Day Two: Are Swedish Fish Brain Food?

OK, we are into the second full day of Lent and I am already yearning for chocolate.  I received some bad news today and my old friend Mallo Cup was not there to appease and console me.  Just my pug Izzy who loves me no matter what. So what would any self respecting chocoholic do? Look for a substitution and I found Swedish fish. Now the 4 pound bag of these babies tells me that the nutritional value is slim…

Fat Tuesday

Today is Fat Tuesday. I have been a Catholic all my life. Sometimes practicing, sometimes not. I survived Catholic school until the 8th grade, 4 years of CCD and 4 more years of Catholic college. (Go Saints!) In my ever so humble opinion, I think today is the only today and the only topic that all Catholics can agree on: party now, for the next 40+ days you will go without something that you love more than life itself.My kids…

Lunch With The Girls Through The Ages

In 1991 or 1992, I cannot remember now, I worked among a group of wonderfully hard working and driven women.  We worked for a large Fortune 100 in different cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Dayton OH. We decided to spend a long weekend together in the fall, somewhere in the middle of the USA.  We decided on Aspen, CO. So off we flew leaving boyfriends, husbands, children and the pressures of work life to lay back and…

What’s for dinner?

Ugh. I despise that question.  I know that no matter what I say, I will get the moans and groans and standard statement, “why can’t we just get pizza?”  Pizza? Are you kidding? I am an Italian cook and a decent one at that.  I have a repertoire of probably 200 recipes in my head.I was perusing through the usual suspects of magazines looking for something to cook and do you know what is there?  My recipes. Of course they…

The Jack Factor

Whenever anything is broken, missing or just plain odd, we chalk it up to my son Jack and the “Jack Factor”. Years ago, my grandmother used to read to me The Family Circle in Sunday’s comic section of the paper.  They had a ghost called “I dunno know”, which in our house is the Jack Factor.  For ease of reading, I have listed some of the Jack’s most famous incidents:·         When the gutters were not draining and we had water…