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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happy Friday!



What are your weekend plans?

We don't have much going on for the first time in weeks, and it feels oh-so-good. Today is Penelope's last day of 'school' until August and I'm feeling simultaneously sad and celebratory. My plan is to pick her up from school today with a special treat and enjoy the evening with pizza and a movie. Shaun and I have a lot of Game of Thrones to watch, as well as True Detective, which I'm really itching to get to. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy some links to keep you busy on this Friday!

lemon pudding cake 4E

how to turn your digital photos into prints

this beautiful rainbow bombe

this goat cheese, honey + fruit crostini is on my menu for this weekend

a peanut butter banana pudding tart looks like the perfect treat for a summer picnic

is being nice at work a problem?

how to create pinnable images

kind of intrigued by this grilled cherry salsa

would you wear the same thing every day?

campfire cones = yes.

apparently working moms have more successful daughters





What I'm...

Reading on my Kindle:
Outlander book 4. I kind of put this away for a little while but am looking forward to picking it back up in Aruba.

Reading on the Internet:
Lots of blogs, as always. My favorites of late: hello giggles, Love Taza, The Life Styled, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen


Listening to:
Nerdist podcast: favorite ep this week was the interview with Allison Janney (it actually aired a week or so ago but I'm behind)

WTF with Mark Maron's interview with President Obama. Nailed it, all around.


Shift dresses (at work, we call them bags), but I'm kind of obsessed with them! Perfect and comfy for summer.

The Comedians
Game of Thrones (so far behind from this season)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Wanting to watch:
Jurassic World
Inside Out - we are thinking of taking P for her first movie!
True Detective (starting this weekend)

Needing to finish watching:
Orange is the New Black, season 2
The Walking Dead, last season


A lot of salad and a lot of fruit. I'd love to drop a few lbs before Aruba but there's no way I cannot enjoy summer fruit this time of year. Grapes, cherries, berries...one is better than the next!

Iced coffee, iced tea and rosé

Working on:
A blog redesign! I've been thinking about it for quite some time now and I'm finally ready to bite the bullet. I feel a little daunted by the process because I'm doing it solo, but here's hoping we will be live within the next couple of weeks.

Looking forward to:
Our trip to Aruba over July 4th! I can't wait for our vacation. I'm feeling a little burnt out these days and I know this is just what I need.

Dreaming of:
Sitting on a float in a pool with a glass of rosé, a cheese board and other unhealthy snacks nearby.
Also coffee with evaporated milk stirred in during the early morning sunrise hours on the beach in Aruba.

Your turn! What are you...this week?


eats lately

Admittedly, my eating as of late has been a bit of a free for all. Between 3 weeks of sickness, a week in Las Vegas (plus long hours leading up to it), a long camping weekend, and just the thrill of summer has led me down a path of pretty delicious though not all together healthy eats. This week I'm trying to get myself back on track and since I haven't done a What I Ate in a while, I thought it would be fun to recap lots of fun eats I've been enjoying over the last month.

What have you been eating lately?