What is a description?

A while back I wrote a different blog with more regularity and ad sponsors and felt it was successful. Even further back than that I wrote a newspaper column. You remember newspapers? That bit of writing was like pre-mommy blogging and it was very successful. But today I ask what is successful?

What brings this introspection? Something as simple as reading another blog and being inspired. As I read I discovered a blog link up (which I rarely join) that was interesting. It’s a Finish The Sentence Friday link up and the sentence to finish this week is: I hope my life is described as.

That is a powerful sentence to finish, especially for someone of advanced age as myself, but let me try.

I hope my life is described as Mom. Simple. Straightforward. One word. Mom.  It’s the best thing I can think of about my life  in a long list of careers, jobs, hobbies, roles. It’s a description with no regrets and here and there a couple of regrets. It’s a description encompassing not only human beings I gave birth and raised but four legged, two winged and finned creatures I nurtured.






Sure, I’ve cared for others in different ways: wife, friend, assistant, romantic. Those roles only took a little bit of me. My position as Mom was me. It IS me. Grandmother is me too, but I could never be that without being Mom.

Step-mother is me, but that’s a bonus. That’s a treat. That’s me baking and sharing goodies.

Mother-in-law? A high wire act. That’s me carrying a lot of hearts in my hands and trying not to step the wrong way for fear of dropping them. But both are still Mom. 

I hope my life is described as worthy. I hope I was worthy of the blessings bestowed on me as a Mom to fur, fins, feathers or flesh. I see that it was all worthwhile. Every headache, tummy ache, sleepless night, plaster cast and suture worth it. Every minute of worrying, caring and feeding was worth it.

 Do I still care if my hair is right and my skin and makeup on point? Yes, and I always have. Do I care if my recipes and bakes are tasty and look great? Of course, that’s a part of me. Parts of me; not all of me.  


If you’re interested in joining this link up you can do so here and to read the words of my fellow blogger who inspired me you can do that here.  Also, if you are interested in reading more of my words, my children’s book is available HERE

Talk soon,


Oh those little macarons!


Those pesky little sweet treats are so hard to get perfect.This batch is pretty near perfect, at least for me. They are a plain cookie with a a mango passionfruit curd inside. That weird looking red stuff on the top is freeze dried raspberry. Let’s scratch that up to the live and learn world. Freeze dried raspberry tastes great and grates easily but it scorches if you put it on top of macarons while they bake.

Here’s the truly sad part of this macaron saga of mine: I made a perfect, gorgeous batch with my four year old grandson. We had limited tools and lots of distractions. How did they come out so well? My DDIL’s sheet pan was perfectly flat so that when I banged it; all the air bubbles went out. The worst part? Not one photo was taken and the macarons were all gobbled up within fifteen minutes. But, here are some photos of my trial and error. I’m planning on trying another, different recipe I found in a Great British Bake Off cookbook and I bought a new, nice flat pan.

Chat soon!

vanilla macaron filled with homemade blueberry curd. Yummy.
Homemade blueberry curd. Yummy.


Let’s Chat About Learning New Things

In our last post we veered away from the world of beauty and delved in the world of TV baking shows.  More realistically, we delved into my ridiculous obsession with The Great British Baking Show.  

This pushed me to thinking that maybe I’m not such a bad baker after all.  And  while I’m doing all of this baking, I’m not putting on makeup and doing my hair.  So  what am I doing writing about beauty products?

That’s what made me realize I need to expand on what I write. I need to embrace all things Grandmother and write not just about looking better in my golden years but also about other Grandmotherly pursuits like baking, cooking, Grand-babies etc.  Don’t you agree? 

Now lucky you readers this is the FIRST in this newly incorporated Grandmother Style Blog.  That’s what I’m calling it.  It’s similar to Lifestyle blogging but  I’m not  really cool like that ’cause I’m older and slower. 

So if you enjoy learning and learning about new things and reading more reviews then please continue following me and PLEASE leave comments. 

Chat soon,