Happy 2013 .. On Your Terms

Jan 1, 2013 by

As 2013 opens its door to us we stand on the threshold of seemingly unlimited possibilities. However, as  I watch the rain drops fall (and think thank goodness it’s not snowing in Atlanta!)  it seems like I’ve been given a small gift to begin the new year. With the gray clouds overhead today I don’t feel a need to go and do. There will be time to think about that  in the 364 days to come. Today is for taking a small breath, to listen to the quiet, to be satisfied with the now without the pressure of achieving goals. There will be time to think about that in the 364 days to come. Happiness comes in unexpected ways. Today it’s a rain drop. Tomorrow it might be something that drives career success or the nurturing of...

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To Grit or Not To Grit

Aug 3, 2012 by

As a Yankee living in the South I quickly learned there are certain foods that one is suppose to like. Like grits. Whenever I think of grits I can’t help but but remember the scene from My Cousin Vinny when Vincent Laguardia Gambini, played by Joe Pesce, and his girlfriend Mona Lisa Vito, played by Marisa Tomei, first encounter a grit. Not unlike my own experience I must admit. Today I met a colleague for breakfast at one of Atlanta’s trendy morning meeting restaurants — the West Egg Café.  As I was about to take a bite of my grits I stopped mid fork and said to Mathilde, “I hated grits until I tried these (stone ground grits).” She looked at me and said, “That’s a pretty strong statement.”  My thoughts turned to other...

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Grilling For Veggies

Jun 8, 2012 by

We called it barbecuing. Growing up in Boston the onset of summer, which hopefully was more June than July (!) was when Dad took the cover off the grill.  At first it was hot dogs, burgers, chicken, steak and ribs that found their way to the grill.  Then Dad got fancy adding salmon and fresh seasonal corn to his repertoire  but pretty much it stopped there. Oh wait .. there were of course, the critical s’mores! It wasn’t until I moved to Atlanta that I found out there was a big difference between BBQ and grilled food. Whatever you call it there is nothing quite as wonderful as food cooked on a grill. One of the benefits of living in the South is I can grill all year long.  My favorites these days are experimenting...

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Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends...

May 21, 2012 by

Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends is an All The Singles Girlfriend series that shines a virtual spotlight on amazing women who have been supporting women and girls over a period of time. For so many of our All The Single Girlfriend community there is a very, special role that we play that is often over looked or simply taken for granted by much of our culture especially in the western world.  We are called: ThIa. Tía. Faster. Moster. Teta. Täti. Tante. Emtë. Teze. Ciocia. Tia. Aunt. Auntie.  Melanie Notkin knew first hand the the precious joy and value of being an aunt. In 2008, she launched an online community, Savvy Aunties, to bring awareness and celebrate the value of the modern aunt. From that platform Melanie went on to create an influential lifestyle brand that resulted in something even...

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Table Set For One

Apr 10, 2012 by

I didn’t always live alone. I grew up in a home with a mom, dad and sister. Then there were college roommates, the boyfriend, after college roommates and now of course Max .. do you count your dog? In between there was living alone .. which can be quite wonderful and no more lonely than living with people. Last week I said good bye to a special roommate, my nephew Scott. Scott moved in with me and Max last March when his job took him from Boston to Atlanta. I must admit I had a few concerns about sharing a house with a 21-year old. However, more often than not, life takes you down roads unexpected. The year with Scott was a delight.  It was fun sharing day-to-day living, watching the Food Network, playing...

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Cereal Beyond Saturday Morning Cartoons...

Mar 16, 2012 by

“Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It’s too controversial.” – Erma Bombeck Snap crackle pop! Saturday morning my sister and I would join the ranks of kids all over the U.S. We filled bowls with cereal and happily munched away watching cartoons. Until I went to college cereal, as a meal, was Only for breakfast. But late night studying and er late night partying often leads to a case of munchies. Cereal was fast, comforting and easy to keep in a dorm room. That’s when I learned that if one type of cereal was good mixing different textures and flavors was even better! Topped off with some fresh berries or dried cranberries and my cartoon breakfast moved into a causal dinner food. (And...

