About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan and freelance writer. Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb volunteers at the school library and is a music minister at her parish. She is also an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Barb blogs at FranciscanMom and shares her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.


  1. University of Notre Dame!!
    Go Irish for our son, Andrew, and his wife Mary Anne who are ND grads!

    Michigan State Spartans!
    Go Green! Go White! For our son, James, and his girlfriend Sarah who are MSU grads!

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