Flash Fiction: Call Me Mary

My parents were sitting pensively in their respective wingback chairs in our overly decorated living room. As we finished dinner, I had asked if we could have a chat tonight, which I never do. They were nervous. As was I. Fiddling with the beaded tassels of the throw pillow on the sofa, I cleared my…

Carrot Zucchini Soup

I don’t like zucchinis. Not even a little bit. But they are good for you and I get them from my CSA whether I want them or not. Thus, I must find ways to hide them in other things, like this carrot based soup! Ingredients: 1 white onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves 1 Tbl canola…

Picture Prompt

Writing challenge this week is to create a story from a random picture. I started off with this just to get a feel for the landscape…how or why this person is naked in the grass, I haven’t decided yet. Ideas welcome! The prickly blades of grass smacked her bare shoulders when she sat up. Her hair…

Cheddar Chive Crackers

I am in love with home made crackers! After last week’s test run of Cheddar Chia, I’m trying out Cheddar Chive…and you guessed it, topped with sour cream. I couldn’t stop eating my last batch of crackers and I already knew what flavor combo I wanted to try next. Sour cream and chives are a perfect match…

Flash Fiction: The Way, Way Back

Gabe’s mouth was ringed red from the strawberries he’d been mashing into his face, his fingers stained the same color. But he was happy. Carla was not nearly as jubilant, more concerned about the one dot of juice that had tarnished the lace on her denim dress that I had tried to convince her not…

Wine-glazed Apricots

Stonefruits are in season and I received my first batch of fresh apricots in my CSA box this week. It was soooooo hard to not just eat them all right then and there. But I resisted…mainly because there were also nectarines in the box and those were already soft and juicy-ripe-get-in-your-mouth-right-now.  The apricots had to…

Flash Fiction: Monkey Showers

*based on a disturbingly true story Ten hours in the open jeep and Myra was covered in sweat and dust and couldn’t care less if Adam got the fire burning for the shower. Clean. She just wanted to be clean. “Myra, just chill, I’ll have this going in twenty.” Adam looked at her beseechingly. Myra…

Cheddar Chia Crackers

I was watching The Great British Baking Show recently and wondering why on earth do the American cooking competitions never have the “ordinary” items like they do on this show? It’s most fascinating to watch! The challenges are hard, but the items they have to produce are actually quite mundane. Such as crackers. Have you seen…

Black Bean Pasta with Summer Squash

Looking for something a little different for pasta night? There are so many brands of bean or lentil based pastas out there, a protein boost without the meat or faux-meat substitute! This recipe is vegan and the black bean pasta used was gluten-free. Ingredients: Black bean pasta 4 cloves garlic minced 1/2 lb of summer…

Flash Fiction: Missing Piece

The room was buzzing with nervous chatter, the bar crowded with patrons waiting their turn. It was by far the largest speed-matching event Nancy had attended. She checked her phone again, still no update from Julie who had texted to say she was running late. Of course. As always. Julie was the only reason Nancy…

Flash Fiction: Tree Rocket

Molly finished wiping away the crumbs left behind from lunch and looked over at Harper who was keeping her little hands busy by coloring big loose circles on paper on the floor. “What shall we do this afternoon, kiddo?” Molly asked. Harper shrugged and swapped a red crayon for a blue one. “We could put…