• “ALMOST 30” – A POEM

    I am almost 30. I am approximately, essentially, roughly, bordering on 30. I am scared. I am hopeful. I am sure. I am lost. I am void. I am numb. I am almost 30. When the sky opens and emits liquid goo, my knees creak and I say things like, “My joints are acting up again!” I am almost 30. When the server asks me if I want fries or chips, I say, “I’ll have the side salad in lieu.”  I am almost 30. I don’t listen to the radio. I listen to podcasts. I am almost 30. I don’t read the gossip columns, I study weather forecasts. I am almost 30.…

  • THE EASIEST CHICKEN CHILI EVER

    I don’t praise the heavens a lot…. ….but when I do, it’s usually some variation of, “Thank GOD for slow cookers!” While I may suck at cooking, I don’t suck at preparing and my trusty slow cooker allows me to do just that with this chili recipe. It’s become a staple in our household and I owe it all to Ali over at Gimme Some Oven. The first time I tried this recipe, I think my exact response was, “Hot damn. That’s good.” Aside from the simple fact that it tastes incredible, you only need five ingredients to put it all together! Cheap, tasty, and easy? SOLD. You’ll find Ali’s recipe below. A few…

  • IT’S (ALMOST) MY BIRTHDAY, AND I CAN CRY IF I WANT TO

    Pessimist. Misanthropist. Debbie Downer. If you’re someone who would rather not with birthdays, you’re automatically labeled as a succubus to all things fantastic and fun. To the majority, what’s not to love about a day dedicated to your existence? What’s not to love about presents and around-the-clock jubilation? Here’s the thing about people who hate their birthdays — we really aren’t trying to piss you off. This has nothing to do with you. This has nothing to do with your wants, your needs, or your idea of what a birthday should be. Take a second to step back and empathize with the person you’ve branded as a negative Nancy. Take a moment to understand where that person might be coming from. I have…

  • CUCUMBER, ONION, & TOMATO DILL SALAD

    I had a great, relaxing weekend filled with an awesome concert (The Avett Brothers), awesome dessert, awesome tacos, awesome drinks, and awesome company. I guess you could say the past few days have been…awesome? LOOK AT THAT DESSERT Fast-forward to right now and if you’re like me, you completely forgot that tomorrow is Memorial Day. Nothing screams ‘Merica like a good ole-fashioned BBQ. While I absolutely adore pasta salad, potato salad, and baked beans, my stomach does not. With that being said, I hate always having to forego these delicious side dishes and munch on lettuce while everyone else is having a ball. My solution? If I have to munch…

  • FOUR-INGREDIENT BBQ CHICKEN MEAL PREP

    If I’ve been taken by pirates and the only way they’ll release me is if you give the correct answer to the question, “Aside from her husband and cats, what has Brittany’s heart?” know that the answer is food. Food is delicious. Food is nutritious. Food is life. Literally. Try living without it. When my better half and I started dating, my cooking skills were…meh. Actually, my shitty cooking skills can be traced back to lonnnng before I met the father to my three furry demons/angels (I’m talking about cats here. I don’t have a bunch of incredibly hairy children running around). I’m Italian; like, ‘great-grandfather came over here with…