Tummy Love-Roasted Veggie Sandwich


This veggie sandwich makes my tummy oh so happy. Below is the recipe from thegardengrazer.com. I have both roasted my veggies and sautéed them on the skillet. I do prefer the roasted veggies, but the sautéing is pretty darn good too (and a lot quicker). I’ve also switched up my veggies to whatever I had on hand.


Vegan (with dairy cheese and vegan pesto)
Gluten-free (with gf bread)
Makes about 4 paninis (reduce if desired)

3 bell peppers (I use 2 red, 1 orange)
1 onion
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
Dairy-free shredded mozzarella
Pesto (try homemade!)
Italian bread (2 slices per sandwich)
Olive oil
Kosher salt

Preheat oven to 425.
Cut pepper and onion into strips, and asparagus in half.
On a baking sheet, toss veggies with olive oil and kosher salt.
Roast for about 25-30 minutes.
On a skillet over medium heat, place a slice of bread. Sprinkle mozzarella.
Add a generous layer of vegetables. Spread pesto on a second slice of bread and place on top, lightly pressing down.
Heat about 5-8 minutes on each side or until warmed through and cheese is melted.

My Personal Memorial to My Dad


Sadly, my dad passed away in January. In an effort not to be completely consumed with grief, I’ve been reflecting on some things I now know.

  • When you are lucky enough to have a wonderful loving father who made sure we gave hugs/kisses on the daily, there’s no panic at the end wondering if he knew how much I loved him. It’s a sure thing.
  • Who you are in life, you’re also that way until the end. My dad was always a happy fun loving man. At 81 years old and days away from death,  he was still fist bumping the nurses.
  • I stayed with my dad for the majority of his cancer treatment and honestly became very grumpy after a few months because I wanted to go home. Now I know I was lucky to have those days with him. They were a gift of extra time with my dad. I wish I had utilized them better.
  • We spend our lives accumulating nice things to go in our pretty houses. In the end, it all ends up being “just stuff”. His bible and hat were all I wanted.
  • My sisters importance in my life has never been so apparent as it was in those last weeks as we cared for him together. And now will never be forgotten.
  • All through my high school years, my dad’s mantra to me before going out was, “Have fun, be good, and don’t do anything stupid”. It was good advice then and is actually good advice in general.

So dad, now that you’re on the other side, “Have fun, be good and don’t do anything stupid.” xoxo





Already Received a Curve Ball for 2018


I was thinking about the New Year. Instead of doing resolutions, I decided to do monthly goals. You know, the usual tangible things I think I can accomplish in a month. While writing the post, my cell phone goes off. My dad who has been sick with cancer for almost a year has been scheduled to have radiation for 5 weeks beginning January. Neither my sister nor myself live in my father’s city. So the scheduling begins who will take which weeks and stay with him.

So now my January goal has been laid out before me. No decisions necessary. January will be a month of giving of myself, of personal strength, of unconditional love to someone who needs it more than ever.

Repurposed Wall Pictures


My house is always a work in progress with a budget involved. I have quite a few barren walls and the pictures I have are no longer to my liking. So here’s what I did.

This picture was of a “Italian” style rose. The house I live in now is modern. There’s no room here for my “Tuscan” themed items. I took the picture inside the frame and flipped it over to it’s plain white backside and made some of my own art. Now I don’t even mind the gold frame.

The picture below was a canvas illustration of a woman drinking coffee. I painted it with chalkboard paint and added the text. It’s now hanging in our gym.

Found a this picture in an art book. It’s now getting ready to be hung in our bathroom.


Lastly, another picture from a yoga manual I have. This one will be going in the gym too…or maybe in the hall. Still deciding.

Other options are momento’s, passages from books, photographs enlarged, the ideas are endless. The moral of the post: Don’t throw away the ugly framed art, it can be something else.