Foodie Friday Fragments…

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your fragments!

I am really starting to dislike the last week of the month! For some reason I am struggling to accomplish my monthly goals. Saying life gets in the way is the truth but it is a poor excuse for not managing my time effectively.

This time last week it was 40 degrees in the Philly suburbs and today it’s 80. What a difference a week can make. It’s actually hot. The weather changed just in time for the NFL Experience and the Football Draft which is happening in the city right now. I’m hearing there are big crowds and they aren’t all nice, a friend wrote that there was a lot of spitting going on. I had the opportunity to witness everything in one of our local TV stations booth but decided I would see and hear so much more watching on TV. Now I’m kind of sad I didn’t go. Hopefully everyone stays safe, enjoys the city and they spend a bit of money while they are here. Most importantly I hope our EAGLES get someone good!

Friend Randi Vladimer (the best Family Law Attorney Ever) invited me to a ‘Sip & Paint’ Party. My Dad was an extremely talented artist. He didn’t purposely intimidate me but I was intimidated by his talent. Because of that I never even did paint by numbers. So this was my first ever attempt at painting and I will definitely keep my day job.😊 It was a lot of fun and quite relaxing so I can’t wait to do it again.

Have you ever tried Painting with A Twist? The location we went to was in Wayne, Pa. I highly recommend it!

April is Autism Awareness Month. I have a grandson with autism secondary to Smith–Lemli–Opitz syndrome. He is such an angel and honestly has been a blessing to our family. My daughter rarely gets a chance to get out so when friend Debra Wallace, who also has an autistic child asked me to attend an Autism Cares Fundraiser I invited my daughter. We had a great time at Mt. Fuji Restaurant in Southampton. I need to spend more time with my adult kids. I miss them!

  Autism Cares Foundation

I’m always nervous eating out because of my severe allergies and the staff at Mt. Fuji could not be more accommodating. It was delicious!

Southern Charm on Bravo is 2- episodes in and the middle-aged teenagers of Charleston, South Carolina have sucked me in again. I was team Thomas but I am not a fan this season. His kids can’t live in his house because they are messy and when his little girl called out to him and he ignored her I wanted to slap him! I am hoping Catherine gets her s*#t together and puts them first.

Have you watched Sweet Home Oklahama? Another show in the Bravo Housewife’s franchise this one seems a bit more realistic, sort of. It’s different. So far every episode has made me laugh out loud and that is a good thing!

Living with Celiac is so awful. I want cupcakes and bread. I was really missing pasta so I gave this gluten/grain free eggplant & spinach lasagna recipe a try. It was amazing!

2- Large Eggplants sliced length wise ¼ inch thick.

2-cups of fresh spinach

1/8 cup of Olive oil

1 large and 1 small can of crushed tomatoes

1 pound grass fed ground beef

16 oz. Ricotta (Make sure it is gluten free. Some low fat brands are not!)

3-Tablespoons crushed garlic

¼ cup of diced onion

1-teaspoon fresh basil

1-teaspoon sea salt

1-teaspoon fresh ground pepper

2 eggs

12 ounces of whole mozzarella sliced thin

¼ cup of parmesan cheese


Brush both sides of eggplant with olive oil and bake on cookie sheets for 12 minutes. Flip and continue baking another 12 minutes or until crisp.

Pour the rest of the olive oil in frying pan. When hot add spinach, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Add and brown hamburger.

In large bowl add ricotta, egg and basil. Mix well.

Brush bottom of lasagna pan with olive oil. Cover the bottom of pan with some of the crushed tomato. Add eggplant slices. Layer with the hamburger, the ricotta mixture and any left- over eggplant slices. Cover with the rest of the crushed tomatoes. Sprinkle with the parmesan and then cover the top with the mozzarella slices. Bake for 45-minutes to an hour or until cheese is slightly golden. Let sit for 5-minutes before cutting.


