Welcome to a new week, my friends. I hope your Monday is off to a great start!
I am sitting in our favorite Airbnb in Manayunk, PA this morning. We drove to Charlotte on Saturday to visit our son and then made the trek to Philly yesterday to spend a wee time with our daughter. I am a fan of Airbnbs! Not only are they typically located in neighborhoods, so we can enjoy the ‘local flavor’, but I love having a stocked kitchen. I prepped some meals last week so that we can casually enjoy our time up here without having to eat out every night.
It does seem that we average (during non-pandemic times 🤨) at least one trip a month somewhere and, therefore have become quite proficient at packing and traveling. I keep travel versions of my face wash, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, a razor, and a shower cap in a little, waterproof bag which makes it easy to grab and go. When I return home, I fill the bottles up so I don’t have to worry about it when I am packing. You can see other travel tips, as well as access Printable Packing Checklists, over on my Organized Travel Tips post.
One of the meals I prepped for this week was a batch of Ina Garten’s Arrabbiata Sauce. This deliciously rich and fragrant sauce contains 3 heads of garlic…don’t let that deter you though. Not only does it cook down to mellow the garlic, but if you blanche the garlic for 1 minute in boiling water, then quickly transfer it to ice water, the skins come off very easily.
I know that my family loves this Smoky, Spicy Tomato Jam, but my smile gets especially wide when I read comments like this
Absolutely Awesome, Have made it 3 times for sale in my florist shop and sold out every time. Love the idea of pairing it with a cutting board and spreader. THANKS. I have women giving this as party favors for showers and parties. They love it.
Cinco de Mayo is Wednesday, go ahead and buy a bag of limes so that you can make my dad’s incredibly fresh and delicious and very popular Margarita recipe. And these Short-Rib Tacos are melt-in-your-mouth OUTSTANDING!
Kitchen Organization and Tips to make the time you spend in your kitchen more efficient and effective.
My mom requested this Knit Purse for Mother’s Day last year.
These Lemon Icebox Cookies, topped with pansies, would be a delightful dessert to finish your Mother’s Day meal.
This French Knot Monogram Pillow was a fun little project.
Have a fantastic day and an even more fantastic week!