Grilled Watermelon with Goat Cheese and Crispy Pancetta

This Grilled Watermelon Salad with creamy goat cheese and crispy pancetta is the perfect medley to salute the long, sultry days of summer. Inspired by my favorite local restaurant, I had this sweet and savory creation plated in less than an hour, while barely breaking a sweat in our current...more

Slow-Roasted Soy-Glazed Beef with Fresh Tomatoes, Onions & Cilantro

I can’t believe how long it’s been since we last posted. So much has happened between then and now. I moved homes – a mere mile away but it felt like a major transition with the two boys ....more

Holiday Wishlist for the Design Obsessed

(one) // (two) // (three) // (four) // (five) // (six) // (seven) // (eight) // (nine) // (ten) Apparently chaos is my new Christmas tradition. Last year, I was due with Baby Ice on December 28th – though he granted my holiday wish and waited until after the New Year to arrive. This year, I’ve decided to up the ante and bookend the holidays with a move and the launch of a new business…you know, just to keep things interesting ....more

Tomato and Avocado Salad with Mango, Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Olives

When I was pregnant with Baby Ice, I swore he was a girl until the day I delivered him. Scan after scan confirmed that I was in fact carrying an XY, but the pregnancy was so different than the first time around, so much harder and more tiresome, I was convinced they had it wrong. I was 10x bigger than I was with Manster, I ached all over, had days where walking was painful and my food aversions lasted a full nine months ....more

From White to Bright: Colorful Home Decor

pink empire chairs / pillows / ottomans / rattan chairs / game table / rug / sconces / elephant stool / paint color / fabric Since we’re in the throes of yet another house renovation, I’ve been on the hunt for home décor in all its many iterations – from paint and wallpaper to accessories and accent chairs. Redoing a house from top to bottom can be so overwhelming: I remember my frustration the first time around when I was staring at a series of blank canvases with no idea where to begin. Some experts say it’s best to start from the ground up by choosing a rug; others cite fabric as the launch pad; still others make wallpaper their muse ....more

Pretty Hostess Gift Idea

Since we’re in the midst of yet another home renovation, I’m more attuned to home decor than usual at the moment. As a child of the 80s, I hold a special place in my heart for marbled splatterware so when I came across these speckled olive oil jugs from in one of the millions of decor magazines sitting on my desk, I went ahead and scooped up the blue and white. While this one will sit next to my new stove, I also think it’d make a pretty hostess gift, especially if you’re tired of doling out bottles of wine and fresh-cut flowers ....more

Summer Salad with Brie, Plums, Glazed Walnuts and a Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

The air is starting to change and I feel fall creeping in. I always get wistful at the end of August, everything seems tinged with the faintest sense of bittersweet nostalgia as yet another summer comes to end. I live for these three months, but that isn’t to say there isn’t something magical about September ....more

Roasted Chicken with Tomatoes, Olives and Fresh Herbs

Perpetual reinvention is no way to live, but I’ve found myself in the midst of another home renovation. Between the new house and the new baby – and the daily dramas of a three-year-old – my cooking routine has gone up in smoke. We’ve eaten more grilled cheeses and french fries than I care to recall, which is perfect for bathing suit season… One rainy afternoon, when my mom took Manster out on a date to the drugstore and I was home with Baby Ice, I took it upon myself to prepare something that required more than a panini press ....more

Corn Cake Summer Salad with Arugula and Sweet Peaches

I never thought I’d consider lunch a luxury. Before having Manster three years ago, each meal I ate was carefully considered. I’ve been working freelance for about 10 years, so it wasn’t hard to find a proper 30 minutes to invest in a proper lunch – whether homemade or takeout ....more

Red, White and Blueberry Cake

I am officially a year behind on posts. One. Full ....more