• Cocktails: Boca Heat

    Tequila and passion fruit. Match made in heaven. We had a marvelous time down at The Boca Beach Club over Spring Break… more on that later, as well as what I ended up really packing vs. what I packed in my dream suitcase … But at the resort they had a cocktail called the Boca Heat. The minute we took our first sip we know that it needed to be replicated at home. I have it close to perfect since passion fruit is not that easy to come by up here! The “heat” in this comes from the Jalapeno Tequila and the Ginger Liqueur, totally delightful and a great warm…

  • Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2019

    A little over a week until Mother’s Day! I put together some great gift ideas to show love to your favorite Mamas! Click on the item name to shop! Fresh Ranunculus Bunch from Terrain – I featured these last year too… just so pretty! Classic gift for Mother’s Day! These hydrangea and lily of the valley  are perfect too! Dyson Airwrap – This is just plain cool. I have the Dyson Hairdryer and adore it. I can only imagine that this new styling too is equally as amazing. Salon hair every day. I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Mary Laura Philpott – A charming little book to read in…

  • Pina Colada Ice Cream (Dairy Free)

    If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain… who doesn’t love that Rupert Holmes song? My kids love it AND they love Pina Coladas, virgin of course, and fully proved that over vacation. They were immediately requested when we returned home despite not having a pool to enjoy them next to. We have been experimenting with vegan ice creams ( I still need to write up the Strawberry Chocolate Chip one!) thanks to The Faux Martha’s INCREDIBLE Black Vegan Ice Cream recipe. You guys, it is JUST. SO. GOOD. I didn’t set out to find a vegan/dairy free ice cream but her recipe popped up in my…

  • Designer Spotlight: Haverhill Collection

    I met the fabulous Haverhill Leach many moons ago when we worked together at Kate Spade Corporate. She was always the epitome of cool so it comes as no surprise to me that her eponymous jewelry collection is just that; cool. She effortlessly creates necklaces, rings, earrings & bracelets that are timeless, modern and slightly edgy all at the same time. The are perfect for layering and stacking but also pretty enough to wear simply on their own. This naturally leaves me coveting many (MANY) pieces. She has designed something for everyone which makes it easy to find the perfect piece for a Mother’s Day gift. Also… perfect for impending…

  • Honey Orange Buckwheat Pancakes

    We recently went into the city to see The Warhol Exhibit before it left The Whitney. Being an Art History major in college I was thrilled to get to see it… I wrote my senior thesis on comparing and contrasting Warhol and Pollock. I digress… the kids seemed to enjoy it and I was thrilled when my oldest brought up one of the pieces toward the end of the next week; “Mom, do you think I could do a self portrait like the green one… we could set it up like…”.   But what they REALLY enjoyed was the lunch we grabbed after. We found a little gem called The…

  • Cocktails: la vie en rose

    I saw “A Star Is Born” for a second time this weekend and Matt finally got to see it…loved it. It may have even better the second time. Soundtrack is AMAZING by the way! We came up with a new cocktail this weekend and “la vie en rose” seemed like the perfect name for this deep rosey pink beverage. When I made The Darien Peach, I bought (or had my husband go to the store and buy) a bottle of Aperol… he made so much fun of me because the store owner teased him that he just wasted $30 and that bottle would never get used. Apparently the store owner…

  • A Week Out West

    We headed out to California for Christmas break for a change of scenery this year. My other brother and his family live in Marin County (north of San Francisco) and it was the perfect choice. What to do for Christmas week in Marin County, CA? Well most of this is what to do for any week in Marin County… but there is one very special Christmas stop we went to in San Francisco that I highly recommend! What I love about being out West is the emphasis that is put on being outdoors. The playgrounds and hiking trails are honestly the best. If you have elementary or younger aged kids…

  • Cinnamon Coffee Cake- paleo!

    A perfect Paleo, kid-friendly cinnamon coffee cake for the weekend. It all comes together in the food processor which makes it super easy. I always opt to use the food processor when I can. It incorporates the ingredients so well! (This is the one I have here!) Ingredients: Coffee Cake 2½ cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal- I like Trader Joe’s brand!)  ½ teaspoon baking soda  ¼ teaspoon sea salt 3 large eggs ½ cup maple syrup ¼ cup melted coconut oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Cinnamon Sugar Swirl  ¼ cup coconut oil, melted  ¼ cup coconut sugar  2 tablespoons ground cinnamon Instructions: Preheat oven to 350.…

  • Smoky Turkey Chili (No beans!)(In the Instant Pot!)

    Okay all my Instant Pot fans… this is SO GOOD. And so very perfect for these blustery cold days. It is FRIGID where I live! Who doesn’t crave comfort food in the winter? This is also a perfect recipe for a Super Bowl upcoming shindig- who are you rooting for? Sometimes we are pro bean in this household… sometimes anti. So I love that this is a no bean chili that gets bulked up a bit with addition of zucchini (I promise your kids won’t know it’s there!). When you peel and seed the zucchini it allows it to break down and become for of a thickener to the chili. It’s…

  • Cocktails: The Darien Peach

    First let me say, there is no peach anything in this cocktail but I’m naming it after the darling girl that turned me on to this drink. Sometimes you just need a good cocktail. My new thing seems to be making a cocktail on a Saturday night or enjoying one out on the town… wine doesn’t seem to be my jam anymore. I have tweaked it a bit from the original recipe that she shared to suit my taste. Feel free to play around with it too- the original called for spicy tequila and I’m sure that would be fantastic too. The Darien Peach Serves 4 Ingredients: 1/2 cup good resposado…