Friday, September 28, 2018

Because I Love You, I Give You, Hollyhock Salad Dressing

When I was in Canada a few weeks back, at Hollyhock Center on Cortes Island, there was gorgeous scenery. One of the most gorgeous scenes of all was the salad dressing on the table at lunch and dinner. They have a phenomenal garden at Hollyhock and the simple garden greens dressed with this stuff were amazing. I think I've posted maybe one other recipe on Smacksy in the past billion years. That's how important this salad dressing is, you guys.

There's barely any left, of course.

This recipe is from their cookbook, Hollyhock Cooks.

1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup tamari
1-4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Place cider vinegar, tamari, garlic and nutritional yeast in a blender and combine. With blender running, pour in oil to reach desired consistency. Lasts for 2 weeks if refrigerated.

You're welcome.


Like this.

You know those nights? The ones where you can't stop thinking and your thoughts wake you up at 2:40 AM and then never let you go back to sleep ever so you're a non-brain-eating zombie the next day? That's my story. Scrolling through my photos today I found some evidence that my phone was maybe a little zombified too since I didn't take any of these photos on purpose.


Well composed and extremely flattering.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Oh, Hi

I came home earlier today and opened the front door to this.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

This Book I Read

I'm following up here on my Rosh Hashana resolution to read a book a week. So.
I read a book last week.

I finished Nikki Nash's, 72 Raisins, three days ago and I haven't stopped thinking about it. It's a story of one man's search for meaning and it's funny and warm and sometimes creepy with interesting characters and a few well-placed plot twists. Anytime a book follows me around, days after I put it down, it's a good thing. This book is a good thing.

I am a fan of in-real-life Nikki Nash and I am not being compensated for this review.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Monday Night

"Have a good practice, Bob."

"Okay, Mom. You going to watch the game for me?"


"Thanks. Tell the Rockies I love 'em."

Friday, September 21, 2018

Do You Remember the 21st Night of September? (I Do)

Today is the fourteen-year anniversary of my first date with Mr. Rosenberg. (Yay!)
In celebration, I have two links for you. (More yay!)
First, please re-enjoy a brief summary of the summer of first dates that got me to the best one.
Then, because the actual calendar date is in the first line, dance to this goodness.

Thursday, September 20, 2018


I don't know what goes on. I probably don't want to know.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


His position seems uncomfortable to me but then, I haven't done it. Yet.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Pre-Coffee Walk

The morning after a storm, walking down to breakfast. Yes. I do miss it.

Monday, September 17, 2018

When Mom Gets Back in Town

"Those flowers are beautiful honey, thanks."

"Yes, welcome home. We made you this grand display."

Friday, September 14, 2018


This tradition of taking your shoes off before going inside, how can I get the dogs to comply?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Today I made the trip to Cortes Island in British Columbia in a fun-sized teensy plane. The views were spectacular. I somehow managed to fall asleep during most of it, but the part I did stay awake for was pretty great. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018


It's Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. I've decided to make a Rosh Hashanah resolution. I am going to read a book a week. This will be a drastic change from my current reading pattern of not even close to a book a week. I will let you know how it's going. And what I'm reading. And what I think of what I'm reading. L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu. (May you be inscribed (in the book of life) for a good year.) (Books are a theme, I guess.)

Friday, September 7, 2018

Line of Questioning

"Hey, Mom."

"Hey, Bob."

"What's that wreath for?"

"No reason. Just a wreath."

"No, I mean what holiday?"

"It's just to decorate the door."

"But that's not a holiday."

"Bob, why are you the wreath police all of a sudden?"

"It's not sudden, Mom. There's usually a real wreath reason."

Thursday, September 6, 2018


Teddy has his own tea towel, gifted by a friend who knows our situation.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Those Eyes

I'm pretty sure when they talk about "limpid pools" they have this guy in mind.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Box of 1990 Unopened Packs

When your mom's friend goes to yard sales and cool swap meets on the weekends and keeps an eye out for you, your baseball card collection RULES. (So does your mom's friend.)

Monday, September 3, 2018


I'm a few days late on this, but I finally noticed it's September. This is my favorite month and so far, September has been playing along.

Saturday, September 1, 2018