It’s been a while. A seven months kinda while. But. I’m feeling inspired again!

Since I last saw you my city girl life has found me in the Richmond countryside. Quite the change wouldn’t you say? 😉


See updated “About Me” page if you’d like!

A change that has not only been wonderful for so many reasons, but also one that has sparked a resurgence of my kitchen inspiration!  Something about those long range views and clean fresh air really makes cooking that much more enjoyable :)

And since it’s summer. And since I love (1) an easy recipe (2) Chobani Greek yogurt and (3) a lightened up and refreshing dish that still tastes delicious. I knew that this would be the one to share with you.

This broccoli salad came as a request. The exact request of “a crunchy broccoli salad” … lots of direction there, huh? So I decided to get some ingredients together and see if I was up for the challenge!

Chobani crunch broccoli salad

The result. All the thumbs up. All of them. This broccoli salad has the fun twist of crunchy sunflower seeds and tangy lemon, topped off with that sharp taste of cheddar that I’m not sure anyone could turn down. Except my sister. She could. But she hates cheese. A concept that after 26 years I am yet to understand…

But I digress.

This broccoli salad would be a delicious addition to any meal. Or the perfect side dish to bring a warm weather get together. Heck, it’s even great just for an after work snack, trust me on that :)

And the best part. It only takes 5 minutes to throw together.

So with that. Enjoy!



Happy Holidays to all of you! Christmas isn’t so far behind us that I can’t share a little Christmas Eve family tradition with ya, right?


Christmas Eve is a big deal in our house. I mean, a BIG deal. Christmas who? (But really)

We base our food spread off the Polish tradition of Wigilia. Seven dishes are served (we show our creative counting side here 😉 ) and a pescatarian theme. No beef, chicken, pork, you catch my drift.

This year’s menu may have been one of the BEST yet. Here’s what we had!

– Mom’s homemade crab cakes
– Pierogi with green onion butter
– Mushrooms sautéed in white wine
– Shrimp cocktail
– Fresh greens w/ avocado, red onion, & mint
– Appetizer spread above (see, creative counting!)

But the recipe that stands closest to my heart and the one I can’t recall a Christmas Eve without is this one. And one I want to share today with you!


Sauerkraut and Noodles

– 1/2 package small noodles (macaroni, mini shells, etc)
– 1/2 onion, chopped
– 1 can sauerkraut
– 3 tbslp butter
– salt & pepper

1. Boil noodles until done. Drain.

2. Sauté onion in 1 tbslp butter for 5 minutes. Add sauerkraut and season with salt and pepper. Cook another 5 minutes.

3. Stir noodles and rest of butter into the sauerkraut pot. Add additional butter as necessary.

These noodles are best when they have some time to sit on a warm stove once combined for just a bit. Make them ahead if time and you won’t even have to think twice about them!

They’re also a perfect main dish meal if you top with some kielbasa, chicken sausage, or something similar.

Happy holidays from our fam to yours, however you may be spending it :)


A simple summer salad.

Perfect to enjoy poolside. Perfect to take to a picnic. Perfect just to enjoy at home.

Because hey, summer isn’t over yetttttttttt 😉


Fresh farmers market goodies.

Zucchini. Tomato. Peppers. Jalapenos if you like it spicyyyyy. Woo!


Combined with some pantry staples.

Chickpeas. Black olives. Dried oregano. Black pepper.


Then simply dressed with a basil flavored olive oil.


And some white balsamic vinegar.


I rave about white balsamic vinegar always. Because I adore it. 

Lighter and sweeter than it’s red (purple?) balsamic counterpart.

It’s sheer perfection atop any fresh salad. 

(You can find it either at Trader Joe’s or any grocery store.)

And if you don’t have flavored olive oil, don’tworryaboutitttttt.

Just use the real deal. No biggie 😀  


Served all snuggled up in a wheat tortilla with some fresh spring greens.


Doesn’t get much fresher & simpler than that!!

Because hey, we all gotta save as much time for enjoying the outdoors as we can these days.

Which means outta the kitchen. There’s plenty of winter days for that?! 😉