• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • My Famous Marinade

    Famous! No, really. Well amongst my family and dinner guests, at least! Last week was my brother’s birthday. (You may have already seen this on Instagram) I decided I needed to make it a day that we celebrate him instead of getting bogged down in my own grief (and anger) so I made all his favorites for dinner. Grilled lamb chops with my “famous marinade” were ALWAYS his favorite and frequently requested. I make them every Easter. On the side we had his other favorites; roasted potatoes, a big green salad and homemade tzatziki… and let’s not forget the Texas “Sheath” Cake… because it is amazing! It was a wonderful…

  • Oven Roasted Pineapple with Cinnamon

    Roasted pineapple. Another inspiration from our quick trip into NYC. We did have one meh meal at a place that shall remain nameless, but the silver lining (besides providing us with a laugh) is that it turned us onto the idea of roasted pineapple. It is addictive, you have been warned. Serve this over ice cream, yogurt, pound cake, oatmeal, pancakes, grilled chicken, pork tenderloin or even fish! Or you can just eat it straight off the pan out of the oven. You get the picture, this can go on anything! Oven Roasted Pineapple with Cinnamon Ingredients: 1 Whole pineapple cored and cut into cubes 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil…

  • What to wear for Thanksgiving!

    Thanksgiving has always been a favorite holiday in my family. This year we will be having a very low key family filled Thanksgiving and remembering what we are grateful for in this life. I am sure I will be wearing something comfortable and casual… but dressing up is fun too! It is only two weeks away so here are some ideas of what to wear when gathering for the holiday. The mixing of textures and fabrics is the key for these outfits. Velvet is so hot right now and give me a chunky knit any day! I also have a handful of friends heading to warmer climates for the holiday…

  • Roasted Gnocchi

    Oh my goodness. The power of roasting things in the oven truly is transformative. I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately because it’s pretty mindless and I need that. There is truly some great content on Pinterest so it’s a win-win. I stumbled across this recipe on The Kitchn and was intrigued. Throwing potato gnocchi in the oven instead of boiling? Would it work? Not only does it work, it is AMAZING and the possibilities are endless. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. This is a perfect and addictive hors d’oeuvre and my kids gobbled them up. (On a side note; my brother would…

  • Pepper Cheese

    This is a classic. My mom and I have been making it for years and I always make it the same day I make gazpacho. Cusinart is already out and you have leftover pepper and onion. Easy peasy. It is the perfect thing to have in your fridge for a snack or whip out as an hors d’oeuvre when friends stop by. Also, totally kid approved! Ingredients: 1 Pound good sharp cheddar (white or orange) 1 small pepper or half large, any color 1/4 red onion Instructions: 1.Rough chop pepper and onion and add to cusinart. 2. Pulse until a fine dice with a good amount of liquid.Place small strainer…

  • 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.

  • Kale Salad For A Crowd

    Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of Summer- yay! It is also the start of all the fun potlucks and barbecues! We had a fun event last weekend, Comedy Night, where I brought a large enough kale salad to feed a crowd (20 people to be exact). This was a winner! You can dress it before you go, too; it makes it super easy. It also happens to be low fodmap friendly (obviously), and vegan as well! You can certainly scale back the size to just feed your family for the night. I’ve thrown in some chicken or grilled shrimp for a complete dinner. Kale Salad with Maple Mustard…