How was your week? What are you watching and eating? How is your weather?

Have a Blessed Weekend,


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Comfort Food Foodie Friday Fragments…


Friday Fragments… Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your fragments!

On the 3rd Wednesday of every month I attend a Press Club Luncheon. I enjoy most of the guest speakers we have but this past week our speakers were interesting and actually fun. They brought puppets; they actually design/build and operate puppets. They were cute too, the guys and the puppets!

Monkey Boys Productions  is a unique multi-medium production company that creates puppets, props, creatures, costumes, practical effects, and entertainment for film, television, and stage.

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It’s #MusicMonday w/#LilEdd


I’d like to introduce you to a talented young Independent Rapper from North Carolina, Edd Rosa or ‘Lil Edd as he is known by his family and his fans.

After a failed relationship in middle school resulted in a broken heart, Edd began expressing his feelings by writing lyrics. He wrote verse after verse.

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Foodie Friday Fragments…


Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems (hint: a notebook is helpful) and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Then leave a link to your Friday Fragments post in the comments…

We’ve been having the most unusually warm winter and deep in my gut I knew…it was coming.

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Music Monday Meet Erin McAndrew/Skeleton of Life


So many of the happiest memories I have are filled with music. It’s like the sound is woven through them, holding them together. Most of my saddest memories have music attached too. I married a DJ so he has a story for every song he hears too!

Because music is so important to me, such a part of my life I’ve wanted to join in on Music Monday posts for the longest time.

My Music Monday posts will include interviews and music from new and veteran artists from all genres of music as well as the music that has meant the most to me throughout my life.

This week I want to introduce you to another newcomer, Erin McAndrew. She has a beautiful voice, grew up a few towns over and with her college band she played CBGB’s, a place that held special memories of my brother for me. I was sad to see it go. David and his Plug Ugly band- mates played there shortly before he was murdered.

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Women Called the Other “C” Word…

I tried not to get sucked into the ever churning cesspool of endless social media tit -for- tat that goes on around election time. Over the last 8-years it seems to be constant. There doesn’t even seem to be a break long enough to celebrate our wins and grieve our losses.


Growing up in the Somerton section of Northeast Philadelphia, our house was the actual precinct polling place. A few days before the election our dining room furniture was moved out and the big gray voting machine was brought in. Folks started lining up an hour or so before the poles officially opened.

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Halt and Catch Fire

Binge watching TV series has become one of our favorite past-times. It’s not like we become obsessive and not get dressed, eating only delivered pizza and Chinese food all weekend but we have done that a few times.

One of our latest favorites just started its 3rd season. Halt and Catch Fire airs Tuesday nights at 9:00 EST on AMC.


The show is based on the pre-internet tech drama of the 1980’s. If you remember those days you will appreciate the fashion, music and culture in this series. If you don’t remember those days but want to know what it was like prior to cell phones and laptops this series will be a history lesson.

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Meet Baby Bailino…

I am so excited to introduce you to author, Dina Santorelli. I really enjoyed her first book Baby Grand and cannot wait to read the sequel, Baby Bailino!



Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Queens, New York, one of the five boroughs of New York City and about ten minutes from midtown Manhattan—two hours, if there’s traffic. J

Did you grow up in a home that promoted reading or writing?

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Poldark Returns On…

One of PBS’s first hit series, Poldark first ran almost 40-years ago. The timeless classic was brought back to the small screen last year thrilling old fans like my mother who loved the original series and me a new fan.

The new season starring the dreamy Aidan Turner and gorgeous Eleanor Tomlinson begins with a 2-hour special on September 25th. Fans will be thrilled to know that season 3 has been ordered and will begin filming in September.

Poldark Books 3

In season 2 the love triangle between Elizabeth, Demelza and Ross continues as Ross fights to stay out of prison and for his life while also trying to save his marriage. Demelza still struggling with the pain of losing their baby is terrified she will lose Ross too.

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