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5 Tips For Meal Planning

Once upon a time, I would go to the grocery store with my partner without a list or a meal plan. This would result in a two hour epic journey down aisle after aisle where decisions were scarce and items were randomly tossed in our cart. Our bill would total more than a car payment. We would unpack our haphazard selection of foods and collapse on the couch, exhausted from not making decisions and desperately trying to get the other...

Marv the Ring Bearer

I’m not much of a jewelry gal, or a make-up gal, or a high heel gal. So when I got engaged last year, I suddenly had a beautiful and delicate antique engagement ring gracing my finger 16 hours per day and I was terrified of ruining it. According to the antique jeweler who was sizing it for me, the ring was made in the late 1800’s in Germany and had already been damaged and rebuilt at some point during its...

Homemade Marinara

Pasta with marinara has been one of my favorite meals since I was little. Something about the simplicity and sharp flavors make this dish a classic comfort food. Unfortunately, like the sugary cereal and pastry pockets labeled “lean,” I gave up marinara so I didn’t have a to buy a little packet of unknown powders to make this thick sauce. I’ve tried to make it from scratch several times and finally created a recipe that comes close to the flavors...

My Teensy Kitchen

Here it is, my teensy kitchen. It’s so small I had to take a panorama photo to fit it all! My fiancΓ© and I moved into our two-story condo about three years ago. It felt like our first grown-up living space with its mini walk-in closet and mold-free bathroom. The beige carpet was pristine and we only shared one wall with a neighbor. Everything about it was an improvement on apartment living, everything except the kitchen. Cooking was never something...