Friday Things


1. These two boys have been extra snuggly lately and I just want to eat them up. Granted, it’s more of Duke snuggling next to Einstein and Einstein tolerating it, but at any rate, it’s adorable and I love it :)

2. I’m currently 28 weeks (+4 days) and counting… Hellooooo third trimester!


It’s hard to believe that my due date is less than three months away; I can’t wait to meet this little guy! :)

3. I think I mentioned it the last time I went to the dentist, but my husband and I have had an ongoing competition to see who could go the longest without getting a cavity, as neither of us had ever gotten one (we chalk it up to the crazy coincidence that we both went to the same dentist as kids!). I’m super sad to report that my 34-year cavity-free streak has come to a halt. I may have whined and begged my dentist not to tell my husband (who was in the waiting room). She said it’s super teeny tiny and that pregnancy hormones often wreck havoc on the mouth, causing gingivitis (which I didn’t have) and tooth decay that hadn’t been present before. I was still totally disappointed in my teeth, but I honored our bet and bought my husband lunch at Noodles after our appointment.

4. I’ve been trying to get organized for the holidays in advance this year since I’ll probably be in total baby mode come December; I’ve already ordered holiday-themed stamps and return address labels, now I just need to pick out Christmas cards! I also have thank you cards and stamps ready to go for after the baby shower. I’m ready to bask in the glow of Christmas lights and sip on some hot chocolate.

5. This Buzzfeed post of 22 Surefire Ways To Annoy Your Type-A Friends was totally spot-on… I got antsy just reading it!

6. If you’ve been following BEB for any length of time, you’ve probably figured out that I’m from Pittsburgh, and I’ve mentioned Primanti Brothers sandwiches on more than one occasion. They’re a cult classic here – piled high with meat, provolone, tomatoes and… coleslaw and French fries. I know, most people think it sounds crazy until they try it. Now, Primanti Bros. is shipping party packs, complete with everything you need to make a handful of their sandwiches. If you’re a Pittsburgh transplant in another city, this is seriously a dream come true! I would have killed for this when I was living away from home for a couple of years.

7. Are you playing fantasy football this year? My team is in dire straits… I’m 3-4 and things don’t look to be improving any time soon. Such a bummer!

8. I can’t believe that the series finale of Boardwalk Empire is this Sunday! I’m anxious to see how they’re going to end everything. The only other series I’ve been watching has been Scandal, although I still need to watch last night’s episode. I’m still hooked! I just saw that The Americans will be back on in January, and I’m looking forward to it; I’ve always thought it was an underrated show. What have you been watching lately?

9. Thoughts and prayers are with Ottawa this week, and the Canadian community in general. The anthem before the Penguins hockey game on Wednesday night gave me chills:

10. TGIF! Duke wishes you a cozy weekend!


BEB Readers: Most Popular Cookbooks and Kitchen Equipment

10 of the Most Popular Cookbooks and Kitchen Gadgets Among BEB Readers |

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been in multiple stores that already have their Christmas items on display, while Halloween items are sitting on clearance racks. Retail marketing continues to befuddle me, which is probably why I had no luck looking for Thanksgiving decorations two weeks before Thanksgiving last year. I can’t keep up! The holidays are hurtling towards us at a serious clip, and my mom has already asked me what I want for Christmas. Twice. I have no idea. I’m still trying to figure out if our baby is supposed to sleep in a crib, a bassinet, a pack n’ play, a rock n’ play or the dog bed (kidding!) come January. What I want most for Christmas is to not go into labor during a snow storm. That’s about it… I’m so easy to shop for, right?!

In the event that you’ve already started your shopping or have been putting together your own wish list, I thought it would be fun to run through the most popular cookbooks and kitchen gear among BEB readers thus far in 2014. I always love to see what other people are buying, and there have been some seriously awesome cookbooks released this year. One thing is for sure – you all love your ice cream and soup! My kind of people :)

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

When I was a kid and my mom would bake cookies, there was an unwritten rule that my sister and I would get to lick the beaters when my...

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Apple Slab Pie

My grandma was much more of a “cooking grandma” than a “baking grandma”, so many of my memories surrounding her food revolve around dinners, not necessarily desserts. She did...

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Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

Homemade ribs are one of the few things that have truly intimidated me in the kitchen. I have saved countless recipes for barbecue ribs, but all of the hands-on time, plus...

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The Weekend Dish: 10/18/2014

The Weekend Dish: 10/18/2014

Happy Saturday to you! I hope your weekend is off to a fabulous start. We are having lunch with my grandparents today, and aside from that I’m looking forward to...

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Friday Things

1. These two have been total cuddle bugs for the last couple of days. Duke has started to lose his manic puppy energy and is settling in as a...

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