Alexa: My New Best Friend

January 25th, 2016

One evening, admittedly after a few glasses of wine, my husband and I saw a commercial for the Amazon Echo. We were so intrigued, I purchased it from my phone right then and promptly forgot about it. By the time we received it a few weeks later, I wasn't even that anxious to plug it in because I couldn't imagine what we would really do…

4th of July Food

July 5th, 2015

We made a trip to visit my dad in Shreveport, Louisiana this weekend for our July 4th celebration. I knew we would have some visitors drop by throughout the weekend, and I was feeling a bit creative. So I made easy, hand-held foods in theme of the holiday. And I basically cooked all things that I love. Patriotic Oreo Pops [caption id="attachment_3330" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The…

Binge Watch TV Favorites

July 3rd, 2015

Rainy long weekends are perfect for binge watching a TV series (or two) on Netflix. Here are my recommendations: Alias: Black-ops kick-ass spy with an element of the supernatural. Jennifer Garner in a La Femme Nikita-like role. It is great fun watching her go undercover in various costumes. Because it is a J.J. Abrams series, the story eventually takes a turn to the weird and…

I Am Not A Gamer, But The Music Influences My Mood

June 23rd, 2015

[caption id="attachment_3286" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Source[/caption] This morning, as I was getting ready for work, my background soundtrack was the "music" of the video game Minecraft as my eight-year-old step-daughter played before she left for day camp. It was driving me crazy; it felt like it was music that would be used for┬áhypnotism and even felt sad. I remember playing Super Mario Brothers, Excitebike and Zelda…

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

June 22nd, 2015

I have always loved to bake cookies. I still have the cookbooks of my childhood, those that were inscribed by my mom to her "little Martha Stewart," and sprinkled with splattered batter, evidence of frequent use. A Kitchen Aid mixer, it's flour shield, a hand shifter, the perfect sized dough scoop and a grid cooling rack. These were my toys. My mom had the perfect…

My Step-Daughter Wants a Cat, and a Bunny, and a Gerbil

June 22nd, 2015

I am a new step-mom, only eight months into this adventure that will last a lifetime. Though I never thought I wanted children, I have fully embraced my new role as a mom figure of an eight-year-old girl. Starting July 1, Sophie will be living with us full time, whereas we've only spent every other weekend with her until now. And I am looking forward…