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The other day I was feeling, shall we say, ‘silly’?You know, like when you make elaborate s-p-a-r-k-l-y girlish plans because it’s a sunny day, you’re feeling adventurous, and everything seems possible now that the kids are grown?You’ve decided having a ‘muffin-top’ is a middle aged aphrodisiac, chipped teeth are a medical opportunity for full-body cosmetic […]


  • kblakecash - I was wondering what to do with the rhubarb Lieve brought home…ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - I am impressed and amazed and a little jealous of your baking skills. If that were me, I’d just be eating something like raw cookie dough from the fridge. But since all we have in our house is healthy white flour free, low fat and low salt items, I’d end up eating a bag of low-salt crackers. BORING!

    You ARE a girl after my own heart. I say Baruch Atah Adonai over your tarts and a Shabbat Shalom to you while I virtually enjoy their taste, Cheryl!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I don’t know what any of those funny words mean, but, I’ll embrace it! PS: I saw a gluten free ready prepared pastry crust in the grocery store the other day. And ya know what would be delish?- a nut and seed crust! Thanks for the idea. I’m off to experiment…. XXXOOOReplyCancel

  • The Desert Rocks - Turning on the oven might assist Satan! It is hotter here than Cairo. Cute post.ReplyCancel

  • bookworm - I was yours until you got to the rhubarb part. Who wants to bake in the heat? So, I will say – it’s a wonderful day in upstate New York – 70’s, breeze, low humidity. Am I rubbing it in too much?ReplyCancel

  • Erica Christopher - Mmm those TARTS look good!
    And you know what, I wish I had silly days more often. Sure beats actually knowing things and worrying about them, eh?ReplyCancel

  • Patty Rumaker - As usual I have no funny words – wish I did.
    This too shall pass.

  • William Kendall - Mmmmm, delicious!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - And can you believe I JUST asked Ben if he likes rhubarb? And he said NO. After 31 years the mystery is still there.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Husband loves Rhubarb pie. You would think that as a proper wife I would learn to make a rhubarb pie or tart for him after all these years. We can make rhubarb pie together when he retires so we don’t drive each other crazy. Thanks for the Tartful story and I mean that.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I think doing things together after the idiots retire is a splendid idea. In fact, we should try to meet up sooner then that!ReplyCancel

  • mindy trotta - Add a little bit of chopped apples and you have yourself a REAL Rosh Hashanah delicacy!! You are officially a member of the tribe!ReplyCancel

I love fairy tales.LOVELOVELOVEEspecially folk tales. They’re so…folksy, and wise, and cautionary.Here’s my favorite:Cute, silly, Chicken Little, lives a life of ignorant bliss skittering around the farm yard, visiting with his friends, imagining his importance, having his meals served to him, and a clean warm bed to snuggle into each and every frickin’ night. If his […]


     This. Should. Be. Interesting.     Later in the month I am going to attend my very first Conference that’s all for me! (BlogHer13) in Chicago.      I will not be a ‘plus-one’.     I’ve been to hundreds of conferences in my life (with the Hubby), shaken enough hands to be a world class […]


  • Sharon Greenthal - Can’t wait to meet you at BlogHer, Cheryl – you’ll do just fine!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Oh, I know I will- just thought I’d put out the shrinking violet post so that I don’t scare anyone. HahahaReplyCancel

  • Stacia Ellermeier - You do know that you just wrote out what EVERYONE is thinking, right?ReplyCancel

  • musingsonmotherhoodmidlife - Cheryl, Looking forward to meeting you. Loved this line.. “punting into ‘photo-ops'”. BlogHer is a wild ride, but if you don’t set your expectations to the roof, it can prove extremely rewarding in terms of making connections, getting some fun swag (but be picky), and building your brand.

  • Stephanie Sprenger - Oh you crack me up, lady! And I for one can’t WAIT to meet you there! (Boy, I hope I don’t disappoint!) This conference is causing me to crack the whip and tame my rampant neuroses into submission! But I sure am excited!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - OMG STEPH!!!!! I’m going to swing you around and hug you sooo tight! But first I have to recognize you- funny world we live in with these internets. HahahaReplyCancel

  • Sally - Yum! I have been craving homemade pretzels lately. So glad that Bloppy facebook page led me here!
    Have so much fun at the conference. I still feel like an outsider in the blogging world, even though I have been at it for over a year. Sigh.

