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First Birthday Smash Cake

I remember the conversation that I had with my husband when we decided that we were ready for parenthood. We were sitting on the back of a boat, rocking along with the waves when I turned to him and said, “I’m ready.” His entire face lit up as he embraced me in a hug. My…

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Pancake Sundays: 5 Simple Pancake Recipes

Almost a few years ago, I wrote these words: Even though there are no kids in the picture right now, I cannot wait to see my husband be the ultimate “Pancake Dad” as he whips up his version of “Uncle Buck Pancakes.” Today that dream came true … and my heart is full. Our counters were topped…

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Grilled Pierogies and Kielbasa with Mustard Vinaigrette

Wow, have I really been away from How To: Simplify for almost a month? My oh my has time flown by over the past couple of weeks. March has definitely been a whirlwind month for us. My weeks have been filled with all sorts of beauty — from the Cherry Blossoms in D.C., to the…

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Wine Tasting in the Shenandoah Valley

This past Sunday, my husband, brother-in-law and I traveled to Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley to enjoy wine tasting since we are all wine enthusiasts. My brother-in-law visited the area earlier this year and came back with nothing but amazing reviews. After hearing what he had to say, my husband and I knew that we had…

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