Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake


Life threw me some unbelievable lemons this month. They were not the pretty, tart, sweet and juicy kind. They were the harsh, bitter, sour and face-puckering kind. Marriage lemons. Not the kind you make lemonade with. No, these lemons don’t get lovingly squeezed into a golden, sparkling drink that speaks of pure happiness. They don’t Continue Reading


Linzer Cookies


        Happy Valentines Day! Today is also our wedding anniversary. Memories of our wedding always make me smile. It was a beautiful and simple day. I’m not sure what Chris was saying to me here but we look relaxed, as if we are having a casual conversation in the middle of our Continue Reading


Panko Fish Sticks with Homemade Tarter Sauce


Ever since that rainy September day when Daniel was born (and I was instantly promoted to Chief Operating Officer of What Do I Do With This Screaming Baby, Inc.), the term “free time” has seemed like a very foreign – and laughable – concept to me. It was clear from the get-go that I was not Continue Reading


Mom’s Roast Chicken, Potatoes and Onions


There are certain things that my mom, Joanne, can do better than anyone. As a friend, she makes you laugh. Makes you smile. Makes you comfortable. As a Nana, she makes her grandchildren feel important. Makes them feel included. Makes them feel loved. As a Mom, she makes us feel safe. Makes us feel calm. Makes us feel whole. Continue Reading


Country Vegetable Soup with Garlic Bread


It’s finally upon us: boot season! Motorcycle boot, cowboy boot, casual boot, dressy boot, high heel, low heel, flat heel – I love them all. Every year, I strive to find at least one perfect pair to take up valuable residential space in my already crammed closet. What can I say? Some women love heels. Continue Reading


Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Stack


Sometime in the last year… I began to feel old. Not in my mind, but in my body. Bones began to creak. Grays began to peek. A dull arthritic feeling crept into my …. index finger?? This is not entirely a tragedy. Aging gracefully is a good thing. What’s the alternative – a desperate downward Continue Reading


Farmer’s Market Turkey Burgers


Things I need To Do more often: Drink an entire glass of wine Post recipes to Misc. Kitchen Capture Daniel’s maddening (and later hilarious) toddler antics on video Lead with my heart Write notes of appreciation and love to those I appreciate and love Be thankful Follow my To-Do Lists Things I need To Do Continue Reading


Double Banana Cake


Have you ever encountered a grumpy face walking your way? The kind that makes you avert your eyes, look down and pretend that you don’t exist? That’s one approach. But when I come across a face like that, I like to go the opposite route. I throw out a casual and warm greeting – fully Continue Reading


Beef, Peppers and Potatoes


        I am a homebody. An unapologetic hermit. I would have no problem hanging out in the house all day – padding around, cooking, reading books and watching old movies. Being a shut-in was a part of my life before Daniel. After a long week of commuting into Manhattan, zipping through the Continue Reading