Posts Written OnJanuary 2016

Yummy Banana Zucchini Muffins!

  Digging in the freezer the other day, I realized I managed to forget about three bags of frozen shredded zucchini from last summer. Whoops. The good new is, frozen zucchini lasts forever. The bad news is, I wonder how long it would’ve stayed hidden had I not been burrowing down to the bottom of our freezer chest. Oh well. There are worse problems to have! Shredded zucchini is the perfect muffin combo to go with the couple of straggling, over-ripe bananas I always seem to have on my counter. The addition of zucchini and banana to muffin batter keeps baked muffins moist (never mind…

How To Travel Light: 5 Tips

  I travel a good bit throughout the year, mostly for business, but sometimes for pleasure. Like everything else in my life, I appreciate a practical, simple and manageable travel experience. None of this “two suitcases for a three day trip” nonsense. And, you can forget about checking baggage. I want to be able to breeze in and out of the airport with ease. To pull my bag from the overhead compartment, and make my way to long-term parking without waiting F O R E V E R for the baggage claim conveyor to crank up. Traveling light isn’t just a…

The 8 Emotional Stages Of Being Caught in a Blizzard

  Living in the great state of Maryland I’ve been lucky enough to experience some of the most glorious seasons. Personally I’m a huge fan of fall and spring, and sweatshirts—coincidentally—just happen to be my favorite clothing of all time. But I dislike extreme weather. Scorching heat and icy winds are my nemesis. Unfortunately I’ve had the opportunity to “enjoy” a few brutal winters in my hometown and I’ve noticed that each has a familiar pattern… The 8 Emotional Stages Of Being Caught In A Blizzard Stage 1: Excitement It sounds great when the predictions first start rolling in, doesn’t it? Lazy days at…

  It’s chicken noodle soup season!! And, not only because I’m looking out at the three feet of snow we got from Jonas this weekend (also affectionately known as “Snowzilla2016” and “Snomageddon2016”). The last time we saw anything like this in Maryland, it was because of the “twin blizzards” of 2010. It’s snow joke. (Ha-ha) Chicken Noodle Soup Winter’s the best time for soups and stews, simmering away stove-top or in a slow cooker. Makes you all warm and cozy just thinking about how comforting a steamy mugful is, right? I have about 20 cups of chicken stock stored in my…

  As a D.C. Metro resident, I’ve become one of those people who avoids the city as much as possible. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, it’s just that I, um, kinda don’t enjoy it. The traffic, and the tourists, and the waiting, and the driving. It’s just more than I feel like investing in most days. And it’s so easy to put off—we can go after the Cherry Blossom Festival people leave, or when summer comes, or just before fall, or always some other time in the future because it’s just “right there.” That’s silly and lazy of…