For the longest time, a ‘cheese course’ for me meant the classic spread of Ritz crackers, block cheese, and Hormel pepperoni slices eaten as a snack while awaiting real food. My first true cheeseboard experience happened in Vermont and our most recent trip there reminded me of the potential they have to serve as an entire … More The Cheeseboard
This has been a pretty low-key summer for us if you couldn’t tell by the plethora of movies and shows I’ve watched and books read.* Lance is studying for his CPA which includes four massive exams spread out over the course of 18 months. He comes home from work, and studies. He wakes up early … More Food and Places of the Past Two Months
Because I promised I was back and have refused to post since the Fourth of July, I’m going to give you a two-part post* comprised of the important things worth sharing about the past two months: *And yes, I promise the second part will be posted within a reasonable time frame**. **One month later is … More Where’d You Go, Jess?
For our anniversary in June, Hubby and I spent the day in Baltimore, a city which is close to my heart because it is the first place we went when we began really exploring the world together. We stopped in a little shop in Hampden which we always try to go to when we’re in … More America the Beautiful
I was gifted The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers last year for my birthday. After watching the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and crying like a baby no less than three times during it, I knew I needed to read this biography of a man who I saw on TV … More Book Report: The Good Neighbor
My family was a cat family. Our first cats I knew were Watson* and Kritter. We found Kritter outside, her tail had been cut short, and she became my cat. Our cats which followed were Lucy Woo** and Bing Clawsby***. *Watson, as in, assistant to Sherlock Holmes. And yes, my parents had a cat named … More On Becoming a Dog Person
When I’m particularly frustrated at a person’s veneration of a celebrity, I often default to quoting a classic movie. Shout it when you know it: “Mickey Mantle? Is that what you’re upset about? Mickey Mantle makes $100,000 a year. How much does your father make? You don’t know? Well, see if your father can’t pay … More Mozzarella, Panini, and Pizza…oh my!
Five years ago, we began taking weekend getaways in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Last year, being new dog owners and all, we decided against going away and had a cozy* little celebration at home. This year, I wanted my Valentine’s weekend back and I knew exactly where I wanted to go: Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont.** … More A Vermont Weekend
May is one of those months like December in which I cannot seem to manage to get one single thing accomplished. Okay, that’s not true. Obviously in December I get things done, only they are seasonally appropriate things, like wrapping presents, baking twelve different kinds of Christmas cookies, and Christmas shopping with all the important … More Donut Crazy, Hartford, CT
When I was twelve years old, my mother dragged me to my annual physical at our local doctor. Once given me a clean bill of health, I dropped to the ground with a sigh of relief. I’ve always had a flair of hypochondriac in me. Every stomachache is a burst appendix. Every cut is going … More He’s in the Little Details