Friday Things

Duke - 9 weeks old!

1. Duke will be 10 weeks old tomorrow, and my what a difference a week makes! His face has matured, his legs have grown like weeds and his ears have even gotten longer… all in one week! He’s become much more playful and energetic, which means that our house has turned into a full-time circus when you throw Einstein into the mix.

2. I mentioned last week that I was going to see a hand specialist about my finger issues since I sliced it back in June. Well, the doctor believes there is some scar tissue issues and/or tendon damage and recommended surgery, which would consist of a recovery time of anywhere from one week with stitches to eight weeks in a full forearm splint. Can you say, “ugghhhh”?! I’m going to get a second opinion before I get sliced open, but, ughhh not good news.

3. As you know, I’ve been referring to my now-husband as my Chief Culinary Consultant since we began dating nearly five years ago. Since we’re married now, I thought I would take a little informal reader poll… Would you like me to continue referring to him as my Chief Culinary Consultant, or “my husband”? Feel free to cast a vote in the comments below :)

4. I have become completely enamored with Bobbi Brown makeup. I started buying it here and there a few years ago, and now 99% of my makeup bag consists of Bobbi Brown. Are any of you long-time users? Do you have any favorite product recommendations or suggestions for “looks” to put together?

5. A BEB reader, Lola, created a gluten-free version of the Snickers Cake that I created in April for my dad’s birthday. If you are on the hunt for gluten-free recipes, be sure to check out her modification!

6. The Essie Fall 2013 nail colors are out!

Essie Fall 2013

I picked up three of them last weekend – Twin Sweater Set (#1), The Lace Is On (#2) and After School Boy Blazer (#4). The “boy blazer” color is a rich blue-black color, which is pretty different from what I usually wear, but I decided to step outside my box. Any tips for wearing this color? Is it best with certain clothes of a certain shade?

7. I’ve just recently started reading about cooking bacon in the oven instead of in a skillet. I love skillet bacon, but it makes a huge mess and it takes quite awhile. When I’m lazy, I use the microwave, but that can get equally as greasy. Have any of you made bacon in the oven? Thumbs up? I think I’m going to give it a try this weekend. I’ll be sure to report back :)

8. I am more than ready to do some fall shoe shopping. I’m in desperate need of some nice brown boots, and I have my eye on this pair of Frye boots. I have a hard time getting over the price hurdle, though. If you have Frye boots, are they really long-lasting? If I’m going to spend that much, I want to be able to wear them for more than a couple of seasons!

9. Also on my fall shopping list is a new purse. I’m a big Coach fan, but I’m thinking of checking out some other brands this fall. Who are your favorite purse makers?

10. TGIF! All you need is love… ♥

Duke & Einstein sleeping


237 Responses to “Friday Things”

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  1. Hanna on September 6, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Oh, Duke is so cute! We will have our first ever puppy home in 2 weeks time!
    If you want to check some serious bacon baking in the oven I recommend that you check out Epic Meal Time videos on YouTube. If anything those guys can really make delicious looking bacon in the oven. My son loves them and shares their new extravaganzas with the whole family once in a while.


  2. Meredith on September 6, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Even though he’s now your husband, he’ll still be your Chief Culinary Consultant so I would vote to stay the same especially when you’re talking about food. On other mattters it would seem reasonable to refer to him as your husband.


  3. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on September 6, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I vote for chief culinary consultant.

    And your dogs are so cute together!


  4. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious on September 6, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Awwww I want to take Duke home with me! So freaking cute! Sorry to hear about your hand issues – hope everything works out!


  5. Ellen on September 6, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Chief Culinary Consultant is my vote. Bacon is the bomb in the oven! We make regular and turkey bacon on a sheet of foil in our oven every weekend. Will never go back to pan frying!


  6. Kerry on September 6, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Keep it Chief Culinary Consultant – don’t fix what ain’t broke! :)

    Bacon in the oven is awesome! Especially when making a bunch – put some foil underneath a baking rack on a cookie sheet and bake away! Then just roll up the foil and toss it when you’re done – voila! No fuss!

    The pups are way too cute!


