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gabriana

Writer/editor, artist/maker, creative organizer, family caregiver, passionate foodie & world traveler, perpetually positive spoonie, chai and mint chocolate lover with a sweet, wee dog

An Unsteady Upwardish Path

Perhaps you’ve wondered what happened to me. I know some of my friends have. I’ve been busy surviving. I had a lot of plans. As did my mom. But in the first days of June, we got a shock. Doctors found a mass in her brain. First there was the […]

Far From OK

So you might be wondering what happened to me… why my blog has been on hold. The thing is… I don’t know what to say. And frankly, this doesn’t happen to me often. People keep asking (as the well-meaning tend to do in difficult times), ‘How’re you doing?’ But do […]

DIY Easy & Inexpensive Cupcake Stand

Cupcakes have expanded beyond children’s parties and been gaining in popularity. Part of the fun in these bite-sized treats is in the presentation. There’s no need to shell out a huge chunk of change for a fancy cupcake stand, just DIY! This cupcake stand is for a Teacher Appreciation Celebration […]

The Cadbury Thief

Abby, my sweet-natured and sneaky Boston Pug, apparently thinks she’s the new Cadbury bunny. In the dead of the night last spring, Abby crept out of bed and stole the last of the Cadbury creme eggs (that’s how I learned how high she could jump). The forensics gave her away […]

What’s in a name?

I get asked about the origins of my name all the time. Seriously. Most people think it’s Italian (which I think is great since I ♥ Italy). Actually, the story is even better: it was the creativity of an eight-year-old boy. Living next door meant that Jeremiah, the son of […]

So it shall be written, so it shall be done

True confession: I did not go to a Passover seder last night. In typical Jewish fashion, I felt guilty about skipping this important annual ritual feast. But we did mark the night as different from all other nights. Instead, my mother and I resurrected an old favorite tradition from when […]