Recipe: Woman Crush Wednesday

It is great to be back home after three weeks of traveling in America and Canada. I’ve missed doing my Woman Crush Wednesday cooking tutorials on Snapchat (username blissbakery) and sharing the love on here as well. Today is the 64th WCW recipient and this chef is an icon. One of the most influential people in the foodie world, in fact she even ignited an entire food revolution. Alice Waters is the chef and creator of the famous Chez Panisse in Berkley, California. I had the pleasure of eating at her restaurant which is famous for its locally grown and organic ingredients. Alice Waters is called the “Mother of American Food” for a reason and has championed the Edible Schoolyard Project  which is now in over 5,000 schools. Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day

Sharing my post from last year, well, because it felt apropos:

Father’s Day, like Mother’s Day and indeed Valentine’s Day (the made up card company holidays) are always received with mixed emotions.  Some people love them and embrace them. Others have gone so far as to share on their social media that they literally HATE them!  They say it is only a reminder that they don’t have a mom, dad or lover.  Or maybe they do have them but aren’t happy with the ones they got. Continue reading

I heart Kyle Lane’s Upcycled Chair Workshop

I recently had the pleasure of attending the famous Upcycled Chair Workshop at Kyle Lane in Clonmel, Ireland.  From the moment I first met owner Joanne Condon it was like I was hugging a long lost friend. We met each other through Snapchat last year, so it was wonderful to finally meet in person. Spending my Sunday afternoon with Joanne and seven other eager participants was one of the most memorable experiences I will not soon forget! Continue reading

Recipe: Woman Crush Wednesday

Today is the 63rd Woman Crush Wednesday episode. It is hard to believe how many amazing female chefs I have honored and how many delicious recipes we have all gotten to try. As always, it is a recipe I have never made, and I recreate it live on Snapchat (username blissbakery). Today’s honoree is April Bloomfield. She was born in the U.K but now makes New York City her home. With several of the most successful restaurants in town, it is no wonder she has two Michelin Stars! Continue reading

Why

Why. If you are a stickler on punctuation you’ll notice I didn’t put a question mark after my why. Why? Because I wasn’t asking a question until just that last why.  I was announcing what I want to talk about today, which is the topic why.  I feel like this word ‘why’ is a dying art form.  When we are kids we ask why all the time, and for some moms (not me) the word drives them up a wall.  But somehow kids have it right.  They want to get into the center of the golden circle of every topic on life.  That golden circle is the why.  Continue reading

Recipe: Woman Crush Wednesday

While many of you dread Hump Day, I hope you find comfort in my Woman Crush Wednesday series. It is a nice upbeat day of girl power with yummy food. It is my favorite day of the week!!! A fabulous female foodie gets showered with love and we get to learn a fantastic new recipe. This week on WCW it is our 62nd lovely lady and this one hails from Down Under. Anneka Manning is one of the foremost experts on baking and her methods are tried and true! She could be Australia’s most famous export along side Vegemite! Continue reading

Mother’s Day in Different Time Zones

If it seems like I just wrote a post about Mother’s Day, you’re right!  It was only a few weeks ago that I honored my Irish and U.K. moms celebrating Mothering Sunday.  But today is Mother’s Day in other places such as Canada, Australia and the U.S. Since I was born a Yankee Doodle and became a mom while living in America it is the day our family celebrates. It will always be the most special day to me, even more special than my birthday. Because it embodies the the two most important things in my life, my two kids. Becoming a mother was and is the most defining factor in my life. No matter what else I have done or will do, I am most proud to be mom to Heather and Quincy.  It is an honor in fact, blessed from the highest heavens.  Continue reading