The “Spring Break, Do Not Enter” sign is on the home office door, along with a Hawaiian lei for special effect—because I have a sun lamp. I’m hoping this lamp will be powerful enough to project an in-your-face “beachy sun,” which is extremely rare in the Pacific Northwest this time of year. Sometimes, I spend… Continue reading “Light Therapy” of Spring Break Proportions
The Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks kitchen, over the years, has squirmed with live shrimp, bubbled with casseroles of outlandishly cheesy proportions, and ridden out the “flournado” storm of pie-making attempts. Time and again, I swear that the kitchen appliances have looked at me as if to say, “What in the *!!## are you doing and… Continue reading Made My Dish Award!
Pizza Pasta Panic is a chaotic, yet tasty blend of bow-tie pasta elegance and pepperoni pizza. It also perfectly describes my state of mind when I was making this casserole: Confused. Very confused, but determined because I signed up to bring a pasta dish to a swim team pre-meet potluck, which is very, very intimidating.… Continue reading Pizza Pasta Panic
When bowling teams cry out in desperation, “Help! We’re winning too many points! Who will save us?”—I know just what to do. Bowling like a wild tornado that rips through gutters and puts a hole in the floor is my superpower. But I’ve not used my powers often enough and I’ve felt this gnawing feeling—like… Continue reading Bowl Like Everyone is Watching
Escaping unnecessarily invasive space aliens was high on my list of goals for 2018 and I’m happy to report that I prevailed. Whew! Here’s to prudent goal setting! Cheers! However, I know that I must up my game because “playing it safe” is kind of boring. Every year I put the same thing on my… Continue reading Upping the Goal-Setting Game for 2019: I Will Dance in a Parade!
The butter situation in the state of Washington is out of control and I’m losing my Betty Crocker mind. “You must face your dairy demons alone,” Betty says in a dream-like haze. “This is how you learn.” And this is what I’ve learned: If I use a cup of butter made or packaged here in… Continue reading Butter Bumbles and Cookie Crumbles
When rum balls and gingerbread are bursting at the delicate seams of your holiday guests’ insides, a touching “Hallmark-style” recitation is just the tonic they need. I know this for sure because recently, after starchy meals, I’ve just started watching the Christmas specials on the Hallmark Channel and I’ve been pleasantly surprised. This season, when… Continue reading Create a Hallmark Special Christmas Story to Recite at Parties