Making Your Own Tomato Sauce


This is the time of year when gardeners can happily find themselves up to their ears in tomatoes. As an Italian, I don’t ever have a problem making those bad boys disappear. However, sometimes we find ourselves needing a change from fresh caprese and bruschetta or desiring to save some of our tomatoes to enjoy […]

How I Save Time in the Kitchen

Vegetable soup, slow-cooked in a crock pot, ready to serve.

This weekend, I had the house to myself — three blessed days of no work, no husband, no kids… no adulting necessary! And I have to admit, just between us, that it was intoxicating to be able to do what I wanted with my own time. I’d get up when I felt like it, walk […]

Homemade Steamer Vacuum Solution


If you’re anything like me, you don’t like keeping a lot of chemical cleaners in the house. Not only can it be dangerous to keep a ton of harsh cleaners in a house with two young – and very curious – boys, but handling and breathing in those toxins can be harmful and very unpleasant. […]

Eat More Ugly Food!

Fruits and vegetables on a supermarket shelf.

We sit here and talk about food and recipes every week, and every now and then I’m struck by how lucky we are. The fact that we can run up to the grocery store at a moment’s notice to grab a gallon of milk or a bag of apples can often be taken for granted. […]

Baking for Food Allergies


You know the feeling: it’s time to host a party, you prepare the menu, you ask the guests if there’s any food allergies. One replies back with a big “Yes,” and adds, “I can’t eat dairy.” Dun dun DUUUUUN!!! Suddenly you have to rethink all that you’re putting in your food. You have to scramble […]

DIY Hand Sanitzer

Little girl showing her hands to mother outdoors

It is with a heavy heart that I begin preparing for the start of the school year. The kids and I have really had an incredible summer together and it breaks my heart to think about all the busyness and time away from each other. As with most teachers, the last few weeks of August […]

DIY Homemade Silver Polish

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A good silver polish is hard to find. And by good, I mean one that’s not full of harmful chemicals, strong odors and that actually works. Luckily, making your own out of just a few ingredients you already have on hand is incredibly easy! Yes, incredibly. Water, baking soda and salt are all it takes. […]

Home to Roost

Mother and son playing with chicken outside. They are on the farm.

So, after ten years of pining for chickens, two weeks ago, three generations piled into the van and took a drive to a chicken farm in Connecticut to pick up four new family members, whom we have affectionately dubbed “the girlies.” And the girlies are just awesome in every way. Not yet old enough to […]

To Parents Everywhere: Relax Now

Vintage photo of relaxing young woman in nature

When I moved into my new house six months ago, I vowed that I would keep rooms, walls and spaces completely empty before I would fill a void with something I didn’t love. Suffice it to say, I currently have A LOT of wall space and some very sparse rooms in my house because I […]

DIY Anti-Itch Stick or Spray for Summer

child-dog feat

If your kids are anything like mine, this is the time of year when their pediatrician raises an eyebrow at their physical condition and I always fear someone is going to report me to social services or something. Let’s just say, that my kids have A LOT of fun over the summer and this fun […]