Recipe Roundup No. 7: Top Five in Two Weeks

The family pilgrimage to Tahoe at the end of July provided a much-needed break from all things real-life related, and aside from a bit of Insta-action I really didn't go online much.  Which was healthy.  And should happen more. In contrast, this last week has been all the things a first-week-back from vacation usually is: laundry (sooooo much laundry, always), overdue visits to the dentist, grocery shopping, catching up on email, back-to-school shopping, freaking out that it's already time for back-to-school, and so on.  Also, after a week of virtually pickling ourselves in ... [READ MORE]

Recipe Roundup No. 6: New Stove Joy

In case you're keeping tabs: my stove works. After, Oh, I don't know...four or five years of working periodically, unpredictably, and dangerously, it works at last! All the stoves in our building are electric, which is kind of unusual in San Francisco and definitely takes getting used to.  As an added bonus, our old stove (which, for the record, was an old stove), had bent coils that refused to lie flat, meaning that our pots and pans slid around on the stovetop unless you positioned them with the handles just so, balancing the weight of the pan against the weight of the contents of the ... [READ MORE]

Recipe RoundUp No. 5: Five Ideas for an Impromptu Summer Cocktail Party

One of the random things I pride myself on is the ability to pull together an impromptu cocktail party on no notice. To be clear, this happens basically never, because all my friends have kids under 8, we're scattered all over the Bay Area, we work, and we aren't exactly a spontaneous bunch.  Still, IF the opportunity were to arise to do something festive and unplanned, I would hate to miss out because I was unprepared.  That would just be a damn shame. Anyway, it's Friday, and after a downer of a week, I'm holding tight to happy times, dedicating this Recipe Roundup to an ... [READ MORE]

Love…ish

It is Saturday morning and I'm making Star Wars pancakes in the kitchen while the kids wait expectantly in their chairs.  They both want Yoda, of course, but there is only one Yoda mold, meaning I have to do two batches before we can put food on the table lest I be accused of the heinous crime of serving one of my children before the other.  (As an aside, do your kids like Star Wars?  Have you seen these?  I bought them on a whim four years ago, thinking the whole time, Ugh, I am such a sucker, this is such a frivolous splurge, but you know what?  Roughly 200 Saturday mornings later and it's ... [READ MORE]

Recipe Roundup No. 4: Summer Loving

I was just remarking to someone that I'm super getting into cucumbers lately, and that is, of course, a kind of ridiculous statement.  In my defense, we were eating cucumber salad at the time, but still.  Who gets into cucumbers? I'm going to start this recipe roundup by getting real with you and owning the fact that all my efforts at self-care went flying out an 8th-story office window for the better part of April and May.  Last week I stared in the mirror and realized that I looked a lot how I felt: creatively & professionally fulfilled, totally exhausted, obsessed with red lipstick ... [READ MORE]

Friday Recipe Roundup No. 3 (and on a Thursday!)

Last Spring Break, back in 2015, I took it upon myself to spirit my kids to Tahoe, where it was very cold, but Babygirl insisted on walking around in goggles and a swimsuit because, Spring Break.  The girl just felt it in her bones.  It was quiet, and chill, and a whole lotta mom-and-kids crafting, and cooking, and Penguins of Madagascar, and Easer-egg dying, and of course Chutes and Ladders, and dressing Bitty Baby. This Spring Break, I am knee-deep in this professional proposition, which is really fun, and such a dynamic change of pace, and also...hard.  We had an incredible Easter (like, ... [READ MORE]

Friday Recipe Roundup no. 2 (and on a Tuesday!)

Oh look, Week 2 of Friday Recipe Roundup came and went and I didn't post! I promise I have a good excuse...which will, in the short-term, be my excuse for all the things that will surely fall to the wayside between now and June: on very short notice I have started a temporary, full-time gig which is taking priority over, well, everything besides la famille.  Mostly because I haven't worked full-time since I was pregnant with Babygirl, and those muscles are tight, and also because I'm psyched about the gig and I just want to bring it, you know? But...first days being what they are (um, ... [READ MORE]