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I love food and cooking, but I’m a mom … a wife … an educator … a geek … a history buff.  I wear many hats and like to write about each just as much as I like to write about food and cooking. Below you’ll find a variety of posts about my life from dogs to kids to travel and beyond. 

Food connects our generations, according to Rachael Ray!

I have been off work for a couple weeks recovering from carpal tunnel surgery, and have had more time than usual to watch my favorite morning TV shows. This week in particular, I noticed more food TV personalities sharing memories of the food they ate during their childhood. The Chew aired an entire show about 'grandma's greatest hits', and each host shared a memory of their own childhood. On her morning show, Rachael Ray shared her grandpa's favorite recipe for 'garlic and oil ...

Don’t split your chores, share them!

Good Morning America is a morning ritual for me. Sometimes I watch 15 minutes, sometimes I watch all two hours (if I'm home for the day!) This morning, they aired a segment titled "Secrets to a Better Marriage: Splitting Chores Can Help" that described how changing the traditional roles of who does what in a marriage (or partnership) can lead to a better relationship. Okay. I'll go there ... but I'll one up you. Don't switch. Share. Share the daily grind and spend more time together. ...

4 Mouthwatering Food Blogs I Read Every Week

Food and history are my passions ... and I love reading food blogs from around the world. The following four blogs are ones I go to over and over. Each, in some way, reflects my interest in my own heritage and the foods that have impacted it and inspired me to keep learning. Food Blog #1 Farmersgirl Kitchen Ranked number 94 in the Top 100 UK Food Blogs, Janice at Farmersgirl Kitchen is focused on real food, but simple food that fits a busy life.  I love reading this blog ...

5 Kitchen Gadgets that Will Make Cooking Easier

My friends ask me all the time what my favorite kitchen gadgets are. Gadgets have to really make sense and make my life easier for me to buy them. Sometimes, it's easier to just pick up a good knife and do things the old fashioned way! However, I've found these 5 kitchen gadgets and tools to be pretty indispensable. I've placed affiliate links on all of these products in case you decide you need one, too.    1) Ground Beef Chopper I saw someone use this ground beef chopper...

Why I Love Paprika Recipe Manager

Ever since I started using a computer, I started using recipe management software. That was a long time ago ... and that first software is long gone! When I began blogging, I started looking for a recipe manager that would fit my needs to organize recipes I create for my blog as well as recipes I find online.  I tried various things for various amounts of time, all web-based managers, but none of them had the strength I needed. I wanted web-based because it allowed me ...

Table Manners: The Napkin

I've been teaching dinner and business etiquette for nearly two decades to high school and college students, and one of the things that surprises them them most is what you do and don't do with your dinner napkin. In many ways, our napkin is a way for us to send signals to our servers ... provided they've been trained to read those signals. While I generally discuss etiquette from a public event perspective - think conference luncheon or awards banquet - I also try to point out where ...

5 Savory Oatmeal Recipes that will make you rethink Oats

I love oatmeal. I eat oatmeal nearly every morning ... with butter, brown sugar and raisins. Sweet. But, just like we don't all eat grits the same ways ... we don't all have to eat sweet oatmeal in the morning. Oats can be used in cooking just like rice ... it's very versatile and doesn't have to be just for breakfast. You might even think about serving up one of these 5 savory oatmeal recipes as a side or main dish for dinner. Savory Oatmeal Recipes   Bacon Cheddar Savory ...

The First Christmas Day

On December 20, 1815, the Kings Mountain Herald newspaper in Kings Mountain, North Carolina published the following story from the New York Press about the first Christmas day. It is a reminder that Christmas isn't about getting ... or even giving ... gifts, but celebrating the life of a man many consider their Savior.  It reads as follows:  The First Christmas Day Told for the littlest children Listen dear little children and you shall hear about the very first Christ...