I just got another evite to a bridal shower, asking me to write my favorite family recipe on an index card and bring it as a special gift from me to the bride-to-be.
It’s a nice thought, but it…raises a few challenges. 1. I don’t have any index cards. The last time I used them was in the last century, when I was writing research papers and needed to keep track of who said what so quotations could be accurately attributed. The memories are not fond, and I didn’t keep any of those… >> Read More
My mother’s hands are not the hands of a woman who purchased take-out food, or turned a spoon in a cake-mix batter and called it homemade. They are not the hands of a woman who sat twice a month in…a leather seat while someone manicured and polished her nails. They are not the hands of a mother who made neat little braids down the small curves of backs, skin soft and smooth against a child’s narrow neck. No, my mother’s hands are doers, creators, innovators. They are song, music, strength and confidence. My mother’s… >> Read More
I don't believe in dieting or cutting out entire food groups like dairy, carbs, meat or (heaven forbid!) dessert, which is probably why I will always be curvy (and proud). But I do believe in eating…healthfully, eating real food and applying moderation. That means, when it's time to take some weight off (which it is right now), I prefer to cut back my portions, cut back a smidge on carbs and a smidge on dessert. I know there are lots of people who need black and white rules, but I… >> Read More
Oh man, weeknight dinners are the worst sometimes! Sure, I would eat noodles with butter and Parmesan every night if I could (and so would my kids), but I'm probably not going to win any parenting…(or health) awards for that. But I do love Trader Joe's. When I say love, I mean they know me by name. Ok, fine, they know my baby by name, and refer to me as “Billie's mom.” We are frequent shoppers and I like to keep a bunch of staples in my pantry and freezer… >> Read More
If you’re anything like me, the last few weeks have been pretty difficult to say the least. Taking in the news, I have been frustrated, angry, sad, irate, befuddled, and a host of other emotions. I…feel largely helpless, even though I am trying to do small parts: tweeting, making calls to elected officials, sending postcards to elected officials, educating myself as much as I can, speaking up, and using my platforms to hopefully share real truths. But, at the end of the day, I still feel helpless and sad. In… >> Read More