How to Make My Mother’s Pasta Sauce

They say that smell is one of the best memory makers for the human mind. A smell can take us back to our childhoods in an instant. Rain in the woods can remind me of camp, bleach reminds me of the pool at the health center where I use to take Tae Kwon Do as a child, and the smell of suntan lotion, of course, brings me back to playing on Florida’s soft sandy beaches. One smell that I cherish though is my mother’s pasta sauce recipe.

I feel like everyone has that one “family recipe” that they just love and pass down and this is one of my favorites. I can remember being a child and laying on the floor of my living room watching TV while the smell of this sauce floated in from the kitchen. I love it now because it reminds me of my mother, and it’s easy to make, freezes well and can be used not just in spaghetti dishes, but in lasagna too! I hope you love it as much as I do and that it becomes a staple in your home as well.

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What I Learned from Going to a Salt Spa

I rarely schedule trips to the spa. The last time I had a real massage was a chair massage at the mall, and I think my tight neck muscles frustrated my masseuse. However, my recent day of indulgence taught me a lot about myself and how I view my needs.

To have the time to explore my issues with relaxing, I scheduled a full day at Santa Barbaras Salt Cave Spa. While this location is in beautiful California, I hope this post inspires you to seek a spa near you!

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How To Make these Sexy Latino Valentine Nails!

Valentine’s colors are almost always red, pink, and white. Which are all great colors, but this year I wanted to do something a bit more unexpected. I saw this heart pattern on a MoYou London plate and thought it would be perfect to try with some bold tropical colors. This is an excellent look if you want to mix it up a bit, or if you are lucky enough to be either living or visiting someplace lovely and warm!

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How to Make Hell’s Kitchen Lobster Risotto for Your Valentine

This Valentines’s you don’t need to get on a reality show and be verbally abused in order to learn how to make this very iconic dish from Hell’s Kitchen. Nor do you have to make the journey to Las Vegas to eat at Hell’s Kitchen in the Ceasar’s Palace. Thanks to the magic of the internet, you can make this risotto in the comfort (and safety) of your own home with only your spouse to yell at you…if you’re into that kind of thing (no judgment). I got this copy cat recipe from Bake It With Love.

First, I think it would be obvious, but if your significant other has a shellfish allergy, and you don’t want to kill them, then it would be best to find something else to cook. Shellfish allergies can be extremely serious and you don’t want to spend your romantic evening in a hospital (or worse).

Secondly, for those of you wondering what it tastes like, I’ll do my best to describe. The wine that is used adds a subtle flavor and the alcohol is cooked off early on in the process (so it’s safe to feed kids). The addition to lemon and chive added at the end seems to enhance the flavor of the lobster meat, and the risotto has spent a lot of time cooking in the lobster stock juices which means not only is it tender, but really full of flavor. It was a serious win in my book and didn’t really take long to make once all the ingredients where assembled.

Thirdly, on that note, make sure to assemble your ingredients BEFOREHAND. You don’t want to be fumbling around trying to find measuring cups and praying that your risotto isn’t burning. I did mine in sections. So while my stock was simmering I was prepping the ingredients for the risotto.

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How to Make this Rose Covered Selfie Wall

I had this idea while playing around with Snapchat and wishing I had a better background than a blank wall. While this did require some supplies and time to create, it looks amazing and can really perk up any room. I currently have it brightening up my mantel (yes that’s my wedding photo in the picture!), but I’ve also had it as wall decor in my office!

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How to Make this Decadent Chocolate Sugar Scrub for Valentine’s

I LOVE scrubs. Here in Massachusetts, the cold winters can really make your skin dry so I’m always on the lookout for luxurious scrubs to use. This one is PERFECT for Valentine’s day and it only contains three products so it’s really easy to make!

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My Mother’s Mini Cheesecake Recipe

Growing up, I often had to raise money to go camping and things like that and raising money in typical kid fashion means having a bake sale. My mother use to whip up these amazing mini cheesecakes and they always SOLD OUT. Seriously and that’s not even the best part. They’re crazy easy make and THEY FREEZE!!!! Why is that so cool? Because sometimes you may not want cheesecake every night that week. You can freeze one mini and that’s it, save the rest for later! So I hope these are a knockout in your home as it was in mine.

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Where to go for a Luxurious Valentines in Boston

I think everyone loves luxurious things. To be pampered once in a while is a great feeling to have and what better time to do that than for Valentines. If you’re tired of the usual flowers, chocolates, and taking your sweetheart to a crowded restaurant routine then this will hopefully add some spark to your love life. This post does contain an affiliate link which means if you click it and buy something, I get a small commission. Thank you!

February in Boston can be downright miserable. It’s hard to dress up in cute outfits that you’re going to cover up with a puffy unattractive coat and scarf. So I’ve planned two things very close together that are both luxurious and warm.

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How Going on a Spiritual Retreat Helped Me Love Myself

When I think of February, I think of Valentine’s, and that means love. Usually, that love comes in the form of candy or cards from others, but more and more people are starting to understand that we need to be able to love ourselves before we can be stable enough to love someone else. So what does that even mean? Last year I wrote THIS article for basic self-love ideas, but this year I tried something different. I decided to go on a spiritual retreat, and this is how it went!

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Luxurious Slow Cooker Lamb Stew

I really can’t express how much I hate winter in Massachusetts. I know I’ve said this before, but truly, it’s not even the snow, it’s the icy wind and just the frigidness of it all. To be honest, I actually deal with a subtle form of depression during the winter because things slow down and it’s like everyone is hibernating. I get extremely lazy during the winter, so cooking dinner is usually a struggle, which is why I love this recipe so much.

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