Roasted Brussels Sprouts And Bacon

  Brussels sprouts are one of those “old school” vegetables that garnered a bad rap a few decades ago when housewives (okay, maybe househusbands, too) served them up to their families BOILED. TO. DEATH. Boiling Brussels sprouts does them absolutely no justice. Those little, delicate leaves on the outside of each mini-cabbage-ish bundle? They scream to be roasted or fried, turning into melt-in-your-mouth bite sized packages of yum. Add in a little bacon? Well, let me just tell you: roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon will win over just about any picky veggie eater. If the appetizer and small bite menus of…

Happy Hour at Family Meal in Frederick, MD

  Admittedly, happy hours aren’t a regular occurrence these days. In fact, I’m not sure they ever were. But what I DO know is this: happy hour as a grown-up (versus the happy hours I knew as a college student – whoa) can be really fun if done right. Like happy hour at Family Meal, for example. I belong to a small group of co-workers who have a recurring calendar reminder to meet once a month for happy hour, right after work. Destination TBD, but always somewhere in Frederick, MD, and ideally downtown. The reality? We end up managing one…maybe two…of those meet ups…

  Personally, I am not an amusement parker. I visit them, under duress, to please my thrill seeking family. I don’t like crowds, I don’t do heat, I hate being overcharged for random trinkets, and standing in line makes my back sore. Despite all that, I usually wind up having a blast in between bouts of screaming in real fear for my life and moments of feeling like I may truly barf up every single piece of the delectable funnel cake I devoured for lunch. Because dang it, I love funnel cake. And seeing my kids laugh uproariously at my…

Living Life In The Front Row!

  At this very moment, which row are YOU living your life in? Let me clarify as you ponder. You may recognize the photo below. It’s been circling around Facebook for eons. The caption reads: “How Do you live  your life? Are you in the first row or the third?” I’m such a fan of this pic. Indulge me for a moment and take a long look at it. Clearly no one’s partying in the third row. Which begs the question: In the grand scheme of life, where would you say you currently sit? Or better yet, where would you like to sit?…

Get ready for warm weather with cute spring shoes!

  Nothing says I haven’t updated my spring wardrobe like wearing knee high boots in May. I know, they’re adorable, and comfy, and you love them long time, but the time has come to put them away until at least September. I’m all for breaking fashion rules, but this is one your lovely spring dresses and I are both begging you to adhere to. What to wear instead? Oh, the options! Cute spring shoes for under $40! Block heels: They are way easier to walk in than those stilettos some people still rock. Now that a thicker heel is back…