one a day

if you want to get through the last week of April and accomplish 8 things, try these before April ends…get rid of everything that reminds you of the long, cold winter

1. Plan a summer vaca

2. Buy fresh fruit, cut it up and freeze it for summer smoothies or milkshakes

3. Kitchen clean up- clean out your fridge and throw out expired food, get rid of old, broken or useless kitchen utensils

4. Make a list of local museums, theaters, zoos, attractions, sports events, arts festivals and restaurants that you want to visit over the summer, check your list often and have a fun week-end all summer

5. Plan a party that you want to throw this summer

6. Experiment and create your own trail mix recipe, take some with you everywhere this summer

7. Replace old pictures, frame some recent pictures of yourself, your friends, your dog or pretty flowers

8. Empty out your computer in-box and get rid of the ancient emails that are slowing down your computer


enjoy Earth Day

Dear Mom, I’m really afraid to make mistakes. I get so stressed that I can’t even think, I hate when people are mad at me or disappointed.

If you’re not doing something because you’re afraid that you’ll make a mistake or get something wrong, then you’re already doing something wrong because you haven’t done anything, and that’s almost always wrong!

Doing something even if it’s wrong, is so much better than doing nothing. If you do something and it’s wrong or doesn’t work out, learn from your mistakes and at least you’ll know what to do right next time, besides there’s always a chance you could get it right…you’ll regret the things that you didn’t do more than the things you did.

start by doing something that you and the Earth will enjoy today

liar, liar pants on fire

Dear Mom, I’m afraid if I tell the truth on my resume or when I meet people that they won’t hire me or like me. Is it ok to lie to get a job or so that people will like me?

If you lie then it’s not really you that will get hired or that people will like anyway, so don’t lie. Someone will always be smarter, more qualified, prettier or cooler but no one will ever be you. You will get a job and meet people being you and those are the people and that’s the job that’s right for you.

unfried chicken

this chicken tastes as good as ‘fried chicken’ and is better for you

Fake Fried Chicken

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken pieces- about 8 pieces
2 eggs
1 tablespoon oregano
3 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
splash of milk or buttermilk
splash of hot sauce (optional)
1 cup panko crumbs
Honey or ketchup for serving

Heat the oven to 425°F. Set a wire rack over a baking sheet. Wash and pat dry the chicken with a paper towel.

In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, oregano, dijon, salt, and pepper. Add a splash of milk to loosen it a little. Pour the panko crumbs in another small bowl.

Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mixture and gently shake off the extra. Roll the chicken in the panko and set it on the wire rack over the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken.

Bake for about 35-40 minutes, if the pieces are thick bake for 60 minutes. When the chicken pieces are finished the tops should just be starting to turn golden brown, juices should run clear.

Serve immediately with bowls of honey, ketchup or ranch dressing for dipping.

*this recipe was modified from a recipe posted on

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a delicious mess

pomegranates are a delicious mess and really good for you…don’t be afraid of them

Pomegranates for dummies

  • Choose a good one- it should be about the size of a softball, firm, heavy and shiny- no soft spots
  • Opening it up- Wash the outside, and cut it horizontally, place 1/2 open side down in a large bowl and tap hard with a wooden spoon, keep tapping until all the seeds fall out, open up sections and loosen stubborn seeds and tap out all of the seeds from both halves
  • Room temp or chilled- keep in refrigerator for about 3 weeks, the seeds last out of the pomegranate covered for up to 5 days and frozen seeds tightly wrapped last for 3 months

try pomegranate seeds in salads, drinks, on vanilla ice cream and all by themselves




the good, the bad and taxes

Dear Asking Mom- I had a job that I really liked, but I need to find a new one and I’m afraid that it isn’t going to be as good as my old one. How do I get over this?

You can’t move on if you keep hanging on to the past. Maybe you’re only remembering the good parts and it wasn’t as good as you think it was and maybe there’s an even better job out there…go get it

you can look for a job tomorrow, it’s ok if all you want to do today is pay your taxes and go back to bed

sometimes good friends are hard to find

Dear Mom, It seems like all the people I think are my friends really aren’t. Now I’m afraid to trust people and make new friends because they might not be good friends either. What should I do?

Just because old friendships didn’t turn out to be good friends doesn’t have anything to do with future friendships. Don’t avoid trying to make new friends, maybe you’ve already met all the creeps and the next person is going to be your new best friend!


I’m starving and this recipe looks like it’s delicious, wish someone would make it for me!

 Ina Garten’s Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta Recipe

  • 6 ounces good feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup good olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. pine nuts
  • 2 Tbsp. minced shallots (2 shallots)
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 2 Tbsp. good red wine vinegar
  • 2 pounds ripe heirloom tomatoes, ½”-diced
  • 3 Tbsp. julienned fresh basil leaves, plus extra for serving
  • 20 to 25 (½”-thick) diagonal baguette slices, toasted


Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

Place feta and cream cheese in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse until cheeses are mixed. Add ⅓ cup olive oil, lemon juice, ½ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper and process until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Place pine nuts in a dry sauté pan over low heat and cook 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often, until lightly browned. Set aside.

For the tomato topping, up to an hour before serving, combine shallots, garlic, and vinegar in a medium bowl. Set aside 5 minutes to allow shallots to absorb vinegar. Whisk in remaining ⅓ cup olive oil, 1 tsp. salt, and ½ tsp. pepper. Add tomatoes, stir gently, and set aside 10 minutes. Stir in basil and taste for seasoning.

To assemble crostini, spread each baguette slice with a generous amount of whipped feta. With a slotted spoon, place tomatoes on top. Put crostini on plates and scatter with the reserved toasted pine nuts. Sprinkle with basil and serve.

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