Sparkling Cider

IT’S FRIDAY!!!!! Yes, even moms like me who don’t work a typical 9-5 still celebrate on Fridays because it means the weekend is just one sweet day away. Last weekend was great because I got to go on a date with my husband (shout out and thanks to the in-laws for watching the kids) and […]

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Baked Brie with Apples and Pancetta

I am convinced I have cheese in my veins. Not just because I love it, but because it’s been my BFF ever since I started eating. We’ve been through it all, me and cheese – breakups, holidays and fun times with family and friends. I used to snack on cheese with my Yiayia when we’d […]

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Happy Birthday, Marina Makes!

A newborn, career change, and over 100 posts later and the blog is a year old! It’s been quite the adventure starting Marina Makes, one that I never really thought I’d still be on, but here I am still keeping up and sharing my love for food and crafts. It’s still messy around here (very messy […]

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Apple, Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Oatmeal

I love all of the warmth and comfort fall foods bring me this time of year and because I pretty much avoid all soups/casseroles during the summer months, when September rolls around, I start to get very antsy to make all of my favorite fall dishes. Unfortunately, it’s still been very hot here in Chicago, […]

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Apple, Bacon & Maple Chicken Salad

Get your apple pickin’ pants ready because the blog is about to be full of apple recipes!! My family and I have made visiting the apple orchard an annual tradition. I swear there’s something in the air over there – we always end up leaving super happy and with way too many apples and fall […]

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Pepper Jack & Cream Cheese Queso – Date Night In Box Giveaway!

Friday always calls for some sort of happy dance for obvious reasons, but today calls for a bigger celebration because I’m partnering with my friends at Date Night In to give away one of their subscription boxes today. Date Night In is a subscription box created by couples who truly value time together (minus children) and understand the […]

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Autumn Trail Mix

I’m a huge grazer. Snacks are my favorite and while I’ve been pregnant, I’ve snacked on everything under the sun. Sometimes I’ll crave rich chocolate, and other times I’ll want a Caesar salad (I had both yesterday by the way, thanks to Whole Foods). While I take pride in being a snacker, one thing’s for […]

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Peach & Serrano Salsa

As much as I’m looking forward to chilly weather and our second arriving, I’m really going to miss summer and all of the bliss that comes along with it. It’s been such a beautiful season this year and I’ve relished long walks with my family, cooking dinners on the grill and feeling the gracious summer […]

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Bacon & Date Grilled Cheese

One of the best apps on this planet has to be bacon-wrapped dates. Anyone else feel the same? It doesn’t get better than a salty slice of bacon and the sweet chewy bite of a pitted date. I could easily pop a dozen in a sitting because they are SO addicting. For some reason, the […]

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