Spinach and Artichoke Goat Cheese Dip

Phew, I am exhausted. I had a mammoth day of site visits yesterday in Chicago and, including travel time, it was about a 20-hour day. I’m not completely sure how I am functioning at this point in time, but let tell you, after this goes up I am heading straight back to bed ....more

The Friendly Cow

I love poems by Robert Louis Stevenson. My mom used to read them to me when I was a little girl with freckles (as opposed to the big mama with freckles that I am now) and I used to memorize them for kicks. And often, living in the country as I do now, I’ll occasionally remember one of the poems I used to memorize, and am struck by how applicable they are to my rural existence these days ....more

Caramel Corn Chex Mix

I’ve had the idea of a “Take me out to the ballgame” chex mix that plays on “peanuts & cracker jacks” for a long time now. I had some leftover chex and decided to make that idea come to fruition! This combines lots of snacks you’d find at the ballpark: peanuts, popcorn, & pretzels with some chex thrown in and coated in delicious caramel! ...more

The Best Documentaries on Netflix

I used to not really care about documentaries. Give me a chick flick or a romantic comedy or "The Sandlot" and I'm golden. But being married to a documentary addict makes things a little different ....more

Eyeshadow Dupes Galore: MAC, NYX, Coastal Scents

I've been working on this post for a while. It's been a pain to put together because a lot of my eyeshadows are scattered throughout my eyeshadow palettes. And to top it off, one of the eyeshadows from this list has gone missing ....more

Transform a Builder-Grade Home with Trim

One of my all-time most popular posts is this one: 10 Ways to Add Class to a Builder-Grade Home. I wrote it because, well, we live in a builder-grade home and when we moved in, boy, did we need to add some personality to it. I called it the beige box ....more

Earl Grey Brownie Pudding

This Earl Grey Brownie Pudding is supremely rich, ultra chocolate-y, and decadent beyond belief. The addition of Earl Grey tea to the batter adds a subtle hint of spice. I’m a little perturbed ....more

Book Reviews

The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan Synopsis from Goodreads: One school. Twenty voices. Endless possibilities ....more


Laaaaaaaaammmmm-behr-gehrs. Ryan told me yesterday that the “hamburger” has nothing to do with the word “ham,” that it has something to do with Hamburg, Germany, and if you’re interested, Wikipedia of course has a detailed article on the history of the hamburger. I digress ....more

Blueberry, Banana and Peanut Butter Oatmeal

People often tell me they have trouble having breakfast in the morning and I have to tell you, I have never had that dilemma. If I don’t eat something before I fully start my day then I’m setting myself up for trouble, meaning I’ll probably binge on cheese and crackers at lunchtime or get a headache or just feel really off and cranky later in the day. I need my breakfast…and I truly believe it is the most important meal of the day ....more