Everyone Has a Story

I often see a wiry woman pushing a cart full of odds and ends around town, or hefting around a military seabag across her narrow shoulders, weighing almost as much as she does. Her long brown hair hangs down her back in a ponytail to keep it out of her leather-hard face. She is one […]


How Many Teens To Change a Lightbulb?

Pardon me if you have already heard this one already. “How many teens does it take to change a light bulb?” ANSWER – ONE They stand on a step stool, hold onto the bulb, and wait for the whole world to rotate around them. If you are, or have been, the parent of a teen, […]

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Breakfast for Dinner! Carrot Bran Muffins

What’s for dinner? In our family, it might just be breakfast! Enjoy this recipe for amazingly delicious carrot bran muffins.


Moving Forward

“This is the year I get in shape!”  I have told myself for the last decade.  I like the idea of toning up, slimming down and being able to keep up with my kids, but putting that goal into action is another thing entirely.   It isn’t the desire, but the discipline to put on my walking […]

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Lemon Curd ~ a taste of California Sunshine!

Making Lemon Curd is easy and so amazing, especially if you start out with lemons that have been allowed to ripen on the tree before being picked. Recipe and directions are included as well as a tutorial.


Zin-ful Vice Chocolate Cake

“WOW” I am pretty sure if taste buds could talk that is what they were shouting after my first bite of this amazing chocolate cake. I mean seriously, how could you go wrong with butter, dark cocoa, and a glass of wine? Be still my beating heart!  And then, it is drizzled with the glaze, followed by […]


Life Is Full Of Adventure

My alarm went off at 4 a.m. It wasn’t so much that I mind getting up early, but the thought of driving Amy to San Diego to catch a plane that would take her to the other side of the world made me want to hit the snooze button- for about the next 4 years. […]

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Simple As PB & J

I am not sure if it was the freshly baked bread I had just sliced, or knowing our last jar of homemade blackberry jam had been opened, but all of a sudden I had a craving for something simple, yet amazing ~ a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. The taste brought me back to when […]

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Take A Moment And Be Still

There is something magical that happens after snow gently falls to the earth. It is a total silence, pristine, and pure. When we lived in the Sierra’s I remember the sound of  frozen crystals crunching under my boots and the way the cold frosty air felt in my lungs. When snow blankets the trees and […]



I have been traveling lately. I have loved visiting school kids, talking about writing, and encouraging wide eyed youngsters to stay curious and use their imaginations. What I have enjoyed the most is sharing stories with people I have met and those I have stayed with, not just random stories, but their stories. I loved […]