Orange + Red Onion + Fennel Salad

My mom came to visit this past week and made us some great meals while she was here.   One of her meals was from two recipes.  Although there is no way Mark or I will ever be making the delicious Ina Garten’s Roasted Vegetable Lasagna from her “make it ahead” cookbook since it takes forever,  I will make the orange, red onion, and fennel salad my mom made to accompany the lasagna.

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It is not my mom’s recipe, it’s from Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar, found on the – however, she tweaked it a bit.  It is so good AND easy!   I will definitely be making this.


For 4-6 servings, depending on how large of portions you want

  • 3 oranges
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 1 fennel bulb thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup olive oil cured olives, pitted, & roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Slice the oranges fairly thin. Make sure the rind and white skin of the orange is fully removed.  Save a little part of an orange for juicing for the dressing if you want.   Place the orange slices, fennel, red onions and olives in a large bowl and toss. Toss with the olive oil, lemon juice, (and orange juice if you saved some) right before serving.  Season with just a touch of salt and pepper.  Serve on top of arugula.  You could toss the arugula in, but your lettuce will remain crisp and less soggy when serving if you just put the mixture over it.

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Make it for your next dinner party!   Just don’t breathe on each other.  :)

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All things Orange

All things Orange

Anything orange…sign me up.  It’s such a happy and fun color!

Bring on the Weekend!  Happy Friday Everyone xxxxx, Riane

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Tiny Homes

There are two shows on TV that I have recently watched on two separate networks all about people downsizing into a tiny home.  Most of the homes are WAY too tiny for us to even consider, I give them credit!  People are choosing to downsize for all different reasons.

Although compared to most of our friends and family, we live in a small home, we really don’t live in a tiny home when I am watching these shows.  At 1000 sq ft we have plenty of space for us, especially compared to our 586 sq ft condo we were in the 4 years prior.    Yes, we don’t have a second bedroom, so when people come over the living room is the bedroom, but it means more living space.  We also have a balcony, so it makes the space seem bigger yet.  Our condo is a mansion compared to these tiny homes pictured.

However, these spaces are made with each inch in mind.  If you have a good use of space you can get by with a lot less space.  Less space also means you can’t accumulate as many things so you have to think more before making purchases; whether good or bad I over-analyze purchases even with my space.  There are truly a lot of great things that come from living in a smaller space, however I wouldn’t know it have I not lived in a smaller space for awhile.  When we first moved into a small condo moving from Wisconsin, it was a big adjustment.  I felt like I needed 10 more closets, and when I opened the kitchen cabinets and pans would fall out;  I can’t say I enjoyed that.  However, the positives far outweighed the negatives for us.

Even if it’s not for you, you should try to catch one of these shows as it really is interesting to see how small of space people can live in and choose to live in.  When I watch these TV shows with them moving to a 500 sq ft or less space with a kid, I am amazed.  I find it admirable, but I don’t think I could do it.  I think these tiny homes would make a great vacation home though. The cost of these homes are SOO much less that I think it would be a great idea to have one built on a small piece of land in a vacation destination of your choice.  Maybe you can’t live there everyday, but for a vacation home, it’s not a bad idea!

Who thinks they could live in a tiny home?  :)

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Another Year Older

Hi Everyone!  Sorry, I missed you on Wednesday, it was my birthday.  Although I try to post 3 times a week, sometimes it just doesn’t happen!  Anyways, whenever I have a birthday, people ask how does it feel to be another year older.  Well, honestly, I love birthdays.  I have yet to reach a birthday where I did’nt want to get older.  If you are getting older that means you’re living, right!?  I seriously want to live until I”m 90-100.  Yes, of course I don’t want to be suffering or unhealthy, but the plan is to be healthy and kicking until I’m gone. (I’ll have to get on that working out thing).   I have always had a small fear of dying before I live a long full life.  I want to live until I’m old and gray with Mark and not die until we’ve done everything we set out to do.  My 20’s were the years of working our butts off, taking risks, making changes, making sacrifices and I was super excited to get to my 30’s.  It’s not that I didn’t enjoy my 20’s, I did, but I’m hoping this decade we can breathe a little more, travel more, and just enjoy life more.  If you think I’m crazy enough to think we will work less, I’m not, but it’s different this time.  I know life can be taken at any moment, so thank goodness God had plans for me (& Mark) to get to our 30’s.  Yes, we have more means now for our unfortunately expensive taste, however, it’s truly the little things that I look forward to.  Time outside of phones, emails, the hustle & bustle of life to spend quality time with Mark, family, friends, my furry baby Bentley, more adventures, travel, experiences, just more quality time to take and “smell the roses”.

So you can understand how happy I was when I received this fortune in January.  :)

photo(10)I am holding you to this fortune cookie!  Mark & I have a lot of living left to do.

Next time you dread a birthday, think of it in a different perception.  Maybe I’ll have a different view when everything starts sagging bad, but I am hoping I don’t!   If you want to know, I am 32.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

xx, Riane

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Weekend Snapshots

Happy Monday!  If you are one of the lucky ones that has off for President’s Day, hopefully you are still enjoying your long weekend!  That’s not the case for this girl, but I still had a great weekend….overall.

Mark booked us a night at The Thompson hotel in Chicago for my B-Day/Valentine’s weekend.  It is a super cool hotel.  Retro, Artsy, & Industrial is a good way to describe it.

photo 1(16) photo 3(13)photo 2(18)photo 2(20)photo 1(19)photo 4(12)Look at the fun artwork in the bedroom.

photo 1(17)photo 5(13)And then Bentley…wondering what we are doing 5 minutes away from his comfy sofa.  Where’s the blankets mom??

photo 2(19)We had a relaxing afternoon/evening in the hotel and enjoyed a great dinner and drinks at the hotel restaurant Nico Osteria.  The Prosciutto and Ragu Pasta were our favorite dishes we tried and the drinks were the best.  I even drank bourbon (I’m not a bourbon drinker), since their seasonal “Chestnut” drink was that good.

photo 5(14)photo 4(13)However, our stay-cation came to an end when Bentley heard every door and elevator open and close which led to him barking/growling at any little sound.  Thank goodness we don’t want kids, since we raised a monster for a furry child.  He’s so cute though, we can’t help our bad “parenting”.

photo 1(18)and while we tried to use the pillows to block the sound or deter him from the door, Mark & I couldn’t sleep.  Our bed was sounding better and better the more we were awake and we had to work today.  So yes, we packed up in 5 minutes and took a 5 minute cab ride home and slept like a baby in our own bed.

While The Thompson was a cool hotel with great service, we learned to skip the hotel and take a cab back home, or get a babysitter for our furry monster.

Expensive lesson learned, however, we still had a fun weekend. :)

photo 3(14)Wishing you all a great week! :)

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