Food is Fuel, Not Therapy.

Sitting down to write this post, I couldn’t get the “fish are friends, not food” scene from Finding Nemo out of my head .

Hence the title.

Listen, food is a lot of things to me. I was “raised Italian,” as I like to say. Food is a central part of how I was shown love and how I continue to show love. There is nothing I’d rather do more than cook a nutritious meal for my friends and family. If you follow me on IG, you’d think it’s all I do.

Cooking feeds my soul on many levels. I enjoy its creative side and craftsmanship. I love learning about other cultures through food. I enjoy bonding with others around food. I just think there are so many reasons food should be enjoyed!


Road Trip Pros & Woes

Welp, I wish I came back from the road trip with good news to report, but unfortunately, my car broke down on our last leg, and it has totally bummed me out. What a shitty way to kick off summer.

That said, the boys and I still had a fantastic time! So I’m choosing to focus on the pros instead of the woes!


Road Trip Planning

Before I get into the trip I’m planning with the boys, let me wrap my head around something.

This guy, The Baby, The Toddler, the one who made me a mom and changed my life forever, is turning SEVENTEEN on Tuesday!


5 Movie Picks Brought to you by the Husbands Golf Trip

The Husband went away for his annual golf trip this past weekend, giving me a chance to watch whatever I wanted! This is a rare treat as he does not share my passion for horror movies.

In all honestly, my tolerance for movies is pretty high. I enjoy macabre-ish, dystopian, thriller, or horror. I also skew action, adventure, mystery, and crime. I like to escape reality with movies, and these genres do that for me.

So, I thought I’d share some of the movies I got a chance to watch while Mr. Picky-Movie-Watcher was away. These are all on Netflix currently.

Food Menus

A Japanese-Inspired Sommelier Deathmatch

FINALLY! I’ve been trying to share the details of my latest dinner party all week, but it’s been crazy around here. You’d think after classes end, I’d be a bit less swamped but nope. I got myself involved in too many projects at work, and they are all coming to a head right now.

Anyway, who wants to talk about work when we can talk about food?! For this month’s dinner party menu, I took inspiration from Japanese flavors or, at least, what I think of when I think Japanese. After a little bit of research, I settled on this:


F*ck the Scale and Aesthetics

Doooooood, I killed it at the gym this morning! We are wrapping up a 12-week strength cycle and today was our last round of back squats.

I posted a video update on TikTok, but this is too big not to share here. It does, however, require a little backstory, of course.

Most of you know I didn’t even start weight training until my mid-thirties. Heck, I didn’t even start working out until about thirty-one. When I turned thirty, I lost seventy pounds via diet alone, and then I started getting the confidence to go to the gym.


7 Days – 7 Photos – 1 Big Feeling-Old Vent

It’s been a week since my last post? How is that possible? And how is May on the outs already? Didn’t May just start? Come to think of it, I’m not even sure it’s really 2022 – like a year ago, it was 2019, and 5 years ago, was like 2015, so yea.

And wait. a. minute.

Is my baby going on a tour of his middle school tomorrow? This kid was just born like… what? And his brother? His brother is GOING TO BE A SENIOR?!

I can’t.

I’ve been feeling very old lately.

Food Journal

Out With the Old

What a fantastic weekend!

We didn’t do anything special.
No big events or outings.
No plans with friends.
Not even a sporting or school event.

This weekend we just played it by ear, and it was glorious!


A Rainy 21st Anniversary Weekend Escape

Finally! A minute to tell you about my awesome weekend.

Last week The Husband and I celebrated our 21st Wedding Anniversary.

In honor of this insanity, and since our marriage can now officially drink, we decided our trip should be inspired by wine and whiskey.

Our weekend started Friday afternoon after a day of meetings for me. We headed out around 2 pm in a torrential downpour. I’m not kidding; the rain was relentless! And we had about a two and half hour drive to Luray, Virginia.



That is about the only way to describe my day.

I’m in the last few weeks of the semester, and today was dominated by classes and meetings. As soon as I got home, The 11-Year-Old begged me to take him to the river.

I’ll be honest. I didn’t want to go. It was a long day. I was tired. But it’s so close, and he loves it so much, I couldn’t say no.

So I brought a chair, picked up my mom, and we sat on the sore while he frolicked and relaxed in the water.