Judges on the Food Network show "Chopped."

  I spent most Tuesdays a few years ago watching the show MasterChef, where home chefs compete to become a Gordon Ramsey-dubbed “culinary master” for a large chunk of change, and a cookbook deal. The show’s okay — interesting enough to hold my attention most nights, but not dynamic enough to keep me from flipping around during commercials … like one Tuesday in 2011 when the What Not To Wear season premiere aired at the same time. (You know how much we like What Not To Wear around here!) Gordon Ramsey’s all about entertainment, simultaneously making us laugh, cringe, and nod our…

20 Gingerbread Recipes To Pin!

  Here we are, mid way through December, and less than ten days until Christmas. Weekends are being spent scurrying around finding those last (or first) Christmas presents, baking homemade treats, and figuring out holiday meal menus … all while simultaneously managing the regular weekend to-dos and chores — or letting those slide in favor of festive projects. Gingerbread is the “pumpkin spice” of the December holiday season, with everything from bread to lattes carrying its robust and aromatic flavor. I blame Starbucks (in the very best way) for conditioning us to think like this. Mmm… Ginger itself is such…

5 Lessons I Learned While Traveling To London And Paris

  When I was a little girl I used to dream of traveling abroad. An avid reader, I quickly discovered literature that would let me vicariously experience lands that I hoped to one day visit. Summer after summer I would lay in the hammock in our front yard and read all the Jane Austen and Bronte sisters books I could get my hands on. I was obsessed. My hope was to graduate college, save some money and spend a year traveling and experiencing the world. Alas, life happened and the dream was delayed. It wasn’t until I almost lost my…

10 Things To Know About Neighborhood Groups On Facebook

  If there’s something you need to know, want to know, or probably have absolutely no business knowing, chances are you can find out about it on Facebook. You can swap stories, clothing, furniture, and secrets on the platform. Among friends, among relatives, and even … among neighbors. Closed Facebook Groups — exclusively designed to connect neighbors to each other — are set up to connect real neighbors in real neighborhoods around the nation. But like, online. And there are so many awesome things about these virtual Groups! They’re managed by people who live in the ‘hood currently, and who…

Beautiful bridges of Paris

This post on my experience in Paris has taken me forever to write. I’ve revised and written it 1,000 times but no matter how hard I try I just can’t seem to do it justice. For three euphoric days Michael and I ran around the City of Lights and, like most first time visitors, tried to see as many attractions that we could. If you’ve not had a chance to visit yet, let me forewarn you… Paris will steal your heart. Crepes, baguettes, French champagne, glorious architecture and the flashing lights of the Eiffel tower – everything about Paris is bliss. Day 1:…