Retail Therapy…Spinach and Cheese Nachos

I’ve definitely found my match in the form of an 11-year-old. She’s all sassy and competitive and persistent and up early and determined and relentless and god I want to kill her most of the time. And well, I guess I’m kind of the same. Minus the sassy and god people want to kill me […]

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A Mother’s Day Wish…Grapefruit MOMosa

Today’s post is dedicated to Angie Reyer Kotarski, a mom worthy of every collective Mother’s Day wish in the world. Our family met Angie ten years ago when we lived in Durham, North Carolina for my husband’s medical fellowship. We moved into the same apartment complex -right next door to each other- for a one […]

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LYLAS BFF…Grandma’s Banana Bread

When we were little the number of friends we had correlated directly to our happiness. Being popular meant it was imperative to have *everybody* like you. Birthday parties were jam-packed. People would vie to sit next to you at lunch or play with you at recess. You had sixteen ‘BFFs’ on a rotating schedule. And […]

The perfect summer bribe.

Summer is for Berries….Creamy Berry Smoothie

I love Farmer’s Markets. Good ones. Big ones. Ones that don’t have booths selling auto insurance. Ones where people walk around with straws coming out of coconuts eating mangoes on sticks. Ones where random bands play random songs, and people say hello and walk their dogs. Ones where you buy herbs you’ll never actually plant […]


One Happy Camper…Old Fashioned S’mores

I recently read an article on the “Top Nine Things You Should Never Say to Your Kid.” I won’t tell you my score. But let’s just say I’m working on my parenting after reading it. While I’m doing this, might I also suggest someone (preferably an expert) address the kids’ version? Why, I even have […]

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Watermelon and Feta Salad with Serrano Chili Vinaigrette (oooh…FANNNCCCYYY!!)

This is one more salad from the End of the Summer Salad’s post! Enjoy!

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Broccoli Slaw Salad

This recipe goes along with the End of the Summer Salads Post! Broccoli Slaw (caution: there are measurements in this recipe!)


End of the Summer Salads…for your next party!

A friend of mine hosted an “End of the Summer Salads” dinner party last week. I was confused at first. Did this mean we were celebrating the salads that sat around all summer and we were going to eat them wilted? Or did it mean we would only be eating salads whose ingredients are available […]


Let’s Make Some Noise…Sizzling Summer Fajitas

I’ve been decoding my letters from my daughter, Talia to gauge how much fun she’s really having at sleep away camp. The first letter came to her sister, Ryan. It was abundantly loving, leading me to believe she wasn’t having any fun at all. “I miss you soooooooooooooo much and I can’t wait to see […]

I know what you're thinking. Well it tastes awesome, trust me.

Too Many Piles: BBQ Brisket

I don’t know about you but I have an inordinate amount of piles in my house. Piles that get shifted to various locations depending on the goings on of the household. Typically mail piles are pretty much everywhere unless people are coming over. Then they get shoved into drawers. Which is really bad because bills […]

Homemade pizza

Memories of Madeline

I just came home from work to find my dog eating my rug. I’m pissed. But not just because he ate my rug and had the audacity to continue eating as I walked in. Because it’s a MADELINE WEINRIB rug that I got at ABC Carpet for a steal after finding it on the bottom […]


Why Aren’t We Plump and Perky Today – Crockpot Chicken Chili

If my daughter gets her period before age 11 can I sue Costco? I’m not kidding. Because I just happened to be shopping there over the weekend and couldn’t help but notice that every single piece of produce and every single slab of meat looks absolutely perfect. Perfect like this: And then I just happened […]


Blame It on Lorraine

Or is it The Rain? I don’t know. It’s too damn hot to think. How does one possibly stay cool when it’s 108 degrees? Douse oneself with ice cubes all day? Blast the AC and hole up at home? Move to Alaska? Every summer when there is some semblance of a heat wave somewhere, the […]


Mack Daddy of Chaos

*disclaimer* The following comments may or may not pertain to me. Thanksgiving. You can’t avoid it. It’s coming. In two days. And whether you love it or hate it, whether it brings together people you love or people you loathe, there’s one thing that rings true for all. It could possibly be the culmination of […]

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