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Happy Valentine’s Day! Eat Something PINK!

I’m sitting at my second office (Panera Bread) doing what I do best — procrastinating and watching other people. It’s an extremely productive way to waste time. Here come two 30-somethings dressed in jeans and cute tops. C’mon, give me something to chew on. No, I’m not interested in hearing about your cookie exchange. Next. […]

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Paging All Diners…Chicken Lettuce Wraps

The attraction of suburbanites to chain restaurants never ceases to amaze me. It’s like a magnet. What is it about a 1500 calorie oil infused Bloomin’ Onion that is just so damn enticing? Or the magic ingredient in the spinach artichoke dip that keeps people slathering it on bottomless buckets of tortilla chips? Seriously, on […]

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Rise Up! Roll Up!

Rise Up. I just like saying that. I don’t know what it means as it relates to the game. In fact, I don’t know a lick about football. I barely know who’s playing in today’s playoff game but I’ll be damned if I’m the only one who doesn’t have the cute gear. So I’ll make this […]

Remember that George Forman Grill from college? It really works.

Everything In Its Place

There’s something about The Container Store that gives me inner peace, despite the fact that everything is triple the price of what I’d typically spend on a piece of plastic. Maybe it’s the smell. Or maybe it’s the color coordination of the flatware trays, cylindrical cereal tubes, snappy lunch gadgets, bamboo closet organizers or the […]

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Card Me…Sandra’s Superior Grilled Chicken

I’m not a card-carrying member of much but I do carry a lot of cards. Mostly in the form of Nordstrom, American Express, Starbucks and Jersey Mike’s (one more sub and I get a free sandwich!). Flaunting my membership affiliations isn’t something I typically do (save the occasional single school magnet) so I’m always a […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Nothing Screams Salacious Sex Like Skirt Steak

Fifty Shades of Skirt Steak…does the recipe even need a name?

So I’m sitting in carpool line minding my own business reading my mom porn, Fifty Shades of Grey when someone knocks on my window to ask me a question about the PTA. Talk about a buzz kill. Excuse me? Yeah, that’s what I said. Mom Porn. Fifty Shades of Grey. Read it yet? You know […]

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Let’s Make Some Noise…Sizzling Summer Fajitas

I’ve been decoding my letters from my daughter, Talia to gauge how much fun she’s really having at sleep away camp. The first letter came to her sister, Ryan. It was abundantly loving, leading me to believe she wasn’t having any fun at all. “I miss you soooooooooooooo much and I can’t wait to see […]

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