Lovely Lemon Sugar Cookies

Luckily, these are super easy to whip up and I add a little frosting to get my fix in before we all start New Years Resolutions.

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Gingerbread, Gingerbread, Ginger all the way

“What do you want for Christmas?” I asked my 8 year old daughter. “Ummm…” she thought for a while. “Mom, I don’t know what I want. But can we please make gingerbread cookies? It’s my favorite part about Christmas.” As much as I’d love to think this has everything to do with the mother-daughter bonding, […]

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Fresh Cedar & Pine, Divine! My holiday wreath tradition

Year after year, we all start out by griping “I don’t know what I’m doing.” But within an hour, the group of about 30 or 40 people come out with gorgeous creations, no two the same. This creativity is just part of the hook. Once you put a fresh, fragrant work of art on your front door or over your fireplace, you will never go faux again.

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Lemon, White Bean and Tahini Soup

Soup in the spring seems like a contradiction. But, especially when you live North like I do, chilly spring days still happen. But, I promise you, the combination of lemon with tahini and vegetables won’t make you feel like autumn. I stumbled on the idea of putting tahini in soup when I was surfing Pinterest. […]

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My Go-To Greens: Kale & Sprout salad

Raise your hand if you love kale! … no hands? Kale is one of those greens that you know you should eat, but it’s hard to find a recipe you want everyday. Call it a unicorn, but I’ve found mine and I keep this in the fridge at all times. This salad is packed with […]

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Spare a square for the environment (And other ways to save the Earth)

As we turned into our driveway, we could see a huge cardboard box that had been delivered on our doorstep. The words: “Who gives a Crap” was clearly visible in big black letters on the side. “It’s here!” I said enthusiastically as my husband looked horrified. I’m sure the box was on the porch for […]

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These Four Walls

This time last year our house was just a house. It was more like a hotel, actually…. a really crappy one where no one came in and made the bed when I was gone and the only chocolate on my pillow was smeared there by my children. It was a place where we kept our […]

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Secret Family Recipe: Italian Garden Stew

I’m probably going to be disowned for sharing this. This recipe goes back at least 4 generations. It has the basic starter to every Italian recipe: olive oil, onions and garlic. I make this for friends when I need to send a meal and, I promise, this will become a weeknight fall staple in your […]

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The 3 resolutions I make every year (and stick to)

I LOVE resolutions. I find a clean desk calendar with nothing written on it and no coffee stains (yet) so extremely refreshing. I love the hope of walking near the pool with enviable abs. I love having something to focus on now that the holiday decorations are clear and I’m stuck indoors for a few […]

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Happiness doesn’t come easy, but choose the right “hard”

I clutch my sweater to my chest, close my eyes and take a deep breath. Do I feel “joy”? I mean, I like this sweater. But it doesn’t feel like hugging a puppy. This sweater is not as trendy as the Kon-Marie closet purge. In addition to trying out the Marie Kondo method (which I […]

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