Recipe: Bleu cheese & apricot pastry bites — and a few last thanks…

Holy crap, it’s almost 2013. This year, more than any other in recent memory, I’ve taken little moments here and there to survey everything Chris and I have been able to pack into our compact Bay Area life, and darned if I don’t feel like a pretty lucky lady. It’s super easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of seemingly important, demanding, utterly crucial activities, isn’t it? Like, “ohmygod, I have to go to World Market right this minute to buy those 75% off Easter cheese puffs,” or  “if I don’t put in three 12-hour days this week, this stuff is … Read More

In the Pigpen No. 3: Thirty Days of Thanks (continued, part 1)

Hmm, wondering now if I should have started a whole new Pigpen for this post. In the Pigpen No. 4? Or maybe 3.5? Oh well, we started in No. 3, we’ll continue in No. 3. And here we go. 30 Days of Thanks (Part 2 of 3, maybe?) I am thankful for: November 15: My grandparents. It didn’t dawn on me until recently that not everyone is as blessed as I’ve been when it comes to knowing one’s grandparents. I’ve had the great pleasure of knowing all my grandparents, both blood and step. Some have passed, although I can say with … Read More

In the Pigpen No. 3: Thirty Days of Thanks (off to a slow start…)

A little different Pig Pen this round since I’m fresh off my Momma Weekend, and I’m feeling pretty good. So good, in fact, that I think I’ll join the 30 Days of Thanks bandwagon and give a quick rundown of what I’m especially appreciative of right up through this, the 14th day of November. I do this with two caveats: I’m hungry. And therefore distracted. Quality is questionable. I don’t promise that I’ll ever get to days 15 through 30. Without further ado. 30 Days of Thanks (Part 1 of…?) I am thankful for: November 1: My hubs. He’s top … Read More