Kicked to the curb

In 1991, then Tennessee Sen. Al “I invented the Internet” Gore was in town to commemorate an Air Force Base anniversary. Being the seasoned local newspaper reporter, I got the interview. Our only opportunity to speak was in his limo on its way to the airport. Afterward, I was unceremoniously dumped on the side of…

Lessons learned

I expected Allen Funt to jump out of the pantry the day my dad bare-handed a doxie turd and popped it into his mouth, noshing on it like some perverted peanut. Two valuable lessons were learned in that moment… Be more diligent in my doggy doodie duties, and be more aware of what day it…

Cafe con leche

Whenever I visited Hilde, my adopted Cuban abuela, she would drink espresso from china demitasse cups she brought with her when her family fled Havana. The afternoon I helped her scrape black beans off the ceiling when her pressure cooker exploded, she made me cafe con leche, and a love for sweet coffee was awakened…

B as in Blue

When my children were young, every fall we’d pick up school supply lists and make our annual trek to Office Depot, filling our cart with No.2 pencils, wide-rule notebook paper, and 24-count boxes of Crayolas. The kids have outgrown supply lists, but I still love crayons and coloring books, and I don’t share.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Mel and Michele have joined forces to host, as they put it, a “… brand-spanking-new, semi-monthly link-up.” For the first prompt of December, they’ve asked for our favorite holiday recipes. Since I made this goodie over Thanksgiving, per my kids’ requests, it seemed the perfect fit. Okay, this really isn’t a salad, and sure with all…