Category: memoir

Writing about our personal life for everyone to read.

Take a Chance with Dead Eye on the Side

I was lousy at keeping my station of three booths and a corner of the counter content. The women taught me, I learned as fast as possible and, by the middle of my second week I was pretty good.

St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans

The one thing I’ll ask of you is to eat more soda bread than get stupefying drunk

Piece of Cake

100-dollar-cake is about the only cake I’m assured will come out decently.

Lentils and Memory

Memories are unreliable, especially for food that are always entwined with the rest of the senses.

4 A.M. Black Forest Cherry Cheesecake

This takes me to 3:42 a.m. It’s not that I can not sleep, it’s that I can not stay asleep.

Mugs Full of Comfort and Joy

There are presents to wrap, blessings to add to the family’s current list. The first of many warm holiday winter drinks wait to be brewed.

Baking with Lisa! Christmas Cookies

Lisa bakes cookies between making gifts and decorations and preparing for multiple family feasts. She bakes at night after working eight hours. Once she brought in a box the size of a small dog carrier that overflowed with what seemed hundreds of different kinds of cookies. She was also seven months pregnant.

Have to Muddle Through Somehow…or Something Like That

Dad’s favorite Christmas song was Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. It hasn’t been the same since.

The Undoing

In between, we satisfied ourselves with calling Margie which allowed us to conclude her good humor was seeing her through her isolation.

Moms and Their Stuffing

Of all the dishes Mom spread across the holiday table, her stuffing recipe is the one I religiously follow.