Archive for April, 2015

Cherry Blossom Season is here!

  If you haven’t been to Branch Brook Park to see the cherry blossoms you need to go!  The blooms are in high peak right now and with the mild weather we’ve had in Northern Jersey, they are lasting a lot longer than usual. Branch Brook is located at the tip of Belleville and goes into Newark. It has the largest collection of cherry blossoms in the US with over…

Bourbon Vanilla Extract

I love have homemade vanilla extract in the house. I make a large batch in 750ml bottle of vodka and keep it in the back of my pantry.  Then I keep a smaller size bottle within arms reach and refill as needed.  I’ve been looking for a little deeper and sweeter flavor in some of my baking so I decided I would make a bourbon vanilla.  This is one of…

Four-Leaf Clover

  Feeling nostalgic tonight for a little bit of history.  Here’s a little Irish poetry. <3

Night Shift Brewing

When P and I realized we were taking a trip up to the Boston area for a wedding, we knew one stop we had to make: the Night Shift Brewing Taproom. From visiting the website, we knew it would be a cool place to hang out and sample some of their very delicious beer.  We’ve had Night Shift a few times around Boston and Western Mass but it isn’t distributed down…

Naked Wines

My husband is a craft beer drinker.  Anyone who knows him knows this.  Because of him I am lucky enough to only drink the best beers which I love and appreciate.  But my go to beverage is wine; red wine, white wine, pink wine, and bubbly wine. Lately I’ve ordered cases of wine through NakedWines.com.  I first used them when I needed a mixed case of wine for the post party after our…

Spuds ‘nd Eggs

Last weekend P and I went out to breakfast with his friend who just happened to be getting married that night.  We went to one of those amazing breakfast joints that are so hard to find these days.  Everyone seemed to know each other and the food tasted just like home cooking, but better because someone else was serving it to you and doing all the clean up 🙂  Being the out…

Homemade Lemon Mandarin Soda

I love oranges, they are a great snack but I get tired of them quickly.  Trader Joe’s had the cutest bag of mandarin oranges so I bought it and had 2 teeny, juicy oranges a day for a week – and then I was over them.  I still had about 7 little mandarins looking for a way out of my fruit bowl so I decided to make a sparkling orange lemonade….

Strawberry Short {Cup}Cake

  My boss asked me the other day if I had a strawberry shortcake recipe.  After thinking a second, I responded that I’ve never made shortcake.  And he replied that he finally had a baking skill that I didn’t.  Well C-challenge accepted. I didn’t want to make traditional strawberry shortcake with biscuits and sugary strawberry syrup, so I decided on a lemon cupcake with a surprise inside strawberry, piled high…

DIY Coconut Coffee Scrub

During the winter months my skin gets so dry – I  even get a few small patches of eczema.  This winter I was tired of using steroid creams so I tried my hand at making my own scrub.  It actually worked wonders and I even cancelled my appointment to renew my steroid cream prescription!  I keep the scrub in a little glass jar in the shower and use once or twice…

Rose Dome Arrangement

I love having fresh flowers in the house.  I usually go for tall bouquets with mixed flowers that I have in the center of the dinner table.  But when I say these roses at Trader Joe’s(!)  I couldn’t pass them up.  At first I planned to leave the stems long and put the purples in the bedroom and the “raw sugar” in the bathroom but when I held them together…