It’s mmmmm…Monday "The Perfect Salad"

  The Perfect Pear & Gorgonzola Salad Prep Time: 5-10 minutes This spectacular salad is a gold medal favorite in our house featuring fresh juicy pears, candied pecans, crumbled Gorgonzola and raspberry vinaigrette on a bed of fresh greens. The original ― and still by far the favorite ― is […]

The Dirty "U" Word

What? You’ve never heard of the dirty “U” word? It’s unemployed. If you are between jobs right now ― as so many Americans are ― stop hurting yourself with the dirty “U” label. It has too many connotations and frankly it isn’t even correct. You aren’t unemployed. You are employed […]

Apple Cupcake Tree Shows Teachers the ♥

More than 130 local teachers turned out for the End of Year Celebration last May, filling the garden patio at Jalisco’s Restaurant in Watsonville for a record turnout. This year’s celebration had a few extra special perks to show teachers the ♥, including the DIY Easy & Inexpensive Cupcake Stand […]

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 […]

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 […]

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