Thursday, October 29, 2009

get it done.

last week i cleaned out my baking cabinet.
yes i have my own small baking cabinet where i stock my supplies.
i found mini pumpkin cupcake papers.

& i decided they needed to be used by october 31.
summer posted this recipe, which turned out delish.
however, mine were not quite so pretty.
i haven't mastered the icing drizzle yet.
however, i'm sure my co-workers will appreciate the yummies in the AM.

in between baking/phillies/hokies.
i organized my vintage cookbook collection.
vintage cookbook collection?
yep, you heard right.
they will be gracing etsy, hopefully by the end of the weekend.
i'm amazed at the amount of cookbooks printed by ingredient producers.
why don't they continue that?
how much would you love to receive an entire cookbook on things to do with x?
i would.
here's a sneak peek:

sick yet?

hanging in PHILS lockerroom during our 'trash the dress'
are you sick of my phillies pictures yet?
no? that's good!
do you have  phever yet?
i do.
& i'm hoping to spread it around my workplace.
have a REDoctober dress on.
need to find some REDnovember ensembles.
we beLEEve.

photo by kamila harris (ofcourse!)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

no day is easy.

when i decided to create this blog on my 24th birthday.
i wanted to make changes.
to appreciate.
to love.
to dream.
to be happy.
i'm a work in process.
thankfully i found this sign here, for a daily reminder.

 be thankful, for each. individual. day.
i've been finding each day too short.
mondays come too soon.
especially in the fall.
any time managing tricks?
household chore short-cuts?
i'd love some advice on how to make the best of my days!
but don't worry i'm slowly advancing on some long term goals :)
hopefully good news to follow!

if you like thoreau or whitman, you love burroughs.
more information on john burroughs can be found here.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


mom & i were up early on saturday. we grabbed coffee/diet coke & headed down the shore.
an old barn full of antiques was auctioned off & we filled the car with goodies!
including a lot of chairs:

& two lots of mason jars that will be on etsy soon!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Morgan Harrington

This young woman has been on my mind all week.

If you have seen this girl or have any information about her whereabouts please call (434) 352-3467

She was last seen October 17, at a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, VA.

If you could pass this long, that would be so helpful!

a successful dinner.

j is the cook in our home.
it's unusual for me to cook dinner & be consumed by j.
tonight was different.
thanks to everyday food.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


you support a sports team you have no ties to, because you think it's cool.. defriend.

you hate the phillies.. defriend.

you like the yankees, just because they're the yankees.. defriend.

obviously, i'm losing friends quickly of facebook.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

i get by with a little help from my friends.

so when i started blogging last year about our wedding, it was pretty anonymous.
now, blogging about life in general, more of my friends & family have become followers.
& i'm super psyched that some of my friends have started blogging themselves.

hello, friend.



fellow hokie.

& if there are more of you (i'm sure there are) who are or want to blog. please join this world.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

my phever is HEATING up.

the phils played monday, playoffs!
husband was offered {free} tickets.
i had school.
at least i sort of was at the game..

oh look there's the stadium, as i drive by..
i think i can see my husband!
& my brother in law!

see the phillies phever in the city.. I LOVE IT.

Monday, October 19, 2009

new button.

there needs to be a dislike button on facebook. seriously.

also a button that says, 'tell this person i no longer have facebook so they'll stop friend requesting me'.
or maybe a 'defriend this person but make it look like i cancelled facebook'

oh wait a 'how do i know this person' button would be perfect!

& a 'if you want to be my facebook friend, but don't say hi to me in public.. automatic defriending' button. (not that it has ever happen to me ;) )

or if 'you pretend you forgot my name but we're facebook friends.. automatic defriending' button.

.. 'you pretend you don't know i'm married but we're facebook friends & my name has changed.. automatic defriending' button

there should be a button on websites that says 'send this to my e-mail' - sure i can 'e-mail a friend' & type in my own address twice, but then it just looks like i have no friends.

every e-mail account should have an unsend button, along with texting. 'unsend text' would be amazing.

everyone should have a 'i have heart courage and brain' button on their blog.
but i'm pretty unsassy with the photoshop/illustrator.. so i can just keep dreaming about that.

ps - j & i became uncle & aunt AGAIN on friday :)
pss - i know what we're going to be for halloween & i was given the idea by my five year old cousin!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

pumpkins & love.

kate organized a pumpking carving party.
pumpkin, football & friends.
take a guess of which pumpkin kate & i worked on together.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

never a good idea.

dear friend,
you have no good ideas.
it's just that simple.
also, you are the worst advice giver.. ever.
you: 'we should stay for another beer'
me: 'i want these balloons'
you: 'you should definitely take them home'
always a pleasure,

ps - go phils. (and hokies!)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

a perfect evening.

yummy soup, piquant red wine, a warm fire & a million blogs to catch up on =
a perfect evening

recipe found: via lake jane via closet cooking

i used ground turkey instead of the turkey sausage & added italian seasoning.
quick, easy & ambrosial.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

freshman 15.

so #2 of this article proves it was not my fault i gained the freshman 15 (or 30..)

& if you have not started reading the daily beast, daily, by now you should.
not your parents news.


are you a back aisle shopper?
i love target.
but i really love sales.
when i have extra time i search high & low
through the back of targets aisles.
the clearance section.
i picked up some great cookie cutters a few weeks ago.

obviously, i haven't used them.
i have not had any luck with sugar cookies.
does anyone have a good recipe they'd like to share?
&/or a good icing to decorate with?
please share the love!
(and check out your local target, back aisle style!)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

kitchen sink cookies

today i needed a pick-me-up.
j is out of town for work.
so i made his favorite recipe.
(don't worry j i left some for you too!)

you can make kitchen sink recipes anyway you like.
any type of chocolate chip recipe will do ( i like oatmeal ).
& instead of simple chocolate chips..
add whatever you've go in your cabinet.
for these cookies i added:
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut
1/2 cup sliced almonds!

here is my recipe based on my favorite vintage cook book!

Monday, October 5, 2009

a walk through the neighborhood.

minion loves to frolic through the woods in our neighborhood.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

goodbye & good luck dinner.

last night my family came together for dinner at red stone.
we said goodbye to my cousin.
he leaves for the us coast guard bootcamp monday.
aunt sue throws a party like no other.
including a cake from sweet eats bakery, a family tradition.

moral excellence comes about as a result of habit.
we become just by doing just acts,
temperate by doing temperate acts,
brave by doing brave acts. - aristotle

Friday, October 2, 2009

a dress.

you search & search.
than you find.. the dress.

than you dream about the dress.
decide you'll never fit into the dress.
so you stop eating, sort of.
but somehow, like cinderella's shoes, or the traveling pants..
the dress fits (unlike oj's glove).

you start this new life.
this wonderful, scary, and brand new life.
and you see that dress.
that very dress.
sitting in your laundry pile.
now what?

i always think 'i'm sure no one will want to wear this dress'.
why keep it? what will i do with it?
this past weekend i attended one of my best's parent's 30th anniversary.
they had her wedding dress.
and sure her daughters aren't planning on wearing it to their wedding.
but they will try it on.

& they will love it.
because you wore it & loved it..
the day you started..
this brand new life.

(sorry k, at least i blurred your face?)
top two photos from my day by kamila harris

Thursday, October 1, 2009

a rainbow, just when i need one.

my one hour drive to school is terrible.
especially when it rains.
it always rains on mondays.
&; it doesn't help that i doubt myself.
did i pick the right career?
am i any good?
maybe i should quit.
thank god for rainy days,
or we would never see rainbows.