Unharried holidays

I used to run myself ragged making everything perfect for every holiday. Like many women I had kids and then became determined to give them the same specialness that I had experienced as a child. Of course, the… Read More

Life and goal update – March 2017

Better late than never as the old adage goes! March came in like a lion and went out…like a lion. We had our last snow on the 31st, which is fairly late even for our northern clime. Luckily,… Read More

Values and value

One of the ONLY benefits to being somewhat immobile over the past year is that Mr. Tucker needs to drive me to work every morning (his ongoing joke is that he commutes four times a day – to… Read More

Pizza and a movie night

Dog has the hardest life It was a hectic week. My colleague on our small team of two was away for two days leaving me with holding down the fort as best as possible. Naturally, by the end… Read More

Meal planning for non-planners

Mr. Tucker and I love cooking. There is nothing we enjoy more on Sundays than putting on a fire, turning up a little jazz, pouring a glass of red wine, and then cooking up a storm. Usually we… Read More

Buying your way to happiness or saving your way to freedom

The best thing about working downtown is all the action. There are museums, great greenspace to enjoy, it’s a great place to people watch, and it’s convenient to run errands during my lunch hour. Conversely, it’s one of… Read More

The Good Food Box

Behold, the bounty of the GFB! In the summer we are lucky enough to have a CSA drop off right down the street from our house. We get a basket of fresh veggies, eggs, and cheese weekly from… Read More

Thirty-minute ginger-miso soup

Foggy fall mornings waiting for the school bus I know there are a ton of WINTER IS COMING jokes floating on the internet but right now the reality that it *really* is coming is settling in. It’s time… Read More

In which I master the humble tortilla

I claim victory over tortilla mastery Ok, it’s not rocket surgery but tortillas have eluded me for YEARS. I know that people all over make them every day with little issue but for me it’s been a huge… Read More

Cheap junk is still expensive

The napkin pile was 100% necessary Earlier this summer we took the kids out for an ice cream as a special treat. I remember my own trips out for ice cream as a child and they are special… Read More

Experimenting: Montreal-style Bagels

Don’t you wish your bagels were hot like mine? I experiment a LOT. I am constantly figuring out if there are better ways of doing things than my current methods. Some of those experiments never come to fruition… Read More

Celebrating adult birthdays

A mini greek salad on a spoon This year Mr. Tucker turns a ripe age of 43. While he has never been one for lots of gifts and fanfare, this year he has decided to turn his birthday… Read More

Baking your way to quick lunch snacks

I am not a baker by any stretch of the imagination. I like cooking but because I don’t have a sweet tooth, I rarely consider whipping up some cinnamon buns or scones unless I have a coffee or… Read More

A week of food posts: pre-planning meals

Yesterday I signed a new letter of offer for my current position. They are extending me for another month so my last day here will be June 13th. Incidentally, it’s also the last day I have daycare for… Read More