Archive for November 2017

Horrible crock pot meals

Horrible crock pot meals
When I wrote about how much I love Hugh Acheson’s new cookbook The Chef and the Slow Cooker, I offered my extra copy of the book to the person with the worst crock pot meal story. Here are the finalists: Instead of having a second and third place I’m making Dee Martenson of Billings, MT and... Read more »

A super easy DIY Shopkins advent calendar

My son really wanted the Star Wars LEGO advent calendar this year. I caved because I’m a sucker for holiday stuff, but that meant I also needed a toy-based advent calendar for my daughter. I figured that would be easy because she loves Shopkins and Shopkins are the perfect size for an advent calendar! Surprisingly... Read more »

What organizations should you support on Giving Tuesday? Consider these

‘Tis the season for giving. Sure a lot of the giving tends to be in the form of toys, books, sweaters, and other consumer goods, but the #GivingTuesday is a reminder to spread our generosity beyond our friends and families. I encourage you to give to organizations serving the greater good. Even small donations help. Give... Read more »
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Giving thanks after Thanksgiving

Giving thanks after Thanksgiving
This year has been a blatant reminder of how quickly things can be taken away from us such as people in Puerto Rico who are still without electricity or transgender people in the military facing uncertainty about being able to keep their jobs. It is so important to appreciate what we have because we may not... Read more »

The Chef and the Slow Cooker: Book review and a giveaway

The Chef and the Slow Cooker: Book review and a giveaway
I like my slow cooker for the convenience of knowing that dinner can be waiting for us at the end of a busy day. There are things I’ve made in the slow cooker that were good and others that were less so, but I wouldn’t have characterized anything I made in the slow cooker as... Read more »

See me at The Plagiarists' Year X Salon - Rip it up

See me at The Plagiarists' Year X Salon - Rip it up
“The problem with writing an autobiography is it’s hard to know how it’s supposed to end.” So begins an autobiographical performance piece that I am working on for The Plagiarists Theatre Company’s upcoming salon. An artists’ salon is an opportunity for a group of individuals to share work that has been developed independently inspired by a single theme. They... Read more »
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Even strong women cry (sometimes at work)

Even strong women cry (sometimes at work)
Recently a good friend and mentor from my work transferred back to Washington, D.C. after her yearlong rotation in Chicago. Before she left, a few of us were standing around the common area in our office. Someone suggested that we do a roast/celebration for my friend during her last team meeting with us. They said I should tell... Read more »