  7. Kristen on September 6, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Awww Duke is so cute! I’d say keep Chief Culinary Consultant, bacon in the oven is awesome! And for purses, check out Fossil. I’m a big Coach fan too but I like Fossil purses just as much


  8. Maggie on September 6, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Chief culinary consultant sounds a bit juvenile when used all the time. Maybe some mix of the two. Your dogs are adorable


  9. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on September 6, 2013 at 1:48 am

    More Duke pictures, please!!


  10. Grannie Geek on September 6, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Duke is adorable, and the picture of he and Einstein is priceless. Looks like they’re getting along – happy days!. Have baked bacon in the oven for 15 years – can’t beat how flat and crispy it becomes. Have my eyes on a Caphalon griddle with a removable wire rack – perfect not only for baking bacon, but draining fried chicken, fish, etc, after frying. And the regular grill for pancakes, grilled cheese, french toast, polenta, etc. was exciting to me. I’m getting two for Christmas when I fry three chickens for dinner. I think, the perfect multi-purpose grill pan. Frye boots have an incredible reputation – although i’ve never owned a pair, my thighs are too wide, lots of my hippie-60’s friends did and swore by the brand. I’ve become fond of SAK purses – lots of styles, wide price range, and just very cute. They make a two-fold crocheted wallet with zipper bags on the inside that I’ve got on my wish list. As far a nail polish goes, i’m growing weary of getting gel for my fingernails, but unable to find matching reg polish for my toes – alas . . .

    Chief Culinary Consultant, would we know you by another name, and, more importantly, would you lose your credibility and status? I mean, we would read and wonder “Who on the Earth is Earl??” Perhaps a photo would be nice – somewhere sleeping between Duke and Einstein.

    Congratulations on your marriage and recent family addition. Best wishes for your happy and successful future.


  11. giulia on September 6, 2013 at 1:56 am

    oh my goodness what cuteness do i see!!!!!!! i am in loveeee with your puppy – he is a ball of softness! also my favourite brand of purses is furla – an italian brand :) have a great weekend!


  12. Raye on September 6, 2013 at 2:16 am

    I say stick with Chief Culinary Consultant! Your pups are adorable.


  13. Kristi on September 6, 2013 at 3:07 am

    I say stick with Chief Culinary Consultant, even thought it’s a little longer to type than “my husband”.
    I also think you should try a different brand bag.. maybe Michael Kors?


    • Kerri Marshall on September 6th, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Love Michael Kors bags!


  14. Marie on September 6, 2013 at 3:10 am

    I am such a Golden Retriever fan and that last pic of Einstein is too cute! If your finger/hand drama prevents some baking time you can just keep the pics of those two coming 😉


  15. Lila on September 6, 2013 at 3:51 am

    I must be honest I think you should call him your husband or “your husband formerly known as CCC”!

    Gorgeous puppies!


  16. Inger on September 6, 2013 at 4:00 am

    I think you should stick with CCC since he still is that! I got married last year and it’s great calling someone “my husband”, but on this blog I’d still say he’s your CCC.

    About the nice boots: do they have any texture at all underneath? Looks like you’d risk falling fall at the first hint of snow/ice/water on a tiled floor..


  17. Shana on September 6, 2013 at 4:09 am

    So glad to see that Einstein is accepting the new guy! Thanks for the heads-up on the new Essie colors!


  18. Tamika on September 6, 2013 at 4:18 am

    I am sorry to read that you may need surgery on your hand. From what I read looks like you may be having the same surgery I had on my right hand back in 2010 to repair 3 fingers. I wish I had never went through with the surgery, for a couple of reasons. So I strongly suggest you get a 2nd or even a 3rd opinion and leave the surgery as your very, very last option. If having the surgery is a must. Be prepared not to cook for awhile. I wish you the best and congrats to you and your Chief Culinary Consultant. I say stick with that title, now that your married its sounds so much sweeter.


  19. Jill on September 6, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Long-time follower, first time commenter.
    1. LOVE your site. LOVE you.
    2. I’m a ‘Burger too so I appreciate Friday’s for your Pittsburgh-related “things.”
    3. Re: oven-cooked bacon. It is a no-go for crispy, breakfast bacon that is to be slathered in egg yolks. However, I bake my bacon for everything else. It seems to work well for cooking bacon ahead for use in recipes. I under-cook it just a bit, freeze it, and then when you need a few slices for something, you can reheat in a pan with WAY less mess.


