I try my best to stay organized, but let’s be honest, when the fur starts to fly it can be challenging to get out the door with matching shoes on. So in an attempt to keep some semblance of order, there are a couple of things I do to try to make the day-to-day more manageable. Anything that can do double-duty is always a welcome addition in our home. I don’t know about you, but wet clothing—be it bath suits or coats—drive me nuts. The completely simple solution was to install a grouping of kiddo-height hooks which allow the kids to hang all things wet,Read More →

I swear by soup. Every person in the world likes soup and we all have our own variations. I understand in the crazy world we live in that you have to find short cuts just to fit everything in that you need to do — one place, though, where it’s worth the effort, is with home-made chicken stock. Satisfying to make and worth the minimal effort. It is literally liquid gold in your freezer and will serve as the canvas for a million varieties of soup as well as a generally good thing to have in your arsenal. Chicken Stock I Bird, whole or cut upRead More →

I love to have loads of fruit around the house. It’s a great self-serve snack for the kids and it’s also visually great. As we all know when you have kiddos your ability to entertain beyond paper plates can be a challenge, so I like to incorporate my better serving pieces into the everyday rotation.  Not only does it make even the humble apple seem like something special , but it’s fun for your children to be around beautiful things.  I use this silver tiered server for fruit, cupcakes at parties , you name it. The cake tray came from the clearance bin after Easter.Read More →

I love pies and tarts and all things filled and crusted. Making pie crust is probably one of the more satisfying things you can do in the kitchen and, believe it or not, remarkably easy. So fear not! Here is a fool-proof pie crust. The recipe is great for entertaining as you can make the filling and dough ahead of time, assemble before your guests arrive and pull it out of the oven as they walk in. House smells great and you look like a rockstar. 2 cups all purpose flower 1 1/2 stick butter 1 tspn salt 1 cup ice water Mix flour andRead More →

We all have it: leftover chicken. Not enough to feed the masses, but enough when flushed out with some additional ingredients to make a yummy lunch for one or two. I have a thing for dill so I try to keep it in the fridge, but anything green will do—I’ve even used chopped arugula. Caper Dill Chicken Salad Leftover chopped chicken 1 Tablespoon chopped capers 3 tablespoons of Mayo dash of dijon mustard Chopped dill Salt & Pepper to taste Slice Tomatoes , arrange on plate with sliced avocado and sprinkle with salt—place chicken salad on top and enjoy! *** Like most things I makeRead More →