The Backyard Bubbly

The Backyard Spritzer

This past weekend, all over America, moms were celebrated for simply being moms.  And I can’t think of a better reason to celebrate.  I wouldn’t know from experience, but I can imagine being a mom is no easy feat.  I’ve certainly put my mom, Dee Dee, through a lot: starting with a natural childbirth (yikes!), she dealt with me as an infant with insomnia (she still blames me for her coffee addiction), a know-it-all, moody teenager (weren’t we all), and a college student who had a little too much fun studying abroad (it’s all about life experiences, right?).  Now that I’m a adult (must I call myself that?), I still turn to her for just about anything – from career advice to recipe advice – she seems to always have the answers. It really should be Mom’s Day, everyday, especially when you get to celebrate with a delicious Backyard Bubbly.   Continue reading

Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and 4 Bean Salad

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I haven’t been able to take a family vacation in well over five years, so I immediately jumped at the chance to spend a whole week on Cape Cod with my mom, dad, sister, uncle and younger cousins.  We spend our mornings on the picturesque deck overlooking the salt marsh, drinking coffee, reading the paper and enjoying the “happy chicken” eggs my mom brings from Bucks County.   Continue reading