Hi! I'm Angelica! For the last ten years I've been sharing my cooking, home projects and ideas with my sister Irene. "Once Again, My Dear Irene" is just an extension of our daily chats. Moreover "My Dear Irene" Continue Reading

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6 Steps That Will Transform a Dated Hallway Bath

6 Steps That Will Transform a Dated Hallway Bath

Before we even moved into the new house, the half bath in the hallway was my least favorite room of all. Every time I opened the door, I would close it back behind me immediately, as I disliked almost everything about it. For weeks, I was trying to figure out ways to disguise the dated speckled granite countertop, how to make the… Continue Reading

Garlic Mussels au Gratin

Garlic Mussels au Gratin

Mussels au gratin is such an impressive and classic appetizer, yet quite inexpensive and very easy to prepare! Your guests will be thrilled with this little hors d’œuvre that beautifully fills every buffet, any time of the year, but especially during summer times.  There are quite a few recipes that you can find online, here is how I like… Continue Reading

DIY Pull-Out Basket For The Kitchen – Mounted In Minutes!

DIY Pull-Out Basket For The Kitchen – Mounted In Minutes!

The kitchen in the new house is an older kitchen from the 80’s. It doesn’t have any of the modern elements that many of our previous kitchens had: no massive island, no professional range, and no clever storage spaces. Plus, it’s half the size of our previous kitchens. The cabinets are very basic and their shelves are not even adjustable. I’m not… Continue Reading

Upholstered Stool Quick Remake

Upholstered Stool Quick Remake

Friends, for the last few weeks, I have been working on our upcoming move. We are sad to leave the San Francisco Bay Area but excited to discover new destinations! While cleaning up the garage and getting rid of many unwanted stored items, I found this little stool (photo above) that I had recently purchased at… Continue Reading

A Mother’s Day Different From All

A Mother’s Day Different From All

Maybe once a year, usually around Mother’s Day or when the lottery hits a jackpot record, I dream of doing something huge for my mother. Does it happen to you too? I’d love to meet my mom in New York, spend the day at The Met and then the night across the street at the Baccarat Hotel.… Continue Reading

Almond Milk Rice Pudding

Almond Milk Rice Pudding

Rice pudding. Sweet, creamy and rich… simply delicious. If you have ever prepared rice pudding at home, then you certainly know this: the amount of time you have to devote in the kitchen, stirring constantly above a hot pan, can exceed 45 minutes! This is why I don’t make rice pudding very often, but when I… Continue Reading

Do-It-Yourself Notecards

Do-It-Yourself Notecards

Looking for a small gift for your girlfriend? A set of notecards with matching envelopes is always a good idea! My inspiration for the ones I made today began with these little garden-themed metal decorative items that I found at the craft store ~ the pack of four was just $1.50. So inexpensive and so cute! Make your own notecards… Continue Reading