Love-Token Lemon Pesto Linguine

2010 Pinot Grigio - 3L and 500ml

Ingredients  1 1/2 cups basil 2 -5 garlic cloves 1/4 cup pine nuts 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/8 cup lemon juice 1/8 cup olive oil 1 package fresh linguine pasta 1 tsp salt 1 T olive oil Directions: Boil water for pasta. Add linguine, salt and olive oil to boiling water and cook until desired tenderness. Mix basil, garlic, pine nuts and parmesan in a … [Read more...]

Your, Mine and Theirs: Not Your Typical Valentine’s Day

As the mother of two children with Red Dye allergies, no holiday is more terrifying than Valentine’s Day. So. Much. Pink. And, red. Oh, and also some purple, thrown in for good measure. My kids are the odd ones out, whose teachers have to capture all the candies attached to the cheap, cartoon-splashed paper cards. We send “safe” treats for Curlytop and Snugglebug, for which they trade in … [Read more...]

Second Act: Five Signs

In the vast sea of the internet, one can find “authoritative” articles on just about any subject.  Who knew how to use mayonnaise to clean your furniture?  Are you aware of the 103 warning signals that your spouse is addicted to Dr. Who?  Up to speed on the best slow-cooker, gluten-free, pasteurized, kosher macaroni and cheese recipes? I am literally dizzy with all I should know, but … [Read more...]

Review: Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc

Wine:  Pedroncelli Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley 2012 and Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley  Three Vineyards 2010 Vintage: Sauvignon Blanc- 2012; Cabernet Sauvignon- 2010 Alcohol percentage: Sauvignon Blanc – 13.4% ; Cabernet Sauvignon – 14.3% Found at: The California Wine Club  As I sit here and type away, I am stressing over the fact that … [Read more...]

Recipe: “Hot and Heavy” Oysters


Ingredients 10-12 oysters 1 egg, slightly beaten 1 T buttermilk 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/2 tsp italian seasoning Canola or Vegetable oil for frying   Hot Sauce: 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1-2 T prepared horseradish 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 T lemon juice 1/8 … [Read more...]

Mommy in the Raw: An Entire Day Elapses Between the Time I wake Up and the Time I Arrive at Work. It’s the Working Mom Time Warp.

This morning I was on my “A” game.  This means I’d packed my boys lunch, set out their breakfast, and gotten myself showered all before 7am. Impressive, right? See, we had be ready to leave by 7:35 to meet with my 8 year old’s teacher at 7:45 because he keeps getting tattled on and this one kid keeps teasing him and at recess people aren’t playing nicely and then somebody tripped … [Read more...]

Review: Banrock Station Shiraz


Who: Banrock Station What: Shiraz (13% ABV) Where: South Eastern Australia When: 2011 Why: Because Australia has Australia Day, that’s why! How: As I sit here in a very chilly suburb in Ohio, USA, I can’t help but think about the fact that it is summer down under in Australia. Yes, summer. That wonderful time of year when you can leave the house without taking 20 minutes to … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Beck and Call

No one really listens to the officiant who marries them. They are too excited and in love. We promise all kinds of things. We used to even say we would “honor and obey.” I think they have taken THAT out of the ceremony. However, the part about “sickness and health” is still in there. And we promise that, too. Most people are very young and healthy when they get married. Sickness? What’s … [Read more...]

Silicon Mom: Uncovering Myself

Uncovering Myself In the summer of 2012, I was at a local amusement park with my family.  The kids were particularly excited, because this amusement park has paddle boats shaped like ducks and swans, and you can ride in them—but with no more than two people.  Usually, if I took the kids during the week, we had to skip them because I couldn’t just leave one of the monkeys stranded alone on … [Read more...]

Review: 2011 Domaine Chenevieres Chablis Les Grandes Vignes


Whining Down Happy Renew Year! If I go by Facebook friends, I’d say about 8% have already ‘failed’ in the resolution department (and I also join that group because I said I wouldn’t make up statistical data in 2014).  Most of my evidence is based on excessive food pictures and motivational quotes about the health benefits of beer (which my husband is posting)…and then there are … [Read more...]