A Day in the Life of a Culinary Student: Weeks 2 & 3

Brown Veal Stock in the Tilt Skillet

I couldn’t be happier with our instructor. Chef is an amazing lady and she motivates me to want to learn more. She has a great background, taught at Le Cordon Bleu, and is always volunteering her time to do something in the community and to promote the program. I’m only in class Mondays because it was the best I could do with my work schedule this semester, so I pay attention and try to absorb everything I can. Continue reading

Prepping for Culinary School

My very frugal knife haul for culinary school

I started pursuing a culinary degree when I was in my 20’s, but unfortunately, I had to leave school in order to do some adulting.  Children needed to be cared for, bills had to be paid. It was an easy choice to make.

One of the benefits of my current job is that employees are eligible to attend school for free.  Now that the kids are all grown up I needed to find something I wanted to do for me.  So, pursuing a degree in something I love was, of course, the natural thing to do. Continue reading

How I’m Managing My Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Working My Hands Too MuchHave you ever found yourself stomping on your foot because it’s fallen asleep, and you don’t like that pins and needle feeling?  That’s what one of the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome feels like.  I’ve been to a few Neurologists, and they all tell me that I need to have surgery.  I work as a full time Administrative Assistant spending the majority of my day on the computer.  At home I love spending my time cooking and crafting, so the thought of surgery is most unwelcoming.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

think pink

Each year National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed in October. It’s important to remember why we need to continue the fight against Breast Cancer. Many of us know, or know of someone who has dealt, or is dealing with Breast Cancer.  One person can make a lasting impact in the lives of those fighting the disease.

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My Day at FLBlogcon 2015

This past weekend I attended the Florida Bloggers Conference at Full Sail University. FLBlogCon is a one day conference for bloggers with speakers and influential leaders covering all kinds of topics including different ways to monetize your blog, a hands-on writing workshop, branding and offline networking for online influence. Continue reading

Happy First Day of Fall!

fall hydrangea

For some of you the beginning of Fall is when you can wear tights without getting all sticky, bad hair days start becoming a thing of the past, scarves become a staple fashion piece, finger-less gloves come out of your drawers and boots walk off closet shelves.

Unfortunately, here in Florida we’re not quite ready for all that, but it does mean temperatures in the mid to high 80’s instead of mid to high 90’s. It also means a definite improvement on bad hair days and make up that can’t help but slide off your face, which is why I try to avoid wearing any in the summer.

I look forward to the shorter days and darker evenings.  Not to mention the search for more comfort foods to add to our menu planning.  I’ve already grabbed my first cup of pumpkin spice coffee from my favorite spot and even indulged in a fresh glazed doughnut.  Just a few more days before I show up to work with a box of apple spice cider mix, apple juice, cider, cinnamon sticks and storage containers in tow.

I can’t wait!  What do you have planned today?

The Broad

Autumnal Equinox

autumn benches

The Autumnal Equinox is when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator from north to south which begins tomorrow at 4:21am EDT.

For most of us it’s the first day of Fall.  It’s that time of year where everywhere you look there’s Pumpkin  and Cider flavored everything.  Yum!  For me, the first day of Fall is the official start of the holiday season.  At least what we consider to be the holiday season at home.   Just a few more days and the countdown to my favorite holiday of the year begins.

I look forward to hearing how you spend your first day of Fall tomorrow.

The Broad