My Vegan Egg Experiment


corn muffins made using flaxseed egg

Before I left for Arizona last week, I went grocery shopping, anticipating that if I got home, we’d be snowed in.  Operation #GetMelissaHome was successful. I rolled into the kitchen on Saturday morning ready to cook, only to realize with shock that I hadn’t bought eggs!!

For most people, this probably wouldn’t have been a problem, but all the men in my house are vegetarian.  I planned to make a couple of veggie loaves to span the days I anticipated we would be snowed in.  Most vegetarian loaves require…eggs. Continue reading


It Takes An [Unknown] Village


Image from my iPhone

Would you go to a baby shower where you didn’t know the baby’s mom or dad?  Would you purchase a gift and play the silly baby shower games like “Guess the mommy’s tummy size in toilet paper squares” for a woman you’d never met?

About three weeks ago, I received an Evite to a baby shower, but the name of the mom being showered was completely unfamiliar to me.  Curious, I opened it – because it came from a friend – and read the following (I’ve paraphrased): Continue reading

I Can’t Drink Anymore!!!



Image courtesy

For some crazy reason, I decided to go on this 10-day green smoothie cleanse with some girlfriends.  Those of you who know me well know that I am the anti-natural-anything.  I believe in drugs.  There was no question of me not having an epidural (and for the record, childbirth was NOT intended to be painful – that only came after the distribution of bruised heels and stepped-on heads as detailed in Genesis 3.  Don’t believe me?  Which part of pain would have belonged in perfect Eden?  But I digress…).  Anyway, suffice it to say, I do not do natural.

So I signed up with much fear and trepidation.  The ONLY reason I went ahead with it is that the instructions said that you could eat nuts and crunchy vegetables when you got hungry. Continue reading

Take That, Life!

Tonight I was blithely going about my business – helping the boys with homework, fielding random phone calls, thinking about what I would blog about this evening, wishing for this 10-day smoothie detox to be OVER (we’ll blog about that later in the week) – when a friend sent me a text.  It was serious, so I texted her back and she started sharing the details.  When she was finished, I literally had to sit down.

Just last week, she and I were happily joking about the things going on in our lives, and today it’s like – bam!  Those things seem so inconsequential now. Continue reading

Following My Own Advice

Backlit keyboard

Image:  User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons

Over the past month, I’ve been encouraging two friends of mine to blog about some personal experiences they’ve been going through.  I told them that it might help them as they deal with the issues.  They both politely declined.  🙂  I can’t blame them.  I wasn’t pushing – I love writing and simply thought they might benefit.


But then I realized / remembered that I have this blog.  That while I’m here telling people all about the benefits of blogging, I haven’t written anything for in…..well, I couldn’t even remember the last time I wrote. Continue reading