Talking with the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group {Let’s Play!}

One of the things I love most about working with different brands (besides the fact that it helps support my family, of course) is the chance to get to know more about the brand itself … to learn details behind the brand’s whole mission and beyond the whole outward public image (just like when I met with the Jones Dairy Farm team last year, and attended Starbucks’ Coffee College a few years ago). I love delving deep behind the company curtain and learning the hows, whys, and other inner workings of a brand. The stuff that isn’t regularly publicized that you wish you knew ....more

Visit: Brimfield Antique Show {Brimfield, Massachusetts}

Do you love antiques or are you a collector of something unusual? Then you must make your way to the Brimfield Antique Show. Held three times a year (May, July, and September), it’s a great way to decorate your house or add to a little collection ....more

Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Fritters

Looking for a new way to make sweet potatoes? These light and easy fritters might be just what you’re after. Sweet potatoes are one of those things that I don’t give a lot of thought to preparing ....more

Visit: Donut Dip {West Springfield, Massachusetts}

Find yourself in Massachusetts with a craving for donuts? Be sure to pop into Donut Dip. Many, many years ago, I remember Rachael Ray saying on one of her shows, “If you want a recommendation on where to eat, ask a local.” It’s something that stuck with me, and has served us well ever since ....more

Weekend Photos in Review

*golden beets *Thai Chicken Salad from Panera *whenever we go away, the kids love nothing more than take-out in the hotel room ...more

Visiting Cabot {Waterbury, Vermont}

If cheese is your happy place (me! me!), and you find yourself in Vermont, be sure to plan a stop at the Cabot Annex in Waterbury. Food was definitely one of our focuses during our Spring Break trip through Vermont ....more

Recipe: Balsamic Grilled Flank Steak

‘Tis the season for grilling, and this flank steak is the perfect way to celebrate warm weather foods, and it’s quick enough that you can enjoy it even on the busiest day of your week. Every two weeks, we have a Girl Scout meeting in the evening and the timing of it usually means take-out on the way home, or scrounging through the refrigerator for leftovers. But tonight, I made an effort to get dinner done before we even left ....more

Visit: The Van Vleck House & Gardens {Montclair, New Jersey}

A beautiful public property to tour, the Van Vleck House & Gardens in Montclair truly celebrates anyone with a green thumb. Mother’s Day was definitely all about basking in...more

Weekend Photos in Review

searching for fluorescent minerals in the quarry The kids planned a scavenger hunt for me, sending me all over the house, so incredibly sweet. And then they took a menu from a local place, figured out the prices for what we were getting for breakfast and pooled their money to treat me, even thinking to round up to make sure they had enough. They are awesome kids, and I am so thankful to have them in my life ....more

Recipe: Zucchini and Sweet Potato Fritters

Looking for a creative recipe for your vegetables? These vegetable fritters are just the thing. I’m always looking for new ways to cook vegetables, just to keep it interesting ....more