I’ve been blogging for almost 9 years now and in that near-decade span of time, I’ve never once written a post about Halloween entertaining ideas! Halloween, as a holiday, seems to lose a little bit of luster in those years between college-style costumed celebrations and when you pick it up again as a mom on the trick or treating route. After my post-college hiatus, my interest in this spooky holiday has been reignited as we get ready to celebrate it as parents with Jane. read more

If I scan a restaurant menu and see anything, I mean anything, that has a brown butter sauce poured over it then I stop right there and close the menu — I know what I’ll be ordering. What is brown butter? Essentially it’s just butter that is cooked over medium-high heat until browned and foamy, which brings out the sweet and savory flavors and tastes delicious drizzled over pasta and seafood and steak. I decided to take this tasty technique and give it an autumnal spin for an easy weeknight dinner: Brown Butter Pumpkin Ravioli.

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Our favorite candy and sweets filled holiday is right around the corner and I’m getting prepared with some Halloween recipe ideas. My friends at Peapod challenged me to come up with a Halloween treat that was both gluten-free and nut-free, and still delicious for all to enjoy. I love challenges like this because I feel like I’m on one of those competitive cooking shows, and nothing gets my creative juices flowing like friendly-competition. We actually have quite a few relatives who are gluten-free for health reasons, so I happened to know that my classic marshmallow crispy treat recipe starts with all gluten-free ingredients: butter, marshmallows, and crispy rice cereal. read more

Please note: This post was created in partnership with Marshalls; all opinions are my own.

Something wonderful happened this week. The temperature began drop just a bit and that crisp New England air felt distinctly like the arrival of autumn. I always have a mixed reaction to the changing of the seasons; I get a little sad putting away the beach chairs and watching the ice cream shops close up their doors. There is no better season though, in my opinion, than fall in New England.Our house, located in a coastal town, tends to skew summery when it comes to décor. In fact, when I recently shared some updates about a big bedroom renovation, I decorated with a summer-escape in mind – I even framed pictures of vintage bathing suits! So with the change of the seasons, it felt like the right time to swap out a few accessories to give our space a cozy, autumnal update. I popped into Marshalls for some inspiration while out running errands, and as always, left with a shopping cart full of surprises.I found the coziest plaid throw for the reading nook area in our bedroom, and used that as starting point for my autumn-update! I love that it looks like a rich wool throw, but it’s actually way softer (and the price tag was amazing too – under $20!).I found a few more fun accessories at Marshall’s to finish off the space; a crewel work pillow, some rustic wood accessories, and mixed in my own pieces like a vintage painting, books, and touches of brass. My favorite find of the day? An adorable pot with a sleepy little face on it – a steal at $4.99 – that I promptly filled up with Halloween candy.Can’t wait to crack into a book with a cup of coffee in this new cozy little nook! Head over to the Marshall’s blog for more details on my finds and this reading-nook updated.

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While it may seem like the holiday season is months away, in blogger world we get started on our holiday projects early (in fact, I’m busy testing some thanksgiving recipes this week to prepare!). One thing getting my in that holiday mindset is the fact that a recipe I worked on for Family Circle Magazine, featuring Torani Syrups, is out on newsstands today! I’m flipping through the pages and getting inspired for the coming months. Grab a copy and check out my sweet holiday creation inside, a Chestnut Praline Frappe! read more

Dinnertime can be a challenge on a good day, but add an infant or a toddler to the mix and it can be down right exhausting. Our daughter is 8 months old and diving head first into the world of solid foods right now. More than anything, she always wants to be eating what my husband and I are eating, which is great, as long as we’re eating something that’s appropriate for a toothless baby. read more

In my mind, things are supposed to slow down after Labor Day; where is that moment of respite in those early fall weeks before the holidays start? I don’t think it’s in the cards this year, but my motto is: “busy is better than bored.” So what have we been so busy with around here? Well, for starters, I got the chance to spend a week in New York working on some fun blog projects, attending my favorite annual blogger event at Better Homes and Garden’s Stylemaker conference, and jumping head first into fall family activities. read more

There is nothing more satisfying on a cold winter day than a warm bowl of hearty soup, but we don’t always have time to wait for a stockpot to simmer for hours. Roasting root vegetables like butternut squash, carrots, onions and shallots with herbs and seasoning brings out flavor fast. Adding chopped apples to the roasted vegetable mix adds a perfect level of sweetness to the earthy soup flavors. Blending the roasted vegetables with warmed College Inn® Broth puts this soup on the table in under an hour and infuses the meal with extra bold flavors! Check out the video and full recipe below: read more

If you follow along on my Instagram stories, you may have noticed that I was visiting NYC for a quick trip to attend Better Homes & Garden’s Stylemaker conference. It’s become a bit of a tradition to head down to New York in the fall for this event; this was my 4th year attending. It’s my favorite blogger event to attend because I always leave feeling so inspired, energized by the amazing bloggers and editor that I meet, and ready to jump back into work with a fresh perspective. read more

We have reason to celebrate! It’s National Coffee Day! I shouldn’t just be celebrating today because there’s no way I would have survived this year as a new mom and business owner without copious amounts of coffee, let alone every Monday for the past few decades. Everyday is a coffee celebration in my book. Seeing that today is the official day for coffee though, I had to do something special, and decided to make a batch of mini-coffee cake style donuts to pair with a strong cup of coffee. read more