When it rains, it pours. Sometimes hard enough to make the window well in your basement swell to the point of flooding. Sometimes so hard it requires all the towels in the house. Only then do you reach for a roll of Bounty, the quicker picker upper, because that’s all that’s left. Sometimes it storms so loud, the electricity shudders, administering a final blow to the ancient hard drive in your computer. Sometimes the farmers market gets rained out, and the farmers call their weeks worth of produce, of income, a wash. Read more

When we were building our house a couple years ago, I asked you 1,000 questions on Facebook. Like: do you have a microwave? What type of doors do you prefer on your fridge? French? Side-by-side? And on and on. And since I was asking for your trusted advice, I started sharing some of mine. One of those shares was about a ceramic GreenPan I picked up at Target—an affordable, nonstick pan that actually worked. (By the way, we didn’t go with a microwave. I’ll do a full kitchen post soon.) Read more

We live a plane ride away from family, but this year my mother-in-law was visiting around Mother’s Day. I’m not known for giving the best gifts. So rather than fretting over it, I decided focus on something I am good at—hosting brunch. I roped Kev into helping. We decked the dining room with simple flowers that can be purchased from Trader Joe’s, served craft beers (his addition) and a Simple Citrus Shandy cocktail (my addition), passed around small bites for the meal, and wrote Mom Libs. Read more

I should know by now that the word never never holds up. After turning in my last paper in college, I swore I’d never write another. In college, I also swore I’d never dabble in web design or take pictures with a heavy camera, especially one set on manual mode. Over lunch with a freelance designer early in my design career, I swore I’d never work for myself because taxes and accounting. And then, as so many of my friends began to publish cookbooks, I swore I’d never write one myself. A couple years into swearing that, I added the caveat, unless one pours out of me. Read more

Shopping for good produce can be surprisingly difficult. Despite cooking at home multiple times a day, I’ve thrown a lot of produce away in my adult years. And every time, it makes me ill. I hate to waste food and money. I’m sure you do too. But I’ve learned a couple things about buying good produce in my adult years too. I’m partnering with Sub-Zero on the Fresh Food Matters initiative again this year. Today we’re zooming out from a recipe to focus on this very topic: How to Buy Good Produce. I’d love for you to add your tips in the comments too! Read more

Hi! It’s been awhile. Like a whole month awhile. I took on a huge project at the start of the year, which I’ll tell you more about soon, mixed with a side of taxes (bleh!). I’m just now starting to dig out from beneath the rubble. I feel like I need to say sorry to every family member, friend, and reader. But my friend, Grace, recently wrote a post about how women say sorry too much. I’m certain she wrote it with me in mind. I’m the queen of misappropriated sorries. So instead of saying that, I’m giving you a peace offering in the form of a cocktail video. Because I’ve missed this space. And because tax season isn’t behind us just yet. Gulp. Read more

If I ever share another home DIY, you can trust that it’s easy and foolproof. Because Kev and I are the least handy people on planet earth. Now, about this DIY mirror frame. A couple days before moving into the house, I happened to stop by while they were glueing mirrors to the walls of the bathrooms. The mirrors! Did we talk about the mirrors?! Our lack of budget by that point probably left no room for talking about mirrors. But there they were. Glued to the wall. Frameless and unfinished. Read more