• Butternut Squash Soup with Curry & Sumac (In the Instant Pot!)

    My sweet husband whisked me away for a couple of nights in the city to decompress. We had a lovely relaxed time (more on that in a separate post!) and incredible meals. At one dinner we had a roasted squash side dish that was out of this world… I decided I had to try and recreate the flavor profile in a soup. I have never cooked with Sumac but it adds an earthy brightness that I am so excited about! All made (quickly) in the Instant Pot which makes it so easy. If you have not read my post about why I LOVE the Instant Pot you can find it…

  • Thad’s Banana Bread

    Banana Bread. This was a staple in my house growing up. Whenever those bananas got spotty we had banana bread for breakfast. We LOVED it, especially my brother, who then in turn made it for my kids. They now love it, too. I have taken our old classic recipe and tweaked it to make it gluten free and have a little less sugar (and no refined white sugar)… there is still butter. I think butter is the key to the deep flavor of this particular bread, but feel free to swap in melted coconut oil, I am sure it will work! Ingredients: 3 to 4 Very ripe bananas (lots of…

  • What to wear for Thanksgiving!

    Thanksgiving has always been a favorite holiday in my family. This year we will be having a very low key family filled Thanksgiving and remembering what we are grateful for in this life. I am sure I will be wearing something comfortable and casual… but dressing up is fun too! It is only two weeks away so here are some ideas of what to wear when gathering for the holiday. The mixing of textures and fabrics is the key for these outfits. Velvet is so hot right now and give me a chunky knit any day! I also have a handful of friends heading to warmer climates for the holiday…

  • FIELD + SUPPLY

    Over Columbus weekend we ventured up to Kingston, New York to the FIELD + SUPPLY: A Modern Maker’s Craft Fair. I am trying to stay busy and we love finding new artists, designers and cool new things (obviously). This activity checked all the boxes. First, the Hutton Brickyard is a really fantastic venue. I could see this as an awesome spot for a wedding or even a blow out birthday party… they have “Glamping”!!! A band was playing in the background, there were lots of food offerings, craft beer and cocktails, fire pits and lively games of corn hole; it all created a festival atmosphere. There were a good amount…

  • Roasted Gnocchi

    Oh my goodness. The power of roasting things in the oven truly is transformative. I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately because it’s pretty mindless and I need that. There is truly some great content on Pinterest so it’s a win-win. I stumbled across this recipe on The Kitchn and was intrigued. Throwing potato gnocchi in the oven instead of boiling? Would it work? Not only does it work, it is AMAZING and the possibilities are endless. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. This is a perfect and addictive hors d’oeuvre and my kids gobbled them up. (On a side note; my brother would…

  • Girls Weekend in Montauk

    What could be better and more therapeutic than a weekend away with 9 of your favorite friends in the salt air? I was fortunate enough to meet a group of women shortly after moving out of NYC in a playgroup for my first born with whom I have remained incredibly close since almost day one. Talk about an incredible support system. This year was our 6th trip away together and we planned Montauk all the way back in January. We did have a bit of rain, but even the rain and grayness was perfect! We stayed at Gurney’s which is right on the beach… I mean check out my room!…

  • It is the celery juice or the grief?

    Okay, so I am edging my way back in to writing posts after a little time off … it is helpful. My brother, Thad, was incredibly supportive of A Modern Housewife. He loved to see me flexing my creative muscle and doing something that was fulfilling for myself. He also was the best advice giver and had given me some thoughts on different directions to take for content, so stay tuned. So the title of this post… Despite being exhausted, I psychically feel good. I feel leaner, lighter and stronger than I was a month ago. Is it that I have been drinking celery juice (most mornings) or that I…

  • Time off.

    Last Monday my entire world changed. My best friend, my brother, died. As I grieve and take care of my family and myself I will step away from A Modern Housewife for a bit. Not to worry, I will be back to talk about jumpsuits, celery juice & banana bread (my brother’s favorite!) soon enough. xx (This was the FULL rainbow and sunset that appeared the day after I lost him. A sign for sure.)

  • Make Ahead Breakfasts

    Okay… summer is now over (unofficially). That Tuesday after Labor Day always seems to be the day despite what the lunar calendar says. The melee sets in; back to school, back to work, back to life. It can be hard to get out the door in the morning (or sit to write a blog post!), am I right? I pulled together my favorite recipes that you can make a head and get you and/or your kids out the door even faster without the headache! Muffins: So easy to make ahead and keep on the counter or better yet, in the freezer! Make a double batch while you are baking! All of…

  • Summer Hair Savior

    Summer hair. Humidity, salt, sun, water, chlorine… all those ponytails. Summer can really do a number on your hair. My hair was like straw last week… all my usual products just were not cutting it. I went back to some brands I had used in the past and did a little research.  I finally found it, my “Summer Hair Savior”!  Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil line, described as “a divine dose of moisture”, it truly is just that. I use the Shampoo, Conditioner and Oil pictured above. It stops humidity frizz in its tracks, allows me to have perfect beachy, wavy hair and it also helped with the perfect smooth blow…