Banish Distractions and Achieve Your Goals in 3 Easy Steps

When I use this simple tool, I banish distractions. You can, too. Have you ever had one of those days you really needed to banish distractions? Yesterday morning, at 4:00 AM, my husband got out of bed and howled in pain. He could not put any weight on his foot. Pain radiated up his leg. Neither… Continue reading Banish Distractions and Achieve Your Goals in 3 Easy Steps

Lose the Quarantine 15 — or More

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Getting thinner means feeling better. I found myself gaining weight during this pandemic. In fact, I gained well over the much discussed quarantine 15. The more weight I gained, the worse I felt, both physically and mentally. I’m sure I’m not alone. In my mid-30s, I complained to my doctor about gaining weight and asked for… Continue reading Lose the Quarantine 15 — or More

How to Freeze to Death in Texas

My house after more than a week of winter storms and temperatures below zero. This is the first time I dared venture outside my front door. The snow on top of ice made walking a delight! Photo by Patricia Davis.

One story of a blue norther and a failing power grid. I woke up a week ago last Tuesday and decided to place my order for groceries, just in case there was a run on everything like there was in March of 2020 when COVID-19 lockdowns began. I planned ahead, menus for three weeks, groceries, water,… Continue reading How to Freeze to Death in Texas

Best Easy Meatloaf Ever

A versatile meatloaf you’ll love. When I was growing up, my mother made meatloaf at least once a week. Since that was one of her seven standard menu choices, I soon grew tired of it. She made it the same way every time, and it was boring. Consequently, I almost never made meatloaf for my… Continue reading Best Easy Meatloaf Ever

10 Things to Give Thanks for in 2020

It was a difficult year, but we can feel hope. This year has been so difficult for so many. We have lost so much — family members, jobs, businesses. But we have many things for which we can be thankful. In a year when depression and anxiety has increased (at least mine has), I find comfort when I… Continue reading 10 Things to Give Thanks for in 2020

Cinnamon Rolls Using Sourdough Discard — or Not!

Fresh baked cinnamon rolls.

Make these delicious sourdough discard cinnamon rolls, or use my non-sourdough alternative I am fascinated by sourdough and using sourdough discard in recipes. I’ve developed a whole list of dishes that use it just so the discard isn’t wasted. I first developed a recipe for biscuits. It was such a success that I was inspired… Continue reading Cinnamon Rolls Using Sourdough Discard — or Not!

Dr. Jill Biden Earned Her Degree

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It is not an honorific, Mr. Epstein, unlike yours. Shame on you, Wall Street Journal, for perpetuating misogynistic behavior towards women. This Op-Ed is a disgrace to your prestigious reputation and to our society in general. What were you thinking? Opinion | Is There a Doctor in the White House? Not if You Need an M.D.Madame… Continue reading Dr. Jill Biden Earned Her Degree

Honey Oatmeal Bread Made with Love

I made this loaf using wild yeast levain (aka sourdough starter) instead of store bought yeast.

My grandma’s oatmeal bread recipe is a family favorite. When I was a little girl, I remember waking up to the smell of fresh bread that my mother had baked that morning. She would cut me a thick slice, still warm, and generously smear butter on it. This loaf of bread would not stay around… Continue reading Honey Oatmeal Bread Made with Love

Easy-to-Make Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie for Two. Photo by Patricia J. Davis.

You may never eat frozen ones again! My family loves pie, in all forms, savory and sweet. My favorite is cherry. My husband’s is chocolate cream topped with whipped cream, not meringue (or as he would say — calf slobbers). My sons are chocolate silk. My mother’s was lemon meringue. My father-in-law’s was coconut cream.… Continue reading Easy-to-Make Chicken Pot Pie