Barbara Wawas Instagram

Barbara WaWas Instagram

Older Son has set up an instagram account for Barbara Wawas! It’s possible he did it so I would stop asking for pictures. No matter. Follow @realbarbarawalters and enjoy! Read more

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe Challenge

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

My dad passed away last Thursday so this is as far as I got in making this week’s recipe, pineapple upside down cake.



There are books that have been calling to me to read them for years and Persepolis is one of them. Written and drawn by Marjean Satrapi, Persepolis is the autobiography of a young girl who grows into a young woman  while witnessing the changes in Iran beginning in the 70’s and how those changes shaped the life not only of Satrapi and her friends and family but the entire world. Read more

Ink Mountains and Mystery

Ink Mountains and Mystery

Ink, Mountains and Mystery is a beautiful game you can play on your phone, both iphone and android. It is a puzzle solving game with a storyline, two things I really like in a game. I attempted to play the game on my phone this week. I failed miserably. Not because the game was no good but because it has rained all week and I have been home which means my phone has spent most of its time in my purse or in the drawer of my nightstand. Read more

Lauren Underwood

Lauren Underwood

Rep. Lauren Underwoodis an American nurse and politician who serves as the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 14th congressional district as a member of the Democratic Party.” Thank you to wikipedia for that sentence. There are some very good links in there. As the youngest black woman ever elected to Congress, people might think she has a lot of catching up to do. Not so. Underwood  worked in the Obama Administration in 2014 and later worked as a Senior Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services, back in the days when the Secretary of HHS actually cared about the well-being of their fellow Americans. Read more

boxed brownie mix

Boxed Brownie Mix

I am not dodging the recipe challenge so much as cleaning out my cabinets. I have two boxed brownie mix and I don’t want to have to throw them out because I am making only cake.

And I wanted brownies. Read more

The Madwoman in the volvo

The Madwoman in the Volvo

This morning, when another mom cut in front of me in the drop off line, I honked at her. When she glared at me in her mirror, I mouthed a foul word back at her. This seems the perfect week to talk about perimenopause. Read more



Just because no one reads physical books anymore (which isn’t true of me since I am a dinosaur) doesn’t mean your public library is no longer relevant. Meet Libby, the app that allows you to read ebooks and listen to audiobooks you check out from your local public library. (It just occurred to me that we should have a federal public library system that deals with all online resources.) Read more

Kyrsten Sinema

Lucy McBath

Lucy McBath won the House seat once held by disgraced HHS Secretary Tom Price and the just generally disgraceful Newt Gingrich. I’ll repeat it. Lucy McBath won the House seat once held by Newt Gingrich. Gingrich held the seat for 20 years and used it to empower Republicans by dividing the country. The seat was also held for 12 years by Tom Price. Remember him? He was Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. Let’s let wikipedia tell us how his political story ended: Read more

Almond Cake Recipe Challenge

Almond Cake

This week’s recipe challenge is brought to you by friend of the blog and, come to think of it, friend to pretty much the entire world, Mollie! I was dragging my feet on making the cake and Mollie came over with our friend Audrey to eat soup and spend time together and seemed very interested in making the cake. I, being a good and generous and lazy friend, stepped aside to allow Mollie the joy of making the almond cake all on her own. Read more