I can’t wait until I can embarrass my kid with her baby pictures!





Mother’s Day Menu 2013

Currently planning Mother’s Day menu.  I’m a little late in planning this year, but this day crept up on me.  Been a little busy, I guess.

Steamy Kitchen had a recipe for Sweet and Sour Berry Chicken and I think I’m going to do that with rice and a green vegetable.  Now…what to do for dessert?  I always want to do something light and fresh and fruity, but we are having fruit with our chicken, so I’m thinking maybe I could make a chocolate mousse tart or something.  Things to consider as we count down to the weekend.  I should go get started on my grocery list!

Mother’s Day 2012 Menu in Progress

Currently developing the Mother’s Day 2012 menu.  Chime in if you have any thoughts.

Prosciutto wrapped melon
Minted melon

Caprese salad, with reduced balsamic vinegar

Light pasta fagioli

Grilled marinated chicken
Couscous or mashed cauliflower
Green beans

Berry-tiramisu parfait

New Year’s Eve Eve Dinner Party

In celebration of all sorts of new and novel things in my circle, we are having a dinner party!

I present to you…

the menu!

Le Menu A La Celebration
New Year’s Eve Eve


by R


Beer & Wine Selection
by C


Avgolemono Soup
egg, lemon, & rice soup


 Sourdough Slices

 Baby field greens & spinach
dried figs, sliced almonds, pecorino with pomegranate vinaigrette

Grilled Sirloin with Roquefort Cream Sauce
Roasted Potatoes
Haricot Verts


By L


by C

Chateau Frank Celebre, Finger Lakes, NY

Pick a Palette

I want a new website.  With these colors.

Do you think it goes with my themes?


Paper Crafts & Happy Halloween!

So, y’all know I found Pinterest in the last six months or so.  I love it, love it, love it.  Looooooove it.  It helped me to start working on some awesome crafty things—mostly starting in my new office.  I started with this (Again, apologies for the cell phone pics, but it’s what I’ve got).

It was simple, random and colorful!

Then I made these cute paper flowers and everyone loves them!

 I even made some cute little paper pumpkins!

One of the residents (I support an a surgery residency) holds an annual pumpkin decorating context!

Here is my contribution!

Happy Halloween!!


Yup, I did it!  Well, my grandfather did.  I had been half joking for a year or so how I wanted chickens.  My grandpa *SURPRISE!!* built me one.  I had no idea it was coming and apparently this condo of a chicken house had been rebuilt several times over several months per my grandmother’s, mother’s, father’s, father’s employees’, second cousin’s input over that time period.

So here is my chicken condo. It’s so cute!

My mother gave me one of her Rhoad Island Red hens because she kept getting beat up.  I also “stole” an extra rooster.  In a crowd of three, roosters get aggressive and were attacking everyone.  So I took one to separate them.  He’s so much more calm with me.  I love him.  He’s so tall and gorgeous.  So sorry I don’t have a better pic right now, but here they are getting ready for me to put them in the coop!

A week or so later, I decided that since my hen was nuts, I needed more.  I found some on craigslist for a buck.  I decided to pick up a matched pair of Old English Spangled chickens, two Black Austrolorps and a leghorn–all bantam or smaller.  The Spangled rooster was hilarious.  I have audio of his crow!!!

This is the part where I tell you that of the six I bought, only one remains.  Don’t ask.


I picked up “chicks” on craigslist! Cheep!

Cheep! Cheep!

Yea, I’ve only gotten one egg.  Cross your fingers for me.  Right now, all these guys are doing is making poop.