Where Faith, Food and Life Converge

Month: January 2015

A Big Night Birthday Feast – Timpano!

A Big Night Birthday Feast – Timpano!

A couple years ago, I was looking on YouTube for a specific scene from the Stanley Tucci and Tony Shaloub 1996 movie Big Night. When I finally did come across it, there was a comment that the scene was basically food porn. I had to laugh at […]

When Life is the color of Gray

  I like the sun.  I do.  Granted, most people probably enjoy it as much as me, but truly, the lack of it over the course of this winter has started a rumbling hunger in me for the bright warmth of the sun. I consider my […]

Monday Mondays 1.26.15

I heard someone mention the other day that all babies born these days have their entire lives chronicled digitally.  No more – or very few – hard copies of photographs are made anymore, rather, there are Tweets, Facebook statuses, Vine videos, and over thousands of iPhone photos capturing more moments in one week than most past generations of babies had in their first year!

Both of my sons celebrate birthdays this week and I still have a couple boxes of photos of them under my bed. Photos I’ve been meaning to put into scrapbooks for them for oh, twenty-something-ish years now.  I do have many photos of them in those old-fashioned photo books where you slid one photo into a plastic sleeve, but it’s been so long since I’ve looked at them that I’m not even sure that they haven’t actually melted into the plastic sleeves!

I get the need or desire to take a gazillion pictures of babies, kids, weddings, etc… and post them digitally, but I wonder… do we have to remember everything?  I mean, the handful (literally) of photos I have of myself from under the age of 5 isn’t overwhelming.  I have just enough to know what cute hair and rosy-cheeked smiles I had, but not so many that I know the entire extent of my wardrobe, which, was probably all of 10 outfits, including footie pajamas.  If I were a new parent I’d probably be taking a bunch of pictures all the time too.  I mean, I take enough pictures of just regular life – snow, dogs, cat, food, biscuits I just learned how to make – to send to family and friends via text messages that I’m fairly certain I’d be posting 24 pictures a day of my newborn.

On the other hand, I’m also pretty positive that my oldest son is quite happy, thank you,  that not everyone in my entire circle has seen the umpteen pictures I took of him as a 4 year old with the uber popular bowl-cut in the early 90’s!  Sometimes, less is more, isn’t it?

Anyway, whether their lives have been documented on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or whatever, I’m grateful for my sons and every day they’ve been alive, I’ve been blessed by them and wish them the Happiest of Birthdays!

Here’s what I bookmarked and more this week:

A Nomination for the Liebster Award…

Although I write because I just like to write, it’s nice to be noticed every once in a while. It’s encouraging when other writers stop by and show recognition for what I’ve posted on my blog. I’m honored to have been nominated for the Liebster Award by The Crafty […]

Monday Mondays 1.19.15

Do you ever feel like your brain is disappearing?   And yes, TW, I’m sure you’ve definitely felt that! 😉   I got up extra early and spent most of the morning getting a package ready to send to my son overseas for his birthday.  Even […]

25 Random things about Me

25 Random things about Me

A few years ago, Facebook had a tag-fest, wherein, if you were “tagged” by someone who posted their own list of “25 Random Things About Me…,” you were then supposed to post your own. I was talking to an acquaintance a couple weeks ago, and something came up in conversation that reminded me of one of the 25 things I wrote about myself.  I hadn’t seen it in years, so I was surprised to find that I would say almost the exact same things still.  Maybe the more things change, the more they stay the same, right?

Here’s my list. I’ll leave it to you to figure out which one of these came up in conversation and which one is definitely not true… but I’d love it if it were….


1. I am 98% sure I would sell 98% of my stuff so I could spend my remaining days traveling the world.

2. I’m only truly warm if I am on a beach. Otherwise, I’m always, always, always cold.

3. I think shoes make the outfit. And I love heels, which is odd, because where I live, I have no where to wear them. I still buy them, though; I consider myself the Imelda Marcos of my tiny town.

4. I have no favorite food, just certain foods that go with certain experiences or emotions. I truly don’t prefer salty or sweet, but I have an affinity for dark chocolate. I’m currently infatuated with dark chocolate with chilis, salted caramel, buffalo chicken anything, and carne asada.

5. Exercise is one way I keep my sanity. I can think or not think when I am exercising. However, I get bored easily by doing one kind of exercise over and over. I have to keep changing what I do to challenge myself both physically and mentally.

6. I absolutely love to read. I can only sit still if I am deep in the middle of a book. Otherwise, I’m antsy. Even if I’m watching TV, I have to have a book or magazine in my hands. It drives my family crazy that I do that.  I feel the same when they have electronic devices in their hands while watching TV.

