steak salad

My apartment is officially a sweat shop. A freezing sweat shop, because I don’t want to pay for heat. But there is back-breaking work going on in there for sure. One of my co-workers (whom I adore) commissioned me to make three quilts- one for each of her daughters- for Christmas. Her husband passed away…

turkey florentine soup

Your leftover turkey is already gone, isn’t it? Damn. Again, my timing is the worst. We typically have 8 million people for Thanksgiving (okay, like 50), but this year was a much smaller affair with a meager 24 joining us for dinner. We did a 21 pound turkey (which I slathered with a homemade compound…

lentil & sweet potato chili

Some sad news, Tori has decided that blogging isn’t for her. Do you all think I’m scary and push people away? No worries, we’re still baes. I’m told that’s the term the young kids use for “friends” now. So I’m back flying solo. I’m doing my best to post once a week, but as you know…

lightened-up chicken divan

Last weekend I hosted a wine tour bachelorette party at camp for my friend Sarah. I’ve been to the wineries a gajillion times (mostly for the wine slushies- let’s be real) but it was fun to do it with a big group, especially with people who have never been before! I also made four pounds…

asparagus soup with sharp cheddar grilled cheese

A few weeks ago I had a minor panic attack that someone was going to climb up the fire escape of my building and into my bedroom. When I relayed this to my friend, he said “No one would break into your building because they would get lost trying to get out.” Perks of living…

eggplant parm salad

The barn wedding was PERFECT. I made 200 cookies, 100 grilled cheese sandwiches, and 1 dress. (Mine, not the wedding dress.) But my contribution was nothing compared to everything that my Aunt Pat and my mom did to pull this thing off. It was beautiful. Who doesn’t love a canoe filled with beverages? Friday night…

grilled salmon

Back to the grind, post Labor Day Weekend fun. As a birthday present to myself, I took my first paid vacation day EVER on Friday, and headed to camp after work on Thursday. I had two IPAs and Kevin gave me a baseball card with his face on it so it was a pretty solid…

kale salad with cured lemon dressing

Thank goodness I found a blogging buddy, I’ve been on hiatus. Welcome, Tori! Love your avocado mousse. I went to Baltimore last weekend to visit the GS. Audio book for the trip: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? I’d give it a 4 out of 5. On Saturday we went golfing and I got some special deal that included…

linguine w/ avocado arugula pesto

First of all, I passed my big test. Hooray! It was quite an ordeal but I got through it, got slightly drunk, and aggressively threw my study guide in the trash. Over it. I rewarded myself with some serious Kindle time in front of my building on Sunday (latest read- Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau,…

broccoli salad

Last night after work I decided to drive home. I had an overflowing laundry hamper in my back seat and for some reason the thought of driving the 67 miles home and paying $4.40 in tolls seemed more favorable than sitting in a ghetto laundromat and spending $15 on laundry in questionable machines. I ended…