A much cooler YOLO.

Wow, I haven’t written is a while, well, about 12.2 pounds as a matter of fact.  Don’t judge me – every 0.2 pounds matters when you are working hard.


I have had a lot of inner dialog, and a lot of external dialog about what makes for a happy life.  Family, Love, Health being the top 3.  Stepping back and looking at all of that is very, how shall we put this….sobering.

I love my family, and I think I try hard to be present in their lives.  It is not easy for anyone to be the mom they want to be, be the wife they want to be, or be the daughter/sister they want to be.  I have a conversation in my head that goes something like this at the end of every day:  “That was a good day, the kids seemed really happy, pretty decent food, they ate well, and they got fresh air. I could have read to them though, instead of the movie, and I definitely could have sat down and played barbies and dinosaurs with them as well.  Wait – I haven’t talked to mom in a few days….omg, is my brother travelling?  I need to check in on him, wait, was today my uncles surgery?  Shoot, I don’t think I put milk out for the twins at breakfast, just juice, their bones will probably snap in half from neglect….Dang! I think we are out of gogurt, what is the temperature set at, the twins will be lucky if they don’t get pneumonia….”

OH.  MY.  GAWD.  There is no way I am going to survive like this.  Did I mention I have a full time career?  I will not start on the level of dialog I have going on in my head on THAT topic.

See, to be a highly functioning woman/mother/wife/employee you have to be a superhero.  You may NOT have vices and if you elect to do things for yourself (manicure/massage/dinner out) you will spend half the time feeling confident everything is falling apart and that you will have to do all the clean up anyways when you get home, so why did you even try to get time off?  You just have to work harder.  So why?  WHY?

Anyways, I have been analyzing this for a while and have been uncovering some triggers.  Things that get in the way of my success and I am eliminating them, because my brand of YOLO is the kind of “one life” that I want to be present in, and happy, and feel amazing.

Oh, and thus far in the process I lost over 12 pounds.

There is more to say, but I am not there yet.  I guess even at 46 you can be a work in progress…..

A Simpler Kitchen


Well, New Year, New Me, right?  Here I am, working away, raising kids, loving my husband, and definitely spending a lot of time on my personal growth.  I have a TON to share, but right now I will just let you know that I am on a new path.

Over the last, I guess 7 years, that I have been writing, I have had a lot of growth.  I became a mother, I changed jobs, am now in a new role as a regional sales director that includes travel, I also was on the radio for almost 6 years.  Talk about a whirlwind.

You know, I felt a lot, during my time in the media, that if someone invited me to their event, I had to offer a favorable review.  I was really torn, and as I got deeper into my life in the media, I started to decline offers.  I knew it was the beginning to an end.  I did not fit the mold and that life was not conducive to a healthy Missy.

When I quit the media, I was barraged with recipe developers and products who want influencers.  I am toying with it, but I think that my blog is not about that.  It is about a real life, being a good spouse, motherhood, a passion for food, and self discovery.

So, I do have a lot to share with you all.  Some of my news will knock your socks off.  Expect more conversation on my swiftly changing life, and some honest offerings of the difficult road I am on.  That is why I am calling this blog The Simpler Kitchen.

Simple Kitchen 12-10-17

Tressa Young of Salt, Fire and Time is in studio with some more delicious bone broth, and she’s dropping knowledge on Missy about the benefits of bone broth. The Saucy Minx is back. Tyna of Saucy Minx BBQ is now a Sauce-kers winner.

Ryan of Aria Gin is back, and he’s got some fine barrel finished gins that Aria is rolling out.


Final Ultimate Oregon Thanksgiving Show on The Simple Kitchen

WHAAAAAT- WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?  It is that time again.  I am fasting today so I can get crazy tomorrow.  Funnest show of the year!!!! (that’s me below)


As you know, Spookie & I are on the “farewell tour” of my show here at KPAM.  I have been on the air as the host of The Simple Kitchen for almost 6 years……and now I am  wrapping it up, calling it quits, walking away.  Fret not, because before we stick a fork in this thang, we will have ONE LAST Ultimate Oregon Thanksgiving with some of Portland’s top bloggers:

Lindsay A. Strannigan who writes at Rosemarried will talk to us about desserts, specifically a Cranberry Cream Pie as well as a Brussels Sprout Caesar !!

IMG_8491 will also welcome back Nancy Granada of Kindred Kitchen Will be showing us how to make Indian Corn Pudding !  (Gluten Free!!)

indian pudding

Jenni Bost will join from A Well Crafted Party and cover the Cranberry sauce!

Next up will be Carrie Cowan  who writes at Swell Kid , one of the Original members of the Ultimate Thanksgiving crew back to do what she does best:  Teach us about Turkey!!


We will be rounded out with the “Boys of Aria Gin” Erik & Ryan….showing us what we should be serving! (and keeping us in giggle-fits)



So, we will see you Sunday 10am to Noon for one HECK of a show!  Join Spookie & I, along with this talented group as we show you how to have :


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It is the beginning of the Farewell tour of The Simple Kitchen. David Specter of Bells Up Winery stops by with a couple of bottles of delicious wine, and a fascinating story of how Bells Up came to be so magical. Jess of Red Duck is back to talk taco sauce!


Alan and Ben of Bar Botellon have come to talk about Little Boxes and some delicious refillable wine. Dena of Tony’s Chocolonely has brought holiday chocolate. FRUIT MONKEY! Josh of Rubinette has returned with something perfect for Thanksgiving!


Taking Cuts

OMG.  Come on dude, did you really cut in front of me and in the process almost knock me over with you and your 3 year old sons North Face puffy coats?

I’m standing in line at a store at a museum, ready to purchase the payoff for my kids learning about astronauts and planes for 3 hours.  A really cool Black Hawk thingy and a Space-Barbie.  My kids are ready to explode, but are minding themselves …excited for the toys, and UNDERSTANDING that there are rules.  Insert “Dad out with his son alone on the weekend” guy.  This mofo is knocking everything over with he and his sons fashionably matching 300- dollar nylon poofs. (seriously – these coats are made for surviving while climbing the face of a Alaskan Glacier……WTF?)  This bastard literally walks in front of me and “takes a cut” as Montana pointed out.  What did I do?  Waited my turn then when standing next to him at the counter I asked the cashier loudly “did I do that right?  Is that the line?”  She smiles….knowing what is happening and loudly responds “oh yes, that large yellow line is where the line begins,”  I look at him, Mr. Asshole who puts leather shoes on his kid when it is POURING rain and the poor kids feet are now sopping, you know, despite the fact that he is a “holder toddler” and say straight to his face “YES, that’s what my daughter thought…she is 4 and has manners.”  Grabbed my bags and walked away.  See, he was still cashing out because he has to hold his child at all times.  Makes it hard to do anything quickly.  No sympathy.  None.  If my old ass can figure out that there are normally lines in stores, with all that I have going on in an average moment…..then this ass hat can try to step outside of his 3 inch bubble and OPEN HIS EYES.

What a dickweed.