My Gray Stripes

Becoming whole through family life. Desserts help.

How to plan a wedding

Planning my own wedding more than twenty-five years ago was easy.  Get engaged to the love of my life then do what everyone else was doing.  Be engaged for a … Continue reading

May 31, 2013 · 6 Comments

Why beer?

My friend, Bonnie, talked her older brother into purchasing a six-pack of Michelob beer, a big win for teen-aged girls.  To add to the drama, Bonnie was told to go … Continue reading

March 13, 2013 · 3 Comments

Stick a candle in it

Three layer red velvet cake with sumptuous cream cheese frosting.  That’s what my daughter is creating for  her brother’s fourteenth birthday as I write.  Decorate the house with balloons and … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · 4 Comments

Cookie exchange

When I was eleven years old I baked a batch of Snickerdoodles all by myself. I’ve been baking and eating cookies ever since.  That’s a lot of cookies! I have … Continue reading

December 22, 2012 · 5 Comments

Bring on dessert

I play a bantering game called “Best Title” with my journalist daughter.  It starts informally when one of us gives a title to a random life experience as if it … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · Leave a comment