How To Turn Mistakes Into Happy Cupcakes

These are demure cupcakes in every sense of the word: reserved in sweetness and coy in tanginess; but the combination of subtle flavors creates that lovely zest in your mouth. It almost makes me think that if Clinique’s Happy scent were half as in-your-face zesty, and they were cupcakes, these would be The Happy Cupcakes. They are delicious bursts of freshness in your mouth.

I Have an Adoptee!


Meet Scott of BRB…Eating, he’s my “adoptee” for the 3rd round of the Adopt A Blogger program organized by the fabulous, soon-to-be-mom-of-4th-baby Kristen of Dine and Dish. [Thanks, Kristen!] I discovered Adopt A Blogger last year when they announced the matches, and it was too late for me to join to be adopted. A year […]

Bailey’s Cafe Mocha Cheesecake

Here is my take on a classic cheesecake recipe and adding one of my favorite combination of flavors: coffee, chocolate and Bailey’s Irish creme. The flavors are right on and the texture is oh so satisfyingly smooth as silk and it each bite melts in your mouth. It’s sure to be a favorite for those who love rich and decadent desserts.

Cranberry Granola

This is my take on making homemade granola. I avoided using oil in this recipe. And I added wheat bran and wheat germ to add some “meat” in there. This granola is crispy and clumpy, just the way I like it. It has been our constant companion for our hikes as well as a healthy snack any time. Hope you enjoy it!

Samantha Ettus Interviews Eric Ripert

I rarely post videos on our site, so when I do pay attention. :) This is one interview that I enjoyed enough to watch twice. Yes, it’s more than 30 minutes but that half hour will just fly by. Enjoy! “Perhaps it is no wonder that a French boy whose mother provided a white linen […]

Happy Easter! Plus A PJ Party invite!

Practical Mommy (Ria) and Zen Mommy (Suzanne) will be on for their first ever

Pajama Party LIVE on Tuesday, April 14 from 6-9pm CST

to raise money for the cause. Join the party in your PJ’s from home for giggles, live music, and of course, Practical and Inspired Tips… and more.

We’ll be:

* whipping up some goodies in the kitchen with the help of Joy (@gourmeted),
* listening to live music from Ann Hirschfeld of String Buzz,
* connecting with entrepreneurial experts like @GuyKawasaki and @pajamaspr on starting and running your own business and leveraging social media to do it!

Review: Pizzeria Bianco

If you’ve heard of Bon Appétit’s Best American Restaurants episode from the Food Network, you will know that Pizzeria Bianco was named the best place in America to get a pizza. Between authenticity, taste, and quality of ingredients, it beat out countless thousands of  pizza chains and parlors in America. There is a great reason […]