Archive for November, 2010

thankful

thankful

About 3 – maybe 4 – years ago, I started a tradition of sending thanks to all the people in my life who touched, supported and loved me. There was a lot of change going on in my life with many, many highs and lows. During that time, I walked and walked and walked to clear my head. On one of these walks I realized how thankful I was for all the people who loved me and in the next instant it struck me that I couldn’t remember telling any of them how I felt.  I went home and wrote an open letter to share my feelings.  Why an open letter? Because, not only did I want to thank those that loved me but I also wanted others to know how wonderful each of these people were/are. I never quite

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The Cricket In Times Square

November-book

Some books become beloved best friends. You read them over and over and over again.  I discovered The Cricket in Times Square around 4th grade and it quickly fell into the beloved friend category.  I have no idea how many times I read it, but it was multiple, multiple times. However, I can tell you I settled in on the couch and reread it last week. It was like being with a best friend you hadn’t seen in 20 years (hate to say it, but it was probably closer to 30 with The Cricket and me!!).  I found myself totally engrossed and laughing out loud, not something I can say about every grownup book I read. So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my friend – The Cricket in Times Square. Chester Cricket has a love for

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So Stinkin’ Addictive – Pumpkin Bread with The UnKitchen Diva

Pumpkin-Bread

Three UnKitchen Diva posts in a row! I know, you ask yourself how can this even be possible, an UnKitchen Diva trifecta!! She blames the Slow Roasted Tomatoes. You see, the tomatoes lead to the Mexican Black Bean Chili, which lead to the perfect side accompaniment  - Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread! This bread is like crack! Both times the UnKitchen Diva made this recipe, she ate one whole loaf in two days, all by HERSELF!! She doesn’t even like pumpkin.  Pumpkin pies, lattes, muffins… you can have them.  She won’t even go near them.  This, this bread is like frozen Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies – one can never have enough. Add to the fact that she got to use her KitchenAid Mixer (the one that she lusted over for years, for no apparent reason and her mother floored her and

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The UnKitchen Diva Stirs Up a Pot of Mexican Black Bean Chili

Mexican Black Bean Chili

The UnKitchen Diva went on a dinner date the other night – she does occasionally get out! Within the first few minutes, her date commented, “You’re particular about your food, aren’t you?”  Now it wasn’t a full on When Harry Met Sally moment where it took 10 minutes get the full order in and everything had to be on the side, but the thing is, he was right.  The UnKitchen Diva IS particular about her food! How, you ask, does this tie in with chili??? It’s like this. The UnKitchen Diva has very strong opinions on what make a good chili.  The chili should be meaty and thick with lots of flavor, melty cheese and sour cream.  She does NOT like her chili hot but she does like it to have kick, a bit of a bite, if you will.

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