    • A Pleasant House - Well I’m only a newbie too! Just a little over a year and I LOVE the Bloppies! So nice to meet you. Now I’ve got to skip right over to your site!!! Yippie! A NEW Friend!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie the Singingfool - I’m excited to meet you at Blogher! And I’ve had the same thought process as you (WHAT IF THEY ALL HATE ME??), so you’re not alone.
    If you bring homemade pretzels to Blogher, you will guarantee my affection forever. πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - Cheryl,

    Love it! You will do fine and I know you will (so I guess that makes it so – hahaha!)

    I feel the same way you do but I know it will, in the end, be all worth it.

    I look forward to meeting you IRL!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Why of course that makes it so! If your wishes weren’t the world’s commands it would simply stop spinning I’m sure. I count on it.. and you can count on meeting me at BlogHer!!! Whooppie!!!!ReplyCancel

  • JulieBoolie - I do so wish I were going to be there, following in your wake – or perhaps holding on to you! I’ve never been to such a gathering but hopefully will do so next year. Have a blast!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Hahahahaaaa. Well maybe next year we can hold onto each other! But, in the meantime, I’m pretty sure I’ll be posting about it on my return. Stay Tuned!ReplyCancel

  • Rich Rumple - One always questions an event before attending. The problem only arises when the questions remain after it’s over. Have a great time! I’m anxious to hear all you guys learn … so I can steal it for free! lolReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - Neat – I’ve heard of a non-mommy bloggers almost coming to blows with Mommy bloggers at BlogHer conferences so it should be an interesting scene. Bunch o’ ambitious cat-itious bloggers – makes for a delicious time! Fill us in on all the details!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Really? To Blows?? God, I hope not, but just in case, I’m going back to the Gym to practice my left hook.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - I think we’re all in the same boat. I’ve never been to a conference. All these parties and beakout’s are instructions are making me certifiably crazy. If it takes pretzel making to calm me down. I’ll do it. I’ll be in the back of the room with you. I think a bunch of us will.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - But if everyone’s in the back of the room- then that’s the front! OK- I’ll meet you up there. HahahaReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - I hope you enjoy it!ReplyCancel

     ~ This is a recycling of a previously published post that I am re-posting because I didn’t have enough readers at the time, and God Damn it, I want to know!       When I was little, I watched with fascination, as my mother, and grandmother, would swirl around their kitchens, baking, cooking, […]


  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - What a great look back, I particularly enjoyed your description of the way your mother shopped for her ingredients; local butcher, farm…the car ride, beautiful.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thanks Elin! Those were great times. Too bad many of us don’t have those places to shop any more- the butcher, the baker the candlestick maker…ReplyCancel

  • donna - I have a vivid memory of using a collection of cookbooks with my mother: “The Woman’s Day Encyclopedia of Cooking”. We were practically nomads growing up and over the years the books slowly disappeared. One day, abut 6 years ago, I found the ENTIRE 12 volume set at a yard sale for just $1 per book! It was so cool to have my daughter create from it :0). Thanks for the memory :).ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Now this is the kind of story I was after! So happy you were able to find a complete set after all those years!!! I just love that most people have some kind of memory of a cookbook- or at least a kitchen memory. Thank you for sharing this Donna- I appreciate it.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Betty Crocker is the only cookbook I can recall in our house growing up. Making oatmeal cookies with my Mom is a memory I have. When I was little I remember I asked her if I could shop for my own food. She gave me my own kitchen cabinet to store the food I picked out at the grocery store. I was in heaven.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - That’s so cool! Your own cabinet! My Mom never gave me my own cabinet, but she gave my Dad one- in the garage. HahahaReplyCancel

     If you gott hunger pangs.     If you gott a taste for consistently good food.     If you gott a weak spot for cafe life.     If you gott a lunch date.     If you gott a thirst.     If you gott a love of life, then pull up a chair at Gott Gourmet and Chef David Gotter (from Chicago) will be […]


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