The Image of Autoimmune or “Invisible” Diseases – Is The Media Hurting Us?

Fibromyalgia, pain, Lyrica, Humeria, medications

I follow a group on Facebook called Fibro Colors Fibromyalgia Awareness. Often, posts from other followers are asked of the group and, this week, a post struck a nerve with me. Someone asked if we were tired of seeing the Lyrica commercial (and this question could be asked of all pharmaceutical company commercials for the major drugs typically used to treat… Read more »

Beer Nuggets…A Flashback to College Life

beer nuggets, fried pizza dough, Dekalb, NIU

I lived in Dekalb, Illinois quite a few years ago and attended college at Northern Illinois University. And, if you have ever spent time in Dekalb, or attended NIU, you know what beer nuggets are. According to an article from the Northern Star back in 1989, beer nuggets began at Sgt. Peppers restaurant and were the result of an employee… Read more »

Cookie Bowls…Not as Easy as They Appear on Pinterest

cookie bowl, chocolate chip cookie

If you are a foodie like myself, you probably spend at least some time looking at food photos on Pinterest. A while ago, pictures kept coming up of cookie bowls, many made on the bottom of a muffin pan. Simply form your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe over the muffin molds and bake…yeah right. After numerous attempts with my favorite… Read more »

What Do You Mean Spinach in a Brownie?

Spinach, arugula, chocolate brownies, cheesecake

As a spoonie, I know that I need to be eating as healthy as possible but, to be honest, I have never been a fan of vegetables. In most cases, it isn’t the taste of the vegetable, but more the texture. I am what they call a textural eater. For example, when it comes to soup, my favorite is cream… Read more »

Chronic Disease University – A Little Spoonie Humor

Chronic Disease, mobility issues, humor, spoonie

Suffering from a chronic disease can be very difficult as you adjust to the changes in your body.  These constant changes and loss of certain functions can take a huge toll.  If there is one thing I have learned, it’s that even though adjusting to your new life and abilities may be difficult and make you angry, laughter is still… Read more »

Did Someone Say “Bacon?”

Look at all that cheese!!

When it comes to bacon, I could easily eat it with every meal. I can eat it crispy or with a little wiggle. I can eat it alone but I love mixing it with different foods. Even as a child, my favorite sandwich was the classic turkey and bacon club. I personally think bacon can compliment just about anything. Anyone… Read more »

The First Batch of Huckleberry Muffins – YUMMY

huckleberries, huckleberry muffins

After resting from a day in the woods collecting huckleberries, my daughter Kaitlyn and I were in the kitchen deciding on what treats to make with our large bowl of berries. Given that we love blueberry muffins for breakfast, we decided huckleberries would add a different twist to our breakfast favorite. If you have never had huckleberries, they are similar… Read more »

A Day in the Woods, Huckleberries and a Painful Body

Eastern washington mountains, huckleberry picking

Picking berries has always been a favorite adventure of mine. Living many years in Oregon, wild blackberries grow everywhere and the kids and I were always out picking…and I am aggressive picker. No thorns ever get in my way. Over the years, my kid’s have joked that it is not a good picking day unless mom is bleeding. And, this… Read more »

Come Join Our New Community and Make New Friends

I am very excited to announce the addition of a new community forum designed for spoonies and foodies. For spoonies, there are areas for disease-specific sharing, tips and tricks to deal with pain, medication information and much more. No one should have to be a spoonie alone and this community gives you a chance to come together with other spoonies… Read more »