Is it Wrong?

imageIs it wrong to eat dessert before dinner?  Not if it’s therapy!

We took a vote at my house, each dog had two votes cause they’re smarter than humans, and I had one vote being a human….seven to nothing dessert before dinner is perfectly acceptable!



Skyline Chili Replenished

Received a box in the mail from my “little brother” Sam.  (Yay he reads my blog!). He lives right outside of Cincinnati and is responsible for my Skyline Chili addiction.


I’ve gotten some Coloradans asking me “What in the heck is Skyline Chili?”  Skyline Chili is to Cincinnati like McDonald’s is to anywhere else.  In Cincinnati on one side of the street you will have a Skyline Chili joint and on the other side of the street you will have a White Castle Burger joint.


I had forgotten about the special plates for your three-way, four-way or five-way  making it easy to dig into without losing too much off the sides!

Another Cincinnati favorite is Montgomery Inn.  The barbecue there is awesome, it might be the secret recipe or the humidity we just don’t have here in Denver messing with your taste buds.


This restaurant was opened in 1951 and the famous barbecue sauce recipe is over 60 years old!

In 1949 Nicholas Lambrinides introduced Cincinnati to Skyline Chili bringing his family recipes from Greece.


My brother has sent me care packages from Cincinnati before and they always have these oyster crackers, I don’t know where they go because as far as I  can recall they’re not served with any of the “ways”………  Skyline Chili police help with this mystery please!

The best part of this box is when I make these dishes it’ll bring back the memory of visiting my brother in Cincinnati and just hanging out with family.  XOXO thank you Sam!


Singing in the Choir


While listening to a VoiceBox segment on Colorado Public Radio I was surprised to hear that research shows singing, specifically singing in a choir, has significant benefits for your health.

I joined the choir at my church several years ago and I thoroughly enjoy being part of the group.  Even though I can’t read music the other choir members and choir director have made me feel very welcome.

Why do I enjoy the choir?  I just assumed that because the people were so friendly and fun.  Being in a choir is much more complicated than just opening your mouth and making a joyful noise.  What are the benefits of group singing?

Often compared to Yoga (which I truly love), singing in a choir has a calming and soothing effect on its members.  Group singing elevates spirits.

Could it be happy hormones are released during singing?  Science seems to think yes.  Much like eating chocolate or engaging in other activities that produce pleasure.

A group of singers actually synchronize their heart beats and pulses also increase and decrease in union.  I can attest, there develops a real bond with your fellow choir members, which starts with synchronized breathing and singing in harmony.  The whole choir experience makes you more sensitive to others.

So if you need some happy hormones think about joining a choir or maybe singing with the radio or your favorite cd.  I personally like to sing along with the torch song divas!


Post stuck in draft. Thank you fellow bloggers!

This post has been stuck in draft for too long….

My husband told me I needed to write. Write every day.

He wasn’t thinking about me blogging or writing the next great novel.

Just sharing my feelings and helping one person at a time, that’s all I need to do.  If I reach one person I reach myself.

So how do you write every day?

  • Make it like your part-time job?
  • Make a commitment to your writing?
  • Write about those who inspire you?
  • Write about what you know?
  • Write about your journey?

Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes!

Today this post stopped being a draft.

Thank you to each and every blog I have visited.  You each have inspired me in your own way and you are all amazing!