Goodbye, Grandma

Me and Grandma

Grandma, I’m so very sorry you’re gone. But not for you. For me.

You’re now at peace, in the company of Grandpa and your family gone before you.

But now you’re out of my life—at least for now—and I’m left with just the stories you told me and the lessons you taught. Only now, I realize how much those memories have faded over the many years, since I was a child, helping in your garden.

The truth is: I’ve been missing you for years. But today, I realize just how much.

Recipe: Sweet Sriracha Chicken Chili (aka Sucker Punch)

Sriracha Hot Sauce

I’m finally going to record this award-winning chili recipe, though mostly because I tend to forget how to make it between the infrequent (and informal) contests I participate in. Besides, I doubt anybody would ever compete with me with my own recipe, since the level of effort is so high. And if they did, I’d switch tactics. Again.


Recipe: Enchilada Sauce (Chili Gravy)

homemade enchilada sauce

I’m a big fan of enchiladas, but none of the canned sauces I’ve tried came anywhere close to what I can get in local restaurants. When I researched how to make my own, I learned that enchilada sauce isn’t really native to Mexico, it’s Tex-Mex. It’s what happens when you take Southern-style gravy and add chili powder to it. It’s chili gravy!


45-day Challenges

Writer's Block

It’s time for a new challenge. Something to get me working toward my goals again. This time it’s longer (running through Halloween), and there are 3.

Just listen. Really, listen.

I come across a lot of “inspiring thoughts” on a regular basis, but most of the time they don’t resonate with me enough to really stick. But this morning I received one that really caught my attention.

It struck me at once as both profound and extremely simple, and I wanted to share.