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LIVING IN A WHEAT-LESS WORLD

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So much talk of Grandma (click here) led to a major hankering for her eggplant parmigiana.  In my now wheat-defying life (click here), eggplant parmigiana has been absent since December of 2013.  Waaaaay too long! I did find a local restaurant that offers gluten free options for many traditional Italian dishes.  The problem is, you need to plan well in ... Read More »

PAST AND PRESENT…

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We had a fantastic Sunday night.  Dennis wanted to make dinner.  When he wants to cook, I have to force myself out of head chef mode, and accept instead the title of sous chef.  Or just cheerleader sometimes.  (Cue glass of wine.) Dennis was working on some appetizer recipes for Thanksgiving on Sunday.  We tasted a Buffalo Chicken Dip, sinfully, ... Read More »

WHEN PIMPED IS PUNK’D

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Note to self:  Never start thinking you are too cool. After declaring my utter joy at driving Monster Jeep, the swing up and into the driver’s seat, the rumble to life, and the ever so distinctive entrance into traffic, I started to notice that shifting was becoming increasingly difficult.  “Turn the car off, and it will slide right into gear,” ... Read More »

PIMP MY RIDE, BABY!

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I think it was the minivan. Yes!  It was the evil minivan! Bastard! Somewhere along the way, when you lower yourself  remove any self-esteem from your being agree to drive a minivan, the joy of driving dis-inhabits your body.  Since the minivan, I have had a series of cars that have been fine. Fine? FINE? What? Since when was driving about ... Read More »

GUILTY PLEASURES

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I recently discovered cookie butter from Trader Joe’s.  That’s right. Cookie butter. They suggest it being delicious on a number of things (hello waffles!) but I find that it’s fabulous off a spoon while standing in-front of the fridge at 2 a.m. Fortunately, my roommate doesn’t like it, thus leaving more for me. On closer examination of that previous sentence (and ... Read More »

WHEN FINISH MEANS START

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We have undergone a strange sort of transition in our home over the past week and a half, and ours has been a bit different than what we have seen in friends and acquaintances. The spouse of my colleague wrote a terrific piece in the Albany Times Union about sending their daughter off to college.  (Click here to read the ... Read More »

MY LAST MEAL ON THIS PLANET

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Ending my series of blogs from Ireland, I wrap with the final thoughts from our return flight home.  We are a highly distractible family, admittedly.  Okay, not my siblings and all, but me and my husband and kids, yes. A favorite line from The Holy Grail that personifies us, at the Bridge of Death while facing the Gorge of Peril:  ... Read More »

WHEN FAMILIES TRAVEL TOGETHER

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  One of the biggest surprises from our recent family trip to Ireland was the fact that the day when it was time to end our family week and head off our separate ways, we lingered over the goodbyes.  We still liked each other.  We were sorry to leave each other. We had made a similar trip to Italy in ... Read More »

BLUEBERRY DAYS

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There’s a story I read or heard once about the actor Liam Neeson (he of the unmistakable voice and beautifully craggy face): When he was growing up and feeling maudlin, his mother would tell him to go outside and split some wood. And sure enough, having completed a useful task and worn-out by physical activity in the fresh air, the ... Read More »

THE EASTER UPRISING

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Our visit to Ireland included a hefty history lesson for most of the family members traveling, or maybe a refresher course for some, while others got new details to round out the story. My husband looooves watching the movie Braveheart.  If it is on cable, it will be on our televisions.  We quote William Wallace often. “Go back to England and ... Read More »

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