• Week Four Coronavirus Hiatus: Cut Yourself Some Slack

    Week four, that seems really unbelievable. I read a great NY Times article last week about relaxing on the “To-Do List”; easing up on the need to feel productive. I couldn’t agree more. We have enough pressure and stress on ourselves right now, do we REALLY need to have our house in perfect order too? Learn a new language (I laughed out loud)? Or learn how to make puff pastry from scratch?   If those things relax you then by all means become multilingual and clean out every last closet. Some days cleaning helps me, some days I just want to binge watch TV after we’ve completed our eLearning because…

  • Cocktails: Quaranita

    I came up with this one on our rocking Saturday night… I don’t care for super sweet drinks so this was perfect for me. Feel free to add a little simple syrup if desired! You can easily reduce the recipe down to one or two cocktails or save the leftover juice/tequila mixture in a mason jar in the fridge for the next night!  Also, in case you missed it in my March Favorites post; I have found a liquor delivery service that is SO EASY, and purchases from local stores! Spirits, wine and mixers! Win win. Check them out here: Drizly!  Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 cup tequila blanco Juice of…

  • Week Two Coronavirus Hiatus: Gratitude

    Okay, here we are… rolling in to week two of this thing. It will be be a lot longer, we know that. That is OKAY. We are all OKAY. I know I have spoken about gratitude a lot in the past 18 months. The shifts that happened in my life after I lost my brother… the changes in my perspective are incredibly helpful here. This is a scary time. We are scared about what the future holds for our communities, small businesses and our country as a whole. We have to remember just how lucky we are as a small little family. My family, my immediate family & extended family,…

  • Smashed Crispy Potatoes Family Style

    This is comfort food to the max, and we all need a little right now, am I right? So funny story… everyone got that text/email about the 2 week mandatory national shut down that was “from a legit source”, right? We got it at 9:38pm on Sunday night and Matt flew off the couch and ran to the store before I could utter a word. These are stressful and uncertain times, so I get it. He wants to keep everything as stable as it can be for our kids and that definitely means not running out of milk. But it was amusing when he returned with copious amounts of bacon…

  • Let’s Be Prepared…

    So, this seems like a sort of ridiculous thing to write about but I have received SO MANY requests about how to stock up a pantry/fridge/freezer should we end up with a Coronavirus 2 week quarantine in the NY Metro area (or anywhere else for that matter). You can read more about the Coronavirus here on the CDC website. Now,  let me be VERY clear… I do not think we are about to experience some sort of zombie apocalypse, but I do feel like there is a significant chance that our schools will shut down for two weeks and we will be housebound. 1000 people are already quarantined in neighboring…

  • EASY Paleo Pan Cake

    We love a weekend pancake breakfast… I don’t love standing over the stove for a half hour and making my family wait to eat until my pancakes are done at the very end… know what I mean? So I thought, why can’t I just put the whole thing in the oven and make a “pan cake”- well, of course I can! The real genius of this is the Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour– it makes THE BEST pancakes and waffles. I’m sure another pancake mix could work here so it’s worth a try with the method… but if you aren’t a nut free house try the Bob’s Red Mill!…

  • Quick Pickles

    We love pickles around here. It is so easy to make a quick pickle and it elevates any dish. Tacos, salads, burgers, stir-fry, rice bowls, sandwiches… okay I will stop. The tang and crunch of a quick pickle just makes everything taste better! We love keeping red onion quick pickles in the fridge (my kids LOVE them) but don’t stop at red onions. Carrots, radishes, cucumbers (obviously), green beans, cauliflower… so many options! I usually double the batch of vinegar and make two different types at once! I use honey here as a sweetener because I always try and go the less refined route, but I really like the earthiness…

  • Perfect Chicken Drumsticks

    The key to amazing fall off the bone chicken drumsticks is the Instant Pot. I have said it (1,000 times) before it is the most genius little machine.  What it does for meats that deserve hours in the oven is amazing, and it gets them juicy and tender- the humble drumstick is no exception. My kids can not get enough of these and request them all the time. Beyond a weeknight dinner; you can certainly use this recipe for a festive gathering too… and upgraded version of wings. You can flavor these any way you’d like; BBQ, Teriyaki, honey mustard, Buffalo or Italian lemon and herbs… Ingredients: 2 Pounds chicken…

  • My Most Used Pots & Pans

    For the past two weeks I have been part of several conversations about pots, pans and dutch ovens. Specifically, what the best ones are and what I use and love. Another friend asked me again this morning and I figured it was time for a blog post! I think it is the time of year. We are all getting ready to cook feasts for the holidays and maybe hibernate for Winter and crack open some of those cookbooks. The truth is you don’t need that many pots and pans to create amazing meals. You just need a few spectacular ones (note: not all need to be expensive!), four to be…

  • My Holiday Wishlist

    I have had lots of requests to know what I would like to see under the tree this Holiday season. To be honest… not much! I don’t feel like there are many things I NEED… okay, slippers, I need new slippers. That said, there are a few things I have been eyeing… Please note: A Modern Housewife LLC has affiliate relationships with multiple brands. A Modern Housewife LLC will earn a small commission on any item purchased through an affiliate link. That commission keeps this site up and running and allows us to keep the content coming to you, thank you! All items linked are because  we own, love  and…