My Favorite Fall Recipes

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

Yes, it currently feels like July in Southern New Jersey. It’s a little frustrating having to get the next size up for Baby Blue in summer gear because he’s busting out of his…summer clothes. However, one thing is for sure~ In just a few weeks, the weather will be getting cooler, and the days shorter. Aside from all the perks of Fall weather (including dressing Blue in denim overalls, plaid shirts, socks and shoes), I’m looking forward to cooking hearty, comfort foods, in an oven. Today, I’m sharing my favorite fall recipes, that I’ll hopefully be making sooner, than later! 

How to Decorate for FALL ~ Under $100

Food & Home, The House on High Street

The Fall season is drawing near. I love this time of year, for good reason. The air is crisp and fresh. The aroma of fall can’t be beat. Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Apple Pie, Cedar, etc. The colors are so vibrant. And, it’s hands-down the best time for outdoor photos!

Before moving into The House on High Street, I only had a townhouse or condo to decorate. It can get expensive decorating for any holiday, even in a small space. But, with a little extra time creating a decor plan and comparing prices on-line, before making any purchases, it can be done. In this post, I’m going to show you How to decorate for Fall ~under $100!

End of Summer Vacation with Baby Blue ~ At the Icona in Avalon, NJ.

Fashion & Lifestyle, Travel & Leisure

As the saying goes, summer deserves a speeding ticket! It surely does fly by, fast. I had been longing to get to the beach with Baby Blue since Memorial Day. But, it wasn’t until late August before Blue’s tiny toes hit the sand. Scott and I took Baby Blue to Wildwood Crest~New Jersey, with friends for a mini 2-night stay. Last week, we celebrated my birthday with a five day stay in Avalon, NJ. This was our official end-of-summer vacation with Baby Blue. And, it was well worth the wait!

Five Lessons that Saved My Marriage

Foster Care & Family

There was a time I thought I’d never make it. But, in just a few months, I’ll be celebrating my tenth year wedding anniversary! It is said that tin or aluminum best represent the tenth year of marriage because these metals reflect the resilience and tougher-than-nails strength of a marriage. Since the average length of marriages that end in divorce is eight years, I suppose it’s safe to say, Scott and I somehow made it over the hump! 

Reasons NOT to be a Foster Parent

Foster Care & Family

People often tell me, “I could never be a foster parent. I would get too attached.” I think the first thing that scares people away is the fear of losing a foster child~ especially after a long period of time. I’ll admit that this was my initial fear in saying, “I do,” to foster care. But, now? After just a few foster children in, I’ve come to understand that there are so many other (perhaps overlooked) reasons not to be a foster parent.

A Tribute to Baby Berry ~ Our Second Foster Baby

Foster Care & Family

(Yes! That’s a picture of her beautiful face!) This week, I spoke with one of our foster baby’s Biological Father. Since Baby Berry was reunified in late December (at eight months old), he has been gracious enough to allow her (and us) to remain a part of each other’s lives. Scott and I see Baby Berry about once a month. In April, we hosted Baby Berry’s First Birthday Party, here, at The House on High Street. I’m still pinching myself that Scott and I actually have a “part” of one of our foster baby’s life!

Snickers & Squats - Achieving Balance in an Unbalanced World

Fashion & Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Sometimes, on rare occasion, I am asked for my take on diet & exercise. I usually assert my personal tongue in cheek phrase, Snickers and Squats.

I am not embarrassed to admit that I have a very healthy appetite. I can out-eat most men. I’ve entered more than one All-You-Can-Eat Wing Bowls- Once, against a large group of high school boys (as their church youth leader) and eh hem, won first prize. And yes, I am often spotted holding up buffet lines with my second helping of dinner or dessert. What can I say? My appetite is extraordinary.

Does God Really Give Us the Desires of Our Heart?

Foster Care & Family

I’ve gone back and forth with this question, for the past twenty years. No joke. I think it’s normal for us to wonder if God really gives us the desires of our heart. After all, some of us are spending years and years waiting for the desires of our heart. While others may be dealing with a devastating loss that hurts a thousand times more. And yet, there’s so many bible verses that state it loud and clear. God must have known that we would wrestle with the answer to this question throughout our lives. 

Roasted Red Peppers

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

The other night, I made a paisano spread that was to die for! Fresh seeded Italian Bread, my Olive Oil mixture (fresh garlic, herbs, Pecorino Romano, and EVOO), Olives, Pepper Shooters, Fresh Mozzarella, and Roasted Red Peppers. Scott stuffed olives with blue cheese and made me the BEST Dirty Martini EVER! It was the perfect little Italian-Fest for a simple night at home. 

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