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Spring Clean Your Life

Spring Clean Your Life

We all get the urge to start cleaning our homes when spring emerges each year. We open the windows and "shake out our house." Whether we reorganize closets, clean up the dust, or scrub the floors, there's excitement in welcoming the new season. That's because spring...

Apple Filled Pancakes

Apple Filled Pancakes

© Sunshine UrbaniakEbelskivers are Danish pancakes that are spherical in shape with apple filling, like bits of apples or applesauce. Traditionally they're eaten at Christmas time and often served with mulled wine. They're dusted with powdered sugar and served with...

Are We Addicted to Busyness?

Are We Addicted to Busyness?

In the ever-quickening pace of society, people are busier than ever. They're over-scheduling and over-planning, whether it's work, family, friends, volunteering, yoga, or traveling. And in between all that, they're glued to screens watching more busyness on social...

Coconut & Curry Chicken Bisque

Coconut & Curry Chicken Bisque

© Sunshine UrbaniakI first had this soup from Safeway in California, in one of those take-home containers you find in the prepared food section. I fell in love with the rich flavors—red curry, coconut milk, ginger, and lemongrass. The broth alone was like gold. After...

Planting a Shade Garden

Planting a Shade Garden

Shade gardens can be stunning if planted properly and come with some advantages, like slower growth and longer-lasting flowers. Of course, there are also challenges like soil that’s too wet, encouraging root rot or slugs, or soil that’s too dry, unable to get adequate...

Panzanella Spring Mix Salad

Panzanella Spring Mix Salad

© Sunshine UrbaniakThe idea for this salad came about one day when I had vine ripe tomatoes and basil from my garden, leftover sourdough bread and a huge craving for a yummy salad. I love Caprese salads so I thought, why not make a Caprese salad Panzanella style but...

Just One Thing

Just One Thing

© FilippoBacciLife can be stressful for many different reasons. Right now, COVID-19 is at the top of the list for most. Between home quarantining, mask-wearing, remote schooling, lack of social life, and reduced workflow, my anxiety levels skyrocket on some days. I do...

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

© Sunshine UrbaniakHuevos Rancheros is in my top five ways to eat eggs for sure, and it's so quick and easy to make. You can prepare the bean mixture and the pico de gallo a day ahead to shorten prep time even more. Just remember you'll need to warm up the beans...

Grilled Steak Tacos

Grilled Steak Tacos

© Sunshine UrbaniakMy grilled steak tacos have such amazing flavor, and it's due to the yummy marinade. In only three hours, the marinade transforms flank steak into a delicious, tender piece of meat, ready to be thinly sliced and enjoyed, paired with a cilantro-lime...

Five Tips for Designing Small Spaces

Five Tips for Designing Small Spaces

Don’t let IKEA have all the fun—you too can design a small space spectacularly!  If you asked 10 interior designers how to design for small spaces you’d probably get a lot of different ideas because each space has its own story to tell. What works in one room may not...

Clever Accent Walls

Clever Accent Walls

© BRIO Interior DesignThe idea of an accent wall may sound like an exciting way to add pop to a room, and it’s certainly easier than painting all of the walls but don’t break open that can of paint just yet. Your room needs to meet certain criteria in order to...

Embracing The Shadow Season

Embracing The Shadow Season

For many, fall means pumpkins, the changing of leaves, cooler air, and cozy sweaters. It’s that magical time of year when we transition from warm summer days to the dark, cold winter nights. Those three months when the Earth slowly falls into a long slumber, preparing...

Making a Healthy Fall Transition

Making a Healthy Fall Transition

© FilippoBacciI was enjoying a morning walk around my local river a couple of weeks into the fall season. It was a chilly morning, but the sun was warm on my face. I couldn't help but notice all the leaves changing colors, flocks of geese gathering to prepare their...

Baked Mediterranean Cod

Baked Mediterranean Cod

© Sunshine UrbaniakI am in love with this dish! Nothing beats a one-skillet, healthy fish dinner on a weeknight—and my whole family eats it (literally can not ask for anything more). I serve this with jasmine rice and a green vegetable like green beans. But let's talk...

Open-Faced Egg Sandwich

Open-Faced Egg Sandwich

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis open-faced egg sandwich isn't complicated or anything new, but it truly satisfies your tastebuds with its building flavors of garlicky mayo aioli, spicy arugula, creamy avocado, warm egg yolk, and tangy-sweet pickled onions. To me, it's the...

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