tortilla crusted chicken

200 days until Kelly and Aaron tie the knot! (It works out really well that it’s a nice number, implying that I really planned ahead here. Spoiler alert: I didn’t.) A midst all of the planning for the event itself, everyone in the family is thinking about looking their best for the big day. Mom and…

white bean and arugula stew

I know what you’re thinking. Can you make anything other than soup? No. This weather is just friggin’ freezing and I have no interest in foods that aren’t steamy and comforting. The GS came into town last weekend and we made a fancy surf’n’turf dinner. One swordfish steak and one hanger steak, split. Talk about…

croque madame, but not really

Something exciting went down this week! I finally filmed my Body Attack video to finish my certification! You thought I was giving you a link to the video, didn’t you? Chyea right. Embarrassing. Basically I had to film myself teaching an entire class to at least five people. I asked all of my coworkers to come and…

beef & barley stew

Another round of frozen soup to warm your soul! This whole freezer meal thing came at a very opportune time because unfortunately the GS broke his hand last weekend, and is having surgery this week. I went down to visit this weekend (with about 15 pounds of frozen soup in tow) and his hand legitimately…

creamy chicken taco soup

It’s barely 2015 and I’m already over winter. Yes, I did grow up in Syracuse, NY, but to be fair I spent the better part of the last 7 winters in Maryland. While not exactly tropical, Baltimore is just a little bit warmer which makes the winter more bearable, in my opinion. When I walked…

turkey florentine soup

Your leftover turkey is already gone, isn’t it? Damn. Again, my timing is the worst. We typically have 8 million people for Thanksgiving (okay, like 50), but this year was a much smaller affair with a meager 24 joining us for dinner. We did a 21 pound turkey (which I slathered with a homemade compound…

lightened-up chicken divan

Last weekend I hosted a wine tour bachelorette party at camp for my friend Sarah. I’ve been to the wineries a gajillion times (mostly for the wine slushies- let’s be real) but it was fun to do it with a big group, especially with people who have never been before! I also made four pounds…

eggplant parm salad

The barn wedding was PERFECT. I made 200 cookies, 100 grilled cheese sandwiches, and 1 dress. (Mine, not the wedding dress.) But my contribution was nothing compared to everything that my Aunt Pat and my mom did to pull this thing off. It was beautiful. Who doesn’t love a canoe filled with beverages? Friday night…

grilled salmon

Back to the grind, post Labor Day Weekend fun. As a birthday present to myself, I took my first paid vacation day EVER on Friday, and headed to camp after work on Thursday. I had two IPAs and Kevin gave me a baseball card with his face on it so it was a pretty solid…

kale salad with cured lemon dressing

Thank goodness I found a blogging buddy, I’ve been on hiatus. Welcome, Tori! Love your avocado mousse. I went to Baltimore last weekend to visit the GS. Audio book for the trip: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? I’d give it a 4 out of 5. On Saturday we went golfing and I got some special deal that included…