Shortbreads with Dark Chocolate Frosting

July 10, 2014

Let’s talk books. We’ll talk shortbread and chocolate and everything, too; don’t worry. But let’s start with books. I was telling Mike this story the other day and thought you might like to hear it. When I was a child, I was a voracious reader. I read a minimum of 3 books at a time, […]

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Strawberry Cobbler with Lemon Cream

July 3, 2014

After teaching 400 middle school students over the course of 7 years, I sometimes compose letters to middle school parents in my head. Especially when it’s a family’s oldest child who’s starting middle school, it can be just as scary for the parents as for the kid. It’s confusing. How much input do you offer […]

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How to Put Together a Cheese Plate (and Other Summer Picnic Recipes)

June 29, 2014

Check out 13 Breezy Summer Picnic Recipes by Julie Ruble at Foodie.com Thanks, Foodie, for sponsoring this post. Mike and I have been picnicking every chance we get this summer, usually just on our balcony. It’s been so nice and breezy and gorgeous. Some of my fellow bloggers have been posting their lovely picnics too, […]

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Red Wine Summer Sangria (and Sangria Slushies!)

June 21, 2014

High school was hard for me. I went to school in fuzzy, adorable duck pajamas every day because I couldn’t be bothered to be uncomfortable while I was being subjected to high school. Ugh. They could make me attend, but they weren’t going to make me wear real clothes while doing it. I didn’t actually […]

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Fresh Summer Pasta with Plugra Ricotta Sauce

June 19, 2014

I wrote this post as part of the Plugrá Butter Brigade. Thanks, Plugrá, for sponsoring this post and for making my favorite butter! I think I’ve figured out the problem. You know how everyone always wonders out loud why people are so rude on the internet? And how we speculate that it’s because under the […]

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Chai Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

June 16, 2014

I wrote this post as part of the Plugrá Butter Brigade. Thanks, Plugrá, for sponsoring this post and for making my favorite butter! Perspective. In the Middle Ages, art was often used primarily for worship or teaching religious lessons. The portrayal of Biblical figures, therefore, wasn’t meant to be realistic, necessarily, but to point to […]

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Radishes with Whipped Butter, Anchovy, and Parsley

June 9, 2014

Radishes with Whipped Butter, Anchovy, and Parsley I wrote this post as part of the Plugrá Butter Brigade. Thanks, Plugrá, for sponsoring this post and for making my favorite butter! The Official List of Summery Things That Have Happened So Far This Year: 1. In addition to my carefully planned summer party, I threw together […]

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5 Steps to Throw an Easy, Breezy Summer Party

June 2, 2014

5 Steps to Throw an Easy, Breezy Summer Party I wrote this post as part of the Plugrá Butter Brigade. Thanks, Plugrá, for sponsoring this post and for making my favorite butter! IT’S SUMMER. Don’t give me that, “It’s still spring” nonsense. I’ve taught my last English class of the year (please don’t mention anything […]

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Easy Cheesy Artichoke Dip in a Baguette

May 25, 2014

Easy Cheesy Artichoke Dip in a Baguette If you’re getting ready for Memorial Day festivities, this Easy Cheesy Artichoke Dip in a Baguette needs to be on your table. It’s incredible and so quick to prepare. Along with the recipe, I thought I’d share some stories from my recent trip to Rome, Florence, and Paris, […]

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Open-Faced Sausage Sliders on Rosemary Waffles

May 19, 2014

As you read this, I’m in Florence, Italy, hopefully eating pizza or basking in the glow of the Renaissance or doing something decidedly Italian. If you get a moment, head over to my Instagram to see my Europe photos (presuming I ever found Wi-Fi)! In the meantime, let’s talk waffles . . . During my […]

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