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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 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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The NJSCBWI- New Jersey Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2017 Conference

I will be presenting 2 workshops on Book Marketing.

PHILADELPHIA WRITERS CONFERENCE: June 9, 10 and 11-Teaching a 3-day workshop on Writing Memoir:




Foodie Friday Fragments are changing…


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!

A lot can change in a week and the change in our weather has been a welcome one! For the first time in a few years we are expecting a warm Easter Sunday.

My granddaughter Adriana played her first softball game the other day. Her sister played all through grade, middle and high school and because of an injury cannot play in college. I’m looking forward to attending as many games as I can and am looking forward to watching that “I got it” moment.

Have you been watching the new 24? I’m definitely missing Chloe and Jack but just like the original series the hour is non- stop action that has me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The story line is realistic and horrifying. In fact I am having trouble keeping track of all of these shows that seem to be trying to align with the reality of our political climate. It’s overwhelming and the story lines are so similar it’s getting monotonous. I’m not sure I’ll watch Homeland, 24, and Designated Survivor next season. SIX and the Americans still have my attention.

I’m even bored with the Housewives and HGTV. Maybe I should shut the TV off and write another book.

April the giraffe is FINALLY in the early stages of labor according to the vet. Maybe she will have an Easter baby.  UPDATE: April had a baby boy!

I’ve been getting a ton of emails asking me for my new email address because apparently Verizon is getting out of the email business. It’s probably a good idea because the service is pretty awful but I was panicking because of my contacts and all of my business email files. I hadn’t heard anything from Verizon about this so I wondered if they were hacked again. I called today and was told I am not one of the customers being rolled over to AOL…yet. I’m nervous.

I had my yearly check-up a few weeks ago and because I’ve had several severe allergic reactions & have been having trouble catching my breath since the last one, my doc ordered a bunch of tests. I’ve known for two-years that I most likely had Celiac Disease. I blew it off other than cutting down on breads. What in the world was I thinking? I had no idea how serious this disease is and I never imagined it was the cause of the increased severity of my allergic reactions. None of these tests are coming back with simple results. I admit it, I’m nervous. Getting older is definitely complicated.

The Foodie part of Friday Fragments is definitely going to change. Any ideas or recipes you can share with me will be greatly appreciated! For me it is no gluten and no grain.

These crackers have saved me. I’ve been slicing cherry tomatoes and small slices of mozzarella and baking them for 5 or 6-minutes. They are really good! Not pizza but an okay substitute. I’ll keep telling myself that.


Please keep my family in your thought and prayers this Easter/Passover season. We have a few members dealing with serious health issues. I will do the same for you!

Have a blessed Easter/Passover.


Registration is now open for the Amazing Philadelphia Writers Conference. I am so excited to be presenting a 3-day workshop on Nonfiction/Memoir. If you plan to attend let me know, I’d love to meet up with you!

I am also presenting a workshop on book marketing at the New Jersey Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference (NJSCBWI) I’ve never been to this conference so I am looking forward to it. If you plan to attend this one please let me know so we can meet up!






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