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How to De-Stress Your Thanksgiving

I have a confession: I’m sort of known as The Grinch of Thanksgiving dinner. I know, I know! I love the ritual of the entire family gathering around the table to show gratitude for all the good things in our lives. But actually preparing all the food is stressful and I’ve just never been a big fan of the traditional Thanksgiving foods. There, I said it. Luckily, I know a

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Scary-Easy Halloween Recipes

I love the idea of a DIY Halloween party, of Martha Stewart-ing every last detail of my kids’ favorite holiday. But the sad truth is: I’m kinda terrible at it. I can admire a curated Pinterest board of perfectly decorated spider cupcakes and handmade costumes as much as the next mom, but “craftsy” is not a word I’d use to describe myself. Unfortunately for me, my kids are begging for

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Sunday Brunch Series: Eggs on Toast with Prosciutto, Roasted Asparagus and Caramelized Tomatoes

Since this month we’re talking about body positivity and what makes us feel good, here’s one thing I always look forward to: Sunday brunch. Not only is the food delicious, but it feeds the soul to catch up with family and friends. Life is a balancing act, and it’s important to splurge and find the positivity in things that make you happy. That leads me to today’s Sunday Brunch Series,

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Sunday Brunch Series: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and Strawberry Mimosas

lemon ricotta pancakes with strawberry sauce by lindsay johnson of lady in the wild west for gen padalecki of now & gen wife of jared padalecki

Starting today, I will be hosting a brunch blog every 1st Sunday of the month. Excited? I am! The blog will be led by and feature recipes from one of my favorite friends and foodies Lindsey Johnson! I met Lindsey when she came to visit my apartment roommate while I was a freshman in college. We became fast friends. Though we live in different parts of the country (she lives

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Gen’s Lit List: March Faves

genevieve padalecki wife of jared padalecki of supernatural lies on bed with cookbooks around her

It’s the beginning of the month which means it’s time to gather up some of my favorite new reads. This month I am tackling cookbooks. I love being in my kitchen and trying out new recipes.  One of my absolute favorite things to do is scour pages of cookbooks for inspiration. I love cookbooks because I feel they are a small (or big–depending!) window into the life of a chef. With beautiful

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