Costa Rican Kitchen

During a past trip to Costa Rica, I was invited into one of the local’s home for a traditional Costa Rican meal.

I was surprised at how simple yet efficient the kitchen was and loved the wood burning stove.  The entire house had no windows and was totally open and exposed to outside elements.

I was served a wonderful Costa Rican meal of rice and beans by gracious hosts who spoke limited English.  The experience was unlike any other that I have had on my travels, and it later inspired me to expand my cooking skills.

During this time of the pandemic, being stuck at home for longer periods of time, I am again exploring new foods and new recipes.  It’s the perfect time to be creative in the kitchen, cooking foods from the past as well as new recipes from other places around the world.

Although our physical travel may be limited at this time, we can still travel through our cuisine and experience the spices and flavors of other countries in our own homes.

Helping Kids through the Pandemic

Pinkerton’s Pandemic was written to help children deal with anxiety and fear during the global COVID 19 pandemic, that affected people worldwide and changed many lives forever.

Through the use of storytelling and humor, Pinkerton’s Pandemic is about a cat who had to adjust to his human parents being home every day, creating chaos in his normal routine and how he ultimately learned how to cope living with his nutty family as life resumed.

Available on Amazon, Tomorrow River Publishing and Kindle

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Killer Cabbage

Today I wanted to make some homemade cabbage soup and got in the car to go to the local grocery store, but then paused.  I sat in the car thinking, was it worth getting a cabbage to possibly get coronavirus and die?  The answer wasn’t as easy as you would think.  At first I thought, yes, I’m fine, I’m not going to catch anything, then I thought about, what if?

What if I came into contact with someone who was ill and I picked up the potentially deadly virus?  I struggled with the decision and then got upset.  I only wanted to make soup, nothing out of the ordinary, not go ski-diving or jump off a bridge, things that are considered risky.  I just wanted to make some healthy tasty soup, yet now the message I was hearing on the news was that a trip to the grocery store to get a cabbage could possibly kill me….

How to live life in uncertain and unpredictable times?  Not an easy thing to do.  I am following the CDC’s guidelines and trying to avoid large groups of people and staying at home for the most part, but sometime’s it’s not easy.  I turned the engine off and got out of my car.  I did not get the cabbage and sulked into my house, without a cabbage, feeling disappointed.

I also talked to my son down south yesterday.  He informed me that he didn’t have any toilet paper.  I finished our phone call and later thought, I didn’t ask him if he needed any toilet paper.  So I called back and asked him a question I thought I would never ask.  “Can I send you some toilet paper?”

As we all continue to adjust to the shortages and to isolation, we need to be responsible and take care of ourselves the best we can.  Life is not easy, but somehow we will all get through this together and rebuild our lives, our countries, and our economies.  Life will go on.

In the meantime, I go without cabbage soup and my son goes without toilet paper, yet we survive!