Hi, I'm Rachel.

A few years ago I could barely boil water.

True story.

Determined to be a kick ass wife, I developed a love for football and learned to cook in my tiny Jersey City kitchen. I spend my days working in Manhattan, my nights and weekends chasing after a rambunctious toddler, and the hours in between cooking with my husband and feeding my TV habit...oh, and I blog about it all! 

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The Book of Mormon

Last night I saw The Book of Mormon!

I really enjoyed this show. I laughed through the entire thing, from start to finish. The cast was so so good and I loved that the show didn't hold back from making fun of pretty much everyone. Note: if you are offended by poking fun at religion, copious curse words and sexual innuendos, or upset by the plight of those less fortunate, then this is probably not the show for you.

I've been wanting to see it since it came out but tickets were hard to come by and also cost a small fortune. This show is infamous for its high priced ticket, but we found a decent enough deal and bought the tickets in a frenzy a couple of months ago in order to get the deal. Shaun and I joined my parents, sisters and future BIL for the occasion.

I did think that this show was a bit overrated. While I thought it was hilarious, I think we all left scratching our heads wondering how it won the Tony for Best Musical. I feel like perhaps because it was such a shocker when it opened? And we are a little late to the party so it's been so very hyped up by now. Don't get me wrong, the music was great, the show was funny and the cast was wonderful, but the story was not fantastic. I'm glad we got a deal on the tickets for sure, and if we are comparing similar envelope-pushing shows, I don't think this has anything on Avenue Q!

In the end, it was just really fun to go to the theater with the family and have a grown-ups night out in Manhattan. There is nothing like it! Shaun and I are going to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch next month, and I feel as though that will be a very different show indeed! I'm also in the midst of finding a fun restaurant for us to go to after that one!

Have you seen any shows, plays or musicals lately? What are your favorites?



What I Ate: St. P Edition

Welcome to Wednesday! I'm rounding up my St. Patty's Day eats today for What I Ate Wednesday and linking up over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets. I've really been loving these posts because it's fun to look back on and also forces me to up my game a little bit on what I'm eating. By the looks of it, I'm not getting nearly enough green veggies, so my plan is to work on that for next week! Yesterday was great because we also managed to eat dinner together as a family, something we've been working on. It's a work in progress, but when it all comes together and happens, it feels really special. Let's get to it!


breakfast: oat bran w/water, sweetener, 2 tbsp PB2 & 1/2 sliced banana. there's really just no way to make this look pretty.

mid-morning snack: the remaining half of banana from breakfast


lunch: penelope and i made this awesome lemon chicken orzo soup on sunday and so i brought some leftovers. i wish i had some greens in this soup, but i didn't have any at home to throw in. next week for sure!


snack: someone brought in these amazing nougat treats for the office and so i had half of one. then i went back for the other half.


dinner: beer braised corned beef in the slow cooker + carrots + cabbage (ok so a tiny bit of green!)


snack: irish soda bread!


So all in all, not a terrible day of eating - everything was delicious! Looking back, I wish I had incorporating a bit more healthy veg, but all in all, I'm happy that I meal prepped on Sunday so that I had plenty of goodies for the week!

What have you been eating lately?


Grasshopper Pudding Cups


You know something crazy is going on when I get two recipe posts up in one week! That crazy thing is that Penelope has been loving cooking lately. Our weekends have been filled with food prep and some of my very favorite moments from this past weekend were spent with P sitting on our kitchen island helping me cook. I will happily cook all the time if she is into it.

And amazingly, there's been a shift lately. I've noticed that when Penelope helps cook, she is then excited to eat the finished product. This is music to my ears since we've certainly had our rough patches with getting her to eat in the past. In fact, the last two weekends she's helped make soup and then would proceed to eat two full bowls of it. I'd call that a major parental win and I'm hoping that this keeps up!

On Sunday morning, P wanted to make something so I thought we'd try some instant pudding. I only had the powdered sugar free fat free kind which really wouldn't be my first choice of desserts to feed my child but it's what we had and we had a lot of fun making it together. I decided to make these grasshopper puddings and dye the vanilla pudding green for St Patrick's Day, and then I thought this would be a great 'recipe' for Baby Talk Tuesday since it's so easy for kids to help. And watch the mystification on their face when the pudding turns green. Penelope was positively enthralled.

Grasshopper Pudding Cups
1 pkg instant vanilla pudding
1 pkg instant chocolate pudding
4 C fat free milk
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
4-5 drops green food coloring
Whipped cream topping, if desired

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the vanilla pudding mix and 2 cups of milk. Add food coloring and whisk for 2 minutes until it thickens.

In another bowl, whisk the chocolate pudding mix and remaining 2 cups of milk until it begins to thicken. Add peppermint extract and continue whisking until 2 minutes have passed in total.

Let both bowls of pudding soft set in the refrigerator. Once set, layer the pudding into individual cups or a large trifle dish. Top with whipped topping and enjoy!

Kid-approved tasks:
Pour pudding mixes into bowls
Help pour milk
Help whisk
Lick whisk --->I told Penelope this is why being the chef is awesome because you get to lick the bowl.

So that's it. I wouldn't even call this a recipe, just getting creative with my kiddo in the kitchen. And it's simple and fast enough that you could totally squeeze this in tonight for St. Patrick's Day!


Do you have any plans for tonight? I have a corned beef slow cooking in beer at home and will be adding some cabbage, carrots and potatoes when I arrive home! And of course, a little Irish soda bread on the side!

PS: chocolate stout mini cakes/chocolate stout cupcakes/irish oatmeal cake/favorite beer braised corned beef + cabbage