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Finding peace and a little humor

For what seems like years now, I have not slept through the night. I fall asleep early and wake up in the middle of the night. I wander through the house as my mind races with thoughts of family, business, finances, and lately, the loss of Izzy. I miss her terribly. Christmas time makes my middle of the night walks slightly more palatable. I weave through the dozen Christmas trees that light my way. The ornaments bring back memories of…

Cheese Heals

Cheese Heals: Ricotta Cheese

Thanksgiving is in our rear-view mirror, and we look ahead to Christmas. As Italians, we integrate some form of Italian food favorites into every holiday, birthday, and event. Trustworthy and versatile, let's review ricotta cheese. (C'mon, I know some of you still have the five-pound container in your fridge) What is Ricotta? I am going to defer to the experts at Food.com for the professional definition: A rich, fresh cheese made from skim or whole cow's milk that is slightly…

Why everyone should want to be a Pug.

All dogs are special. Dogs have a soul that shines through their eyes and draws you in closer. It lets you forgive them when they have an accident on the floor or chew your favorite shoe. Unconditional love is defined in one word-D-O-G. I am not a cat person at all, and now both my children have cats. Did something go amiss in the gene pool that wired their brilliant brains to say, “Yes, let’s get a CAT?” Then there…

Italian Kitchen Pantry

Five things to have on hand this holiday season

In a few short weeks, the thanksgiving holiday will be upon us. 2020 has challenged nearly every holiday tradition and event in our lives. Weddings without dancing, funerals with less than ten people, and now, there will be no Thanksgiving Day parade, Santa Claus is staying up North, and there will be no New Year's Eve midnight kiss. All true and, all unchangeable. Now is the time to take control of the things that you can control: your home, your…

Recipes For Cookies In Schenectady NY

Husband Cookies aka Significant Other Cookies

I have always stocked my cookie jar with fresh cookies. When Jack is home and Thomas, Chris and Caroline are here, I am rewarded in the morning with an empty cookie jar.  Amelia and Skates come home more often since they are closer than Jack is in Alabama. I made this cookie recipe for Skates with Reese’s chips and peanut butter M&Ms. Now, it is just the two of us. The midnight snacker Chip has a sweet tooth, and I…