Why Italian mothers should referee hockey.

Over the weekend, Chip and I went to RIT for a hockey game. Amelia’s boyfriend Skates was playing, and it is always a good time. He is a phenomenal athlete and a joy to watch. This particular game was extremely rough for our Tigers, too many fights, unsportsmanlike conduct (players and coaches), and just poor hockey as a result. I know, you are all thinking, “that is hockey” and that’s true. I dated a hockey player or two in my…

Nothing says love like flourless chocolate cake!

It has been well established that I am NOT a baker. Baking takes patience, precision, and time…none of which I have. But this one is super easy. Gentlemen, you can make this as well. Just think how impressed that special someone will be that you made a cake from scratch! So here goes, give it a shot. What you need: 8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips or chopped. I used dark chocolate…yum. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 6 large eggs, separating…

Diane’s Egg White Bites.

I love guest bloggers. Thanks to modern technology, I can communicate with people from 300 miles away and partake with them in Fitbit challenges and Fresh Start Programs to clean up our homes, offices, and ourselves. Once lovely group in Buffalo, NY has been so much fun. I recently blogged about them as I survived the Fresh Start Challenge. Now we are on to cooking and living a healthy life. Diane shares with us her Egg White Bites, “Because breakfast…

Ode to Momma Jo

We all have those people who have crossed our paths evoking a gut level  physical and mental reaction upon meeting them for the first time. Is it fear? Is it awe? Is it, “What the heck? Who is that and how did she do that?” Or is it “Oh no. I cannot do that!” That is Joanne, or Momma Jo as she is so affectionately referred to. Truth be told,  I experienced every one of those questions beginning in 2009…

Is it a day planner or a glimpse into something more?

My mother is 80 years old. She is 4 foot 10 inches and as she says, back to her fighting weight of 105 pounds. Note that her mother, my grandma Amelia at almost 80 years old was 4 foot 10 inches and 205 pounds. Both very formidable yet warm, funny, and individual in their own way. My mother is old school and I love that about her. It can be frustrating because she has no answering machine and she is…