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Mar 26, 2015

Homemade Pierogi with Bacon, Peas and Ricotta

Not every recipe I try is a winner, but I feel like I have to share the bad with the good. And this recipe, honestly, isn't bad, it just wasn't exactly as advertised. I was expecting to make 16-20 pierogi and ended up making twice that (not to mention all the leftover pierogi filling I have in my fridge). Tons of pierogi would not be an issue if I were feeding an army of Polish children, but I was only making dinner for two. From start to finish this recipe took about 3 hours (partly because I didn't read ahead to see that I needed to let the dough rest for an hour, doh!), but also because this recipe makes SO MANY PIEROGI! Still, they are quite tasty little dumplings. If you have the time and inclination, not to mention the appetite, to take on such a task, by all means, read on!

Mar 24, 2015

The Best Blueberry Muffins

These are the blueberry muffins of my youth. They come from an old cookbook called Mother's in the Kitchen, that my mother has had in her kitchen for quite a long time. According to the cookbook, this recipe came from Mrs. Pat Koberstine's grandmother, who hailed from Ottawa, Canada. Despite that, these are called Belfast Muffins, or rather they are the blueberry variation of Belfast Muffins. What makes this recipe a bit unusual is the addition of wheat germ, which not only gives the muffins more of a nutty taste, it also amps up the fiber and protein in the recipe without making them seem too healthy. You should be able to find wheat germ in the cereal aisle of your grocery store.

Mar 19, 2015

Spring Porch Refresh

With the warmer weather we've been having lately, I've been spending more time hanging out on my back and front porches. Though it feels like spring outside, I know we still have a ways to go before it looks like spring. In the meantime, I've decided to refresh my porch decor with a heavy dose of color. Here are a few pieces perfect for a spring porch reawakening.

Mar 17, 2015

Kind of Blue

Lately, I've been feeling kind of blue. Not sad, just in love with blue rooms. Particularly those in darker, moodier hues, and those employing pattern and texture. Here are a few blue rooms that are currently inspiring me.


Mar 12, 2015

Banoffee Pie

It's not like I need an excuse to make pie. I'm a pregnant dessert-loving woman and pie is my favorite kind of pie. But this Saturday is Pi Day! It is so called because the date, March 14 or 3.14, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. If you haven't celebrated Pi Day before, there's never been a better time to start;  this year's date (3/14/15) matches up with the first four numbers that follow the decimal point — 3.1415. There are lots of ways to celebrate Pi Day, most of them are fairly nerdy, but the most delicious way is by making a pie, such as the delectable Banoffee Pie pictured above. If you've never had Banoffee Pie before you MUST try it; the combination of dulce de leche, bananas, whipped cream, and chocolate is truly transcendental, just like Pi (that was a math joke, guys!).

Mar 10, 2015

Blender Bloody Marys For A Crowd

I wouldn't necessarily call myself a Bloody Mary connoisseur, but this recipe is super delicious! The fresh tomatoes and celery amp up the healthy factor, while the horseradish, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce bring the flavor. In my pregnant state I was only able to enjoy the virgin version, but I know they would be even better with a generous splash of vodka.

Mar 5, 2015

Feeling Fishy

It's March, my favorite month of the year and also my birthday month. Like many born in March (and late February), I am a Pisces. The astrological symbol for Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions, so it is quite appropriate then that fish scales are one of my favorite design motifs.

Mar 3, 2015

Strawberry Banana Mango Smoothie

Spring is just around the corner. I keep telling myself this, but I'm having trouble believing it, especially since we just got seven inches of snow over the weekend. Still, this combination of strawberries, banana and mango (strawbango? strawmana?) helped. It's like a sunny spring day in a glass.

Feb 26, 2015

My Favorite Pregnancy Stuff

Pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant? Just like everyone says, it is an amazing, wonderful, and life-changing experience. But no one can deny that it is also often confusing, overwhelming, and uncomfortable. With the latter in mind, here are some things that have helped me get through the first two trimesters of my pregnancy with a smile on my face (most of the time).