A new year reset

We're sitting fresh into a new year, a time when everyone is discussing resolutions, #newyearnewyou, and are flushed with motivation. Personally, I was dragging my bloated, tipsy ass all the way through the last month of the year, feeling the impending doom of the new year. I was, gulp, looking forward to an excuse to... Continue Reading →


Things I Need: pins and planners

I have a forever expanding list of kitchen and food related things I "need" in my life. So, why not share the best ones I've seen lately because if they are important to me, everyone should care (wink). The rolling pin is a kitchen staple that until this point in my life, seemed unnecessary. But... Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving Menu Genie

It's the first Friday of November, and in less than 2 months, we will experience three of the biggest holidays of the year. No pressure! (Cue the cocktails.) To limit the associated holiday stress, I commit to the bare minimum, and then surround myself with overachievers who are much more prepared and overzealous about the holiday... Continue Reading →

Top 5: Things I Want To Buy Today

Most days I can fight the urge to limit shopping to things I "need", hearing my dad's voice resounding "Is it a want, or a need?" every time I pick up a mint green geometric hanging planter. But then a copper toaster pops into my feed, and all hell breaks lose. Can I justify $250... Continue Reading →

Recipe: Fondue Party

Fondue Parties top my list of Favorite Things to Suggest For Every Situation. I'm usually not one for audience participation or interactive activities, but this is where I make an exception. The history, the planning, the execution, the enjoyment, the fondue virgins- every bit is great. The best part is that you have the ability... Continue Reading →

Meringue Girls

I remember finding Meringue Girls on Instagram. The bright colors and playful shapes and designs were immediately eye-catching. But their first book was several months away from being released in the US. The best mom in the world, aka my mom, honored my request for the purchase of yet another cookbook 5 months in advance and monitored... Continue Reading →

Recipe: Cookie Dough Buttercream

I tend to try a recipe once, love it, and then lose it. I'd like to think with the invention of Pinterest this won't continue to happen, but given my enjoyment of tactile collecting I don't have much hope. However, if I put this recipe here, this amazing recipe from Raspberri Cupcakes, I'm hoping it... Continue Reading →

Recipe: Babycakes Wonder Buns

With the discovery of Kasjen's food allergies, no more standard meals without exceptions, it would logically follow that I would begin to cook more. But usually that happens two ways. First way, I purchase every single ingredient ranging from $.40 to $12.99 and attempt to recreate a recipe for three hours that goes horribly array.... Continue Reading →

Dinner: Fancy Fridays

  How to make dinner on a Friday night. Warning: All of these things are seemingly fancy, but only before some probing reflection. Make gluten-free spirals with black olives, leftover roasted chicken, and marinara. Serve by spreading it directly onto the table. Pray that your guests are as adventurous as toddlers. Use words like "fusilli"... Continue Reading →

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