• Food

    Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes.

    I am obsessed with local produce this time of year and I love these plum and cherry variety of tomatoes. I have been tossing them in balsamic dressing and a little olive oil. I add fresh mozzarella cheese and chopped basil for that amazing flavor. This is my new “go-to” dish for an appetizer, to bring to a summer cookout, or to just eat for lunch. Sometimes the simplest meals are the tastiest!   Quick prep: 2 cups local tomatoes 1 large mozzarella ball sliced 1 bunch of basil chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • Food,  Health

    Quick Summer Salad!

    With Memorial Day weekend behind us now and summer ahead I wanted to share this simple and tasty salad recipe! It’s made with my one of my favorite sides…Couscous. It’s my favorite because you can make Couscous in about 5 minutes flat! It’s a great last minute side and tastes just as delicious cold as it does warm! I tend to go with a cold salad for a summer BBQ side. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Enjoy! WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Two boxes of Couscous (1 box Garlic & Olive Oil, 1 box Parmesan) One bunch of asparagus One small container of mixed cherry tomatoes (red &…

  • Food,  Happenings,  Kids

    A DAY AT THE FARM!

    Living in Rhode Island has many coastal perks, but I never thought I’d be falling in love with a dairy farm! Wright’s Dairy Farm is a sweet family owned and operated dairy farm located in North Smithfield. There you will find a market filled with amazing goodies and the most delicious milk I have ever tasted. The cows are milked within viewing daily from 3-5pm and there are calves on sight for petting and visiting. My children loved it! I think we spent three hours visiting the cows, watching the milking process, and tasting everything from cookies to cakes to pizza! It is a perfect little day trip to plan this…

  • Family,  Food,  Kids

    SIMPLE & SWEET DESSERT

    This morning the kids and I got into the Easter and Spring spirit! We kept seeing those Rice Krispies commercials with the Mother and daughter making Easter eggs with a surprise in the middle. As cute as those treats are I didn’t want my little ones rolling sticky Rice Krispies treats in their hands and stuffing them with candy that would more likely end up in their mouths then their eggs. Somewhere in my travels I had come across this idea for Rice Krispies bird’s nests. My little ones’ favorite Easter candy of all time are Cadbury mini eggs. This craft turned dessert was just no brainer for me! We had a blast making them together. Here is…

  • Food

    Shrimp Bucatini

    Last night, courtesy of People Magazine, I made Shrimp Bucatini with the help of my sous chef. I tore the recipe out of the magazine, checked my cabinets for ingredients, and went right to the market to pick up the fresh supplies we needed. It was a simple recipe to follow, paired perfectly with a crisp Pinto Grigio, and tasted delicious. It also had a little kick to it because of the red pepper flakes! See the recipe below for details. Enjoy! Ingredients *1/2lb. bucatini pasta *4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil pinch of red pepper flakes (add more for a kick) *2 gloves garlic chopped (feel free to use the jar chopped…

  • Family,  Food,  Kids,  Style

    Local Excellence…

    I went to Quality Fruitland today to pick up some of their amazing tuna salad from the deli. To my surprise I came across the most exquisite flower arrangements.  The market was in full swing for fall. My three year old daughter was in awe of the selection of amazingly large and gorgeous pumpkins and gourds! The colors of the fall produce were just awesome. Bright pops of color for your doorstep! All the pumpkins, gourds, and flowers are grown locally. I love supportive local businesses and farms. Quality Fruitland definitely had that local family feel. In fact, if I ever tie the knot for a second time I am definitely calling…

  • Food

    LITTLE TEMPTATIONS

    I came across these adorable candies in Home Goods this week. I love the labeling! Such a sweet packaging design with the preppy polka dots. I put these in my cart because I thought they would be such a sweet treat and great gift idea. This company is called LITTLE TEMPTATIONS. And trust me, I am tempted to try all three!

  • Food

    Sakonnet Vineyard…a little taste of heaven.

      I don’t exactly have a bucket list, but if I did the Sakonnet Vineyard would be on it…. and now checked off! I spent Sunday at the vineyard and winery. Where do I begin? The food was amazing. I ate the best crab cake I have ever had. It was a special addition to the menu for that day and it was a taste of perfection. The local, fresh, flavors were exquisite. The wood grilled pizzas are to die for and once I had a sip of chilled white wine, I knew I was in heaven for the day. Part of the sheer enjoyment was the scenery alone. The dozens…

  • Food,  Kids

    Tis’ the season for strawberry picking.

    It’s finally summer and with that brings the season for strawberries. This was our first year (ever) strawberry picking. It’s hard for me to believe. We have ventured to pick  apples and pumpkins, but never strawberries. The kids and I have tried growing plants, buying local farm fresh strawberries, but today topped it all! We rode a tractor out to the strawberry fields and that in itself may have  been the highlight of the trip. I have never seen my daughter consume so much fruit. It goes to show how delicious and different tasting fresh produce is. The color of the strawberries and their taste is pure joy. I could smell the…

  • Food

    Appetizers for Dinner.

    A perfect way to try a few dishes on the menu without feeling stuffed and spending a fortune on a meal is to order “Appetizers for Dinner.” Last night I had dinner at VIA Italian Table. One of my favorite restaurants in Worcester, MA. We ditched the traditional meal and ordered a beautiful spread of appetizers that included Grilled Caesar Salad, Bruschetta, Calamari, and marinated Muscles in a sauce that was to die for! Sharing appetizers feels intimate. Serving each other and trying new dishes is a great way to connect with whomever you are dining with. For me, it was a very handsome ginger fellow. Photo credit to him…