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Nomadic Musings

Being a freelancer is a bit like being a nomad in the desert. You’re always wandering around setting up your tent, working on all kinds of projects with all sorts of interesting (feel free to interpret liberally) people until the job is done, and then you move on. You’re also a bit of a chameleon, […]

Fried things cure all guilt.

Festival of Lights…Latkes

Hanukkah. It’s the holiday of lights. Let me say that again. Hanukkah. Chanukkah. Or is it Chanukah? Hanukah? Whatever. It’s the HOLIDAY. OF. LIGHTS. So why does my house look like this? When my neighbors’ houses look like this? If my Jewish guilt wasn’t enough to keep me up at night now I have to […]


Get Your Christmas On

Gotta love the holiday cooking shows where the size two hostess is daintily putting the finishing touches on her holiday cookies in her subway tiled, perfectly decorated festive kitchen filled with hordes of cards hanging from bows on the mantle. So what if yours are Scotch taped to the mantle and are a little sparse […]

Throw this puppy over a rice krispy treat and boom, straight "A"s for the rest of the year.

‘Tis the Season…Peppermint Chocolate Bark

It’s always about this time of the year when I’m faced with the same conundrum. Do I or don’t I donate to the class fund for my kids’ teachers? Now before you label me as insensitive let’s flesh this out. And just for the record, I’m overly generous. But maybe you can help. At the […]

Perfectly Logical Meal and Budget Planning

Soup and a Side of Fryes…Chicken Soup

As a non-meal planner, I don’t spend my Sundays writing lists. I’ve never taken one to the grocery store and so I usually forget at least six things when I come home. I stare at those women with the coupons filed neatly in the organizers and I wish I could be like them.  Alas, the […]


Whine Pairings…Stuffed Mushrooms

I love going to fine restaurants where food is paired with the perfect wine. There’s just something about having a professional direct your alcoholic intake that’s so sophisticated. Makes the food taste better and makes me feel smart. For instance, a white flaky fish baked with capers, lemon and bread crumbs is delightful (there goes […]

Makes all the Momflict just go away...


I don’t like having conflict with other moms. It’s uncomfortable. It’s awkward. It’s juvenile. It’s “Momflict.” But every now and then a girl has to speak up, right? So I did. And it was uncomfortable. And it was awkward. And it was just a weeee bit juvenile. It happened last week when my daughters were […]


Short Order Cook…Chicken Strips with Honey Mustard

I’m not a short order cook. In fact there’s nothing I can’t stand more at mealtime than when my kids tell me they don’t like what I’m making. Because nine times out of ten (only if I’m in a really good mood will I cave) do I make anything other than what we’re having. “Your […]

Dunk this in a half-caf no foam added vanilla latte and you'll have died and gone to heaven.

Why I spend $5 on Coffee

Okay, I’ll admit it. I spend a lot of money on coffee. An obscene amount. Almost every day. Sometimes twice a day. Sometimes twice in the same coffee place. Financial advisors would admonish me. Self-help books write chapters about me. But here’s the way I see it. I don’t smoke. I drink wine on occasion. […]

Breakfast of Champions.

Road Trip…Apple Crumble

It seemed like such a good idea at the time. Two days off of school. Two hours to Chattanooga. 48 hours of action packed activities. Kids museums. Aquariums. Rock Cities. Mountains. Choo-Choos. Ice Cream. Hotel. Late night snacks. So why, why did my kids act like were being tortured the entire time? Granted, I did […]


Lessons from the Dog Park…Chinese Chicken Wings

Took my second trip to the dog park last weekend. Amazing place that dog park. Made me think the world would be a much easier place to navigate if we were able to judge someone’s character simply by sniffing butts. I’m not kidding. Seriously, even if you’re not a dog person, go to a dog […]

nuff said.

Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder

Rain. Wind. Wet leaves. Traffic. Homework. Piles. Dog poop. Wet dog feet. Wet dog feet on nice clean carpet. Christmas music before Thanksgiving. Whiny kids who don’t want to do their homework. Whiny mom who doesn’t want to deal. Time for some thick, creamy, yummy soup. And some Chianti. Chicken Corn Chowder


Year of the Dragon

The Chinese New Year is coming up on January 23, 2012 — it’s the year of the Dragon. According to, “Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and […]


Dump Soup

It’s Monday. It’s raining. It’s been raining for like five days. I got nothing. It’s a dump soup kinda day. When you’re feeling dumpy you gotta cook dumpy. Dump Soup

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