• Bacon & Cheese Hash Brown… Waffles

    Hash brown waffles. They are a thing and they are all over Pinterest and Instagram. We had to try them. Thad and I would have made these together (and loved them). We had a mutual love for McDonald’s hash browns (come on, you know they are THE BEST) starting at an early age. It was always the biggest treat when my mom would wheel through the drive-thru for those. Unbelievably, this past weekend marked 6 months of his being gone.  This felt like the perfect thing to make for Sunday dinner in a small nod to him. I turned to The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, for a fail proof recipe.…

  • Morning Glory Muffins

    There is a place in RI called Allie’s Donuts… they make the BEST Morning Glory muffins I have ever had. When I was a teenager in the summer my mom used to bring me one every Monday morning when she stopped on her way back from dropping my dad off at the airport. It was chewy, sweet, hearty, sort of earthy and felt healthy. Perhaps my first foray into “health food”… I loved them and I wasn’t even a raisin person! Looking back they probably were not all that healthy but I digress. I thought of them the other day and figured I must be able to make my own…

  • Cutting The Cord…

    Cable. Do you still have it? This seems to be a constant conversation on the local moms’ message boards around here and even came up the other night at a dinner out with friends. It is just so expensive. Do we really need it? Do you really watch all those channels? The answer is no. The NY Times just recently had an article referencing how much of an energy draw those cable DVR boxes are. Seriously, they suck more energy than one can imagine. In 2011 it was reported that “a single DVR unit chewed through as much as 275 kilowatt-hours per year, more than half as much as some Energy…

  • Sweet Potato Tortillas

    OMG. I made tortillas out of sweet potato. And they were SO GOOD. These are actually so very easy with a short ingredient list. Added bonus you can add so many accent flavors! Lime zest and roasted garlic, cumin and chili or even maple syrup and cinnamon! The possibilities are endless! We had these with beef tacos, chicken tacos and then I had a turkey wrap for lunch with my amazing Homemade “Deli” Turkey (in the Instant Pot!)- so good! Next up I’m going to use for a breakfast wrap! Ingredients: 2 Cups mashed sweet potato (I quick cook mine in the Instant Pot but you can boil or bake…

  • 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…

  • Homemade “Deli” Turkey

    I posted yesterday in my Instagram Stories that I was attempting to make my own deli style turkey for sandwiches using none other than my Instant Pot. Yes, yes, I am completely obsessed with that contraption. It is amazing… no ifs ands or buts. (Read my review here.) Anyway, the response to the turkey instastory was exuberant and large! I get it. Sandwiches are such an easy thing to pack for lunches, both school and work and sometimes deli meat is, well, scary. I mean what’s really in it? And if you go for the organic stuff it is so expensive! This is so extremely easy and you can flavor…

  • J. Crew Mega Sale

    I promise my next post will be a recipe but this J. Crew sale is too good not to bring to your attention! 50 percent off all sale and clearance! Use code BIGGERSALE. Everything is thrown in there… there were 18 pages of sale in my size! Coats, sweaters, bathing suits, jewelry… I know you may not want to think about bathing suits in January but I just booked our February trip and ordered #12! I also have been looking for a new coat and couldn’t resist #14 … $115!!!! Without further ado… my J. Crew Sale picks! Women’s Sale 1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. /…

  • Last Minute Holiday Gifts

    Thank goodness for Amazon Prime right? Free two day shipping is a life saver. For you last minute shoppers out there here is a great collection of last minute gifts that can get to you fast for anyone on your list! Countdown is on- one week until Christmas Eve! Side note: as I was creating this list some ship dates changed, I tried to update every product but some may have changed since I published it. Look for the phrase “Will arrive before Christmas” in GREEN letters to make sure you receive it in time!     Click on item name to shop!  Spooner Board– Your kids will love this……