but before you go hating on me, hear me out! Though she hasn’t graced the CP pages that heavily, my grandma (or “the G-Ma” as we lovingly referred to her), was a true gem of a person. She had one of the most generous hearts of anyone I know, and naturally, killed it when it came to Valentine’s Day – so much so that I wrote a sweet story about her over on I included a little excerpt below, and a link to the full article on the site. Hope you guys enjoy!

In other news, it’s a 3 day weekend, and I’m cooking up a storm. Recipes to come again next week! xoxo Clara

“Why? Are you afraid I’ll throw myself out a window?” I breezily responded to my friend’s dinner invitation for the following Friday. It wasn’t just any Friday; it was Valentine’s Day, and for me, the first one flying solo in almost a decade. Three weeks prior, my seven-year relationship had come to a close. In just a few short weeks I’d gone from country-weekend house hunting and discussing baby names to Manhattan studio-apartment hunting and embracing single-dom for the first time since college. While my friend was concerned for my physical safety as the holiday approached, I was actually looking forward to it.

Yes, I’d just ended a milestone relationship, but…Read More

  1. Love the story! I actually read it recently. Is funny you posted it here today. :) Happy V day to you!

  2. jas

    I was so touched by your story about your Grandma. It was all completely familiar to me with the exception being that my Grandmother came here from Europe and I am 2nd generation. She did not drive and was true to her traditions. Those traditions made our family the recipients of the best food ever made by anyone! But the love, caring and adoring she gave to me is remembered constantly to this day and there are many, many days to count to get to the age I am now. A terrible relationship with my own mother only deepened the love and closeness I had with my Grandmother and vice-versa. And so, I am deeply touched by your wonderful words. These are truly the relationships that form our lives.

  3. Lola

    What a wonderful tribute to your grandmother, Clara. My mom sent me your self magazine story and it made me smile. I have so many fond memories of Molly and still miss her. Keep up the good work!


  4. Lola

    Sorry for the silly slip - I meant Mary :-(

  5. La Torontoise

    Clara, so touching…

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