I received a really good piece of advice last week from a wise friend. She said she had gotten it herself when she needed it and now I feel compelled to share it. I had expressed frustration at my inability to get out of my funk when she told me that it’s important, after experiencing awfulness. to go ahead and let our lights be dim for a while. What a relief. Continue reading “Spring Forward”
Yesterday, another horrific act of violence occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Another school shooting. The three words in the previous sentence should never be strung together yet they are becoming so frequent we’ve begun to be numb to them. An “unspeakable tragedy”, the headlines read. I think it’s time we all start speaking about it. I’m adding my voice. I don’t know what else to do. Continue reading “Unspeakable”
I have spices now. One of my favorite friends took me on a field trip to Savory Spice shop this week. She had never been and she knew I need to stock up so it was somewhat mutually beneficial but I reaped the most reward. Not only did I replace my supply of herbs and spices, I had the benefit of her care and advice. She seemed to know that I was thinking it was time to be fine and assured me it was not. She’s no stranger to navigating grief so her counsel holds a lot of weight and her delivery cuts right to the point and is filled with compassion and humor. Once again, I find myself in awe of the rich friendships I’m blessed with. Continue reading “Creature Comforts”
I suppose this is when the “chatter” part of Auntie Chatter comes in to play. I’ve got no new recipes to post so I’ll just ramble on. Selfishly, it’s a good way for me to keep a diary of what’s going on during this strange time in my life. I often question why I continue with the blog in the first place because I don’t have many followers and I’m terrible at self-promotion. After the fire happened though, I was so comforted to know all my recipes and many stories had been preserved. If I hadn’t started this years ago they’d all be gone. It goes to show there is tremendous value in simply creating things for yourself. Continue reading “Path Lighters”
“Why did this happen to us?” That was the question posed to me by one of my ten-year-olds as we sat in the tiny room in the ER. The details of that morning are pretty fuzzy so I don’t know if was Ella or Hailey, though they both were seeking an answer. We were waiting for Hailey’s oxygen levels to be back to normal so they could release us. Continue reading “Silver Linings”
First, let’s just get this out of the way, chickpeas and garbanzo beans are the same things. It all comes down to language and which word you prefer. I prefer chickpeas and, therefore, will be referring to them as such. It will probably say “garbanzo” on the can. Don’t question yourself, you’re doing great. Continue reading “Roasted Chickpeas with Sweet Smoked Paprika”
Hi, it’s me, Molly (aka Auntie). Emboldened by the full moon, a relatively free Saturday, and lots of coffee I’ve decided to pursue a 10-day “Blogging: Branding and Growth” challenge from WordPress. My first task is to set three goals and post them for all to see. It’s rare for me not to include a recipe in a post but I thank you in advance for indulging me and reading through my goals, for whatever it’s worth to either one of us.
I promised my niece this post about two months ago! (Sorry, Nicole, I know you probably have your kitchen almost stocked but better late than never.) Continue reading “Absolutely Essential Kitchen Tools”