  20. Leanna R on September 6, 2013 at 5:26 am

    CCC is the name we know him by..any pictures of him? Just wondering. Bacon in the oven works well ..seems to take a long time though. Wonderful purses are made in Pittsburg
    They even have Penguin purses. I have had one of their purses for years and get major comments on it. Not really dress-up but very fun.


  21. Faye on September 6, 2013 at 5:27 am

    I think you should adopt the change and call him your ‘husband’, it celebrates the commitment you have given to each other, any other day you would refer to him as your husband, why not on your blog, by the way your dogs are majorly cute!


  22. Beth on September 6, 2013 at 5:39 am

    First of all, love your blog and have thoroughly enjoyed the recipes I’ve tried! Made salted caramel choc chip bars last night and can’t wait to try one (for breakfast?!?!)
    I started making bacon in the oven about 6 months ago and am a huge fan!! I recommend putting aluminum foil on the pan and taking the bacon off the pan and placing on paper towels ASAP when it’s done.

    After 5 years why start calling chief culinary consultant husband? CIC is an important role!!

    Love Bobbi Brown and used it forever. The tinted balm has been a life-saver for me in the winter. My skin is dry and even the mild winters of NC cause my skin to dry up. I’ve started using Bare Minerals and never thought I’d leave Bobbi but so far, I’m loving the Bare Minerals experience.

    I love the look of the dark blue/black polish. Can an almost 48-year old wear it? And can’t wait to read the comments to you on how to wear it.

    I rarely read blogs – go straight for the recipe – but really enjoy reading yours!

    Have a great day.


  23. Reid on September 6, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Check out Michael Kors! I absolutely love his handbags.


  24. Joanie on September 6, 2013 at 5:46 am

    CCC-that’s the best! the only way to cook bacon is in the oven!


  25. Averie @ Averie Cooks on September 6, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Call him your husband. I read your blog for 2+ yrs and thought the CCC was like…some rep you knew at Betty Crocker or something. It took me awhile to figure out it was your boyf/fiancee. But call him whatever flows and works for you! People do figure it out :)

    Your hand. Omg so sorry to hear that! Yes to second opinions!

    And the Frye boots. Everyone who I know with them, loves them. Too hot here to wear boots like that but I would not shy away from dropping money on them if you love them. I have spent almost that on a piece of old wood to take pictures on. Yeah, crazy :)


  26. Julie on September 6, 2013 at 5:57 am

    I love that you call him your CCC. And he still holds that role, right?

    I only cook bacon in the oven now. It’s easier to clean up (line the pan with foil or parchment), plus I think it’s easier to control the done-ness of it.


  27. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on September 6, 2013 at 6:05 am

    I bought a pair of Fryes at the Nordstrom anniversary sale a few years ago (they were still $$) and I am still obsessed with them. They hold up amazingly well. Worth it!


  28. Emily @ one.1.northwood on September 6, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Yes! Bacon in the oven is the way to go! I started that in the past couple of years and I think it makes a difference for a couple of reasons. 1. Easier to cook a lot of bacon (For a crowd or for just you.. no judging!). 2. It gets crispier, doesn’t sit in the grease and stays flatter. 3. No standing over a hot stove! 4. Plus you have the stove top and your hands free for other important things… pancakes! Finally, you can add some rubs/sugars/spices to the bacon when it’s not cooking in the grease. Ok, that’s it.. probably more than you wanted to know :)


  29. Randy on September 6, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Stick with CCC

    Oven-baked bacon is great, but if you use a rack, it never really gets crispy enough. It has to really fry in its own grease to get crispy. Just lay it in a rimmed baking pan and pop it in the oven. (Since I discovered it, I use the microwave almost exclusively to make bacon – a triple layer of paper towel above and below completely contains any grease.)


