Decorate a Chandelier. Now it’s a Party!

I’m not very Crafty. Perhaps because of No Time.  But sometimes a Quick, Down and Dirty Craft Pops in My Head and It Works. Here’s One for the Spur of the Moment Party. Or the Monthly Holiday Celebration.  Or Just Because. This was Perfect for Valentine’s Day. But have No Fear…Pi Day is Coming.  March […]

Make Perfect California Rolls…Do As We Say, Not as We Do!

California Rolls.  Ever Try to Make these At Home? We Have and We’re Here to Tell the Story. With Some Important TIPS and One Big SECRET for Sure Success. California Rolls were invented in LA in the 1960s for an American palate.  There’s controversy over exactly who did the creating, but no matter…California Rolls were […]

Gung Hay Fat Choy…A New Beginning

The First New Moon of the Year. Chinese New Year.  A Time of Beginnings. Clean Out the Old.  Welcome In the New. As Parents to Chinese-Born Daughters, We Strive to Learn and Embrace the Traditions of China. We are proud members of the CACA; Chinese American Citizens Alliance. An organization created to secure Equal Rights […]

If You Teach a Kid to Fish…

Super Bowl 52. Mr. Doodle Loves to Watch the Game and Celebrate with Super Bowl Food. At Home with His Girls. A Super Bowl Family Tradition. For a Week leading up to the Game, We Plan, Prep and Shop for Party Food. The Menu is Perfect.  🙂 Costco Party Food in All its Glory:  Wings.  […]

Blow Away Mundane Meals…Easy, Fast, Fun!

Sunday Morning.  Just You and Your Buddy.  Everyone Else is Still Asleep. Forget the Ho Hum Eggs and Bacon.  Oatmeal is for the Work Week.  Let’s Do Italian Eggs! Just like Mrs. Castorini in Moonstruck. Italian Bread and Eggs. Place on a Hot Skillet. Eggs Fit Snugly in the Centers. Cook Any Style. Fancy Silver. […]

Old Hands Young Hearts

This is a Marriage Straddling Two Centuries. 20 Years.  Second Marriages for both.  Spinning By in a Blink. Ours is a Marriage of Baby Boomers.  Products of the Great Television Generation. Boomers who Grew Up on Opposite Ends of the Country. But Who Knew Each Other with the First Hello. Laughing.  Loving.  Gaining Strength and […]

And then there’s January

January.  Not One of the Top Ten Months of the Year. It’s Long.  Cold.  Usually Grey. The Glitter, Glitz and Lights of the Holidays are Done. The Countdown to Spring Begins. How Do You Breeze through January? How About a Bike Ride? Test Driving a Shiny New Christmas Model Might Quash January Blahs. Bike Riding […]

Divide and Conquer

In Years Past, I Flitted Through Life. Very La Di Da-ish. Sure there were Uphill Climbs.  But We Always Managed to Have the Proper Tools for the Task. Sometimes We Looked to My Creativity to Conquer the Foe. Other Times We Needed the Inner Strength of Mr. Doodle. Together with Laughter and the Job Got […]

The Mantra for 2018. Ready?

Just Jump. Simple.  Right? Not Really.  In Fact, Just Jump is Going to Be Tough to Execute. But I Have To Do It.  Maybe You Do Too. Enough With Being Afraid.  Anxious.  Bone-Scared. That is for Last Year.  2017.  Never Again. Just Jump. Take Educated Risks.  Take the Next Step. Sometimes Alone.  Sometimes Together. Mostly […]

On to a Beginning

What’s One of the Best Things about the End of the Year? A Shot at a New Beginning. I’m Not Going to Gloss Over This Next Statement.  2017 was Tough. Crazy Tough. But I Wouldn’t Change Anything, Even if I Could, because We Have Learned and Grown and Come Together. Sometimes Kicking and Screaming and […]