Friday, November 26, 2021
Friday, November 19, 2021

The hubby and I usually host Thanksgiving, mainly because we’re sort of centrally located amongst our immediate family members. But selfishly, it’s because we don’t like deciding which side of the family with whom to spend the holiday, and when we host, both sides are invited.

Friday, November 12, 2021
Friday, November 05, 2021

Editor’s note: This column originally ran in the Sept. 7, 2012 issue of the Banner. 

Friday, October 29, 2021

I was at my full-time work gig the other day and had just made lunch when a calendar reminder popped up about a Zoom meeting that was starting. I’d forgotten it was on the schedule, and my boss was out. But it was a monthly check-in with our comrades in the region and I didn’t want to miss i…

Friday, October 22, 2021

I’m pretty shy and don’t always consider myself the best conversationalist in the world, but I can usually carry on a chat like a normal person when the need arises.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Editor’s note: This column originally ran in the October 5, 2012 issue of the Banner. 

Friday, October 08, 2021

I’m on Week 14 of a slow recovery from foot surgery, and I recently got the go-ahead to try to start wearing shoes. On BOTH of my feet. This was a very exciting moment for me until I realized that, because I had procedures done on both sides of my foot, it’s still pretty swollen and misshape…

Friday, October 01, 2021

I was in the midst of a leisurely morning of cooking and baking one recent weekend when my mom popped by for a visit. I was cooking ahead for the week and thinking of something appley for dessert – because nothing hits the spot this time of year like a sweet treat made with freshly picked apples.

Friday, September 24, 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021
Friday, September 10, 2021

When my sister, Krissy, and I were in junior high, my parents deemed us old enough to tackle the always-heaping mountain of ironing in the laundry room. The first time we tried our hands at ironing, my sister left a singe mark on a shirt, and ironed creases into the clothes rather than out of them.

Friday, September 03, 2021
Friday, August 27, 2021

This week I drove a car for the first time in more than six weeks and it felt amazing.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Editor’s note: This column originally ran in the April 27, 2012 issue of the Banner. 

Friday, August 13, 2021

After a year of eating healthier and exercising almost daily, I’ve been couchbound for about a month with a boot on my foot and I’m starting to get a little stir crazy because I feel like a slug.

Friday, August 06, 2021

I love to eat a variety of foods each week; I firmly believe in mixing things up to keep my taste buds guessing and make things more interesting for the cook. That’s sort of the theme of my week whenever I’m doing meal planning: vary up the proteins, textures, heat levels, ethnicities and ev…

Friday, July 30, 2021

Editor’s note: This column originally ran in the March 2, 2012 issue of the Banner. 

Friday, July 23, 2021

I’ve been recuperating from a recent foot surgery, and it’s times like these that I’m even more grateful for the support system I have here in the community.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Hello there again! I’m back! Today I’ll probably just be telling you about what has been going on in my life for the past couple of days. I also hope you enjoy the recipe that is included here; I actually made it on my own last weekend.

Friday, July 09, 2021

I’ve spent the past week preparing for a surgery – my second of the calendar year. There’s a great deal of strategy that goes into planning for a surgery. First off, I’m limited to the one day per week when my surgeon schedules his procedures – which is, of course, the Banner’s production da…

Friday, July 02, 2021

My vehement dislike of store-bought cookies is familiar to any and all who know me, and Oreos are among my least favorites of all. (My kiddo thinks this is especially weird because he’s recently discovered his adoration of chocolate fudge-filled Oreos – among the roughly 87 different varieti…

Friday, June 25, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
Friday, June 11, 2021

We decided our 11-year-old kiddo, Jack, is old enough to earn his first allowance this summer (the key word being “earn.”) When I was Jack’s age my parents would give me $5 a week to babysit my little brother, try to keep up with the dishes and ironing and generally keep the house picked up.

Friday, June 04, 2021

Everyone has their weird little phobias and I’m no different. For example, I’m not a huge fan of heights (or falling from them), freak out at the smallest encounter with the most minute of spiders and, as a parent, generally see danger coming from all directions any time my kiddo leaves the …

Friday, May 28, 2021

On Tuesday night of this week – the eve of the last day of school – the hubby and I were heading to bed. “Don’t stay up too late,” the hubby reminded our 11-year-old kiddo, Jack.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Another school year is quickly coming to a close and my 11-year-old kiddo, Jack, is eagerly awaiting the start of summer vacation.

Friday, May 14, 2021
Friday, May 07, 2021