My Empty Nest

Two years ago, as I sat in a weepy funk after dropping my middle child off for his freshman year of college, my husband asked me, “Why the tears?  Are you worried, sad, or just feeling an overall melancholy?” I said, “a bit of all 3”, but mostly it was the general sadness that comes with the mothering job, and more specifically, the feeling that it’s over. Continue reading

My Partner

People often remark at the amazing partnership Jane and I have forged over the past five years.  They ask us, “What’s your secret?”  

It’s fairly simple. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Whole30

For the past five years, I have done a post-holiday cleanse in January. These cleanses not only give me more energy and deeper sleep, but they offer the opportunity to slow down and savor the moment. I find that doing a deep dive into “food exploration and elimination” each year gives me unexpected observations into many areas of my life. It’s like taking the time to clean off your eyeglasses so that you can see the world more clearly. But this year with a busy slow- cooking schedule and a last-minute trip to DC, my annual cleanse didn’t happen.

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What I love about Moms

Last month was very exciting…

On the business front, Jane and I secured two new wholesale accounts, one here in the Midwest (Sunset Foods), and a natural food chain in Oregon called Market of Choice. We also won a coveted sofi Award for our Sichuan Spice Blend, pitched four additional meal kit concepts to Peapod, supported Autism Awareness Month, and and were asked to do a cooking segment on WGN (Channel 9 in Chicago). Continue reading

Accidental Saints

Last January in an effort to try and bring a little Zen and balance to my life I signed up for a group called the “Brown Baggers” at my church.

The group, spearheaded by a dear friend, Gretchen, met over lunch and was filled with a fabulous group of women; our conversations were/are never dull or disappointing. The curriculum was created to challenge us to examine a variety of topics and more fully examine our faith. One of the many works we read was titled Accidental Saints : Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia-Boiz-Weber. Continue reading