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ATSGF 1st Anniversary

Feb 14, 2012 by

One year ago today an amazing community of Girlfriends began a new adventure together. All The Single Girlfriends captured the imagination of women who had blown out the candles on their fortieth birthday cake. Some weeks ago some years ago. We wanted to change the perceptions about women who are “single in spirit” after the Big 4-0. We knew we were still as fabulous, sexy and amazing as the day before .. maybe even more so! So we did what Girlfriends do .. we told our stories. What happened was even more amazing. By sharing our stories we found kindred spirits. Among our diversity of experiences we found similarities. We touched lives and we validated the importance of girlfriends .. to support, to share, to just have fun. Thanks to Marianne Richmond for her...

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The One Thing I Will Do In 2012 Come Hell or High Water!...

Jan 3, 2012 by

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. ~  Edith Lovejoy Pierce This quote from Edith Lovejoy Pierce seems particularly relevant for an online community, since of course, each new post begins with a blank page. On All The Single Girlfriends our posts wrap around the stories of our life experiences. Often they reflect our dreams, joys, hopes and sometimes our sadnesses. Our Gf authors are amazing and I wondered how they were going to fill the blank pages of their 2012 books .. what did they want to do in 2012 .. come hell or high water!   Debra Pearlman ~ Resolutions … been there, broke that.  I’d rather say that I’d focus...

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New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day Foodie Traditions .. Or Not...

Dec 30, 2011 by

Foodie Friday has turned into one of All The Single Girlfriends’ most popular series.  It’s one of my favorites too. During the past year our Gf Authors have opened their recipe boxes to share family treasures and opened their hearts to share foodie memories. We can dish and dish it up with the best! We  ♥ to eat healthy but only if it’s delish like Kelley Conner’s veggie chili. But Girlfriends, we ♥ our desserts! Check out  Marianne Richmond’s Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie  so yum! Rebecca Crichton’s posts are often a trip into the exotic .. like how she celebrates the holidays by combining  Chinese garlands, a Greek main dish, Easter European latkes and lots of love and laughter. Speaking of recipes from afar .. New Zealander Jilly Martin’s authentic Pavola is a not to...

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Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends...

Dec 28, 2011 by

Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends is an All The Singles Girlfriend series that shines a virtual spotlight on amazing women who have been supporting women and girls over a period of time. Elisa Camahort Page is the co-founder and COO of BlogHer, Inc. Founded in 2005, BlogHer is the largest community of women who blog. Interviewing Elisa and highlighting BlogHer is extra special for me. I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with BlogHer, as a contributing writer and conference speaker, beginning at the first BlogHer conference.  It is with great pleasure that I introduce Elisa Camahort Page to you! atsGf/Toby:  What is your favorite quote: Elisa Camahort Page: My favorite quotes tend to be from movies, such as: “I do not think that word means what you think it means.” – Princess Bride or “I gave her my heart, she...

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Halloween Foodie Treats!

Oct 28, 2011 by

They’re creepy and their kooky .. mysterious and spooky ..  nope not the Addams Family. You’ll find  no tricks here. From our food blogging friends ten treat recipes for your Halloween party. 1. Harry Potter Halloween Recipes found by Gf Yvonne DiVita! 2. Skeleton Cupcakes from Cookies & Cups are perfect whimsy for your party. 3. For our vegan friends no bake treats from Oh She Glows. 4. Chronically Vintage (written by 27 year old Jessica) offers a blast from the past treats from the 1950’s. 5. Love these cute treat yellow pepper Jack-o-lanterns from Spabettie. 6. Perhaps not scary but very fun is the way Chattering Kitchen uses teeny pumpkins to serve pumpkin soup but of course! 7. What’s Halloween without a perfect caramel apple? Gelato Sundae has a yummy recipe for candy corn bark too! 8. What’s a...

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Summer To Fall With A Little App Help...

Sep 16, 2011 by

This morning when I took my pup Max for his walk there was a definite hint of autumn in the air. I looked up into the trees .. and yes, there were even a few red and orange leaves. Where did summer go? Since it’s Foodie Friday on All The Single Girlfriends, I wondered how or if  you transition your cooking and baking to reflect the seasons. Not counting the holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa where tradition has a huge impact .. but more quietly.  Do your recipes include more root veggies than fruit? Are your meals hardier? If you live somewhere where the seasons don’t vary does the calendar influence your cooking style? Skipping around the Internet I found an app that can help transition your cooking from summer to winter....

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