Easy ‘Dos for a Day Date

Spring is a little late this year but it’s finally looking like we can start spending some time outdoors.  I’m looking forward to going on some hikes once things start to get a little more green out there! One of our favorite places to go on a “day date” is Ramapo Reservation.  The hubby and I usually pack the dog in the car, grab a Starbucks and then head to the…

Silpat vs. Parchment paper

Silpat vs. parchment paper experiment. I’ve used Silpats for years.  I never questioned if they were the best product for baking cookies on because, they’re Silpats and that’s their job — non-stick baking.  We recently moved to a not permanent home and so I haven’t unpacked many of my baking, cooking and non-everyday items.  My Silpats were supposed to get unpacked but somehow I packed them into the “Storage” boxes…

Sugar Cakies with Bourbon Buttercream Frosting

Easter is this weekend and my brother really wanted sugar cookies with buttercream frosting.  We doubled our recipe so we would each have plenty of cookies to pass out.  He wanted a really big fluffy cookie {almost like a mini cake} that would be really flavorful.  We used bourbon like an extract in both the cookie and bourbon recipes.  If you don’t have it, or don’t want to waste it in cookies, you can use…

Eiffel Tower

  If you follow the Google Doodle, you’ll know that today is the 126th anniversary of the public opening of the Eiffel Tower.  The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris.  In 2007 when the hubby (boyfriend at the time) and I did our grand tour of European hostels, we spent 5 days in Paris and loved it.  We climbed all 1,665 steps up and down the Eiffel Tower where…

Vanilla Sugar

How to use your “empty” vanilla bean pods Making Vanilla Sugar is super easy, it’s almost silly to make a post about it, but it’s one of those things that you don’t think about until someone reminds you. You can use full vanilla beans {cut them length-wise down the center but leave the ends intact} or you can use beans that you scrapped the seeds out of already. After you’ve scrapped the…

Blushin’

Blush is having a serious fashion moment right now. Anyone who knows me know I love pink and especially blush.  My bridesmaids wore blush and all our wedding flowers were shades of pink. Blush is always in for spring but this year it’s everywhere from clothing to accessories.  Here are the blush items that I either have, or are currently on my wish list that are prefect for a Blushing…

Single Serve Rose Sangria

  Spring is finally here!  And spring to me means actually enjoying walks with the pup, grill season and pink wine! I love my rose. But I don’t like it sweet – which so many are.  Basically I want a pink sauvignon blanc which can be hard because I choose my roses based on color and label.  So what do you do when you bought a super cute bottle of…

Workout Wear

Some days getting to the gym is hard.  Some days I just don’t even go even though I planned to.  Every weekend I wake up with the intent to go, but then coffee is already made and the promise of a delicious weekend breakfast breaks my will power.  What does it matter if I skip today, I’ll go tomorrow???  Or maybe not. Usually during the week, I pack my gym…

Cacio e Pepe

I always say that my husband and I aren’t really pasta people.  But when I think about it, that’s a complete lie.  We aren’t spaghetti and meatballs in red sauce people.  But broccoli cavatelli? Yes. Homemade mac and cheese? Yes please! Pesto pasta? Always!! One easy meal that I make frequently is fun shaped pasta and whatever protein and veggies I’ve got in the fridge. Saute protein with salt and…

How To Display Your Own Wifi Password

Do you have a Wifi Password that’s a million characters long?  Is your Wifi password on a sticker on the back of your router that’s almost impossible to each when your friends come over and ask it?  We used to take a picture of it but then have to search through all our pictures or texts to find it when someone needed it.  Well I have an easy and house friendly…