Day 4 of the 12 Days of Cherries Giveaway: An E-Book!

Cherries in Winter

I'm still celebrating the 3rd anniversary of the release of Cherries in Winter - by giving away gifts! Today's present: the e-book version of Cherries :) All you have to do to win is be the first person to leave a comment on my blog. When you do, please specify your e-reading device: Kindle, … [Read more...]

Day 3 of the 12 Days of Cherries: Softcover Giveaway!

Cherries in Winter softcover

More gifts! More gifts! Today's gift giveaway: the softcover version of Cherries in Winter, with added chapters and recipes. Sweet! First person to leave a comment on the blog is the winner! xx, S     Rules: Void where prohibited. You must be at least 18 years old to enter, … [Read more...]

Day 2 of the 12 Days of Cherries Giveaway: Audiobook!

Cherries in Winter on audiobook

Today's prize is the audio version of Cherries in Winter - perfect for people who like to listen to books while they travel or work out. Or maybe you know someone who has a vision impairment who likes hearing their prose. Either way, I've got one copy of Cherries in Winter: My Family's Recipe for … [Read more...]

Esteem Room


One of the themes I wrote about in Cherries in Winter was the recession. My grandparents survived the Great Depression; my great-grandparents were immigrants who barely got by. My mother and I learned a lot from our family's experiences about strength, optimism, and occasionally spending some … [Read more...]

Putting Up Gratitude Soup

Suzan and Mom Cherries in Winter

Happy day after Thanksgiving! This day has come to be known as Black Friday, when people take advantage of their time off from work by getting ahead on their holiday shopping. I guess that makes sense. But I'm still basking in the glow of a day that was so extraordinary in its ordinary beauty, … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Aunt Marie and Nana, Cherries in Winter

My gratitude list today: My family * amazing friends * all the love and support we received during the flood * we didn't lose too much * generators, gas cans, & extension cords * great neighbors, all pitching in and helping each other * getting the power back! * yoga * my fabulous teachers … [Read more...]

Cherries in Winter: The First Chapter

Cherries, chapter 1!

As part of my 3rd anniversary celebration of Cherries in Winter, and as a teaser for those gifts I mentioned (coming soon; stay tuned!), here is the first chapter of Cherries. I hope you enjoy it, and please leave a comment to let me know what you think! CHERRIES IN WINTER: CHAPTER 1 January … [Read more...]

Happy Anniversary!


This month marks the third anniversary of Cherries in Winter being published. It's a very meaningful anniversary, too; if you've been following my Facebook posts and Tweets, you know that the area I live in got hit pretty hard by Sandy. Fortunately we didn't lose much, but what we lost was very … [Read more...]

Every Day Is Mother’s Day

Mom and me. Back then, I thought every day was Mother's Day. And I still do.

When I was little, coming up with a Mother's Day gift was easy. All I had to do was paste some macaroni in the shape of a heart to a piece of pink construction paper, scrawl a brief but meaningful message in crayon ("i love you mommy"), and my mother would be thrilled. As I got older, around the … [Read more...]