Posts Written OnDecember 2015

5 Steps To Success In The New Year!

  I love a fresh slate. For me, when the ball drops and the fireworks begin, it’s a symbol of hope. The opportunity for each of us to create a new existence. The feeling that we can do ANYTHING, and that for the next 12 months the possibilities are unlimited. Because, who DOESN’T yearn for a better version of themselves each year? I read recently that a full 25% of people abandon their New Year’’s resolutions after only one week, and 60% abandon them within six months. Shocking! (Or is it?) So let’s get real for a minute… Did 2015 turn out the way you’d hoped, and were…

  “Balance” is one of those funny words you hear people throwing around, especially at this time of year. We all want it. We all spend a lot of time and effort trying to achieve it. And yet, so few of us have found the perfect way to work enough to be happy, or to be happy without having to work too much. We are eager to balance our need for financial security with our desire to spend time doing the things we enjoy with the people we enjoy doing them with. Sometimes, we go a little too hard on one…

Let me introduce you to my newest happy hour love. It’s called Hootch & Banter and it’s exactly as cool as the name implies. Owners Sherif Salem and his wife Cherie Nearman opened the “upscale casual” cafe this November to rave reviews. Which meant this gal immediately had to go and give it a try. Be forewarned that Hootch & Banter isn’t a large establishment…in fact, it’s quite intimate. Tables are situated close to one another and the bar is a modest size. It’s like having a drink in Manhattan, except you’re in Downtown Frederick! With its upscale vibe and sophisticated decor, you’ll look…

Classic Beef Stew: perfect for a busy weeknight, especially during the holidays!

  The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is arguably one of the busiest ever. Days (and nights) are spent shopping for the special people in your life, while also balancing holiday parties, kids’ choral performances, cookie baking, decorating, and that thing we like to call work. For times like these, where you can barely keep your head on straight and crazy schedules may not allow for a family meal together, an easy-to-make one pot meal that can be served up throughout the evening is clutch! I love making this recipe a few times a month through winter; it’s…

How To Shop At Aldi: 10 Helpful Tips!

  I have no problem admitting ignorance and coming clean when I realize I’ve been living under a rock. This happened last year when I learned that you can make easy microwave popcorn out of kernels and a paper bag and then shared that knowledge over on my Facebook page (everyone’s like, “How did you NOT know that?”). Or the year before, when I realized the wooden device you use to pull a pizza out of the hot oven is a pizza peel instead of a pizza thingy. (DUH.) Or years ago, when I realized “paradigm” is actually not pronounced…okay, never…