Something and Fried, I recently took a couple group exercise classes with my teenage girls....

June 26, 2017

I am a mom, a spouse and an author. Preparing family meals day after day is usually the last thing on my mind. Often burned out from being everything to everyone, I don’t have the time, energy or personal chef to feed five people three squares a day. Whether you are a...

June 26, 2017

My days of breast-feeding and diaper changing are over, but the exhaustion continues with tweens and teens.

I have migrated beyond baby and toddler tantrums to tween and teen drama. It is one of the hardest ages to handle on the mommy spectrum and often a thankless job....