Author Archives: Brette

Ways the First Day of College is Like the First Day of Kindergarten for Parents

You worry they will get lost. You hope they make some nice friends. You know you will never hear all the accurate details about what happened. A backpack is involved. You’re afraid they won’t eat well. You’re pretty sure this determines how the rest of their life will go. You spend a lot of time … Read more

What’s Missing In LA

Posted by Brette in Travel
What’s Missing In LA

It’s easy to get caught up in the magic of movies when you visit LA. On our recent visit we definitely got into the spirit of things. But I couldn’t help but feel something was missing.   Paramount Studies There are several studios that offer tours so it can be hard to choose just one. … Read more

Recipe Organizing

Posted by Brette in Food | General | Organizing
Recipe Organizing

I’ve always kept my recipes in binders. I have different binders for different categories (entrees, breads, cakes and pies, cookies and other desserts, and then other). Each binder is divided into subcategories (for example, the other binder has apps, soups, veggies, potato, pasta, condiments, beverages and more). Once I started my blog, many of the … Read more

Hotel Review: Triada Resort, Palm Springs

I didn’t expect Palm Springs to be so low key. Everything about this town in the desert is understated and unassuming. The buildings are all low. Even the homes celebrities live in look small from the road. The main strip of the town has small t-shirt shops and nothing that screams wealth or excess. The … Read more

Living Large: Book Review

Posted by Brette in General
Living Large: Book Review

One of the blogs I follow is Living Large in Our Little House by Kerri Fivecoat Campbell. Kerri and her husband their six dogs (yes, you read that right) live in a tiny house in the woods by a lake in Arkansas. She also has a separate writing studio/guesthouse. When I was a little girl, … Read more

Have You Tried… Air Fryers?

I got an air fryer for Christmas. I’d heard about these oil-less deep fryers but couldn’t believe they worked. I’ve used mine several times now and am sold on it. Before I got my air fryer I had a fry daddy kind of machine I used on those rare occasions when I deep fried things – … Read more

Airport Shopping: Yea or Nay?

Frommers just published a guide to the best duty free shopping at airports. I am not a duty free shopper since I am generally not looking for booze or expensive jewelry or handbags, however, I’ve been known to browse at the airport, duty free or not. And if I have a layover, I will most … Read more

Have You Tried…OXO Good Grips Greensaver Produce Keeper

For many years I have struggled with a deep dark secret. The stuff in my fruit and veggie drawers in my fridge rot. No matter how hard I work to use it all up, stay on top of it and clean it out, I invariably end up with something rotten in one of those drawers. … Read more

Scratch Mississippi Roast in a Dutch Oven

Mississippi Roast is the latest internet sensation recipe making the rounds.  The recipe cooks a chuck roast in a slow cooker with a packet of ranch dressing mix, a packet of gravy mix, butter and pepperoncinis. It’s touted as being easy and fabulous. I was dying to try it but I don’t have a slow … Read more

The Art of Tidying Up

Posted by Brette in Organizing
The Art of Tidying Up

Half the world read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo before I got around to it. I might have been late to the party, but I still have a lot of thoughts about this concept. I found the book to be kind of puffy – lots of filler and not a lot of … Read more

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