Last night I slept in my daughter’s room.

Author’s note: I wrote this when sitting in Amelia’s room on Wednesday night. I am sitting in Amelia’s room. The house is quiet. Only one roommate is home. I came to Rochester for my six-month check with my oncologist. That stress is offset by the bonus of visiting with my daughter. She is a student in Rochester and it is summer break. I love this time alone with her. We had a great dinner, of course went to Target and…

Strangers at the door. Friends in the kitchen.

Cooking classes bring people together.  You are all there with a common goal to learn new recipes and techniques about something you are passionate about. That being said, we have had a few naysayers in the past but usually they end up converted to the love of cooking. How cool is that? Chip and I have taken a number of these classes together and have departed the kitchen classroom excited to go forth and create. More importantly, we were happy…

Lemon Shrimp: How easy is this?

I am always looking for something quick and easy to make.  I like good, fast and simple.  Summer is coming and you want to spend the least amount of time you can in the kitchen. If you have a side burner on your grill, this can totally be done outside in the summer breeze with a drink in hand. Try this easy base and use it in a number of ways! What you need: 1 lemon squeezed for fresh juice.…

I am failing out of PT

Author’s note:  To the person or persons who made it known  to me that this subject matter is not quite ready for prime time and a little too ‘honest’. Don’t read it.  It’s ok. Go back to the nightly news or whatever it is that you do in the evening.  This is a serious topic for most women in my age group and if pelvic PT works, the patient can avoid painful and costly surgery, as well as quality of…

Simple yet intriguing tostadas

What is a tostada?  Most people know this, but I had no idea there are so many ways to create the base for a tostada. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Using corn tortillas, cover both sides with cooking spray and lightly salt. You can use olive oil as well. Place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and place on the upper rack of the oven.  Watch closely- 2 minutes or so each side, flipping once. If you like…