A Search in Vain & Vanity

The minute I was born, I was relinquished for adoption. I don't think the woman who gave birth to me ever even held me and may not have even seen me. From the moment my life began, I never really knew where I came from or where I belonged. I couldn't help but always ponder … Continue reading A Search in Vain & Vanity

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Recipe: Best Sugar Cookies Ever

I've been tinkering in the kitchen! This holiday season, I have perfected my basic sugar cookie recipe and elevated this sometimes boring sweet treat to a new level of luxurious goodness. The secret ingredient? Brown Sugar! These buttery biscuits have the perfect crumbly crunch around the edge and a sweet center that will melt in … Continue reading Recipe: Best Sugar Cookies Ever

Kugel 101

Kugel is a traditional Jewish dish made of egg noodles (or sometimes potatoes in some regional variations,) that is served during Jewish festivals and celebrations. Kugel has been around since Medieval times, when it was a domed flour-based cake not dissimilar to a Gugelhupf. In fact, the word "kugel" is German meaning "ball, globe, or … Continue reading Kugel 101

November Retrospect

I have found there's a thin line between brutal honesty and brazen self-deprecation, and very often people tend to read any negativity as indulgent narcissism orĀ  or an unabashed invitation to a pity party. Once upon a time the drama queen in me yearned for some good gossip and any excuse to whine, but over … Continue reading November Retrospect

Shortcut Recipe: Quick’n’Easy Protein-Packed Pumpkin Pie

I love to bake from scratch - after all, what could be more satisfying than creating a tasty dish with your own two hands and then seeing the people you care about (including yourself!) enjoying the metaphorical fruits of your physical labor? But let's face it, we don't all have the time & energy it … Continue reading Shortcut Recipe: Quick’n’Easy Protein-Packed Pumpkin Pie

Recipe: Vegetarian Chili Variation

Now that fall is in full swing, hot one-pot meals are the name of the dinner game around here. Creating yummy grub on a budget that pleases all four palettes in my family can be tricky, especially when I'm fresh out of spoons and just don't have the energy to spend a couple hours in … Continue reading Recipe: Vegetarian Chili Variation

5 Minute DIY: Glass Luminaries

With holiday season approaching, I'm already thinking about how to add some extra sparkle and shine to our home without spending big bucks. This simple DIY home decor project is so stupid easy that it might not even take you five minutes - and they will be fabulous party accents for any festive event!   … Continue reading 5 Minute DIY: Glass Luminaries

Recipe: S’MORES Cupcakes!

As summer comes to a close and the weather starts to cool, I'm trying to find ways to hold onto the feeling of the season before we reach full-blown Fall here in New England. This mostly consists of filling the house with sunflowers from the garden and refusing to give up my short hemlines and … Continue reading Recipe: S’MORES Cupcakes!

August Retrospect

This August was not my favorite. It was tough physically and mentally, what with fibro flare-ups and getting Ella ready for school. Other than that, there really isn't much to report. I only left the house a handful of times, and for the most part that was only to go grocery shopping as needed. I … Continue reading August Retrospect