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Tilapia wrap

Tilapia wrap


My mom recently shared this tilapia wrap idea with me, and I seriously have eaten one of these every day at lunch for the past nine days. It’s a perfect lunch – some protein to get me through the day, but not too heavy, so I don’t feel like I will fall asleep when 2 o’clock rolls around! And, BONUS, it’s only 305 calories and super quick to make.


1 tilapia filet – I use lightly breaded frozen filets from Costco (fresh would be more ideal, I realize, but these are so easy and quick and low-maintenance!) – 180 calories

1 small flour tortilla (or corn if you are g-free) – 90 calories

1/2 Roma tomato – Approx. 7 calories

1/4 – 1/2 c. spring mix – Approx. 3 calories (practically doesn’t even count!)

1 tsp. Kraft Spicy Ranch Dressing (or whatever dressing you like, but let me just tell you that if you buy the Kraft Spicy Ranch and don’t like it, I will judge you forever and we probably can’t be friends) – 25 calories

That’s it! Total calories: 305…Not bad at all!


1. Heat tilapia (The kind I get takes about 20 minutes at 450)

Tilapia ready for baking

Tilapia ready for baking

2. Lightly toast tortilla and dice tomato.

Tomato, tomahto.

Tomato, tomahto.

3. Assemble wrap – I like to put the fish on one side, dressing on the other and then veggies in the middle, but this is totally up to you.  Go wild. Put the dressing right on the fish if you dare.

Almost ready for nom-ing.

Almost ready for nom-ing.

4. Eat your delicious wrap!

Nom nom nom.

Nom nom nom.


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Time’s 12 Greatest summer reads….perfect timing. I was just looking for a poolside book.

I think I would have to add at LEAST one Jane Austen book to this list…Persuasion would probably be my pick for summer reading. Also, my favorite book from last summer was “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles.



To celebrate the beginning of a new season, TIME editors have compiled a list of our favorite summer reads from the past 40 years. What defines a summer read? To us, it’s the kind of buzzed-about book that seems to flourish in warmer months, equally ubiquitous on beaches and in subway cars. (Not all summer reads are mindless page-turners—one of our selected titles is a brainy mystery that touches on medieval studies and semiotics.) Once you’ve perused the list, take our poll and help us crown the All-Time, Ultimate Summer Read.

And we acknowledge that our list is by no means definitive—though we think it’s a darn good representation of 40 years of seasonal tomes. So we invite you to help fill in our gaps—to correct what you might think are our egregious oversights—by telling us which books should join our list. Tweet your picks—or share what you plan on reading this summer—using the hashtag 

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I am thinking about updating my kitchen in the not-so-near future, so I’ve been culling some inspiration. Meryl Streep’s kitchen in “It’s Complicated” has got to be my all time favorite dream kitchen. Truly, everything about it is perfect – the white marble island, the farm table, the industrial bucket lights, the open shelving.

Let us drool:



This recipe is so quick and easy – perfect for last-minute guests or as a hostess gift. I think the little almonds in the middle make people think these are much fancier than they are:


2 c. flour
1 c. almonds + more for topping cookies
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 c. butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract


1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Grind up 1 c. almonds in food processor until they have a fine, meal-like texture.

3. Add other dry ingredients and pulse food processor to combine.

4. Use food processor to cut in butter, vanilla and almond extracts. Don’t over-blend. You want a fine, sand-like consistency.

5. Roll dough into a log, about 2″ in diameter.

6. Slice cookies into desired thickness (I like about 1/2″), top each with an almond and bake for about 12 minutes (will vary depending on thickness – keep an eye on em!)

That’s it! Takes less than 30 minutes!

Kickstarter: Gatherings Magazine

Help my beautiful and inspirational friend Heather launch the print edition of Gatherings Magazine!  It’s a gorgeous publication!  A $20 donation gets you a first edition copy!


After some strategic yard-sale-ing last weekend, I found myself in possession of three vintage farm chairs. They were each in fairly good shape, just in need of some glued joints and a coat of paint. I have always wanted a mismatched chair set painted all in one color, and this was my chance! I chose a very pale mint green for the chairs, and I think they turned out beautifully!  Here is a step-by-step how-to on painting these vintage chairs:


First chair, before.


Second chair, before.


Chairs Before.

Third chair, half-primed.

Step 1: Assess the structure of each chair and glue joints with wood glue when needed. Each chair needed a little bit of glue on the legs, and the second chair needed some wood-filler on the seat. You could also glue any gaps together and clamp the entire chair, but I decided to go the wood filler route since it would be faster, and I am impatient.

Fill in gaps with wood filler.

Fill in gaps with wood filler.

Step 2: Sand and prime. I always do a light sanding before and after primer. My favorite primer to use is Glidden Gripper because a) you can get it at the Home Depot around the corner from my house and 2) it seems to stick to everything. And when I say everything, I really do mean everything. Case in point: I primed these chairs a few DAYS ago, and just YESTERDAY when I went to get my hair cut, my stylist starts looking through my hair and asks “Have you been painting?” because there was STILL PRIMER STUCK IN MY HAIR. Days later! After multiple showers and hair-washes. I promise I am hygienic. Gripper just sticks. to. everything. forever.

Step 3: Paint!  I painted with a latex mint paint (also Glidden, also from Home Depot). I had the color mixed specially from a sample I brought in. Two coats should do the trick, if you have primed.


First chair drying.


Two chairs drying.

Two chairs drying. And a pug butt.

Voila! Three mint chairs!

Voila! Three mint chairs!

Would love to know your thoughts! And, I’m now in the market for a fourth chair to paint to complete this set…send me any leads you can find!

Summer To-Do List