Posts Written OnOctober 2015

Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo & Seared Chicken Breasts: simple enough for a busy weeknight (ready in less than 30 minutes!!!); polished enough for your next dinner party!

  If my family would put up with it, we’d have pasta every night for dinner. I love it so much. Especially when paired with a warmed crusty bread and plenty of room temp butter. (For ease of spreading, of course.) There are a zillion delicious ways to eat pasta, and I happen to love all of them. ALL. OF. THEM. A favorite, however, will always be a creamy, Parmesan-y, Alfredo. Tossed with fettuccine. Because, of course. Easy enough to throw together on a busy weeknight (it’s ready in less than 30 minutes!!!), but also polished enough to serve at…

Backpacking the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia

  A couple years ago, my husband and I joined my sister, my brother-in-law, and a couple other friends for a backpacking trip in the Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest. I’m not usually the backpacker type, though I’ve done my share of camping over the years — mostly in my teens and 20s. Not in my mid-30s after having two kids. But, it was a trip planned for my sister’s 30th birthday, and I’m typically game for anything (and in fairly decent shape at the time, running regularly). So I figured, why not? How difficult can it be? When…

Baked BBQ Pork Chops

  Even though I’m a fan of homemade, from scratch sauces — pasta sauces, BBQ sauces, or even dressings — there are times when I totally embrace the jarred varieties. Without guilt or regret. Because sometimes when there are 15 activities to complete after work and between bedtime, I don’t have the time or the energy to whisk together a sauce, even if it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. More so, the energy than the time, to be honest. Like, when staring into space after getting home is pretty much all I can muster… Brain = Fried Perhaps I’m being…

The Many Benefits Of Routine Massage Therapy

  The last time I had a massage was a full 19 years ago. NINETEEN. YEARS. AGO. I really wish I were kidding. I remember the date vividly because it was a gift from a friend prior to my wedding. It was awkward and uncomfortable and I snuck off the first available moment I could. It was the exact opposite of relaxing. Since that time I’ve had babies, gone through numerous life changes, and carried more than a few stressful jobs and volunteer positions. If anyone needed time for another massage, it was me. Sadly, I never took it. Because my memories of…

What We Love: September 2015!

  Food + being outdoors. That’s pretty much what sums up the beginning of the fall season for us, as told by September’s round-up of what we love. And, in Maryland, fall weather and food only gets better as the days tick on — that is, until it starts to get icy and blustery, at which time we find ourselves eating MORE and being outdoors LESS. The foodie in us is okay with this. Comfort food, FTW! Okay, and maybe we can brave the frosty air for things like pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, upcoming events in downtown Frederick —…