CIHT_9.3.15_003There’s nothing like returning from a trip and remembering how good the comforts of home are. Things like your own cozy bed, routines, coffee in your favorite robe and most importantly homemade meals that are fresh and oh so pleasing to the soul. While I love being on vacation and dining out for almost every meal, nothing beats a good dinner cooked by your own two hands. I’ve talked about how much we love our Blue Apron subscription (read more here and here) but this month I had a whole new appreciation for the service that made returning from a trip a million times easier.Click to read more >

flavored-water-four-ways-could-i-have-that_1We spent three days with my 94-year-old grandparents last weekend and like always I found myself taking notes. From their little routines, interactions with each other and statements that only someone with nearly a century of perspective could word as perfectly as they do, I did my best to soak it all in. Click to read more >

Key Lime Pie PopIt’s a crime to be anywhere else but the beach on a super hot summer day. But alas, work sits waiting and piling up so there are the days you curse the heat and force yourself to sit at the old desk. Thank goodness for frosty treats, and of course weekends. Click to read more >

Sweet ThrowbackBeing the youngest of four, I trailed behind my siblings 24/7. Everything they did or said I wanted to do too. Most times they were happy to let the “Goose Pie” (my nickname) come along, but some things I was just too little for—i.e. riding in cars with boys. Click to read more >

Summer SorbetA few weeks back I spent three days, sunrise to sunset, cleaning out our garage. It was a bear of a project but the reward (besides having an über organized space in the end) was finding gems left and right that I completely forgot about. Barricaded by other boxes was my grandmother’s collection of tea cups. My first thought was to wrap them back up safely for a season that called for warm, cozy tea dates. Not much use for a tea cup at the start of winter—wrong.Click to read more >

Blue ApronHave I mentioned how much I love Blue Apron? Its like Christmas every time it arrives on our doorstep. I sigh in relief because I don’t have to decide what to make for dinner, Todd loves the job of ripping open our goodies and announcing what’s on the menu and Elin, well she just smiles and squeals about anything. This week it was Pizza Burgers, which I have to say I was skeptical about at first but ended up going in for seconds and saving the recipe.Click to read more >

Beer Braised Pork TacosTacos have always been a meal that I reserved for days that required something quick and easy. My go-to recipe consisted of a few ingredients (ground turkey or beef, Lawry’s seasoning and pinto beans) with whatever toppings we had in the house like salsa, avocados and cheese. I can make it in my sleep. Needless to say taco night has become increasingly boring, minus the margaritas. But a few weeks ago I found a recipe I ripped out of an old Bon Appetite magazine—Beer-Braised Carnitas—and it sounded far too good not to try. And I decided it was time to step up my taco game with summer around the corner—post beach tacos and beer? Slam dunk. Click to read more >