Weekly Top Picks

Okay, spring is coming, ladies. That means it’s dress and wedge season…all day errrrday. Here are the things I’m lusting after, most of which I’ll order today (except for the stuff that’s already sold out in my size). This dress is everything. I have it in the sleeveless version and love it. I’m giving it…

Cut-out sugar cookies with royal icing

Sugar cookies are actually more difficult than you’d expect.  Some dough is too dry, others have too much butter that causes the cookies to spread out and melt into a mess as they bake.  This cookie dough is the best around — and I won’t go back to anything else after much experimentation. Royal icing…

Nom Nom Nom Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie, especially when they’re fresh out of the oven…and homemade!  And February is a hard month.  I think it’s the hardest month because it’s the dead of winter, all of the fun holidays have passed, and spring is nowhere in sight…yet.  Comfort foods are on my mind, and…

Healthy(ish) Blueberry Muffins

Breakfast is the hardest meal for me.  I need something quick as I’m rushing to get to work…and I usually end up eating a sugary breakfast bar that I don’t even like but it’s something.   I’ve got a whole day of playing with a sick little one who’s banished from school because of a fever…

Top Gifts for the Little Ones (birth to 4 years old)

What do you get little ones for their birthdays — both your little ones and all your little ones’ friends?  I have spent hours, combing through others’ blog posts on the best (and reasonably priced) birthday presents for little ones.  I typically purchase at least 6 of one or two toys so I always have …

Easy Weeknight Dinner: Roasted Veggies and Shrimp

Today’s grocery shopping was the worst kind of trip.  Totally unorganized.  In a hurry.  I just started grabbing random vegetables and proteins, then threw my hands up when I got home and thought to myself, “Well, sh*t, what does all of this make!?”  Prior planning was just not in the cards when Whole Foods Paycheck…

Homemade Playdough

Y’all!  When people would tell me they made homemade playdough, I’m pretty sure my eyes could be seen rolling to the back of my head.  Then, one day this long weekend, my friend Amy (who’s the art teacher at our school) came over and suggested we make it with C.  Okay, fine.  Let’s give it…

World’s Best Banana Bread

Delicious.  Crunchy on the outside.  Moist on the inside. It’s calling your name!  What else are you going to do with those brown bananas just sitting in your “fruit” tray that really has much more than fruit in it (medicine, chocolate, etc.)? Serves 10 Ingredients  1/2 c. butter 1 c. sugar 2 eggs, beaten 4…

When life feels like one big check list

Do you ever have days when life feels like one big checklist?  Nothing ever comes off the checklist but things are certainly added. These winter months are rough. I have a sick three year old with the flu who already has respiratory issues (enter anxiety and the checklist becomes even more daunting) and the month…

Roasted pork loin with kale, Farro, apple, walnut salad

I nailed it on this one.  The whole family ate this up (huge win).  It’s fool proof and super easy.  You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry right now! Get your pots ready.  You only need the skillet (preferably high-rimmed) and a medium sauce pan.  The other pot was to make the…

Crowd-Sourcing My Clothes

It all started while we were sick and on vacation at the beach for New Years.  It was FREEZING, colder than normal even for January in Maryland– the kind of cold where you don’t even want to leave the house or get out of bed.  So we didn’t really.  And then there were the online…