Looking Sideways – Introvert/Extrovert …Couples learn to thrive

The year-end holiday marathon—the 40 days between Thanksgiving and New Year—has finally exhausted itself—and exhausted me along with it. On Jan. 2, I celebrated my own favorite holiday—National Introvert Day (yes, that’s a real thing) by finally getting some peace and quiet and recharging my batteries. I wasn’t depressed; I was just being myself, an introvert. Continue reading Looking Sideways – Introvert/Extrovert …Couples learn to thrive

Sizzle Simmer Sauté Sylvania – Rolling through January with homemade stromboli

Stromboli, a rolled-style sandwich typically made from pizza or bread dough and filled with Italian cheeses and cold cuts, originated from the Italian American neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love, and the place I’m proud to say I’m from, is home to so many delicious culinary creations, think Philly cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, and hoagies. Continue reading Sizzle Simmer Sauté Sylvania – Rolling through January with homemade stromboli

Sylvania Then & Now – 5723 Main Street, Part 1

This property is somewhat near and dear to my heart as this is the house where I grew up. This house has that wonderful wraparound front porch, and back in the 1960s and 70s there was constant foot traffic past our house. The post office and church were across the street, the Sterling Milk store and Medic Drug Store were to the north, and downtown Sylvania to the south. Just about once or twice a week we would set up a Kool-Aid stand in our front yard, and had never ending customers. We went through lots of Kool-Aid and made enough money to take a trip down to Seitz Bakery, Lindau’s Soda Fountain, or Sterling’s for their large selection of penny candy. Remember? Continue reading Sylvania Then & Now – 5723 Main Street, Part 1

Sizzle Simmer Sauté Cookbook – Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli, also known as Pasta Fazool, is a thick and hearty Italian soup. Its name simply means pasta and beans, but it’s also chock-full of vegetables including carrots, celery and onions. This soup can easily be made vegetarian by swapping the beef for two cups of fresh spinach. Continue reading Sizzle Simmer Sauté Cookbook – Pasta e Fagioli

Looking Back – 5840 Summit Street

This house was built on Lot No. 4 of the Briggs Place subdivision in 1910 by George and Lottie (Chandler) Cook. They were married in 1894. Lottie’s brother was Dana Chandler who owned and operated a cement block manufacturing company in Sylvania. In 1910, each brother-in-law built the exterior of their homes on Summit Street entirely of “Chandler” block. These blocks were made to give the effect of cut stone, and just about every house in Sylvania, built before 1930, has a foundation built of this Sylvania-made block. Continue reading Looking Back – 5840 Summit Street

Computer 101 – Happy New Year everyone

A new year and new good habits. Organize those drawers and, oh my, that closet! I must be preaching to myself. I promise to get A Round Tuit. However, I am great at keeping my computer backed up and in good shape. Make this your resolution. Clean up your files and pictures. Get more organized. You will feel fantastic. Continue reading Computer 101 – Happy New Year everyone

Sunny Side Up! – Is that a real badge?

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Sylvania Area Family Services “Shop with a Hero” event at Meijer on W. Central Ave. It is a heartwarming event where children are paired with local firefighters/EMTs and police officers to shop for the holidays. It was there that I ran into Ben Bostater. As someone who has shared the happenings of our police departments in Sylvania, I knew Ben from years of taking the young man’s photo at various police related events. He has been part of the Sylvania Explorer program through the Sylvania Police Department as long as I can remember. The program gives Sylvania School District high school students the opportunity to explore careers in criminal justice. I approached Ben, as he was shopping with a delighted youngster in the toy section at Meijer, and commented on the noticeable upgrade of the Explorer uniform. He responded with, “Um, that’s a real gun Mary Helen and a real badge.” Can we say emotional meltdown in aisle 23? Continue reading Sunny Side Up! – Is that a real badge?

Looking Sideways – Supermarket etiquette brightens holiday

The just-completed holiday period between Thanksgiving and New Year began on what economists say is the busiest grocery shopping day of the year, Turkey Day Eve. As I fought the supermarket crowds ramping up to the holiday that day, I discovered some remarkable kindness among my fellow shoppers. Call it “Supermarket Etiquette.” Continue reading Looking Sideways – Supermarket etiquette brightens holiday

Sizzle Simmer Sauté Sylvania – Take the chill off with two classic Italian soups

Happy new year and welcome to winter in northwest Ohio! There’s no better time of year to hunker down and enjoy a big steaming bowl of homemade soup – exactly what’s needed to take the chill off cold January days. Not only is soup comforting and warm, but it’s easy to prepare and good for you. Here are two classic Italian soups to cook up this month including local Chef Liz Donaldson’s Italian Wedding Soup and my version of the rustic Pasta e Fagioli. Continue reading Sizzle Simmer Sauté Sylvania – Take the chill off with two classic Italian soups