• Chocolate Texas “Sheath” Cake

    My apologies for falling off the posting band wagon… I am not quite sure where the last few weeks went! But, I am back with a very sweet treat for you all. This cake is an all-time family favorite. Growing up, we had this little cookbook of gathered recipes from our small day school. It was sold as a fundraiser; to this day, I will always look for cookbooks of this type when visiting a new town or rummaging flea markets and tag sales. In my opinion, you can find the very best recipes from at-home cooks in these collective cookbooks. Keep an eye out… churches, garden clubs, small day…

  • Secret Source: Walmart

    I love finding a deal… Walmart is full of them. They have REALLY stepped up their style game, and really, their quality too! I have a full set of marble melamine plates (you can find them on My Favorites Things Page!) that match this platter and they are the BEST. Look what other treasures I have found to set up the perfect backyard soiree. Click on corresponding number to shop image!    1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12.

  • Gluten Free Sugar Cookies (for cookie cutters)

    Every Christmas my family made sugar cookies. We had about 50 different cookie cutters, we each had our favorites (mine the dachshund!), and loads of sugar decorations. To me Christmas and sugar cookies go hand in hand. Since discovering that I have an intolerance to gluten we have tried many different mixes and recipes so we can still have our Christmas tradition… none of them produced the same delicious cookie we all loved. I set out to find, create and perfect a Sugar Cookie that was gluten free. I tried a ton of different recipes and created this one as a result. It may have taken me to Valentine’s Day…

  • Resolutions?

      I will be honest. New Year’s Eve is not my favorite “Holiday”. So much build up and pressure to have plans for the night and have all of these resolutions in order to have a bright and shiny new year. No thank you. I do LOVE new chapters, fresh beginnings, a reset. So I take it as that. A great time to refocus and turn in a little bit. I would much rather focus on ways I would like to be, things I would like to do and perhaps accomplish rather than setting perimeters and restrictions (No sugar! Workout every day! Eat more Kale!).  Know what I mean?  …

  • Holiday Dressing

    What to wear to all the fun holiday parties and gatherings? What to wear when you are out running all the errands and not look like a mess when you run into 100 people you know? I have the answer! Here are my favorite go-to’s for just these occasions. I really like to shop local and try things on before buying them; I actually get things I’d normally not pick when shopping online! My favorite shops around me are Fred in Westport and Old Greenwich and the Darien Sport Shop. Great selection and wonderful customer service! Also, I love our local Lord & Taylor. Everything is ALWAYS on sale, seriously. So…

  • A Modern Housewife Holiday Gift Guide: Kitchen Edition

    Happy December guys! Are you all ready for the holidays? I am still working on our holiday shopping, you? It is only the 8th so we still have time! I put together a list of my favorite kitchen items that we use all the time as well as a few things I have my eye on this holiday season! They range from little stocking stuffers to the big present! The links are listed below just click on the item name.  Enjoy and happy shopping!   #1 Vitamix Professional Series 750 Okay guys, this is the big one! We received this as a gift from my parents a few years back and…

  • Gluten Free Coconut Granola

    So here we go, inaugural blog post! This recipe is totally worthy of being the very first one! This is my absolute favorite granola. No refined sugar, no nuts & no dried fruit. I think it is even considered Paleo! I love it on yogurt in the morning with some fresh fruit. Truth be told I think you could even use it as an ice cream topping… Dinner Party sundae bar anyone? Make sure to sign up to receive posts via email (over there to the right)! Let me know what you think!   GLUTEN FREE COCONUT GRANOLA (aka Cracklin’) 1 CUP GLUTEN FREE OAT FLOUR (I make my own…