Easy DIY Crockpot Caramel

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This is the time of year when we cover up the grill and blow the dust off of the crockpot, preparing it for its frequent, almost daily, use over the colder months. There is nothing quite like the smell of a delicious and hardy stew or soup when you come in from a long, cold […]

Fish Sticks and Fries


So, I was in the process of planning out my post about the different things we can all do with end-of-the-season kale when I had a moment. As I was sitting and writing the post, our dinner of fish sticks and french fries was cooking in the oven behind me. I have a stomach bug […]

Dear Pumpkin,

yellow pumpkin on old weathered wooden background

I think it’s time we talked. Starting at the end of August, I see signs of you everywhere. “Pumpkin Bread”…. “Pumpkin Spiced Ale”… “Pumpkin-Filled Pasta”… “Pumpkin-Flavored Pumpkin.” I’m going to just say it: there are some things that pumpkin has no business being in. Pasta is one of them. Beer is another. And no offense, […]

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. […]