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Chips and HP to save the day

Today was one of those whirlwind-everything-that-can-go-wrong-will-go-wrong kind of days. It started with a big row with the Husb over who can even remember what. Then I was late to meet my sister who is visiting from Florida. My brand new cellphone was acting as if it were possessed, reminding me every ten minutes of messages that were NOT in my inbox! And to top it all off, car trouble out of nowhere. Just as the car completely conked out, my...

8 things I miss about Hawaii

This list about Hawaii wasn’t quite as easy to assemble as I thought would be. I wish I had some luaus, spas and luxury hotels to list because I have heard fantastic reviews of such places from those who have visited the island. However, I’ve never had the pleasure of being a tourist in Hawaii, I’ve only ever had the experience of living there. I lived on Oahu, to be exact, home to Waikiki: playground to tourist with money to...

I love Brits, yeah yeah yeah!

I know I’ve said this before, but, it warrants saying again, I love the Brits! What’s not to love about the British? Britain is the little island from which the big idea of America was conceived. It‘s the place where something as enormous as the Atlantic Ocean could be nonchalantly referred to as “the pond”. It’s the land of all things, “cheeky” “blimely” and “crikey”! It’s the magic of Harry Potter, the romance of Jane Austen and all the delightful...

Nothing says lovin’ like Toblerone Brownies in the oven!

For me, the best cures for cold winters are chocolate comfort foods. When I was a kid growing up in Germany, some of my favorite comfort snacks were Nutella on brötchen (crusty bread rolls), Bahlsen Hit cookies and Toblerone chocolate bars. If you’ve never had Toblerone, it’s a triangular Swiss milk chocolate bar with a layer of crunchy honey and almond nougat pieces on the bottom. I like to think of it as little pyramids of heaven! Unfortunately, my big...

Celebrate Fat (Bottom) Tuesday!

Personally, I’m not much of a planner or at least I’m not when it comes to resolutions and such. Each year at Lent, I have a terrible time deciding just what to give up and I usually end up putting it off and procrastinating. Before you know it, it’s Ash Wednesday and time to hurriedly swear off sugar or red meat with cabinet full of sweet treats or a freeze full of ground beef to taunt me for the next...

My love affair with El Patrón

It’s shocking, I know, but I find myself in the passionate throes of a full-out love affair with – – of all things- – tequila. Not just any tequila, but Patrón, a gorgeous American tequila that’s crafted in Mexico and sold in beautiful hand-blown bottles that have been individually numbered. My love for Patrón is strong, but stronger than my love for this exquisite tequila in my cocktail glass is my adoration for the brand and the story behind it. Patrón was...