You’re Nobody Special

I am officially 74 days into life without Mike. Yes, I count the days. 74 days of silence, self-soothing techniques, cooking for one, figuring out finances, taking care of the dogs, isolating because of this pandemic, and staring out the window looking for “signs.” The more I research, speak about, and write on my loss, […]

A Million Tiny Little Things

In what felt like the longest brief moment, my little corner of the world became a snow-globe, one of those Christmas ornaments children love to shake up and watch the flakes swirl in unseen currents. Layer upon layer of white crystals blanketed our city, making many Christmas wishes come true this holiday season. As I […]

Sharing Christmas

It’s hard to believe it’s already (yet only) been six weeks since Mike passed. Christmas is fast approaching, as well as what would have been our 13th wedding anniversary; a day I had felt so blessed to celebrate and honored to have near Christmas. The day now taunts me, tapping me on the shoulder, “Excuse […]

The Club You Never Want to be a Part of

“My greatest fear is that he’ll be forgotten.” That’s the first sentence of an article I came across about the unique challenges ‘young widows’ face. It’s a sentiment that has crossed my mind multiple times throughout my days, so much so that I force myself to do things so he won’t be forgotten. The irony […]

Two Steps Forward, One Massive Step Back

As I dust off the keyboard and stare at the cursor blinking in front of me, I quickly realize how long it’s been since I’ve put “pen to paper” so to speak. What started out as a weekly blog has turned into a bi-monthly. We shall see where it goes from here. My second novel […]

Early Edition of Finding Morgan

There are times when, no matter how hard we try, and how much we do, we miss something or tweaks go unnoticed right away. As is the case with my debut novel. During the formatting process, and the multiple hands on it from the editing team, mistakes were found by me, but not before the […]

Cherry Crisp Recipe

Most, if not all, are familiar with apple crisp–a favorite fall recipe of many kitchens. However, Cherry Crisp seems to be more elusive. Apple crisp is my favorite recipe, but, recently I have been experimenting with eating more “warming” foods according to traditional Eastern cultures (to skip this section, scroll down for the recipe). In […]

Taste of Buffalo Announces 2018 Winners

The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops today announced that several local restaurants were named award winners in a variety of categories at the 35th annual festival. The judging took place Saturday morning, July 7th, by a panel of representatives from the local media/well known writers–including myself, along with members of Western New York’s political […]

Guest Recipe: Ranch Dip Trocaire Nutrition and Dietetics

Trocaire College’s Nutrition and Dietetics Program offers great healthy recipes and teaches its students about the value of nutrition. Trocaire empowers graduates to become entry-level nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered in a variety of settings. With an interest in healthy living, the program is designed to meet the community’s growing need for professionals trained in […]

Food 411 Episode– The Grange

On this episode of Food 411, travel with me as I visit the Grange Community Kitchen in Hamburg NY. Watch the episode here (roughly 8 minutes into the show), and read more about their story below. The Grange Building or the Salisbury Building, has a history that dates back to the late 1800’s. Originally built […]