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Time to Spring From My Hiatus

March 22, 2023

OK, so clearly I am not the world’s most consistent blogger. But a lot happened in the last three months. A death in our family made writing happily about life impossible. My god-son and nephew, Marc Tunno, was killed in a car accident. He was funny, irreverent, and lived life on his own terms. He was only 48-years-old. His untimely death left us feeling gut-punched and incredibly sad…

Holidays Random Thoughts

Is Contentment Possible in 2023?

December 28, 2022

“Mary, Mary, Wake up, it’s Christmas!” I remember my eyes popping open and excitedly saying those words to my sleeping sister on Christmas morning of 1961, the best Christmas of my young life. Out in the living room sat wrapped packages and two large cardboard boxes that must have been too big to wrap…one was for me, one for my sister. Inside each box was a walking doll,…


And the Winner of the Annual Cutthroat Tunno Pumpkin Pie Competition is…

December 8, 2022

NATE! And ALESSANDRO, my two great-nephews. I keep telling myself this does not mean I’ve lost my touch. Just because Nate is 13 and Alessandro is only six merely means that Tunnos are extremely competitive cooks/bakers. It also means, my nephew, Chris and I will have to keep trying. Plus, there was a snafu this year. Two of the same pies were accidentally entered by Bob. In all…


Comparisons May Be Odious, But They Do Make You Thankful

November 23, 2022

I went to a fundraiser last Friday for Cystic Fibrosis and left realizing how thankful I was to have children who were healthy. My daughter’s had her health challenges, but has handled them beautifully and is a healthy adult now. When I think of people who have to deal with cancers, heart conditions, Cystic Fibrosis, and other life-threatening illnesses, yet don’t let these obstacles beat them down, I…

Great Memories Random Thoughts

Celebrating Janet

November 18, 2022

If you’ve ever had a friend you truly loved, who made you laugh until your face hurt, then lost her to demon cancer, you know you can’t let her life go without a last, well deserved, round of applause. I was lucky enough to meet Janet Reilly because our kids attended the same elementary school. I used to think I was funny, until I met Janet. She could…

Baking Cakes

The ABSOLUTE BEST Chocolate Cake

September 15, 2022

I think we’ve already established that I am not a cake decorator. See Nate’s cake for proof. It would have been great in Scream 2, but thankfully, Nate didn’t mind. Note to self: Make sure the icing is smooth before writing and maybe pay attention as you write. I tried to deflect attention by adding perky dots but I’m sure Nate saw right through that. But, just because…

Baking Pies

Nothing’s Better in Summer than Peach Pie

August 1, 2022

I’ve been craving peach pie lately so I went to Costco yesterday, bought two boxes of peaches and baked a pie Sunday night. Since I make my crust ahead of time and stick it in the freezer, whipping up a pie doesn’t take much time at all. Peaches have been in season for a while now, so get them while you still can. In fact, if you have…