Mother’s Day at the Spa

My husband, God love him, is a wonderful partner, friend, and father, but he is the WORST gift-giver. Four years ago he bought me a vacuum cleaner for Christmas, and he STILL doesn’t understand why that was a bad gift. Three years ago he bought me an amazing soft, fluffy robe… That was an extra small (but thank you for thinking I could fit in it)! Birthdays have never been a big deal for us so maybe I’d get a card, but not much else. He’s never done anything for me for Mother’s Day (“I’m not HIS mother” but he could have HELPED the kids do something). This Christmas he didn’t do anything for me. Honestly, I think he has pretty much given up trying. He used to buy me perfume, …

Fresh from the Farmers Market: North Carolina Beef via D's Beef and Bees Jalapeño Popper Burger Bombs

Fresh from the Farmers Market: Jalapeño Popper Burger Bombs made with NC Beef from D’s Beef and Bees

If you have followed me for any length of time you know that I am NOT a morning person. I have to wake up at 5:45 am every weekday to make sure my 17 & 15 yos get ready for school. I go back to bed until 6:45 am when I wake up my middle schooler. Back to bed again and up at 7:20 am to wake up my youngest (if she isn’t already up). Depending on my schedule that day I may or may not go back to bed for an hour or four. On the weekend, it’s not unheard of for me to sleep until noon. I can’t tell you how nice it is to have all five of my girls able to make their own breakfast, entertain …

Five easy tips to cook the Best. Steak. Ever.

Five easy tips to cook the Best. Steak. Ever.

When I want to treat myself, I don’t reach for chocolate or cake. I’m a savory girl. I go for steak. Or ribeyes to be specific. “The rib eye or “ribeye” was originally, as the name implies, the center best portion of the rib steak, without the bone. It is both flavorful and tender, coming from the lightly worked upper rib cage area. Its marbling of fat makes it very good for fast and hot cooking.” Ribeyes aren’t an inexpensive cut of meat. When I decide to treat myself I don’t look for the cheapest option; I want the best tasting steaks. IMHO the best place to find top quality beef is from a local farmer. Being a small business owner myself, I have made a conscious effort to support …

NCADC Cultured Seafood Festival: New Bern NC March 9, 2018

NCADC Cultured Seafood Festival: New Bern NC March 9, 2018

I was born and raised in Iowa and the only true fresh seafood we had was what my brothers and I caught whenever we went fishing. Everything else was shipped in and never really tasted that great. So when I moved to Connecticut I was a little hesitant to try anything that was made with seafood. Then the family I worked for as a nanny took me on a trip to Boston. On the way to their in-law’s 5-bedroom Queen Anne home close to Harvard Square and the Charles River, we stopped at a local fishmonger and picked up some bouillabaisse (French fish stew) for dinner. I really didn’t want to try it, but I didn’t want to be rude so with great trepidation I tasted the stew. That bouillabaisse was probably the …

Boozy Shamrock Shake - Adults Only St. Patrick's Day Treat

Boozy Shamrock Shake – Adults Only St. Patrick’s Day Treat

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. What’s not to love? It’s a great excuse to have a cocktail or two, there are awesome parades in very Irish cities like Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, (wait Philadelphia? Yes! Philadelphia had it’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1771!) and it doesn’t hurt that I look amazing in green. 😉 Plus, McDonald’s Shamrock Shake comes out of retirement! I’m lucky enough to be married to a true Irishman. We met 24 years ago, fittingly, in a dive Irish pub in Port Chester, New York. I was joking with the bartender about being Irish–trying to get a free drink–and he pointed to Colm and said “He’s from Ireland, maybe he’ll buy you one”. I started talking to Colm and totally thought …