Warm bowl of love coming right up! An oldie but goodie recipe that is perfect on a day you want to be cozy.

Serves 4

4 slices bacon, diced
1 lb ground Italian sausage
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups (32 oz) chicken stock
3 cups russet potatoes, cubed
3/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 cups kale, in bite size pieces
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Parmesan cheese, grated

In a large pot, cook the bacon until crispy. Drain the grease. Add the sausage, breaking it apart as it cooks. Once sausage is browned and crumbled, drain off grease leaving a tbsp to saute the onion.

Push the sausage and bacon to the edge of the pot and add the onion to the center; saute until translucent; add garlic; saute until fragrant.

Stir in the stock and potatoes, season with salt and pepper, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are just tender.

Add kale and heavy whipping cream. Bring to a simmer. Top with Parmesan cheese, when serving.

There is no doubt that whatever “Back to School” looks like in your house, it is not the normal routine. I feel such deep empathy for all the Moms out there trying their best to make their new realties function. Hard decisions are being made, jobs are being left behind, mothering has turned into a lot different scene all day, and frustration doesn’t even begin to cover it.

What I do know is that Moms are what makes this world go round and they have the best ideas on how to make that world a bit more organized, a bit more sane, and a bit more safe. So besides the obvious choice for back to school supplies, a case of your favorite wine, I wanted to round up ideas I have gathered from some very smart ladies and what might help you!

1. A rolling cart for all the supplies that can be hidden away when not needed. / 2. The perfect bin  or all their supplies and papers / 3. My kids have loved these masks / 4. Chic stick up white board weekly schedules / 5. A pinboard for their desk to make it their own / 6. Wireless headphones that have a built in mic / 7. A retro way to keep the kids focused  fidget with while on zooms / 8. A nice deep bucket  hat is easy to take from room to room with supplies / 9. Mask lanyards to keep them around their neck / 10. A bouncey chair  o keep them occupied during zooms / 11. An iPad stand that adjusts / 12. Tie dye masks that comes individually wrapped / 13. A double sided, easy to use anywhere, white board / 14. Blue light blocking glasses that come in lots of colors / 15. I LOVED a daily planner! / 16. A fun color coded way to organize all those papers / 17. A desk mat that comes in many colors

I get a little nostalgic for the Nordstrom Sale. I remember going to it with my mom growing up and picking something special. I still have a few pieces that have stood the test of time from sales of long ago. And to be honest, I am not as loyal of a Nordstrom fan as I once was, but the sale is always fun to browse and possibly find the next piece I will covet for a long time. Here are my picks for the sale that opens today!

1. This leather & shearling coat is to die / 2. Gorgeous gold and diamond studs. / 3. Fun Dior sunglasses /  4. A classic black dress to wear forever  / 5. Been dying to try these supplements / 6. A soft balloon sleeve sweatshirt  / 7. I LOVE these Madewell jeans / 8. Crisp and soft Boll & Branch Sheets / 9. A perfect blue puffer. / 10. A soft faux fur jacket  / 11. Shiny workout leggings / 12. A giant bottle of the best moisturizer / 13. My favorite PJs (also come in short) / 14. A luxe cashmere tunic  / 15. A favorite Barefoot Dreams throw to cuddle in / 16. The perfect WFH slipper / 17. Cutie heart pajamas

Though the world is just not itself right now, it appears as if most are making the best of it. From backyard baby pool parties with the littles to lake house getaways with grandparents to cross country road trips to see the sights, I am loving the optimism in an absolutely insanely crappy situation. So your pool dips may be only with your kids and your neighbors pool is the only one you are having beers at, there is still lots of reasons for a cute one piece and a cover up to sport. I have been hunting for good one pieces for months and landed on a few I like a lot, plus all these covers up make them an actual outfit you could stroll the neighbor hood in. So cheers to Summer, whatever you are making of it.

It has been HOT here and the thought of wearing anything besides a light, breezy dress seems miserable. There is no outfit that makes someone feel better than a dress you can throw on with your favorite sandals and simply walk out the door. There are so many sweet ones right now and the best part is they are budget friendly. Here are some current favorites…

Lettuce wraps that count as a meal are the perfect mid-week menu change up. I remember making this recipe all the time for the babies because I just gave them the veg and protein, then had the full version for us. It’s healthy and light, but hearty enough to satisfy. You could also serve over rice or cauliflower rice to switch it up. Love these recipes from the archives!

Serves 4

For Filling
3 large sweet potatoes, diced
olive oil
salt & pepper
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ground ginger (optional)
1.25 lbs ground chicken
1 can diced water chestnuts (Asian food section)
For Sauce
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar (Asian food section)
1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil (Asian food section)
For Serving
Bib or iceberg lettuce leaves
chopped scallion
chopped cilantro
hot sauce like sriracha

Place sweet potatoes on large sheet pan and toss two coat with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until tender, about 30 minutes. Set aside. (Can be done a day in advance)

In a small bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients. Set aside. ▫️
Place a large skillet or wok on the stove over medium high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Once hot, add the onion and bell pepper and sauté until just starting to get tender. Then add the garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds, add chicken. Cook and stir all ingredients together, breaking up the ground chicken as well, until chicken is done. Add the water chestnuts, sweet potatoes, and sauce. cook until warmed through and well combined. Turn off the heat.

To serve, place lettuce leaves on the plate and scoop some of the meat mixture inside. Top with scallion, cilantro and hot sauce to taste.

Note: You could make the filling in advance and then reheat later.