Elizabeth Chennamchetty
Life Happens. Sometimes you just have to write about it.

Pearl the Adventure Rat

There once was a rat named Pearl. She went on a trip – what a whirl. They kept me alive. Maybe even strive. But after this tale, you may hurl.       She found this – right off the bat! “Silly people, you know I’m a rat.” “Oh, no!” everyone freaked. Except Pearl – who peaked out from the tiny hole. Malik was worried, “Oh! No!” “What will I […] Read More

rat on the run

Roly Poly …

“Excuse me, there is a roly poly on your shoulder.” A woman says to me at the YMCA, as I try to transfer my family membership to the branch we frequent most often. I’ve been trying to transfer this membership for the past three weeks, my kids are getting kind of impatient with the process. All three are sitting on the floor between me and the counter, one is laying […] Read More


Wash Your Hands

I dropped Malik and Isabella off at school on Tuesday and headed for Black Market. It’s a local coffee shop that’s become a mid-week indulgence. I order a latte and breakfast sandwich every time and I like it so much I’ve never moved on to any other menu options. Blu likes the gooey, warm cinnamon rolls the best. As soon as we swing the door open, the aroma invites us […] Read More

pastry

Thank you for your support

It’s amazing how life takes control once in a while and time just slips right by. It’s been a while since my last post!  With three little ones running around the house it’s been far too easy for me to get lost in time. My littlest Chennamchetty turned three this past last weekend! Three! We are officially a diaper free home and I registered her for preschool on Wednesday. I have to say, it’s […] Read More

book signing

Fig and Blue Cheese Crostini Appetizer

If you are having a wine and cheese night you need to add these to the menu. You won’t be sorry.   1 baguette olive oil (to brush on the sliced baguette) 1 cup cabernet sauvignon 1 cup sugar 2 cups Mission Figs ½ cup Point Reyes Blue Cheese (can be hard to find, but this is by far the best kind to use for this recipe) ½ cup Mascarpone   […] Read More

fig and wine

Pretend Husband & Wife – Take One

I’m covered in dirt, weeding in the backyard. The kids are playing in the yard. Isabella’s on skates, Blu is on a skateboard and Malik is riding his razor.   “Let’s play mom and dad” Isabella suggests. “Okay!”  Malik and Blu agree. “I’m the mom.” “I’m the dad. Call me Vijay.” “I’m the bebe.” Blu chimes in. “Okay! I’m Liz!” Isabella giggles, tickled with her idea and sudden name change. […] Read More

mom and dad stick figures

Potato Leek Soup

This soup is totally awesome. It is flavorful, filling and so easy to make! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 3 leeks, whites only, diced 1 fennel bulb, diced 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled 4 cups vegetable stock 1 ½ pounds russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch piece 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley salt […] Read More

potato leek soup

It’s Not A Dog

Okay … here’s a riddle.   What has four legs Will chase a ball (really) Is totally down to chill And has five fingers   While you’re figuring that out, here’s our story… We purchased our first family pet. I’m not counting the three lethargic geriatric cats we had when the kids came along as pets. They were too old to understand kids and the kids were too young to […] Read More


Most Likely to (Succeed) Go to Jail

Most Likely to Succeed Go to Jail I know which of my children will be named most likely to go to jail in their high school year book. It happened right in front of me. I didn’t even notice – not until some 20 hours after the crime was committed. Yesterday I took Isabella to the optometrist’s office. I took her immediately because she began complaining that the board was […] Read More

handcuffs

Pirate Queen

I slipped into a habit of turning on the TV before school to give the kids something to do while we were all getting ready. As a result, I inadvertently created little TV zombies. So now, we don’t watch any television before or after school Monday through Friday. “TV and tablets are for the weekends only,” Malik and Isabella regurgitate disappointedly every morning they wake up on a school day. It’s […] Read More

pirate princess