  30. Charlene Yuhas on September 6, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Thumbs up for CCC. What would Bert be without Ernie, or Batman without Robin?? I can honestly say yours is the ONLY blog I follow daily. In fact when I share things with the hubby and kids the tease me that I talk about you like we are best friends. Your Italian background, cooking style and love of Goldens is very similar to mine so I can totally relate. I am so loving the baby pics!! I also have 2 Goldens (had 3 but our girl passed last year) they add so much life to your family! Enjoy the fall shopping! Never ever hurts to get a 2nd opinion before someone wants to hack away at you! Have a Wonderful weekend!!


  31. Lynne on September 6, 2013 at 6:26 am

    My opinion is you should start calling him your husband. I think it is confusing to readers to refer to him as CCC when the relationship is more than that.
    I have broiled my bacon since day one – that’s always how my father did it (he cooked us Sunday breakfast). It’s still messy. I just recently learned that you should leave your rack in the middle of the oven when broiling because it cooks more evenly – and it’s true! I love bacon cooked this way and only resort to precooked or microwave when being lazy.
    When I was first dating my boyfriend who would be my husband, he bought me Frye boots. I loved them and wore them until they were no longer in style, then had them in the closet for years before I donated them. Kicking myself now for that – I imagine the woman who found them at the thrift shop, what a find! But, my foot has grown and my calves were always big, so they wouldn’t have fit anyway. Even though they are supposed to be timeless, mine did get dated – they’d be back in style now, but it took 2 decades.


  32. Carissa on September 6, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Looks like I’m in the minority but I vote for husband! CCC is so unwieldy.


  33. Kim on September 6, 2013 at 6:55 am

    LOVE the dogs. I want them :) bacon in the oven is the only way to make it. Bobbi Brown gel eye liner is the best eyeliner out there! I but the bullet and bought 2 pairs of Frye boots last year and never looked back….can’t wait to break them out. Love Michael Kors bags, check out Tano’s too. Cool slouchy and lightweight.


  34. Liz on September 6, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Love my Frye boots and think they totally justify the price. I do second the comment about them being slippery in snow. Mine aren’t too scuffed on the bottom and I slip when there is a bit of snow/ice on the sidewalk. Love to hear what long-term Frye owners say, and/or, what other options you come up with!


  35. Nancy on September 6, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I vote for CCC. Love your blog. Wish you the best.


  36. Ellen on September 6, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Bacon in oven is the best! Line pan with foil, top with bacon and bake at 400 for about 20 min. After removing bacon and letting it cool fold up the foil and pitch–no muss, no fuss! Bacon stays a flat strip, not a curled up mess.

    CCC–he still is!

    Sorry about your hand. :(


  37. Robby on September 6, 2013 at 7:31 am

    I think the way to go is to ask him if he prefers CCC or husband. Sort of like asking someone if the prefer their formal name or a nickname. Always nice to choose how the world recognizes us, IMO

    Bacon in the oven has been my MO for about 12 years now. Actually do sausage that way sometimes as well. I line my pan with foil for easy cleaning and put the bacon directly on that. The second side cooks in some rendered fat so it’s similar to pan fry with less mess all around. And you can certainly drain and use the fat from the pan should you need it.


    • Michelle on September 6th, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Hi Robby, I actually did ask him… he suggested polling my readers :)


  38. Heike on September 6, 2013 at 7:31 am

    I had almost always gone to Fossil for purses, love the sleekness and not too bulky purse (don’t feel like carrying a suitcase or backpack-like tote, rather like the smaller/slimmer look). However … :) just discovered Baggolini in the last 6 months ?. LOVE them too! I refuse to pay such high prices on purses, even though I would love to get a Coach sometime, but really liking Baggolini and Fossil.
    So sorry to hear about your hand, def get a second or third opinion.
    I’m kind of old-fashioned, like the term husband. It took me a few reads too to know who CCC was :)
    Love the pics of the furry four legged family members … So adorable!


    • Suz on September 6th, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Huge Fossil fan, the leather last what seems like forever and I am in construction and really tough on things!

      Please get a second opinion and get as much PT as they will allow, Speaking from personal experience. It is what will get you back to 100%

      Another vote for CCC, husband is your personal lfe and CCC is your business life and when you refer to him in business he has his title.

      A single wedding picture please ? Our best wishes for continued happoness, health and love.



