Seventeen years ago (!), some kind soul gave us a waffle iron as a wedding present. Over the years, I’ve made waffles on occasion, but since pancakes are soooo much easier, there’s really only one reason I don’t Kondo the big, heavy iron altogether — PIZZA WAFFLES. Pizza waffles are one of my kids’ favorite […]

Food, Kid Favorites

February 19, 2019

Pizza Waffles: A Kid Favorite

I got to try QuikFix free of charge. My opinions, as always, are my own.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve had odd jobs that would be perfect for a college kid in need of beer money cash to help pay off student loan debt. I have the numbers of several good handymen, but it […]

Fun

February 10, 2019

QuikFix Comes to Nashville: Hire a College Student to Help You Out for $25 an Hour.

Get ready for the ultimate Chattanooga family vacation. If there’s any city I feel completely knowledgeable about (besides Nashville), it’s Chattanooga, Tennessee. My oldest stepdaughter enrolled at UT Chattanooga in 2008, my younger stepdaughter followed her a few years later, and at least one of them has lived in Chattanooga ever since. We generally visit […]

Fun, Travel, United States

February 7, 2019

40 Things to Do with Kids in Chattanooga

I always get off to a slow reading start in January — I think it’s because I generally devote lots of time to reading in December, when everything shuts down for the holidays and the kids have time off and it just feels like the perfect time to curl up with a good book. By […]

Books, Fun

February 1, 2019

Feminists, Serial Killers, Centenarians, and Gossip Queens: Here’s What I’ve Read Lately

A while back, I wrote about my favorite ‘secret’ hiking trail in Nashville — the Hidden Lake trail at Harpeth River State Park. It’s a gorgeous trail with a fascinating past, and most people who read the post were excited to find out about it. Notice I said MOST. ‘Well, I guess it’s not a […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

January 29, 2019

The Big East Fork Reserve Trail: A Beautiful Hike Minutes From Nashville

  Last weekend, my eleven-year-old son and I went to the zoo. It was a cold, snowy day and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We had fun watching the clouded leopards and Andean bears in their exhibits… But what we really enjoyed was the playground. The Nashville Zoo’s playground is massive– It’s […]

Family, Fun

January 24, 2019

And Now I am a Slayer of Tube Slides

I’ve spent the last year completely overhauling my family’s diet in an effort to eat healthier meals without sacrificing taste. For us, this has meant buying organic, whole foods without added ingredients as often as possible and eliminating wheat and gluten whenever we can. Trying healthier recipes (I’m partial to Paleo recipes) has introduced me […]

Food, Main Courses

January 22, 2019

Creamy Chicken and Mushrooms Over Cauliflower Rice

Years ago, when I was a young reporter for the ABC affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina, I interviewed a minister who’d been a local leader in the Civil Rights Movement and had worked closely with Martin Luther King, Jr. The interview took place in his home, and before we arrived, he’d pulled out albums full […]

Travel, United States

January 21, 2019

Why Every Kid Needs to Visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Capriotti’s provided the food for this post.  There are so many new restaurants opening in Nashville lately that it’s hard to keep track, but I’ve been wanting to try Capriotti’s ever since reading about it in the Nashville Scene. As food writer Chris Chamberlain tells it, when he informed people who were familiar with Capriotti’s […]

Fun

January 18, 2019

Capriotti’s Subs and Meatballs are a Fantastic Super Bowl Party Option

It’s the time of year when most of us feel soul-shattering regret over our ‘choices’ during the holiday season, and we resolve to grit it out and Get In Shape. For many of us, this means spending an obscene amount of money on expensive workout gear — because it makes sense to assume a flashy […]

Fun, Humor, Style

January 15, 2019

Gwyneth Paltrow Thinks We Need a $16,000 Handbag for Our Workouts and Now I Can’t Go to the Gym