Spicy Asian Noodle Soup

Rachel Maria's Recipes

We’ve been eating a lot of new dishes at The House on High Street, lately! I’ve been experimenting with new ingredients in an attempt to replace a few that I haven’t been too happy with. 

Anyway, it’s been so cold outside! I’ve been craving hot soup with a lot of flavor and just enough spice. I decided to experiment with essential Chinese Food ingredients because I just love that ginger/soy/sesame/chili sauce flavor! And, come on now. Who doesn’t love Noodle Soup?

What to Wear on Valentine's Day?

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

So, you may or may not love Valentine’s Day. But like it or not, it’s coming in a few weeks, and I believe we can choose to make it extraordinary. Last year on Valentine’s Day, I cried a lot. Over a broken heart. I was missing Baby Banana so much. At that time, Scott and I really had no certainty of being forever parents. Anyway, I’m regretful that I didn’t make it a little more special. Valentine’s Day is the day to celebrate love and our loved ones! So this year, I’m wearing something Valentine-sy. I’m eating a big serving of chocolate. And, I’m going to celebrate all the love that surrounds me, every day! So, let’s get to the fun part. What to wear for Valentine’s Day?

The Perfect Crudité Platter ~ With Authentic Asiago Cheese!

Fashion & Lifestyle, Food & Home, Health & Fitness, Rachel Maria's Recipes

The Holidays may be over, but Scott and I are still hosting gatherings at The House on High Street. On Sunday, we had our neighbors over for the Eagles’ Game. (They won!) Even though we typically serve burgers, wings, and/or pizza for a football gathering, I wanted to make something that was healthy and delicious! So, I put together the perfect Crudité platter! If you haven’t made one before, I have such good news for you. It’s super easy. And, fun! And, so worth making because it’s delicious and healthy.

Heading into 2019 with Confidence and a New Attitude!

Fashion & Lifestyle, Foster Care & Family

I know that New Year’s Resolutions can be corny and ineffective. I’ve read that 80% of them fail by February! That’s not a very promising statistic. I also read that in order to truly make a lasting improvement (like a habit) it has to be repeated for 60 days. So, if we can just keep a commitment until the end of February, we can make 2019 a successful year!

Rachel's Top TEN Picks from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale!

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

Hey, there! So, you may know that I am on vacation from blogging. (Until next week.) But, I wanted to put this blog post together because the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale is going on right now. And, it ends on January 2nd. If you’re a Nordstrom lover, like myself, you know that there are only two sales a year! The Anniversary Sale (in July) and the Half-Yearly Sale (end of December). So, I decided to round up my TOP TEN picks to help you identify some of the best of the best deals. Items that are not only on sale, but great accents, possibly necessities, for your wardrobe!

Happy Holidays - Save Time & Money on these FIVE Things!

Food & Home, The House on High Street

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. So they say. But, the holidays can be stressful and overwhelming, to say the least. There’s so much to do, and it goes by so fast. Scott and I celebrate Christmas and Hannukah, along with several birthdays, during the month of December. That makes the holiday season even more overwhelming. And expensive, I might add. I hate to miss out on any of the good stuff (especially the real meaning of Christmas), but by the time I get everything off of my list, Christmas is practically over. 

DIY Snow Flocked Christmas Tree

Food & Home, The House on High Street

I remember back in the day, my grandparents had a white Christmas Tree. As in, the entire tree! I never realized that it was supposed to replicate a snow-covered tree. It certainly didn’t look like a snow-covered tree. Nowadays, it seem that flocked Christmas trees are the most realistic and beautiful alternative  to having a snow covered tree. This year, I decided to flock the Christmas tree that Scott and I have owned for several years, now. Since it was my first time, I figured worst case scenario is that we’d replace our tree, next year, for a tree that is pre-flocked. 

Black Friday Deals ~ Women's Coats & Boots

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

Black Friday Deals ~ Women’s Coats

Black Friday Deals on Women’s Boots

The Ultimate Men's Gift Guide

Fashion & Lifestyle, Travel & Leisure

You would think it’s easier to shop for men. They’re supposedly more laid back and less complex. And yet, every year, I struggle to find the perfect holiday gift for my husband, Scott. Sometimes, we’ll joke around and I’ll remind him how easy it is to shop for me! “I would love anything from Nordstrom, Loft, Anthropologie, Kendra Scott, Lagos, etc.” But, Scott is super picky and prefers to buy things himself. Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of research on unique men’s gift ideas. I discovered a bunch of  things that have more originality. As of today, Scott does not own anything, on this list. But, I think he’d love anything that falls into his category. Therefore, I’m calling this The Ultimate Men’s Gift Guide. Because if Scott would love it, I’m sure your man will, too!

Thanksgiving Countdown

The House on High Street

So, you’re hosting Thanksgiving, this year? Congratulations! Or, shall we say, Good Luck? So far, Scott and I have hosted two Thanksgiving Dinners at The House on High Street. Rather successfully. Hosting any holiday dinner can be stressful. I think the best advice I can give you is to plan ahead and pace yourself. I actually created my own Thanksgiving Countdown! So, here are some tips for you in preparing for one of the greatest holidays, ever. Have fun!

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