Archive for 2014

Is Goal Setting Making You Miserable?

Is Goal Setting Making You Miserable?

Beware the thought-provoking book read while you’re relaxed enough to be open minded – it just might change your life! Or it could at least make you seriously doubt conventional wisdom. This happened to me recently. I am trying on a new attitude and I wish to share it with you during this time of […]

December 31, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
Pizza Wars Part I: Homemade Pan Pizza

Pizza Wars Part I: Homemade Pan Pizza

Second only to the long-running debate Mr. P and I have about about who loves the other more, the debate about thin vs. thick homemade pizza is a common one in our home. I like many things about living on the east coast: the people are rough around the edges but loyal and sincere, there […]

December 19, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays: What’s the Big Deal?

Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays: What’s the Big Deal?

It was several posts on Facebook over the last several weeks that got me riled up. It happens every single year at this time, people sharing Christmas-themed images declaring proudly, “I say ‘Merry Christmas!’” For so many years, people have either been tip-toeing around the appropriate holiday greetings or shoving them down our throats. So, […]

December 16, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
Homemade Eggnog: Holiday Social Lubrication

Homemade Eggnog: Holiday Social Lubrication

I have mixed feelings about the holidays. I like the idea and original spirit of them, but I often feel like much of the fun and purpose has been lost in all the stress, panic-filled trips to the mall, and forced socializing. So, even though I’m not a traditional sort of person, I find myself […]

December 12, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Recycling Christmas Trees

Recycling Christmas Trees

When I was a kid, I used to feel sad for Christmas trees. I thought it was such a shame that perfectly gorgeous trees were sacrificed so that we could have holiday decor. And, before I knew much about sustainable living, I bought my first Christmas tree – an artificial one with the lights already […]

December 9, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Apple Cider Farro Salad: The Anti-Thanksgiving

Apple Cider Farro Salad: The Anti-Thanksgiving

Each year, I look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday for what I know it will be: a long, relatively lazy weekend filled with heavy, traditional comfort foods that I’ll eat for days on end while sitting around in my sweatpants. It’s really the only time of year I think it’s OK to eat mashed potatoes […]

December 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
Six Habits for a Clean Home

Six Habits for a Clean Home

Did you ever pay a surprise visit to someone and, upon walking into their spotlessly clean home, wonder if they may have known you were going to show up? You assume they haven’t just spent the morning cleaning or that the housekeeper has just left. I grew up in a very clean home and my […]

December 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
Thanksgiving Dinner Do-Ahead List

Thanksgiving Dinner Do-Ahead List

Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, is just days away. A holiday about food and gratitude is oh so right. If you plan and prepare properly, you’ll be able to add “feeling relaxed” to your list of things for which to be thankful. Since last year at this time, I have gotten many questions from readers about […]

November 25, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Winter Vegetable Garden Update

Winter Vegetable Garden Update

Isn’t this just about the last thing you’d expect to be reading about here in late November? Me too! I wasn’t so sure how successful my foray into fall and winter gardening would be and although winter is not “officially” here just yet, the weather says otherwise. Last week, temperatures here in suburban Philly plunged into […]

November 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Enviable Gift Giving

Enviable Gift Giving

The holiday season is once again upon us, and with it, all the reminders about what we’re supposed to be doing, buying and feeling. I’m not the first person to notice the irony of how Americans take part in a holiday that’s all about gratitude on Thanksgiving, and the very next day, we’re road raging […]

November 18, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More