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The Weekender: Pizza, Parties, & Paint

Could it actually be that we are finally on spring’s doorstep? We spend so long stuck in winter here in CNY that when a little bit of warm weather knocks on our door, it almost feels like a dream. In fact, we often get teased quite a few times before the warm weather sticks around […]

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The Weekender: Feet, Feathers, and Paws

Happy Easter, Smart Cookie lovers! It’s truly starting to feel like spring here in CNY, and I’m in great spirits. Or maybe that’s more due to the good food I had this week rather than the sun. Here’s what you missed: Bunny Butt Rice Krispie Treats Baked Eggplant Fries I’ll also be sharing a few […]

Toasted Ravioli Squash Stacks

The Weekender: Workouts, Walks, and Whiskers

As spring continues to settle in and summer waits in the wings, I feel life picking up pace even more so than ever. There is a lot going on right now, to the point where I have to remind myself to build in time for myself every now and then. It’s crucial to getting by. […]


Roasted Green Beans & Tomatoes w/ Caramelized Onions & Walnuts

All it took was one day over 50 degrees and a little bit of sunshine to send me into full-on spring fever. I scooped up a selection of fresh produce at the grocery store to feed this fever with, and immediately got cooking. I even grabbed a veggie I don’t normally gravitate towards, green beans. […]


Easter Lamb Cake

They say “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb,” but we experienced the ferocity of a lion both entering and leaving March this year. I’m clinging to hope that things will shape up in April, but judging by the forecast for this weekend, I may have to wait a bit […]


Every Recipe You Need for the Perfect Easter

Do you suppose the Easter Bunny is a good cook, or do you think his meals consist solely of hard-boiled eggs and candy? I suppose I could live off of candy. Sign me up for the next Easter Bunny search when the old guy retires! Since Easter is this Sunday, April 5, I’ve got a […]


Lemon Poppy Seed Coconut Cookie Cups – January Mystery Dish

Do you know what today is? It’s Mystery Dish Day! Every month, a group of us food-loving fools gets together to come up with recipes based on a “basket” of about 12 ingredients cooked up by one of the bloggers. It’s always interesting to see how we each come up with such different ideas from […]


Coconut Citrus Slush

We thought we were going to get out of this winter unscathed, didn’t we? I have been thinking that we’ve had it a little too easy, and sure enough, the blizzard to end all blizzards is descending upon the Northeast. By some miracle of god, CNY seems like it will miss the storm. And what’s […]

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18 Cool, Refreshing Recipes for the Warm Weather

I don’t know about you guys, but it hasn’t been warming up quite as quickly as we’d like here in CNY. However, I’ve got a feeling that when Spring and Summer finally hit for good, rather than this come-and-go nice weather, it’s going to hit full-force. That means we’ve got to be prepared. My 18 […]


Easter Lemon Poke Cake

There are a lot of fancy and festive Easter recipes floating around the web right now, many of which may have enticed you until you saw how much work they were. Plenty of folks find enjoyment in making elaborate meals for special occasions, but plenty more want something that’s as easy as it is impressive. […]