#Pyrex100 and a Coffee Cake to Die For

Blueberry Coffee Cake | All Things Fadra

I was asked to participate in the #Pyrex100 campaign, sponsored by Pyrex®, a World Kitchen brand. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. If you are at all a baker, or someone who cooks, or someone who has spent time in the kitchen watching someone cook, then you know Pyrex. It was probably […]

Creative Lunching with Bentgo Boxes {Giveaway}

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Spring Break has finally come to an end. Just as, it seems, Spring is actually getting started. The sun has come out. And the weather is actually warm enough to wear shorts! Well, warm enough for my son to wear shorts. I think it has to hit 85 degrees before I’m ready to go down that […]

The Fastest Italian-Polish Meal I’ve Ever Made

Johnsonville® Italian Sausage #MeatballMasters

I made a delicious and easy dinner using Johnsonville® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. On a typical night in my household, my husband might ask me: “What’s for dinner?” Seem fairly innocuous, right? Then why do I react like I’ve just been asked if I reshingled the roof today. “I don’t know. […]

4 Valentine’s Day Activities for Non-Crafty Parents

Happy Valentine's Surprise

By the time you read this, I’ll be getting ready for a live television appearance the morning show on Fox45, a local station in the Baltimore area. Or I will have already made the appearance and hopefully conveyed successfully that I am NOT a crafty parent but if the crafts and instructions are easy enough, I […]

The Girl Who Loved Volvo

Fadra and Amelia in Volvo V60

Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved Volvo. She was always attracted to quirky cars and loved the boxy designs she saw barreling down the highways. And those headrests! How could she forget those distinctive headrests!! But the closest she ever got to a Volvo was her college boyfriend who bought his […]

How I Cheat the Daily Dinner Grind

Cheese and crackers

I made a delicious and easy dinner using Johnsonville® Meatballs as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #MeatballMasters How can someone who loves cooking hate making dinner so much? It’s a question I’ve asked myself over and over again. I like to cook. I love to eat. Sounds like […]

The Best In-Between-Holiday Meals

spaghetti and Johnsonville meatballs

I made a delicious and easy dinner using Johnsonville® Meatballs as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #MeatballMasters There reaches a point sometime between November and January where you’re just done with the cooking. The novelty of baking has worn off. The excitement of a large family dinner is now sitting in the kitchen […]

A Pre-Holiday Feast in Philadelphia

Hotel Monaco - Philly

My family has this ongoing problem. We love to travel and experience new things but we often lack the impetus to get and go. We have plenty of grand ideas that we always intend to follow through on and end up stuck behind the never-ending litany of household chores and complacency. The holidays are no exception.  We […]

Holiday Traditions Matter because…

Vintage elf

Everyone has holiday traditions whether they realize it or not. We tend to be creatures of habit but more than anything, I think we tend to be creatures of nostalgia. When I was growing up, the holidays were my absolute favorite time of the year. It was one of the few times we had family […]

Hosting A Casual Get-together in 3 Easy Steps

3 Easy Steps to hosting a casual get-together

Big holiday parties are easy to plan. In fact, planning is always the easiest part. We often host Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve dinner. And next month I’m hosting our book club/holiday party in the the neighborhood. I can plan with the best of them. Plan the food: Sometimes heavy, sometimes light. Perhaps one item in […]

What to Do When Your Kid Asks for a Sip

Barefoot by the Sea

I make a lot of parenting decisions based on instinct and not necessarily from parenting books, parenting experts, or even friends and family. Every child is unique. Every family is unique. And every family situation is unique, especially as it relates to alcohol. In my household growing up, you couldn’t find any alcohol in the house, not […]