Recipe: Ina Garten’s Meatballs

by Cate on April 29, 2016

Juicy, tender, and oh so easy to make, these are meatballs you’ll want in your life.


This week has seriously been a bit of a blur.

Madeline makes her First Communion tomorrow, and there has been a rush of last minute activities.

Finding a cross topper for the homemade cake she requested for dessert.

Mani/pedi appointments with one of her best friends.

Figuring out the menu for the after-party.

Rehearsal at the church.

Coordinating rides and drop-off times for the friends going with us.

Trying on that special dress one last time.

Hair cuts tonight.

A sleepover with the same bestie since they’re making Communion together tomorrow.

We have affectionately called this week Communion Week.

It’s much like the flurry of activity right before you get married. So much excitement, and fun, and nerves.

But very much all good times.

Madeline is positively gleeful about tomorrow, and a wee bit nervous, but seriously cannot wait.

Pictures to come!


So in periods like this, I am forever grateful for a well-stocked freezer and the fortitude to (sometimes, but not always) think ahead.

I made a new recipe for a client that yielded me a dozen Egg Cups, which is perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast.

I made two Broccoli Pies (one to keep, and one to repay a favor), which makes a delicious and easy lunch.

And meatballs.

These meatballs.

I originally made them to celebrate #NationalMeatballDay last month. More specifically, I made a ginormous batch of them for our Girl Scout dinner, and saved some for Nick to have as part of a sandwich that night for his own dinner. AND I froze a bunch of them, which means dinner during this crazy COMMUNION WEEK has been made that much simpler. [click to continue…]


Make: Stained Glass Rainbow Craft

by Cate on April 25, 2016

A fun “stained glass” craft that is perfect for an at-home birthday party or quelling those “there’s nothing to do” cries from the kiddos.


When we celebrated Madeline’s birthday earlier this year, she chose to eschew a big party and, instead, wanted to go into the city with two of her friends for the day. Which I thought was an awesome idea (you can check out where we ate lunch here). But with that big heart of hers, and having many good friends, she didn’t want any of them to feel left out, so we fixed that by having a low-key party at home.

You know … we went old school.

And, of course, if you know my daughter, it should come as no surprise to you that she wanted a rainbow themed party.

I mean, she IS my kid after all.

Which is how I found myself researching rainbow-themed craft ideas that we could do.

One of the crafts we made was one that we have made before, these hanging rainbows. Ours has long since faded, so it was the perfect excuse to get a new one hanging from our back door, and I still love it now just as much as I did then.

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Weekend Photos in Review

April 24, 2016

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Do: Boston Duck Tour

April 20, 2016

If you’re looking to get a thoroughly fun tour of Boston, hop on a duck tour! Two weeks ago, during Nick and Madeline’s Spring Break, we headed up to Boston to spend the day with Sarah and her kids. She moved to Maine two years ago, and we haven’t seen each other in forever. Boston […]

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Recipe: Cheeseburger Salad

April 18, 2016

What do you do when you are eating low carb, but a cheeseburger craving hits? Cheeseburger Salad, of course! All the taste without the guilt. I could never be a vegetarian. I just love a juicy, medium rare cheeseburger way too much. I don’t indulge in them quite as often as I’d like though, because […]

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