Kitchen tools: need or obsession?

Hey, far be it from me to lecture about too many kitchen tools. I have drawers of them.  That being said, it is time to purge.  As I face an empty nest and the possibilities of downsizing from this oversized, family-size house, I feel the need to evaluate my kitchen tools and see what’s what.  What will be going with me to the next stage when I am cooking for two? I was in Williams Sonoma recently in search of…

Mom!

This is how most of Jack’s sentences, texts, and basic questions begin: Mom! Can you fill my water bottle? Mom! Can you start my car? Mom! I’m starrrrving! Mom! What’s for dinner? Mom! Can you make pancakes & bacon? (this goes on all day, not just breakfast) Mom! Can I send you a link on Amazon? (for whatever item crossed his mind today) Mom! Is my laundry done? …and this does not include all the “I need…” sentences, texts, and…

Ode to Kate…

I think we could all use a little levity. Between the snow looming over the northeast and our bodies longing for flip flops, sunshine and warmth, we all seem to be in need of something lighthearted, perhaps silly?  I think I can help, and so can Kate. About a month ago I wrote a post entitled, They have a personal trainer for that?  The topic was about bladder issues, prolapsed bladder, fallen pelvic floor, however you wish to call it. The…

It’s going to snow…

Not exactly unheard of in upstate New York.  After all, it is March and Mother Nature rarely feels the need to permanently give into Spring this early. She can be very prickly. So far today, I have been to the gym, the market, the dry cleaner and Starbucks and all everyone is talking about and frankly, complaining about, is this pending snow storm. I work from home, yet I cannot escape 'business meeting chatter' by phone and email about possibly…

Alas poor Yorick*

In an effort to self soothe from the stresses of work, I went to the pet store to get a small fish bowl for my office.  I adopted 4 small guppies, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Yorick and Horatio. (after all, I am a writer.) To assist in the maintenance of this bowl, I further adopted 2 bottom feeders, Sollozzo and Barzini. (after all, I am Italian) The story of these fish is crazy.  I have killed 3 bottom feeders, one leaped to…