Food Truck Friday

A friend of mine could use a helping hand, and while we independent women NEVER ask for help, I’m making her family dinner this week. I’m not even kidding, I LOVE cooking for my friends! #MealsOnWheels

Turn up the volume on roasted chicken by dredging it in a simple marinade over night. I tossed the split chicken breasts (with ribs) in a zip top bag and poured an herby garlic salad dressing to coat. Bake at 375 degrees F on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for an hour. #Voila

Roasted Split Chicken Breasts
Power greens salad with red onion, orange & yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes, Sartori balsamic bellavitano cheese, and hard boiled eggs
Roasted carrots and red potatoes garnished with curly parsley
New York Times Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

Kray for Crayola’s

I’m a color-er. There I said it. I’ve always liked to color and still do as an adult in her mid 30’s. So it’s no surprise to me that I’m making my own crayon creations. I’ve gone mad for these molds! #Obsessed

Cliff Notes and Pro Tips from the Pinterest Moms:

  • Strip crayons, chop them into bits, and arrange in silicone molds
  • At this juncture feel free to get WILD! Any color combo you like can be achieved. ROY G BIV is my jam, but you do you, boo!
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper (IMPERATIVE) and bake molds at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes
  • Fill molds with more crayon bits and bake another 10 minutes
  • Remove and place in the refrigerator/freezer and cool completely

Week Night All Star Vol. 1

Almost Mongolian Beef Satay, Broccolini with mushrooms & whipped potatoes

When I feel inspired to try a new recipe, I turn to my favorite cookbook authors; Ina, Giada, and Daphne, and commit to WOW factor! #ShowUp&ShowOut

These beef skewers by Daphne Oz did just that. Her cookbook is AH-MAZING! With her guiding light, I have successfully crushed many a brunch and family gathering. If you don’t have this gem, RUN DON’T WALK!

Crown On

Crown Mold

When I saw these silicone molds at Michaels I was shook! #Perfection My mug is beyond (I know), but seriously, unicorns are magical whimsical fantastical creatures! This mug drives my husband NUTS and it’s without a doubt my fave. It often gets a shout out at bedtime when the boys and I go through our roses and thorns of the day. Any day that starts out with whimsy is gonna be a winner! #YASSSQueen! #FAF

When all the things you love come together #LEGO #DINO #FANCY #CHOCOLATE


When Mother’s Day rolls around again, I’d like my boy squad to replicate…THIS! Seriously!! Last year I gave very specific instructions for my breakfast in bed (B.I.B.). For example; I wanted hard boiled eggs, kiwi, and coffee, accompanied by InStyle and Southern Living magazine. #DIVA

For me, it boils down to the little things. I am obsessed with fabulous coffee mugs and take great joy in picking out a mug that matches my mood. I love a good garnish, who doesn’t. This jar of honey is as delicious as it is adorable and can we just pause and applaud my efforts to reuse renew and recycle this yoplait glass jar! #oui

Mushroom, yellow pepper, and arugula omelet garnished with curley parsley and scallions

Hey, Ma!

When I say I’m turning up the volume on letter writing, I’m not playing around! Only the fanciest stationery will do when I’m writing to my mom (aka Mama Dukes). After all, she’s the original Queen!

Per usual, I’m peppering in some heart shaped confetti (you’re welcome Ma) and using my fave matches and wax seal. I’m very much in to these EXTRA fine (of course it is!) ball point pens. And can we just take a moment to adore this stationery?!? This girl is beyond talented and I want EVERYTHING on her site!

Check out more from Melsy! I’m OBSESSED!!! #talented #FashionIllustrator

Perk Up!

It’s ALWAYS coffee time! And when I’m not in a rush, so basically Saturdays and Sundays, I love to spoil myself with a pot of the good stuff #FrenchPress

I felt a tad overwhelmed initially, but after watching a half dozen Youtube videos on the topic, I gave it a go. Such as life, you just have to dive in head first sometimes. If you’re feeling EXTRA, treat yourself to a milk frother!