• 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…

  • Wooden Spoon Sloppy Joes

    My oldest asked if we could make sloppy joes after flipping through a kid’s cookbook. Meat, check. Sauce, check. Bun, check. What more could a kid ask for? I was immediately thrown back to “hot lunch” day at my small day school in Maryland. I think those Joes either came from a can or a McCormick spice pack. So, yes, my answer was “of course we can make these from scratch my dear!”. I started looking around for a good recipe and every single one had way too many steps and way too many measurements. I don’t need to get that many kitchen items dirty to make this simple dinner…

  • March Favorites…

    I can not believe it is the end of March. The temperature is actually starting to rise. The birds are chirping,  the flowers are trying to peek out and Spring Break is around the corner! I am pumped to open the windows and let the fresh air in! This month was chock full of fevers, viruses, bugs and antibiotics for this household. It stunk. So this month’s favorites have a bit of homebody/kids undertone!   (Click on item name to shop!) 1. Escape This Book! Titanic by Bill Doyle and Sarah Sax – My 2nd grader DEVOURED this book. It has different paths you can take to get to the end…

  • Dark Chocolate Breakfast Pudding

    Okay… so this isn’t really pudding. It’s an overnight oats recipe, but my kids call it “breakfast pudding” so that’s what I’m going with. Such an easy recipe. Make a batch in individual jars at the start of the week and you are good to go for a few days! The key is the Special Dark Cocoa Powder (who else loved that miniature Hershey’s bar when they were a kid?) – it makes it that much more decadent. You can certainly use regular cocoa powder if you don’t want to add another to your pantry but we love it! Dark Chocolate Breakfast Pudding (Makes 2 servings and can be multiplied easily)…

  • Bermuda

      I will be honest. I put off writing this travel post for my beloved island of Bermuda. It was actually my brother Thad’s idea to incorporate more travel posts into A Modern Housewife’s space… specifically Bermuda as it was the first place he suggested I write about over a year ago. I’ve actually had a draft for “Bermuda” sitting for a year. Thad was a travel agent way back in the day before he went to graduate school for architecture. If you needed a trip planned, information on the best restaurant, what the most kid friendly spot was, ideas for an adventure, he had you covered. He was the…

  • 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…