Stuffed Pepper Slices

When you have peppers in your refrigerator that you’ve just got to do something with, this recipe will fill the spot. I was visiting in the home of my friend Marj the day she whipped up this stuffing and used up the peppers in her fridge.   She already had a complete menu, but this added side dish was a hit. If you don’t have bread crumbs on hand, use up the oldest bread you have.  Put … Read more

How Backwards Planning Helps Me Put My Best Foot Forward

Backwards planning  might seem like a paradox to you, but it’s a guaranteed way to keep you oiled and lubed and able to keep moving forward.  If you think you spend a lot of time spinning your wheels, then these tips are for you. While on the outside I appear organized, I still meet more in-the-nick-of-time deadlines than I’d like.  I clean off my desk and come across forgotten (important) papers.  I’ve missed other deadlines because I … Read more

How to Find the Perfect Gift

The Christmas I was ten was the year I didn’t get the gift I wanted. No one saw me as I closed the door to Mama’s bedroom. Throwing myself onto her bed, I let the pillow absorb my tears. Somehow, it didn’t seem right to be crying. Not on Christmas! But you see, I didn’t get the purse I wanted for Christmas. Oh, I got a purse, but not the one I thought I was … Read more

Refrigerator Mashed Potatoes

The cool thing about this mashed potato recipe is that it can be made several days ahead and kept in the refrigerator. When you’re ready  working on the remainder of the meal, you can pop these into the oven and they’ll be ready by the time you’re done setting the table and completing meal preparation. You’ll need 6-8 potatoes, sour cream, cream cheese, salt and pepper, garlic and onion, and butter. I’ve often substituted Greek … Read more

Three Things a Mom Can Do When Her World is Spinning Out of Control

I remember those days when my world was spinning out of control. Oh, how I remember those days! I learned a few things (the hard way). Those older women telling me, “Enjoy them now because they grow up so fast!” were not encouraging to me on those I-am-so-weary days. What helped me most was the time my husband wrapped his arms around me, looked me in the eyes and said, “Figure out what upsets you, then … Read more