Passionate about Food

A gift from my life-long BFF that adorns my kitchen!
A gift from my life-long BFF that adorns my kitchen!

I’m a foodie and proud of it. ¬†There are those who live to eat or eat to live. I’m in that first group. ¬†There’s something that nourishes my soul when I’m preparing a meal, the creative process, the aromas. ¬†Then savoring that meal – bliss. There’s a joy that I get from reading cookbooks, food magazines and an obsession for the Food Network that hasn’t diminished over time. I’ve always photographed food that I’ve prepared. I do the same at restaurants¬†and have filled many¬†travel journals with detailed descriptions of what Spence and I’ve¬†eaten as we’ve traversed the globe. ¬†When still working (ironically I worked with foodies) time between customers was filled with talk of food, recipes exchanged, restaurants recommended, what we wanted to have for lunch that day. ¬†It was through a co-worker that I learned of Pinterest which further fuels my passion; I have no less than 10 specific food boards. Since retiring, I’m making more things from scratch as I have that luxury of time. ¬†And though my first from-scratch batch of gnocchi wasn’t perfect (but darn good) with my potato ricer spewing potatoes all over the kitchen, I won’t be deterred. ¬†And I’ll learn to make crepes and tamales within this first year of retirement, my to-do list knows no bounds. Stay tuned for more recipes and stories of my foodie ways…..

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The Next Time I Hear “Have a nice day”……

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By nature I’m not confrontational. ¬†I like to think I’m friendly and sincere. But lately I’ve found that the words “have a nice day” are said out of habit and in a tone that sounds less than genuine, even sarcastic at times. Is it just me?

Not to rant, but aren’t there people we encounter that create such mayhem,¬†animosity and general unhappiness instead of saying¬†“have a nice day” you’d prefer to¬†smile, nod and let karma do what karma does?

Wouldn’t it be great to live your life in a way that having the type of day you deserve would be it’s own reward?

My Home at age 12

At age twelve, I lived with my parents and my sister.  Mom and Dad designed and built our home  seven years earlier.  I recall a visit there while it was under construction.

“This is your bedroom” Dad¬†announced “and Lisa, this is yours”. ¬†We squealed with delight as we ran into the empty rooms, straight to the windows. ¬†With nothing but the frames, we leaned out and waved. “What fun” we thought “we’re neighbors!” ¬†A¬†novelty to be sure, we’d always shared a room.

The¬†home was on a quiet, tree-lined side street, walking distance from the family business. At it’s end was a park. My aunt, her family and my grandparents lived on the corner and across the street respectively.¬†It shared¬†mix of homes. Some modest, ours was one of the¬†largest.

My lifelong BFF lived around the¬†corner. I’d walk to school with my her, my sister, cousins and neighbor kids. ¬†It was so close¬†that¬†often I’d run¬†home from school and eat lunch with Mom.

We¬†had a deep back yard with rolling hills. ¬†Dad hung a tree swing in the willow tree, my favorite to climb. By the time I was twelve, he’d had an a-frame treehouse constructed. ¬†Incredibly unique, it was “the place” to hangout or have sleep-overs. It also was “home-base” for hide-and-seek. Ours was the best yard¬†in the neighborhood for hiding places you see.

A brick, ranch-style house, it was modern with many striking features. A¬†fieldstone, wrap-around fireplace visible from both the living and family rooms. A sauna Dad installed, inspired following our¬†trip to the Montreal 67 Expo where we’d experienced¬†our first sauna. The finished walk-out basement with thick¬†cream-colored shag carpet, a fire-engine red, free-standing gas fireplace and a bar. That¬†bar top took 3 men to carry in¬†and featured¬†river rocks set in lucite. ¬†I’ve never seen another like it.

At age twelve, I got¬†to update my pale pink bedroom. ¬†It was the late 60’s. I chose black carpet, black and silver beads for my windows, adding a¬†lime-green Tiffany lamp and matching crushed-velvet chair. ¬†A creamy white faux-fur bedspread was the crowning¬†touch. ¬†Add a¬†black light and psychedelic posters pinned onto¬†a cork board that Mom covered with black burlap. A seriously cool room for an almost-teen.

I loved that home, the neighborhood, the town.  I felt safe there, knew all the neighbors.  There were tons of kids the same age. Kickball, softball, sledding, bike riding and the like filled those years.  We played outside till dark or later, summoned home when we heard our parents call our names.

I would later become the President of the Chamber of Commerce in this town and chose to live my life here. Thirty years ago I moved into the house that my grandparents built when my Dad was a boy, a home I’d been in as a child. ¬†The bonus? It’s walking distance from my childhood home.

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Our Writing 101 assignment for today, was to write about where we lived at age twelve. The twist was to mix long, medium and short sentences.