OOTD: Frugal Formal

I don't often have the opportunity to attend formal events but I absolutely love to get dressed up, so I was super stoked when my husband received an invitation to a fancy work dinner! My first thought, in all honesty, was "yum free filet Mignon!" I was so excited about the food that I initially … Continue reading OOTD: Frugal Formal

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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 or  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

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!

Salty & Sweet Bacon Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sweet. Salty. Chewy. Crunchy. These cookies are literally everything you could ever want in your mouth. You may be thinking to yourself, "This is it, Lauren has finally gone off her rocker!" "Bacon in cookies???" "Damn, girl is cray!" No, my dear friends, I assure you that whatever sanity I have is still intact - … Continue reading Salty & Sweet Bacon Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tutorial: DIY Flower Crowns & Fascinators!

This Mother's Day, make your mama feel like the Queen she is with a handmade flower crown or fascinator! Or just make one for yourself for any regular ol' day because SLAY! ​These lovely dome-toppers are an easy DIY project that packs a huge amount of WOW factor! I made mine for about $3 each … Continue reading Tutorial: DIY Flower Crowns & Fascinators!

Tutorial: Cupped Cakes

Next time you need  a batch of cupcakes for a party, potluck, or school fundraiser, try making Cupped Cakes instead - they take a little more time and effort, but the result has dramatic effect and the yummy flavor combination possibilities are literally endless! ​This isn't a recipe per se, it's more of a how-to, so … Continue reading Tutorial: Cupped Cakes