Hi, I'm Rachel.

A few years ago I could barely boil water.

True story.

Determined to be a kick ass wife, I developed a love for football and learned to cook in my tiny Jersey City kitchen. I spend my days working in Manhattan, my nights and weekends chasing after a rambunctious toddler, and the hours in between cooking with my husband and feeding my TV habit...oh, and I blog about it all! 

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Thursday
Mar262015

Happy Friday!

 

How was your week? I've still been feeling a little blue and I'm attributing it to seasonal depression. Today I feel energized and excited for the weekend! We have a birthday party tomorrow and then evening date night dinner plans which is just so so needed. I'm hoping for some good weather on Sunday and perhaps a trip to the park. Other than that, I have a few new projects that I'm working on and feeling really jazzed about...I can't wait to share them with you soon!

Have a truly wonderful weekend!

 

Here are some links to keep you distracted from getting anything actual accomplished today:

are you interested in a birthday cake frappucino? if so, get it now through March 30.

considering this amazing carrot graham cake for easter...i am seriously crushing on the unfrosted sides.

11 snacks you can make in a mug

a piece of advice from Tory Burch

funny subway etiquette art

i want to try these cadbury egg cookie cups...so cute!

thoughts on managing media at home

j crew is having a spring sale, and i'm crushing hard on this swim suit

this cheesy artichoke skillet flatbread looks amazing

the lilly pulitzer collection for target launches april 19 and i'm digging it

 

Thursday
Mar262015

8 Fun Easter Eats

chick cupcakes (similar)/Peeps cake (similar)/chocolate malt cupcakes/Peepza pie/white chocolate pretzel bark/spring cupcakes/homemade peanut butter eggs/jelly bean cookies

It certainly doesn't feel like it, but Easter is right around the corner! We will be celebrating with family on both Saturday and Sunday next weekend and I'm starting to think about what goodies I want to make. In the past, I've gone for some subtle spring cupcakes, but this year, I'm thinking that Penelope might enjoy something Peep-related, or a fun bunny cupcake situation. I have a little time to plan, but it prompted a peek into the archives of Easter's past. Above are 8 fun Easter eats that I've made or enjoyed in the past (last year, my cousin made the cute chick & bunny cupcakes, and my mom made the Peeps cake). I don't have much that I need to have for Easter Sunday, as long as there's tons of food and pretty colors.

What are you planning to make or enjoy for Easter this year? What are your must-have Easter eats?

PS: fEaster & Easter 2014

Wednesday
Mar252015

What I'm Pop Culturing

I didn't get a chance to do What I Ate this week because, well, I just forgot to take photos of my eats! Instead I thought it would be fun to talk about what I've been pop culturing lately since I haven't done one of these in a while! Please add your own as I'm always looking for new goodies to explore!

 


Reading:
The Girl on the Train
Outlander series
Yes Please
Wild

On my list: continue with Outlander, any other recommendations for me?!

I have taken the plunge into audio books and have been listening to the Outlander series. I'm really enjoying it. Each book is about 40 hours (which does sound crazy!) but it's perfect for my walk to the office and on the train. I'm also simultaneously catching up on the show - see below. Recently I read The Girl on the Train, and I finished the entire book in one day. It was SO good. Everyone's comparing it to Gone Girl, but I think it was way better! For book club, I also read Yes Please by Amy Poehler and thought it was just ok. I also started Wild but couldn't get through the beginning as I found it to be too sad!

 

Watching:
There's just a never ending supply of awesome TV these days. I would happily binge on many more shows if I could keep my eyes open past 10pm. But alas, I cannot. Lately we've found ourselves watching more comedies than dramas because they are shorter and lighter and there is actually a solid amount of good comedic TV on right now. Shaun also prefers comedies usually, while I'm all about the drams. The more morbid, creepy, depressing the better in my book. My favorites on this list are Justified, Outlander and Shameless!

Justified
Kimmy Schmidt
Outlander
Blackish
Last week with John Oliver
Shameless
Jeopardy

On my list: finish Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones starts again soon!, possibly catch up on Walking Dead, possibly catch up on Downton Abbey, Better Call Saul, and House of Cards is under consideration


Listening:
I'm definitely going through an inappropriate Broadway show phase lately. I've been listening to a lot of Book of Mormon (I'm kinda obsessed with this soundtrack!) and that spurred a rekindling of my love for the Avenue Q soundtrack.

Book of Mormon
Avenue Q
The Head and the Heart
90s rock playlist

On my list: This American Life, Hedwig and the Angry Inch --->we are going to see it in a few weeks and I need a music refresher!

 

Now it's your turn! What are you reading, watching and listening to lately?