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Small town livin’ at its best!

In upstate New York, the temperatures on Sunday were hovering in the high 80’s. I needed to cool off after that early morning spin class, so I ventured to the town pool. It was the best $8.00 I have spent for my soul in long time. With Jack on the verge of leaving for Alabama and the feeling of bygone days, this is just what the doctor ordered. Upon entering, there is a huge sign that says Niskayuna Residents Only-…

Here’s how a mother’s mind works.

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s just being a mother.  Maybe dads think like this too? I don’t know. This morning Jack received an award from the social studies department at school.  I watched him walk in and take his seat among the other recipients.  He looked older, somewhat wiser and ready to move on to college in the fall. I, however, am not quite ready yet. I am sure that all parents feel this way right before their children…

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…

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.…

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…