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My 5 Favorite Quick Recipes of 2017

We are getting closer but not yet to the point where all four of us eat the same dinner. The girls still have foods that they refuse or simply don’t like to eat. So, in 2017 I favored quick and easy recipes that hit one of three things: the girls can help, the girls will eat, or I can get it on the table quickly.

These are my favorite recipe discoveries in 2017 that I know I will be repeating in 2018. Continue Reading

My Favorite Reads of ’17

Favorite Reads of 2017

I’ll end 2017 with 63 books read. Pretty good and higher than the last few years.

I came up short on my goal to read 12 non-fiction books, only reading 7 as the second half the year I started really concentrating on learning more about story, genre, craft and doing more of my own writing again. To learn writing, you need to read and I read a lot in the mystery/crime/thriller genre.

In no particular order, these are the books that stuck with me (when you read as much as I do, if you can remember the plot after a few days, it’s the sign of a good book) and that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to a friend.

If you need a book to read over the holiday break or start the year right, I promise you could do much worse than any on this list. Continue Reading

Our 2017 in Photos

One reason I write this blog is to time travel. Each Saturday that passes will never be repeated. The girls get a little older and a little farther away from me. One day they won’t want me to take their picture, never mind post it on the Internet. How embarrassing.

So I write it all down. To make myself pay attention. I’m not always great about being present. I’m trying, but some days are hard. 

The old saw is the days are long, but the years are short. It’s true, of course. But here’s the thing: grandparents and friends with older kids, they forget. Continue Reading

My Favorite Podcasts of 2017

My Top 5 podcasts of 2017

For me, podcasts are one of the best things about the Internet. It’s all the great stories, new voices and surprising things you learn without all the vile comments or venal showmanship. The best ones are great voices piped into your head making you feel smarter, better informed, making you laugh or think differently. And if you zone out, you can just rewind and listen again.

I can’t remember the last time I listened to FM radio. I’ve made the switch almost exclusively to listening to podcasts if I’m in the car or walking Dash. I listen to most at 1.5x or 2x speed. I go through a lot of podcasts. These are the 5 shows that I listened to the most in 2017. They pretty accurately reflect my interests (crime, mysteries and writing) and goals (side hustles) this year. Continue Reading