Monthly Archives: May 2015

Time To Revisit Your New Year’s Resolutions?

New year's Resolutions

Hope is not a plan. Turn your wish into a plan.

What really matters to you in 2015 and what’s your plan?

Take a moment to reflect on the first six months of 2015 and look ahead to the rest of 2015. Do you need to change course? Re-commit? Congratulate yourself?

Try this exercise. Start by writing down a resolution, which is really just a glorified wish. Now write down a concrete plan to make it happen. If the resolution appears to be too much to tackle in the moment i.e. you have no idea how to start, then reframe it. This exercise is about success not failure. Continue reading

Skeletons in the Closet

Friday Fictioneers
(Copyright Douglas MacIlroy)

Skeletons in the Closet
Genre: Narrative Medicine

Kat acknowledged her newest nanny with her best, I’m ok face, certain that it would be reported to her very important parents; never present themselves to notice. She chewed and chewed and then spit into her napkin; a distraction, a sleight of hand and the napkin would disappear down her evening dress.

Some nights she had no choice but to swallow, especially when Cook was her dining partner.
“Mangia, you are too thin Miss Kitty.”
“This pasta is so delicious,” Kat would appease, gagging down a few strands, visualizing them expanding on her monstrous thighs.
Keeping the peace with more lies, she would vomit in silence later.

Read more flash fiction from Friday Fictioneers here.

The wisdom in this post?
Sit down with your children for one meal a day, be with them and open your heart to truly see them. You are not too busy.

On a lighter note here is a photo of my family at my youngest son’s wedding. I guess we never know how much we screw up our children but these young men of mine seem happy and healthy and for that I am grateful.


It’s Harvest Season – Friday Fictioneers

Photo credit @santoshwriter

Photo credit @santoshwriter

It’s Harvest Season

Maria felt the first few drips of fluid at dawn, waves of unbearable pain followed. Her picking hands were slowed, her back hunched. The gathering light gone, she finally collapsed at dusk. Continue reading

welcome diversions and writer’s block for friday fictioneers

firday fictioneers

genre flash nonsense
100 or so words

Welcome Diversions

“Another Friday Fictioneers huh?” he said looking over her shoulder as she read email in bed, “but it’s Wednesday, I don’t get it.”
Mildly annoyed by the intrusion she replied, “I like the challenge of getting my story written by Wednesday for Friday.”
“Then what will you write on Friday?” he teased.
“That photo prompt reminds me of a, an, a towering you know,” he stuttered with a mischievous grin, “a firm edifice” he finished.
“I supposed the power lines remind you of sparks?” she teased as he spooned closer.
Welcoming the diversion she purred, “Sparks and towering you know whats, now that’s something I can work with.”

I make no excuses for my flash nonsense this week but hey – no one was injured or dying today unless you count the “le petite mort” which may or may not have happened.

To see what the serious authors are writing this week go here for Friday Fictioneers, flash fiction in 100 words or less.


Cauliflower Crust Mushroom Gorgonzola Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Mushroom Pizza


There are a zillion online cauliflower crust recipes and all of them use cauliflower, eggs (or vegan eggs), salt and pepper. I added herbs for flavor and almond meal for a boost of healthy fat and fiber. I topped my crust with garlicky mushrooms and Gorganzola cheese for a pizza worthy of a trendy vegetarian restaurant. This pizza can be served as a main dish or cut into small bites for an appetizer. Serve with fruit and salad for a delicious meal. It’s high in protein and low in carbohydrates. You could make it paleo by leaving off the cheese or substituting a cashew cream. Vegans substitute flax eggs and cashew cream cheese.


Cauliflower Crust Gorgonzola Mushroom Pizza

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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1/2 large head of cauliflower about 4 cups
3 eggs
1/2 cup almond meal
1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 cups mushrooms sliced
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 ounces Gorgonzola cheese crumbled

Preheat oven to 375 F.
Make cauliflower crust. Process raw cauliflower in a food processor until consistency of small rice grains. Microwave 5 minutes, stirred halfway through. Squeeze cauliflower in a clean tea cloth until mostly dry. Be careful it is hot out of the microwave. Add herbs, almond meal, salt and pepper let cool sightly. Add the beaten eggs and combine.

Line a large baking sheet with oiled parchment paper. Smooth cauliflower mixture over baking sheet forming a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick crust. Bake 20 minutes.

Sauté mushrooms and garlic in olive oil until mushrooms release their moisture. 10-15 minutes.

Top prepared crust with mushrooms and sprinkle with cheese.
Return to oven and bake 15 minutes until cheese is golden.

This is how my dinner meals really look every night. 1/4 protein and 3/4 fruits and vegetables.
Cauliflower Crust Mushroom Pizza

Alone With My IV – Flash Fiction

Friday Fictioneers

Alone With My IV

each drip of chemo makes me want to hurl
each drip brings me closer
closer to what?
somewhere in between

what happened to Quinn?
last week
we dripped
now he’s gone
something about too many white cells
or too few white cells
killing the wrong cells maybe
doesn’t matter I guess
I only have strength
for my own

This is a work of fiction. I have not experienced chemotherapy myself but I understand that it is a bitter/sweet experience being with others who are going through it along side you; a chance to form unlikely friendships and bonds. In reality, I think we always face illness alone.

More flash fiction can be found at Friday Fictioneers here. Tell your story in 100 words or less.

Be well,

Roasted Mojito Chicken

Another Found Treasure recipe for your archives. Pin this one for a fresh, healthy chicken dish. Love it!

The McCallum's Shamrock Patch

Mojito ChickenRoasted Mojito Chicken will be the juiciest, most delicious, roasted chicken recipe you’ll ever make. It will have your family raving about your Roasted Chicken for weeks, combining a white rum Mojito Marinade with fresh mint and sliced limes, simply seasoned with cumin, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper

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