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Greed and Gratitude

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to share my first ever free verse poem with you all. The inspiration came in part from the season and also a quote … Continue reading

November 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nothing and Everything

You may (or may not) have noticed a distinct silence coming from my end of the internet over the last few weeks. Its not that I don’t have anything to say, … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Super Simple Crock-Pot Curry

There is something to be said for cooking meals that are outside of your safe zone. We all have our own version of “the safe zone.” For me, its somewhere between … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Parmesan Veggie Orzo Pasta

I am but a simple woman who is making great attempts to broaden her palate. Up until about a year ago, orzo was completely unfamiliar to me. Up until about … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chorizo con Juevos y Papas

After almost every Sunday mass as a kid, we would come home and gorge ourselves on tortillas and chorizo like the apocalypse was coming and we didn’t know where our next meal … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee Without a Coffee Maker

Ya’ll know by now that I have been barista-ing for a few months now and it has been awesome. Coffee all the time and even if I can’t drink it … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · 1 Comment


Here’s what I did this week: k, byyye. *runs away awkwardly* FLICKS: Her Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line / Inherent Vice) is recovering from his failed marriage when he … Continue reading

September 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Homemade Raspberry Jam (without pectin)

Up until about two weeks ago, I always thought a tummy ache was just part of the post-morning-bowl-of-cereal experience. Any dairy-free people out there feel me? I made the very … Continue reading

September 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Homemade BBQ Sauce

With great meals comes great responsibility. Chili, pot roast, BBQ chicken/beef/pork… *crock pot on fleek* I am so excited for the fall weather we are having because it ushers in some of … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

#FridayFavorites: 9/11

I have a terrible memory, one that could likely be studied by psychologists somewhere in search of the true depths of mental divergence. My ability to block out traumatic life events is truly … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Homemade Antiseptic Mouthwash

I have a bad habit of not going to the dentist. I brush my teeth like a madwoman, but I have a feeling when I am finally forced back into … Continue reading

September 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

What Labor Day is All About

Labor Day dates back to September 5th, 1882 when the Central Labor Union of New York decided they needed a holiday to celebrate their working people. Two years later, the … Continue reading

September 7, 2015 · 1 Comment


I was reminded this week of how important it is to surround yourself with loved ones. A true loved one is someone who builds you up, holds you accountable, believes … Continue reading

September 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lime Cayenne Sweet Potato Tots

I had an epiphany this week. It went something like this: “McMenamins, cool!” “Boy, I love McMenamins‘ tots.” “Cajun tots are the tots for me.” “I bet the tots could be … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · Leave a comment