Pickle Time!

Every year I grow cucumbers in my garden and I think they are my favorite veggies to grow because no matter what, they grow in abundance.  I try tomatoes, eggplant, cauliflower, berries, herbs and more every year and typically some things grow and others do not.  I have been gardening now for years and I […]


Updated Broccoli Salad

I was having a BBQ last weekend and instead of the usual potato or macaroni salad, I wanted to make something healthy and still cravable. I remembered my friend’s aunt used to make this Broccoli salad that loved, but of course because it contains bacon and mayo.  Almost without thinking about it, I was able […]


Summer in a Glass

It’s been so insanely hot here in New York State that I have found myself not wanting to drink anything even room temp, not even red wine with dinner, which is a first for me.  I don’t really like white wine and find beer a little heavy, so what to drink when I feel like […]


Blueberry Buckle

This weekend, after a week of unbearable heat, my daughter decided she wanted to cook some things on her own, as in with no help at all from me.  We can’t go outside for longer than a few minutes.  Even a simple walk to the mailbox results in a face covered in sweat and soaked […]


July 4th Memories

My uncle Chuck was not only a firefighter, but he was the Battalion Chief, and he was always concerned with our safety as children.  He was such a good person, and sadly we lost him to brain cancer a few years ago.  He gave his life to his work, literally, and he really cared about […]


Children’s Etiquette Classes

One day in the not too distant past, I was watching as my 10-year old daughter shoveled food in her mouth and asked to be excused from the table within 10 seconds of sitting down to dinner.  She probably asked me this, come to think of it, with her mouth full of food. It dawned […]


For thyroid sufferers, can healthy be harmful?

A fellow hypothyroid sufferer was telling me that her nutritionist advised her against eating raw, green leafy veggies.  Everything I had learned about healthy eating suddenly seemed challenged as I ran home to Google what the heck she was talking about.  If you have been following my blog, you know that I have been writing […]


Talking to your kids about growing up

My daughter is 10 years old and attends public school.  She is in fifth grade and the other day she came home with a note saying the school was going to talk to the class about “hygiene”.  At first I worried they would cover topics I wasn’t ready to discuss with my 10 year old, […]


International Day

My children attend public school in New York state, not too far from New York City, so it shouldn’t surprise me that we have a diverse student body.  But when we sent out a survey asking where the parents of the students were born, we heard of 35 different countries!  We sent the survey as […]


Hey Arnold! lives on in my son

My 8-year old son has developed a passion for drawing.  One day he just picked up a pen and paper and started drawing volumes and volumes of artwork, mostly centered around this one character, Arnold, from the cartoon Hey Arnold!  Hey Arnold! was a popular show on Nickelodeon in the 1990′s, so I never knew […]