From a Chef to a Cook

From a Chef to a Cook

How one summer at a supper club transformed my cooking.

The summer of my freshman year in college I wanted to find a job near the lake house that my parents were developing. My plan was to work on their property during the day and earn a few bucks waitressing in the evenings. I’d been a server for years in high school at a quaint little place called the Whole Famdamily, sadly closed long ago, so I knew I had the skills. 

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Say Cheese

Say Cheese

A picture really is worth a thousand words.

It may seem silly to write a blog about the importance of taking pictures when most of us seem to capture each and every moment on our phones these days. My question is, what do you do with them? I’m that lady who has photo albums dating back to my childhood (let’s just say many decades). Every worthy picture I’ve ever taken has been printed and properly stowed in a photo album – labeled by year. Annoying, aren’t I? It’s so worth it! There is nothing like time traveling through old albums and it just isn’t the same on a computer or thumbing through “recents” on your phone. 

Here are some of the most important things I’ve done with photos over the years.

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Bodacious Birthdays

Bodacious Birthdays

Make each one better than the last.

I love birthdays. Not my own necessarily, which is right around the corner, but everyone else’s. I look at them as an opportunity to show people how glad I am that they were born. It’s likely that this feeling came from my sweet mother as she too loved celebrating birthdays. Mine is close to Easter, so mom’s homemade bunny cakes and clever egg hunts were a common occurrence in my younger years. In exchange, when we would go out to dinner for her birthday, I would sneak off to ask the waiter for a serenade and dessert to make her feel special. I tried this with my older brothers too but quickly learned that being the center of attention in a restaurant was not their idea of birthday fun.

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Travel Hacks

Travel Hacks

Trinkets, tips, and tales to ease stressors on your next journey.

Like most people, I was grounded a year ago. Before that, I was either a road warrior or flew for work most weekdays. Admittedly, I am thoroughly enjoying the “new” reality of being able to meet my clients virtually, eat home cooked meals, and sleep in my own bed. The fact is that I am much more accessible now that I’m not running through airports or eyeing my buzzing phone while driving over treacherous mountain passes (no multi-tasking allowed). It would be a shame, however, to put all I have learned about travel to waste so in honor of one year off the road, this blog is dedicated to offering a few useful tips for fellow travelers.

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Renovations

Renovations

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Renovations always start out simple enough. We’ll paint this, remove that, and update the other thing. And then the “one thing leads to another” phenomenon kicks in and before you know it the supply list includes everything from spackle and paint to light fixtures to new trim and even switch plates. And you can’t leave the old furnishings in an upgraded room so it’s time to get shopping!

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