the weekender 4/18/2014

Happy Good Friday and Easter Weekend! We’re in our (hopefully) last weekend of moving into the new apartment. We’re slowly getting settled, most notably because this morning we got internet! The new apartment has great lighting and white walls, which I’m thrilled about. In case you haven’t caught my complaining, my last apartment had pink and green walls. I could never get my photos right. Colored walls are a curse for me. The new apartment originally had orange walls, but I told the landlord I couldn’t move in until it was painted over. This is actually the second apartment I’ve lived in with orange walls, which makes me think they must give that color away for free at the paint store.

Red Thread Sock Easter Bunny

Since we’ll still be moving this weekend, our Easter festivities will be kept at a minimum. But here are a few Easter-themed links for your weekend.

I just love the egg shell candle trend, and these lavender ones are beautiful.

And more ways to display tea lights, hang them in whisks.

I adore these bunny softies (pictured above). They’d be a perfect for an Easter basket.

You could do so many variations on these stenciled hand towels.

Easter egg terrariums for your Easter fete.

Serve some springtime lemon petite fours at your Easter brunch.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone.

special submission: cheesy summer squash bake

So, let’s start with the fact that it snowed yesterday. I’m just going to leave that there.

Ryan and I are knee-deep in boxes and not even finished moving yet. Our stuff is occupying three separate apartments, and the new place doesn’t have internet yet (tomorrow!). We decided to take a break this week, as we’re both physically and mentally exhausted, and we’ll pick up the moving festivities again this weekend. Hopefully after a trip to Ikea, we’ll be ready to really unpack.

I’m really loving the new neighborhood and the apartment is gorgeous and sunny. I just can’t wait to be settled.

We’re living off of take-out right now, so I don’t have any of my own recipes to share. But my grandma, while reading my blog, saw I had a little squash obsession and asked if she could submit her own recipe. Imagine my surprise when she sent along a recipe with photos and everything! Since she’s the reason for my blog’s namesake, how could I say no?

So here it is, my grandmother’s cheesy squash bake. It looks delicious. I can’t wait to give it a try.

Cheesy Summer Squash Bake

cheesy squash bake
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This cheesy squash bake can be frozen and reheated later.
Recipe type: dinner
Yields: 6
  • 3 med yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cup shredded Cheddar cheese (sharp or mild)
  • 1½ cups Saltine cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Slice the squash, and place it in a 2-quart pot with just enough water to cover the squash.
  3. Add salt to the pot and bring to full boil.
  4. Once you’ve reached a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 min.
  5. Drain water and set aside to cool.
  6. Gently stir the cracker crumbs, 1 cup of grated cheese, minced onion into the cooked squashed until blended.
  7. Add beaten egg, stirring as you pour egg into mixture.
  8. Pour the mixture into a 9×9 glass baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  9. Spread gently to fill pan. Do not press down.
  10. Bake the dish for 25 min or until the edges are golden-brown.
  11. Remove from oven, and sprinkle ¼ cup of shredded cheese on the top.
  12. Cool slightly before serving.


Cheesy Summer Squash Bake

She says you can easily double this recipe and easily freeze it, then you can re-heat it for a quick meal throughout the week. She also says she enjoys eating this with a side of cottage cheese. Thanks to my grandma for submitting this recipe!

Wish us luck with the rest of our move!

All photos courtesy of Grandma.

the weekender 4/11/2014

Cake Pops

Happy spring weekend! The weather is beautiful in NYC and it seems like everyone is in high spirits – even the cats! This weekend, Ryan and I will be moving into our first apartment together. It’s such a big step! But I’m excited. We’re also trying to squeeze in a trip to a small town upstate. Talk about ambitious. What about you? Do you have anything fun planned?

These roses are actually cake pops! (pictured above)

Speaking of settling into a new apartment, I would just love to have a giant chalkboard wall.

How fun is this doughnut clock? It probably wouldn’t last long in my house.

This beautiful fire pit used to be a washing machine!

Upgrade your cheesecakes.

And while we’re on the subject of delicious, these indoor s’mores look incredible.

This dyed eggshell tea light centerpiece would be perfect for Easter dinner.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. It might be a bit quiet around here as we move and settle into the new place, but I’ll keep everyone posted on our progress. In the meantime, you can always follow me on Pinterest to get more ideas like these.