Foodie Friday: Stuffed Tomatoes

Stuffed tomatoes: tomato cups filled with savory bread mixture I love oven-roasted tomatoes—or fresh ones in my salad. To make a prettier version of baked tomatoes, though, I decided to stuff them. I think they look like cute edible tomato presents. Ingredients: ¼ cup bread crumbs ¼ cup Parmesan cheese 1 clove garlic, minced Olive oil Ground black pepper Salt Directions: Scoop out insides of tomatoes (I used Campari tomatoes, to make them more bite-sized).Heat … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Growing Scallions

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Mother’s Day

"You are kind-hearted, hospitable, cheerful and well-liked." I’ve never celebrated Mother’s Day while staying in place before. It’s definitely different. What should I expect--backyard flowers? (Not to knock those. In my childhood, I used to cut our backyard roses and place them in a vase for my mom.) As it turned out, no backyard blooms for me. (This, though, may have more to do with the fact that I have a black thumb when it comes to gardening.)My family did an amazing job of gifting me … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Easy Spinach & Bacon Quiche

Easy spinach and bacon quiche: pie-like egg dish I really enjoy those mini appetizer quiches, but it’s been a while since I made my own egg dish (especially since eggs were scarce in the grocery stores earlier on). Anyway, I figured this would be an easy put-in-the-oven meal to make. Plus, I already had frozen spinach and bacon bits lying around. Usually quiche is made with cream, but I didn’t have any in stock. My pantry, though, did have some coconut milk (yay for pre-stocking … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Homemade Hummus

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3 Found Items Helping me Corona Cope

I have friends throwing themselves into spring cleaning during these uncertain times--with sparkling results. Not me! Chalk it up to laziness or sentimentalism, but I'm not scouring my home and tossing stuff away. Instead, I've lost and now found a few items, which are helping me cope during this pandemic.Here are three found things that have proven useful so far: 1. Puzzles I'm not really a jigsaw type of gal, but I've dusted off these boxes that used to be sitting on our shelf. They're a … [Read more...]

Book Review: Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes

Books are my go-to pleasure these days. It's really tough out there, and reading is my solace. One novel that helped me at the very beginning of this period is Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes. 5 stars Genre: Contemporary fiction Pros: Immersive worldFull of heart and humor Cons: An incident at the end might be too dramatic for some readers A compulsive read. I loved this book about the mamas and dramas happening in this particular high school. The teaching world … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Dog Painting

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Foodie Friday: Choc Coco Cookie

(Oops! I'm a day late. Staying at home makes me lose track of time.) Chocolate Coconut Cookie: thin wafer cookies made without eggs! Recipe adapted from "Chocolate Bliss Squares" in the Eat, Live, Thrive Diet book. I wanted to satisfy my sweet tooth without needing to go to the grocery store. Since I had these ingredients already in my pantry, I threw together these cookies. 1 c extra virgin coconut oil1/4 c maple syrup2 tsp vanilla extract1/4 tsp sea salt1 c dried shredded … [Read more...]

“Hope” is the Thing with Feathers

“Hope” is the thing with feathers—That perches in the soul—And sings the tune without the words—And never stops—at all— -Emily Dickinson … [Read more...]