$25 DIY Entryway Bench

$25 DIY Entryway Bench

Happy day 14th of social distancing!  This week, I've been working on this bench for our entry.  The entry isn't done, by any means, but it's coming along nicely!  So far, it's gotten a fresh coat of paint all over the walls and trims, and the door also got a paint job.  The flooring went [...]

Board and Batten Wall

Board and Batten Wall

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well, wherever in the world you are.  Due to the COVID-19, Philadelphia and its surrounding counties are officially on "lockdown".  This means that all non-essential stores are closed, and most people are working from home.  Since I'm a higher education consultant and a teacher, I'm currently not working [...]

Nutella Puff Pastry Twists

Nutella Puff Pastry Twists

 A month ago, I was perusing around Trader Joe's looking for new goodies to try out.  One thing that caught my eye was the frozen puff pastry sheets (in the ice cream aisle).  I typically make my own puff pastry, mainly because I find that store-bought puff pastry sheets typically just don't taste as good [...]

Baby Hasselback Potatoes

Baby Hasselback Potatoes

Ian's favorite food is potatoes.  Mashed potatoes, to be exact.  This year for Valentine's Day, I wanted to make him a steak dinner, but I wanted to elevate his beloved potatoes.  For me, the fanciest a potato could look is a Hasselback potato.  Hasselback potatoes are a Swedish-style baked potato with slits down the middle [...]

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

  This recipe makes my heart soar.  Ever since we adopted Chewie 2 years ago, we have spoiled him to pieces with toys, treats, and lots of hugs.  Recently, I decided to tackle the task of making Chewie his very own dog treats.  I know he loves having bananas and peanut butter in his Kongs, [...]

Candied Walnuts

Candied Walnuts

The funny thing about candied walnuts is that I always make them thinking "I can add this to all my salads for the next week", only to eat them by the handfuls and they never ever touch a single salad.  They are that addictive. Candied walnuts are quick and easy to make, sort of foolproof, [...]

Very Berry Crumb Bars

Very Berry Crumb Bars

  I LOVE CRUMB BARS.  They are one of those really easy desserts to make but looks a lot more decadent than brownies or cookies.  The best part of crumb bars, in my opinion, is that the base and the crumble are THE EXACT SAME MIXTURE.  Also, it's the perfect excuse to get rid of [...]

DIY Master Bedroom Refresh Pt. 1 – Painted Tile

DIY Master Bedroom Refresh Pt. 1 – Painted Tile

Hey y'all!  It feels good to be back.  These past few weeks have been so hectic with planning out projects around the house, figuring out what we are contracting out and what we are tackling ourselves.  Most people don't know this, but Ian and I aren't full-time renovators nor do we have a background in [...]

One Bowl Blueberry Muffins

One Bowl Blueberry Muffins

  So back in July, I vowed to rarely turn on the oven as to not overheat my house.  Now that we're in mid-December, I crank up my oven every chance I get so not only do I get a delicious treat, my house feels warm (and smells amazing).  So whenever I open the fridge [...]

Ultimate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Ultimate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

  Last month, Ian celebrated his THIRTIETH birthday.  To celebrate, I baked him a 4-tiered, peanut butter cup cake.  A lot of recipes online simply did chocolate cake with a peanut butter frosting.  But I wanted the cake itself to have chocolate & peanut butter combo.  The result?  Peanut butter goodness.