7. I loved homeschooling because I got to really be with my kids all day long. It  also drove me mad to be with them all day long, but all things considered, I am so blessed to know them as intimately as I do.

8. My taste in music is pretty eclectic. I like everything from Puccini to TobyMac to Etta James to U2 to the Fratellis. But my all-time favorite piece of music is Claire de Lune by Debussy.

9. I am a fan of Milton Friedman.

10. I cry when I’m sad, scared, happy, watching Braveheart, a Hallmark commercial, or even listening to the “Star Spangled Banner.”

11. My real name is Nikki and I used to run the Treadstone ops in Paris.

12. I used to envision that I would grow up to be a writer. I am working on that habit every day so that I still can be.

13. A great day for me would include Crescent Beach on Siesta Key, a run at sunrise, a walk at sunset, a book, and a margarita.

14. I have known too many people that have died way too early.

15. I think the Beatles are the best band ever.

16. My strategery for overcoming my shyness is to find the one person who looks lonelier/more uncomfortable/quieter than me, and ask them a bunch of questions.

17. I love college football. This is a remnant from being an only child and a girl. My dad needed someone who would cheer for his beloved Buckeyes (National Champs 2015!) so that was me. Incidentally, I would just once like to be on the defensive line so I could knock the snot out of someone!

18. I have seen and experienced too much to ever doubt God’s existence. I have seen and felt His provision, grace, compassion, faithfulness, and love more than I have ever not felt it. He is real, and He is good, and I wish everyone knew Him like I do.

19. I like order and organization, but have realized that there are far more important things in life to spend my time concerned about.

20. I’ve kissed the Blarney Stone, been in a death spiral in an airplane, picked up a hitchhiker in a foreign country, and been on scavenger hunt in a national park. I think I would make an excellent contestant on The Amazing Race.

21. I robbed the cradle when I married my husband. He’s 3 1/2 years younger than me, but when I met him, he was more mature than anyone I had dated. He is still my best friend after almost 28 years of marriage. He gets me, puts up with me, and still loves me.

22. The part of aging I enjoy most is feeling confident about my strengths and okay with my weaknesses. The part I don’t like is feeling that I should still be able to do things my knees or shoulders won’t let me.

23. Unless I’m horribly sick, I’m unable to take naps, and I’m almost never sick.

24. I love laughing. Unfortunately, I always laugh when someone falls, so I look like a very callous individual. Actually, I’m very compassionate, but if you fall, I’ll laugh before I help you. Sorry.

25. Morning is my favorite time of day. Not only do I get a lot accomplished, but I’ve always loved the warm, sleepy hugs from my family  as they woke up. It always starts my day off right.

Monday Mondays 1.12.15

This past week, I passed the time reading.  And reading.  And reading.  I love to read, but even I can find it somewhat tedious if it’s something I feel I have to do.  I may have referenced the stack of magazines I had hidden (shamefully) […]

Why Quiet Matters

  qui·et ˈkwīət/ noun: the quality or state of being quiet or calm 1 a: marked by little or no motion or activity, calm b: a calm easygoing temperament c: not interfered with d: enjoyed in peace and relaxation 2 a: free from noise or […]

Monday Mondays 1.5.15 – Happy New Year!

newyearI hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season.  Mine was… different.  Quiet.  Almost 28 years of marriage and it was our first without any of our children at home.  Honestly, I don’t think my husband and I have watched so many movies that didn’t involve some form of animation or CGI than we did over the course of the holiday.  It was nice to just be “us” again, but it felt very sudden somehow, and I think I’ll need time to wean myself from wearing my Mom hat 24/7.  Such is life, right?

And, I was missing my dog.  A lot.  I still am, in fact.  Strangely for a woman my age, I go outside most days and jump on the trampoline, weather permitting. I can’t always drive to go running, and this is my daily cardio.  Anyway… if my dog wasn’t outside with me, she would always stand at the back door and watch me until I came inside.  So every time now that I’m out jumping, I look at the door and don’t see her.  So I kind of cathartically cry and jump simultaneously. Our other dog has taken to following me around now that his sister and our daughter (his “mother”) are both gone.  He whines a lot more, and even though I’m trying to be there for him, I don’t always cut it.  So, yeah, this whole holiday was a little harder than I thought it would be.

Still, I got through almost the whole 2 foot stack of magazines purposefully shoved under my bed (for when potential buyers come through, really), and I now feel free again to start reading the 7 foot stack of books I’ve accumulated, which weirdly, makes me deliriously happy!

So all things considered, 2015 started off small, but good.  Because small things aren’t always bad things, are they?

Here are some of the things I found interesting over the past few weeks…