It’s no secret I love staying organized. I have to have things go back where they belong, or it drives me crazy! And while it can be easy to keep clutter at bay with cabinets, closets, and armoires inside, the outdoors is a different story. For instance, I need a place to keep our pool […]

Chris Loves Julia - Italian Summer Pasta Salad

This recipe is a mixture of several pasta salads I grew up eating. It has an Italian flavor profile with lots of basil, tomatoes, Italian sausage and figs, but I add more texture and color with plenty of vegetables, some grilled, some raw. They’re all chopped up to make a fresh salad that’s an amazing […]

There’s something so satisfying about a rapid fire clean-up round. If someone is coming over in less than 20 minutes, I’ve got a formula for speed cleaning that helps me feel like my space is welcoming, yet I’m not going to be hustling at the last minute. (Generally, I’m only focusing on the first floor […]

This is a great mash-up of two of my favorite things: burgers and tacos. It’s also one of my favorite ways to serve burgers in my house, since Jules has food restrictions, and I’m just not a fan of gluten-free buns (convince me otherwise!). So that’s why if I’m serving burgers to my family, this […]

This year for Mother’s Day, I wanted to share with you some delicious dishes you can make for your mom, your wife, or any mother figure in your life to show some love and gratitude. Now, since I do 90% of the cooking in our house, Mother’s Day is just a regular day of cooking, […]


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