Category Archives: Michael

The Queen’s Feast

The first part of planning any event in my family starts with one question, “What are we gonna eat?” And what’s the point of celebrating anything if there isn’t a massive amount of food involved?

The full spread, be jealous.

So as this past Mother’s Day approached I asked the moms in my life(Mom, wife, sister) what they would like to gorge themselves on for their day of days. My sister Nicole, replying first, said her “Wildest Mother’s Day food dream is an Italian spread. Like a Jersey Shore Sunday dinner where you have to unbutton your pants halfway through.”, followed by more graphic descriptions of being fed meatballs while laying down and being worshiped like a Roman Goddess. Being as she is the most recent mom in the family, breastfeeding, and therefore the hungriest, everyone else agreed that her idea was the best and I set out planning a feast fit for the queens these moms are.

Beef and Pork Meatballs in Marinara, Parmesan, basil, & parsley

Normally, I would just do all the shopping and cooking, then have my dad and brother-in-law pay me back, but being a new mom(read: Housedad) myself I decided to delegate some of the shopping and prep to them instead, and it couldn’t have worked out better.

Antipasto Tray!

It’s amazing how less stressful cooking copious amounts of food can be when you relinquish some control. But if I’m being real, it was just a little control, I can’t let that shit go completely or the whole world might fall apart. Right guys???

Penne with Bolognese, Spicy Italian Sausage, Parmesan, fresh basil

As most family holidays go at home, we ended up eating an hour later than planned, but as you can see the food was well worth the wait. My brother in law, Danny, brought some amazing hand-carved wooden bowls he picked up from a friend who was foolishly giving them away, which really added to the rustic, home-style feel of the meal.

Bowties with Roasted Garlic- Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce, mushrooms, Pecorino Ramano, Baby heirloom, fresh basil

Overall, the mom’s said they had a great day and a meal worth the carb coma that inevitably followed. The only thing missing was an Italian Grandma’s seal of approval, but I guess I’ll have to wait to check that off my bucket list.

Grilled veggies Papa cooked perfectly!
Marinara, Roasted Garlic- Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce, Pesto

*All pictures by Danny Offer. Follow his other work on Instagram

#HouseDad

Dearest Lookie Boos,

Michael here, the slightly lesser half of Tiffany Reese, (creator of Lookie Boo & Baby Mama).  I’m excited to announce that I will be joining Tiffany on this blogging adventure!

Recently, our family has gone through some major changes and as a way to introduce myself, I thought I would share a little bit of our craziness with you.

If you would of told me a few months ago that I would now be a stay at home Dad, I would of told you that you’re crazy, and maybe sprinkled in a few expletives for good measure. Yet here I am, seven weeks in, driving the kids to and from school, cleaning, cooking, attempting to keep up on the laundry (sorry babe), and about a million other things I am trying not to forget.

HOW
THE
HELL
DID
WIFE
MY
DO
THIS?!?

You see I was a “regular” working Dad, Head Chef at a popular local pub, grinding through 12+ hour shifts  5, 6, 7 days a week for over eight years. Basically, I lived there.

As the kids have gotten older they have only become more aware and inquisitive as to why I was always working. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve disappointed them because I had to work. But we needed money for rent, groceries, health insurance, a car, blah blah blah, you get it. To be perfectly honest, I don’t know how anyone can have any semblance of a family life when working so many hours. Unfortunately, putting family first meant spending very little time with the people I love most.

But then my amazing, talented, beautiful, independent, determined, badass of a wife somehow found time to apply (and go through what seemed like a million interviews) and land her DREAM JOB! A “real” job with “real” hours and almost unlimited growth potential.

The caveat was I would need to quit my current high-demand job, in order to step in and support at home.  Tiffany’s job requires commuting & traveling (lucky!)…..and we have three kids under 7. Who wants to work a job just to give all of your income to childcare?

So now I’m here, Michael Reese, House Dad…

To say that being a stay at home parent is hard is an understatement. Moreover, there is a learning curve I’m still trying to to crawl my way up. Parenting isn’t even the hardest part, I feel like that has always come natural to me. It’s the weird, no-rhythm multitasking that hasn’t quite clicked in my head yet.

Ask me to cater a dinner for 100 people tomorrow and I’ll have it for you by noon. But tell me I need to do the laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, pick the kids up, do homework, and put dinner on the table all roughly at the same time, how exactly does this get done? Oh, and someone pooped their pants? Ya, I’ll get right on that…

Father Daughter Dance, on a Friday night!

Am I struggling? Yeah, completely falling on my face half the time. Is it worth it? Every second. I’m the luckiest man alive! Tiffany thanks me for “letting her” have the chance to fully pursue her passions and desires, but really I should be thanking her for giving me the chance to be home with our kids, the chance to really get to know them and hopefully have a positive influence on their lives. Not just be the overworked, tired dad, who falls asleep as soon as he sits down. I know I’ll get the hang of this, and for laundry’s sake, hopefully sooner than later.

So what kinds of posts can you expect to see from me in the future?  I will mostly be focusing on content related to Food (of course), Men’s Fashion and #HouseDad life. Have a recipe request? Let me know. I look forward to joining Tiffany on this ride and continuing to build upon Lookie Boo’s 5+ years of awesome content.

-Michael