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Helping of Happiness

Helping of Happiness

If you have been a regular reader of these notes from the home office you are well aware that I am a talker. Well, my dear fellow humans, you haven’t seen nothing yet. In person, I talk even more (if you can believe it). Hillary Hess invited Felicia and I to talk about our app Tend on her excellent podcast, Helping of Happiness Podcast Read more

Frozen Food From Trader Joe's

Frozen Food From Trader Joe’s

Ever peer into the frozen food case at all those boxes of food and think, “I wonder if that is any good?” And then you keep going because it’s expensive or you feel guilty? I do it all the time at Trader Joe’s but no more! To go along with making a bunch of box mix bakery goods, I am going to pick up, heat up and consume all the frozen foods I have been eyeing from the frozen food section at Trader Joe’s. Read more

Blondies Box Mix

Blondies Box Mix

I’ve had a BRILLIANT idea. I was at Trader Joe’s buying ingredients to make a cake from scratch for the recipe challenge and I saw, below where I was trying to figure out if I could use agave syrup instead of corn syrup, three shelves of box mixes. There were scones and cakes and quick breads. I shoved the ingredients for the cake back onto the shelf and picked out 7 box mixes I thought I would enjoy making and then eating. When I am done making all the box mixes I will decide which ones were good and which ones were meh and then I will pick a winner! Let’s begin with blondies box mix. Read more

Blood Orange Margaritas

Blood Orange Margaritas

Some recipe challenges are easier than others. Making a cake from scratch is good because at the end, there is cake. But the kitchen is a disaster and I have to wash a bunch of dishes and I’ve burned my mouth because I didn’t wait long enough to let the cake cool. Making dinner items is good but dinner is dinner. And then there is getting to make really good Blood Orange Margaritas at 11:30AM on a Tuesday and calling it work. Read more

A Year of F#ck No

A Year of F#ck No

I don’t know what happened. I was living my life, volunteering here and there, signing up for stuff, being where I said I was going to be, doing what I said I was going to do and then last week… Read more

Meatballs

I made meatballs, mashed potatoes and cooked carrots. It was a very adult meal, served on a plate and all in their own little piles. This made me realize that most of what I eat is all mashed up in a bowl together. See Bowl of Goodness or all of the pasta dishes I make. Read more

Depression and Other Adventures

Depression and Other Adventures

I should have known my marriage would end in tears when I realized how much he admired Henry Miller. I dislike Henry Miller because he always seemed to me a man who never did his own laundry and what can a person who never looked after himself tell me about life? Miller had this quote, “Everything was for tomorrow, but tomorrow never came.” And that always pissed me off. Tomorrow only ever comes to others after you are dead. There is no tomorrow. There is only today. Read more

All the Moms

All the Moms

Dear All the Moms,

We see you working. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, we know you are doing your best.  Read more

Book Giveaway

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Maybe you’ve seen the Tidying Up series on Netflix but haven’t got around to buying the book. Or your name is on a 400 person long waitlist at your local library. Well, here is your chance to own your own copy of Marie Kondo’s 6 million copies sold bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Read it then pass it on or build a little shrine to it. Whatever works for you. And you get the mug and the pouch! Read more

Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo is our Talent Crush. I can practically hear you rolling your eyes. Stop it and keep reading. Since Netflix scheduled one of the most brilliant release dates for a TV show in the history of TV by debuting Tidying Up on New Year’s Day, people all over the world have been cuddling their sweatshirts close to their chests and whispering to themselves, “Does this Fred Flintstone hoodie bring me joy?”

In case you aren’t sure, the answer is a blanket and resounding ‘no.’ Get rid of it, it’s stupid. Read more