It all started when I sold my friend Annie a house in Reading. Our kids are close in age and we found ourselves scheduling playdates often after the sale of her home. She has been taking her daughter to pre-school classes offered at Gorman Heritage Farm. The week of the last class I found myself with a few free hours and thought I'd take her up on the offer to join for Tractor Day with JJ and Fitz. 

This farm is just the cutest 122 acre farm you ever did see and it's settled in the middle of suburbia. It's one of those places only the locals know about (hence why I never heard of it until I sold a house in this area!) 




The class started off with tractor painting, story time, petting baby chickies, and playing with the barn yard toys. Then we walked to the top of the hill and loaded up onto the tractor and went for a ride around the farm. We stopped at the top of the hill and there where chickens running around, a friendly black barnyard cat, and mules that were so large I did not even know what kind of animal they were!! 

Did you know... A female mule is called a molly or mare. A female donkey is called a jennet and can be bred with a male horse to create a hinny. (my take away from the class) 

The class ended with petting chickens, bunnies, goats, and sheep. JJ really warmed up to the barnyard cat and chicken. Fitz enjoyed the tractor ride. 

I highly recommend this farm. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The animals were happy and very active (which is an important feature when your entertaining a toddler). To the large fields of sunflowers in the fall to the colorful flower gardens in the summer. Gorman Heritage Farm is a place unlike any other. I just love how the farm is tucked away in the middle of Evendale. It's a place that everyone in your family will enjoy and learn. A true oasis of farm life. 

Scroll down to see photos from our day at the Farm:

















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Their pre-school classes run for 8 weeks every winter. 
There are summer camps for all ages to attend. 
They offer adult cooking classes focusing on "farm to table" 
You can catch us at their upcoming event: Sunflower Festival 
The event they are most well known for is their Sunflower Festival. October 6 &7 
First of all I know Caprese salad is easy to make and you don't really need a recipe but there are a lot of variations and add in's you can include to make it your own in ways you can't even dream of!

One of my favorite things to make for lunch or an appetizer is Caprese salad. It's quick, easy and delicious. You only need a few ingredients that are fairly cheap and can add different things to change it up a bit. I just love biting into the sweet fresh ingredients it relaxes me and sometimes I just need simplicity in my life.

I cook dinner Italian style usually, meaning we will have a table full of olives, cheese, crusty bread and wine to start with while I am cooking dinner. So I can throw this together in a cinch to munch on while I make my feast. I have traveled to Capri, Italy where this whole Caprese salad originated and I've ate more fresh mozzarella than you want to hear about so I know what I'm talking about. Got it?



You know those days when your just hanging out with your kids having a good old time and your stomach starts growling? What will you make for dinner? Then you start snooping around in the fridge realizing that you let the chicken expire (again)..

This happens to me all the time!

Except this evening when I was snooping around my kitchen I found some capellini pasta and a ball of fresh mozzarella. I  thought oh yeah I can make something with this.



The Very Best Roasted Asparagus 

Want to know how I know this recipe is top notch? 

Jay and I went for dinner at our friends house and Jay actually liked the asparagus! I've never seen him eat it in 9 years. I've never really been overly obsessed with asparagus myself.
I came across these big fat spears of asparagus in the store with no intention of purchasing but the thought of lemony roasted goodness lured me in. Yes I impulse purchase produce.. that's what foodies do. Let me tell you it did NOT disappoint.



  • Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F 
  • Slice woody ends off asparagus
  • Toss asparagus with... 
  • Olive Oil 
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Sprinkle of red pepper flake
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes (depending on thickness) less time for crunchy spears 
  • After the bake... 
  • Sprinkle Lemon zest on top and juice of 1/2 a lemon and toss. 
  • Serve! 


I like to serve with a roasted chicken breast since the oven is already pre-heated and I'll throw these in the last 10 minutes of the chicken cooking. If I am going a vegetarian route like tonight I just serve with some butter/lemon/garlic rice or noodles. Even my 2 year old eats these like candy! He calls them Green Fries!


Summer Hair don't care! 

This was potentially the last time getting my hair done by Chelsea. She has been doing my hair for the last 9 years! I basically have virgin hair at this point because no one has touched it except this wonderful angel of a hair stylist. 

I've been rocking the baylage/ombre for awhile now. I'm still not bored of it.. yet.. If your a brunette the question is always light vs. dark? Usually you go light for summer in dark for winter. For summer I am staying with the theme! Lot's of fun summery blonde going on here which is only going to get lighter with time. Hopefully longer too because I've been taking this Sugar Bear Hair Care Vitamins like a saint! If you are on the fence about your next hair appointment I highly recommend going lighter! 




Nail Color: OPI You've Got Nata on me
Dress: Target
Sunglasses ---> Michael Kors Aviators



One evening in 2012 Jay and I were watching Anthony Bourdain in Istanbul, Turkey on TV. Jay said "There's a really good air-fare deal to Istanbul right now want to go?"

I must have watched that episode 3 times before we went. I tracked down Ihsan Aknur who was Bourdain's taxi driver in the episode.

We had the BEST time. Seriously. He took us to all the places he took Bourdain and told us what a good man Bourdain was to him. It started a career for Ihsan Aknur as being "The Best Taxi Driver -ever!!"

Jay and I had such a good time we thought... Let's travel the world! 

So we did.


I woke up this morning to hear the sad news that Bourdain committed suicide. This truly saddens me. He was so rich in experience and had a soothing way of story telling on his shows and in his books.

I just wanted to share our memories (wish it was on better terms) and that watching his show and reading his books really inspired us to travel and not only "travel" but really meet people, have true local experiences, and learn about culture. He will truly be missed by Jay and I.

"It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe that’s enlightenment enough - to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go."







Suicide is a growing problem in the US. If you need help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.