Watch “basic sweet roll dough — hand knead” on YouTube


4 ways to self-heal

IDK about you, but some days I feel really down in the dumps.

As tempting as it is to curl into a ball and cry, it doesn’t really illicit feelings of hope and laughter.

Here are some things that help bring joy back when it feels like the darkest, nastiest storm is brewing overhead.

check it out…

self LOVE






Spicy Siracha Noodles

Thought I would share this ridiculously easy, AMAZING recipe I found on Pinterest. All you need: spaghetti, butter, garlic, siracha, oyster sauce, sugar, and parmesan cheese. As Ina would say, “How easy is that?!?!”


Seriously, get on it.


So delicious, and EASY. Like not as easy as Nick on the Bachelor, but E-A-S-Y.


Only complaint about this scrumptious, go-to snack, is that you’ll probably spend more time cleaning up than cooking. Oh well, it’s worth it honeeeeeyyyy. So good!!

here’s the recipe…

here’s how I did it..


chop chop


heat butter over med-high


add the magic stuff (garlic)


once fragrant….add the cooked noodles


here, the fork tool is NECESSARY. if you don’t have a wooden one, I’m sure a reg fork would do…just as long as you don’t have a teflon coated pan


perfect. now the seasonings






now taste…(mine needed more siracha)


now we are in business.


I could eat this photo


Hope you love it as much as my belly!!!


I got it (carrot cake) from my momma

Growing up my mom would make carrot cake on every birthday. Now, I make it on a Tuesday.

I live for this stuff.

I eat it for breakfast…lunch..dinner. Dessert. Every minute of every day.
Jam packed with carrots, this oil based cake is as good as it gets. Not too sweet, perfect amount of moisture, and the oh so comforting spices.

And then that delicately tart cream cheese frosting.

I am in heaven.

(Like Winnie the little polar bear, here in the snow.)

I won’t give the exact recipe because to me, it’s worth like 800 million trips around the world…..but I can give some advice.

Cut the sugar in almost 1/2. Add extra cinnamon & allspice.

And use EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA carrots 

Save time by shredding carrots in the food processor…

And shred wayyyy more than you think you’ll need (usually I double it)


4 eggs.

Eggs meet oil

{Eggs + oil} meet dry ingredients

Mix until like this

Add carrots


Now divide it up

Bakey bakey

Time to makey some frostey

Butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, & a touch of milk.


Now frost her up

The sloppier….The better.


Being a cheapskate

I am an old lady. I go to the grocery store first thing in the morning….on a weekday.

Why? You might ask. Do I have a busy, jam-packed schedule that I have to cater to? Absolutely not. That would require having a life….Something I am not familiar with. 

Jeopardy— What is having a life?

I do it because I am cheap. 
And to get the deals 💰💰 (I am talking DAY OLDS) you gotta go early.

Like right when they open.

You’ll be blinded by a sea of white haired retirees, but trust me….. it’s worth it!

Market Basket *that sexy beast*marks down breads, bagels, baked goods (think croissants, pies, cakes, cookies) & FRESH FRUIT AND VEGGIES. 

Like we are talking big bags of red peppers, Asian pears, green beans…..HEAVEN

Some days are luckier than others, but the key here is to go in with a game plan because you have to use this stuff up fast.

Here’s my ideal trip (and oh, how I wish I was talking about magical mushrooms…You know they could be the cure for depression). I’m rambling b/c it has been 8 years since I’ve had any *💧💧💧🌊🌊🌊. *

  • Bag of red peppers- roast and preserve in olive oil and salt
  • Asians pears- refrigerate, surprisingly they hold well with time
  • Green beans- pan fry that night, or make a casserole to freeze
  • Bread- freeze whole loaves, keep one in fridge to use now, or toast & pulsate into breadcrumbs for your freezer, or make croutons, or bread pudding (I could go on forever…I love bread)
  • Croissants- make the best French toast
  • Pie- eat immediately, or blend chunks into a milkshake
  • Bagels- freeze

Just some ideas…

Does anyone else do this?
And what are some of your secrets??


Charming Cottage

Last night I stumbled upon Nantucket Looms and boy is it heaven.

Almost everything is designed/made by local artists and YES, very expensive, but I am looking at it for inspiration. For instance, these rope baskets (set of 3 for $128), I found at Ocean State Job Lot for practically NOTHING.


The blankets they make…oh my lord. Handwoven on island (with the highest quality fibers of course). It’s like taking a passage back into time….and I LOVE IT.


Are you feeling warm and cozy inside?

They even make wearable versions….blanket me in this warmth please


Or let’s see what these creative geniuses do with all the scallop shells that wash ashore on our beautiful Cape Cod beaches…


What about sea glass?


Shells for a Sailor’s Valentine?


Artwork to make your home a nautical paradise??

Or what about some bowls & towels for fruit by the pool?


I want it all! But, mostly I want these handwoven baskets…


Or bracelets…

It’s a dream, I know. But a good one.