• Quick 30 minute Meal: Asparagus, Artichoke, & Quinoa Salad by Brooke Basinger #asparagus #quickandeasy #artichoke #springmeal
    Dinner,  Quick and Easy,  Recipe,  Recipes,  Vegetables,  Vegetarian

    Asparagus, Artichoke, & Quinoa Salad

    This asparagus, artichoke, & quinoa salad was perfect after this weekend. Coming off a long weekend of single parenting a one year old is no joke. I was also sick, so there’s that. BUT! I am so very thankful for flippin’ fantastic friends who literally went out of their way to get my prescription, offer to help with Harlow, and continually check in on me. All of that to say: I’m tired. But most likely you are, too. That’s all part of parenting/living/working/hustling/all of the things. I’m still drinking coffee and it’s late afternoon. . . also notice Harlow’s cute hand creeping in the picture. She was my photography helper,…

  • Harlow's First Birthday Downy Yellow Butter Cake with Lemon Buttercream frosting by Brooke Basinger and Grace Basinger #crumbcoat #barecake #Lemon #buttercream
    Gather Around,  Recipe,  Recipes,  Sweet

    Grandma Grace’s Downy Yellow Butter Cake

    This is IT: Grandma Grace’s Downy Yellow Butter Cake. Make it, file this under “special recipes” and keep it forever. That’s what I’m doing. Maybe this will be a new birthday tradition – me making Harlow my Grandmother Grace’s cake. Yeah, I think that sounds nice. As I sit down to write this post, I realize that I don’t have any photographs of my Grandma, which makes me feel like I’m missing something inside. And a bit sad as some of my earliest life memories were of making food in her kitchen. Her kitchen in Indian Brook – with it’s classical music playing softly in the background from this tiny…

  • Reading Club: Cookbooks #bookclub #cookbooks #thugkitchen #marthastewart #simple
    cookbooks,  Recipes

    Currently Reading | Cookbooks

    I’ve been fascinated with reading cookbooks (recipes in general for that matter) for about as long as I can remember. I love diving deep into the cookbook pages, even if I don’t make a single recipe from it, they’re LOADED with food inspiration. Obviously. And I feel weird admitting that – that I like to read cookbooks – although I KNOW I’m not the only one who loves it. I’ve recently discovered a dear friends wife has the same passion. We had a good conversation about “America’s Test Kitchen”; geeking out over the ingredients. That might be my next read… Here are a few that I am into at the…