Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 39

House front view

Painting, painting and more painting this week.  David painted walls, trim, doors and put a coat of primer on the outside of the house.  Remember that peeling paint violation we got from the city? I believe the deadline is this Thursday.  I’m in the process of getting an extension but we did get a coat of primer on the house so we may be out of trouble now. So let’s take a look at our … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 131)

Place Setting August

Well, I went to the store without a list and menu plan – AGAIN.  I couldn’t figure out when to fit it in so when David asked me to go to Target for some odds and ends, I decided that was the perfect opportunity to pick up groceries for the week.  So I did.  At least I had a partial list! Here’s what I managed to come up with from the odds and ends I picked up: 1- Hot Tamale Casserole (NEW) … [Read more...]

Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Post-It to Change a Habit

Post-It Note

Have you ever wanted to break a bad habit or start a new habit but you couldn’t quite do it?  Maybe you didn’t have the will power or the want to.  But maybe it was as simple as forgetting.  I have ADHD so I forget a lot – unless the thing I need to remember is in front of my face.  My husband and I were just talking about this.  He doesn’t have ADHD and can’t believe the things I forget!  Like … [Read more...]

How to Stretch a Meal


Dinner’s planned and maybe even started and you suddenly find out you’re going to have two or three extra people to feed.  Unfortunately, you don’t have enough food.  What do you do? 1.       Turn them away. 2.       Let them sit at the table but not eat. 3.       Give everyone a teeny tiny portion. 4.       Use strategies to stretch the meal. If you said #4, you’re a winner!  And in case … [Read more...]

Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad

Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad 4

I’m always looking for good, easy side dish recipes and this one fit the bill.  I’ll definitely be making this again. Ingredients: 2 (15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15-ounce) can black olives, drained and chopped (1) 2 cucumbers, halved lengthwise, seeded, and sliced crosswise 12 cherry tomatoes, halved (2) ½ red onion, chopped (3) 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 … [Read more...]

There’s More To a To-Do List Than To-Do’s

To-Do List

I know that sounds crazy.  A to-do list is a list of things to do.  What more could there be? Actually, there’s actually a lot more.  Like: 1.       Choosing the right to-do’s based on importance.  It’s tempting sometimes (okay, always) to do the things that are easy, fun or the most satisfying.  But those aren’t usually the most important things.  And the problem with having a lot of those … [Read more...]

Ashley’s Story: An MS Diagnosis

toy medical kit

Many of you may have read  in my What’s For Dinner post a few weeks ago that my daughter-in-law, Ashley, was recently diagnosed with MS.  Since you have gotten to know her a little bit through her writings and my comments, I thought you might like to hear her story. I have dealt with anxiety for a long time along with being a raging hypochondriac. Anxiety isn't necessarily as it sounds though. … [Read more...]