I know that you all know how much I truly love my mother. The things she and I have been through the last two years have made us stronger than ever. She is indeed my best friend, confidant, and amazing … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day and Weathervane in Chapel Hill
This was published in the December 2013 issue of Alamance Magazine. I want to share it with you now, because it’s never a bad time for gift giving. With love, J ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Gift Giving There’s so much that comes to … Continue reading Gift Giving – Music and Brownies
I think in life that we always find that certain someone that changes the way we look at things. They change the way we do things. Frankly, they change our entire existence at times. Then sometimes, they scare the crap out … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Sara!!!
Some days are harder than others to move forward in life. I have had a few of those in the past few months (maybe quite a bit more than a few, to be honest). Now that it is just me, … Continue reading Surprise yourself…you’re worth it!
I guess losing someone never gets easier. Or maybe it does, and I don’t remember things being so tough after losing Paw-Paw so many years ago. I was a teenager then, and now an adult. The heart understands more now, … Continue reading Chicken Salad and Spring
What a crazy month it’s been! Four weeks ago tomorrow, Maw-Maw was first admitted to the hospital for kidney failure and a myriad of other things. Two weeks before that approximately she had a pretty bad fall, and that started the downhill roll for her kidneys. Between work, home, and hospital (or rehab center for 4 days) we’re all exhausted and ready for a break. Good news is that she came home Friday – hopefully for good now. All of us are tired of hospitals to be perfectly honest. The bad news…. She is now on permanent Dialysis. We’re a … Continue reading Changing the way we cook: Dialysis friendly recipes
I’ve had this one in my back pocket for a long time now, and frankly, I have my usual story about being incredibly busy in life. However, I’ve also been waiting for colder months. A very dear friend of The … Continue reading Sundays with Friends: Kelli and her Crawfish Soup
I hit my two-year Anniversary this week since TheOnyxPlate.com was started. Woohoo! What an amazing two years it has been with new places, new foods, and wonderful people I’ve met along my journey that has only just begun. I can’t … Continue reading Sundays with Friends: Wild Turkey in the Crock Pot
First, I must apologize for all of the “reflection” posts lately, and lack of recipes. I’ll be back on the recipes shortly, I promise. I’m just in a very pivotal moment it seems in life. By no means is it … Continue reading Rambling on my way to my 30s and a Cooking Class on 9/5/12!!! Yay!
I despise life sometimes. Well, let me rephrase that to be a bit more positive. *wink* I despise how life can get in the way of throwing together a fabulous meal every night. The definition of life in this statement … Continue reading Finding time for Tuna Steak Piccolini…