The Third Piece

The "Third Piece" is a term used in the fashion world to refer to that last accessory or article of clothing that finishes the outfit and gives it a "complete" feeling. It is often a vest, jacket, or scarf. I have a cropped denim vest that I use year-round to add that last dimension. When I am putting together a room, this concept of the "third piece" (or fourth!) is essential. After all, there is a different between minimalist and incomplete. Case in point, this year as I was setting the dining table, I thought I was done but knew something was missing. I didn't want a cluttered table, but what I had felt empty, kind of half-done, if you will....

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Tuna Melt

Tuna Melt I firmly believe that food cravings are dictated as much by our mood and the weather as by our current attire. Today, for example, has been cool and cloudy. It's no east coast storm day, but I've had one of those bone chills you just can't shake all day. And, I've been in gym clothes hoping that I'll get in a workout before the day ends....

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Passing the Holiday Torch

Christmas Dining Room_night Thanksgiving has come and gone *sigh of relief* inserted here. Growing up, Turkey Day meant 50 of our closest family and friends would descend upon our home in the morning and stay all night, often until the wee hours of the following morning. My parents were so busy cooking, cleaning, and talking, they didn't have time to tell me to brush my hair, get out of the tree, put down the book, or help my sister with (fill in the blank with some chore I really did not want to do). It was a day of freedom - heaven in the eyes of my pre-teen self....

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Farmers Market Scramble

Farmers Market Scramble_vertical2 Remember that beautiful basket of carrots and potatoes, garlic and pomegranates that I showed you earlier this week? My farmers market treasures? Well, that was only about half of what I brought home; there were also apples (that became delicious applesauce!), kale, lettuce, tomatoes, bread, cheese, and more! Not a bad score if I do say so myself....

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Childhood Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies Growing up my best friend lived across the street. We looked like we could be sisters, but were incredibly different in just about every other way - girl scouts vs. sports, dolls vs. running, chocolate anything vs. not a sugar fan, hockey vs. football, listener vs. talker, 1 brother vs. 3 sisters. Somehow we still managed to spend most afternoons laughing until our sides hurt and getting into mischief ...

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Best Ever Granola

Best Ever Granola II I have been buying granola at the store forever because I always managed to burn the granola (it goes from undone to burnt in no time flat!) when making it at home. Turns out that was a function of too high of heat and not being a helicopter mom towards the end of the bake cycle. Lately, though, the granola has been tasting especially bland and making the consumption not worth the calories. Such a bummer since I love granola and yogurt for breakfast....

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Banana Muffins

Banana Poppyseed Muffin

Banana muffin, with a banana topping, and a side of bananas - because you can never have too much banana.

It's no joke that each pregnancy is unique and I'm quickly believing that girls are more difficult than boys - from day 1. The last couple months consisted of long days in bed, binge eating crackers, rice, and plain pasta, chugging water, and being repulsed by everything else. Apparently my little girl did not want vegetables or exercise to be a part of the first few months of her development and let me know in no uncertain terms. With the first trimester firmly behind me, I am almost back in working order - though my cardio has a ways to go. I am using my newfound energy to go through gobs of email and learn the ins and outs of the stove and oven in our new place (yes, we decided to move before knowing I was preggers and successfully planned our move to begin right as the nausea and fatigue took my body by storm). ...

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