Being okay with the everyday

I can hear laughing in the background.  Well, not really. I can imagine laughter in the background. Why? To be honest, I am not always "okay with the everyday". While from my exterior I might simply appear sweet and kind (which sure, I am), I am actually a highly competitive person, too. A cabled sweater I … Continue reading Being okay with the everyday

Easy Venice-inspired rice and spinach

Bowl of brown rice and spinach, topped with parmesan

The number of times I've thought back to that amazing concoction of rice and spinach made by a Veneto province local is uncertain. What isn't uncertain is how wonderful it was.Thinking back, I can still see it in my mind's eye... I can almost taste it still. So, I recreated the dish. I'm not 100% … Continue reading Easy Venice-inspired rice and spinach

Carrot apple salad with lemon dressing

Carrot apple salad with lemon dressing.

This salad is very refreshing and also slightly sweet. I learned the recipe from a woman while I was staying temporarily in Belgrade, Serbia for a few weeks, although originally she had gotten it from a Polish lady. Now it's yours, as well! Ingredients carrotsapplesyellow raisinssugarlemon juice Instructions Add about 1/2 - 1 Tbsp sugar … Continue reading Carrot apple salad with lemon dressing

Sleeping in the car the night before my interview at Yale

Aren't road trips great? A few years ago I drove out to Connecticut for an interview at Yale. I know, crazy. What was I doing there? I was a somewhat non-traditional college student, starting my studies in my mid-twenties, instead of the typical late-teens. The first two years of my four-year college education began at … Continue reading Sleeping in the car the night before my interview at Yale

Classic children’s cardigan and matching winter hat

Baby blue cabled cardigan

When my daughter was still a tiny little thing I knit her a matching cardigan and hat for the fall and winter. Being a daring lady, I chose baby blue as the color, ignoring the traditional girly pinks. The yarn is a super wash wool, very soft and warm. It really looks gorgeous on her! … Continue reading Classic children’s cardigan and matching winter hat

Fresh cranberry shortbread bars

Fresh cranberry shortbread bars

Before Thanksgiving I bought a very large bag of cranberries, with the goal of using them in holiday baking and cooking This delightful  fresh cranberry bars recipe was a perfect choice because of it's simplicity, ease of preparation, and the delightful combination of both buttery and zinging flavors. Many thanks to Sue and The View … Continue reading Fresh cranberry shortbread bars