  39. Kristie on September 6, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Let me start by saying Duke is absolutely adorable!! Second I think calling your husband your chief culinary consultant is a perfect title… My hubby is the same I consider him the chief of a lot .. When the lawn needs mowing he is the lawn chief when something breaks he is the chief engineer !!
    Now on to the bacon… I started cooking it in the oven years ago and haven’t looked at a skillet for the job since!! It cooks up nice and crispy, less mess in my opinion perfect. I would suggest first trying place bacon on a cooling rack placed on a baking sheet… I don’t always do that but works well!!
    Hope all goes well with your hand! Sorry that stinks!!


  40. Terri S. on September 6, 2013 at 7:34 am

    1. Chief Culinary Consultant gets my vote.
    2. Bacon in the oven is GOOD, and much less messy.
    3. Try Tignanello purses, good quality and so many of them have the outside slip pockets which I love, for keys, phone, etc.


    • Lauren on September 6th, 2013 at 11:01 am

      I concur! I LOVE Tignanello purses!


  41. Karen on September 6, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Duke is adorable!!! Love to bake bacon in the oven. Lay bacon out on a sheet pan (covered in foil or parchment) and place in a COLD oven. Set oven temperature to 500 degrees, bake for about 15 minutes or until your desired doneness. Found this to be the best oven-roasting for bacon I’ve tried.


  42. Amy K on September 6, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Adorable picture of the two of them together!
    I vote you continue with C.C.C.
    I also have not gone back to skillet bacon since trying the oven version. The clean up is so easy.
    Good luck with the hand, and potential surgery. I went through an injury and subsequent surgery about this time last year.


  43. Missy on September 6, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Those pups are TOO cute! Melts my heart this morning.


  44. Dena on September 6, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I still like CCC–that’s who he is to all your readers.
    Your pups are adorable.
    I LOVE my Frye boots! I have the Melissa Button in cognac. My husband gave them to me for my birthday last year and I wore them a lot in the fall, winter and really early spring. I refuse to wear them out in the slushy, wet and snowy weather. I don’t want to ruin the leather. I have more appropriate boots for that weather.
    I have a bunch of Cole Haan purses and they are awesome!


  45. Barb on September 6, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I say keep using CCC! Bacon in the oven is the way to go. I have a large griddle pan that I can cook the whole pack of bacon on at once and I use the Convection setting on my oven, set at 425 deg F. It only needs to cook for about 15 minutes and it turns out crispy and beautiful! Frye Boots….they are everything good you’ve heard! I’ve had a pair of Bronze Harness boots for 8 years now and they still look great. They seem to always run 1/2 size big and they do stretch out so if you get your correct size, after they stretch, they will be too loose. But I highly recommend them and I have had my eye on a pair since last year that retail for $398! One of these days…..Are you a member of the Coach Factory Outlet? You can sign up at I just bought my first Coach bag, but have friends who love Dooney & Bourke and also Michael Kors. Good Luck! Your dogs are the cutest!!!


  46. Marijka Bosma on September 6, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Is physical therapy an option? I had a large biopsy on my chest leaving me with lots of pain and little arm movement, I tried thereby befor going under the knife again. Worked great, so glad I tried it first! Good luck.


  47. Jeri Barry on September 6, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I love Kate Spade purses. Tons of styles and sizes and their website is fantastic. They also have amazing sales and you can sign up for e mail notifications for them. I plan to check out Michael Kors bags after reading these comments. LOVE your blog!! Happy shopping!


  48. Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion on September 6, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I imagine typeing “my chief culinary ….” is a lot. My husband is much shorter. I love OTHER people’s puppies….:)


  49. Stacie on September 6, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Michelle! What adorable-ness you have going on at your house! Stick with the “CCC”- it’s just how we’ve all come to know him, lol. I’ve heard that Frye boots are amazing but, I’m with you on the price hurdle. Burberry purses are classic, and last forever. I’ve had mine for 5 years now, and is holding up just as well as the day I bought it! I like the Michael Kors line, too, if you’re looking for something a little more modern. OH! Oven bacon is the only way I make it now. I take some foil, crinkle it up, and then lay it on a sheet pan. It catches the bacon grease in all those little folds, and is the easiest clean-up on the planet!
    Thanks for always having amazing food to share!


  50. ENID LUCHETTI on September 6, 2013 at 8:10 am



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