news flash! i went vegan for lent/a 30 day challenge… for someone like me, who cherishes breakfast sandwiches, frozen yogurt and chicken and goat cheese in my salads, it wasn’t easy, but it hasn’t been too bad. now when i say day 2 was bad, i’m not kidding. most of it was definitely psychological, but at 10:45 that night i was laying in bed feeling weak and exhausted… putting me being dramatic aside, i actually wasn’t feeling too hot. that was march 18th, and here i am on april 2nd and i’ve gotten used to it. i do feel good, but there are a few things that i am more than missing a.k.a. all meat and eggs, and butter, and cheese… so actually i’m missing a lot. the great thing about this challenge/sacrifice is that i’ve been cooking a lot, and since i love to cook, it’s been fun. what doesn’t help is that i’ve been looking up both vegan and non-vegan recipes and i’m counting down until i can cook certain meals… during my research (which has become a daily thing) i’ve come across more than a few recipes i want to try out:
recently i have been missing georgetown quite a bit. i love my school and the area, and there are those moments where i wish i could be walking past the surrounding townhouses on my way down to m street. for the weekend of the fourth i headed on down to dc and i could have stayed longer, but it definitely was what i needed. before i get completely sidetracked i decided to make some cupcakes and happened to be inspired by my little trip.
1. if you ever have the chance to visit dc, make sure to visit the georgetown area. just walk around and i promise you’ll love it.
2. one of the best times to visit dc is during the cherry blossom season.
3. everyone talks about georgetown cupcake and sprinkles, but baked + wired is where it’s at.
the temperature has finally changed and it is hot as hell, but in the words of icona pop, i don’t care, i love it. with this heat comes a change in clothing, aka i only have been wearing light-colored clothes or white, because i will sweat (or pass out) in anything else. the amount of white clothing i have is ridiculous, but at least i acknowledge it and put it to good use. i’ll be starting work on monday (which i am so excited about), and i’ve been trying to get some cooking in beforehand. if you know me, you know that i love seafood, and once the summer rolls around i can’t get enough of it. i’ve recently discovered grilled shrimp marinated in beer and old bay seasoning, and it is one of the easiest/best recipes ever. ever (huge claim i know, but i promise it’s the best). since it’s extremely hot i’ve been sending dramatic snapchats about the heat (my dog is the star of many of them), making quite a few runs for starbucks for passion iced tea lemonades, and heading into the city whenever i get the chance. if you can experience new york in the summer (when the heat doesn’t make you feel like you have to stay inside) i highly encourage it. so until my next post i’ll leave you with some pictures of summer so far (and maybe even a gratuitous selfie, just because).
first off, happy belated easter! christmas and i go hand in hand, but there is something super special about easter. it reminds me that spring is here (or should be) and bright colors can soon be worn freely. so last night while i got reacquainted aka straight up obsessed with pinterest i started creating boards and pinning and saving photos. i can already tell this is going to be an unhealthy addiction. so on my last night of break i’m going to call it a night early, but hopefully this rag tag group of photos can bring you some inspiration. p.s. if you’re in the area, ill be making those mini cakes pretty soon.
while i do LOVE college, there are certain things i miss, such as cooking. yes, we have a common room with a kitchen i can use, but i’m not really feeling the fact that the majority of my supplies have been stolen. to the person out there who stole four of my cupcake tins, i hope you enjoy them, because i know i did… anyhow, i still cook at school (that’s an exaggeration as a friend remind me, i don’t do it as much anymore and i miss it) but when i do, i keep it pretty simple. once i get home though it’s a different story. tonight i made baked gruyere & cheddar lobster mac n’ cheese with a side of roasted parmesan garlic cauliflower. it was SO good, but i was happy to find that with a few tweaks i can make it at school. i just need to put all my stuff in lockdown, because next thing i know my food will be stolen off the stove. if it comes to this, i may ditch the whole lax approach to these quasi-robberies, and stage a full-fledged investigation… yeah, it may not go far, but hopefully all those days watching law and order: svu taught me something. (ps that’s my dog brady, he’s a mush and kept me company during this snowy day)
last month i made the jump to instagram. yes, instagram. this may seem like it isn’t a big deal, but it has very much taken over a small (or significant) part of my life. i promise i won’t allow myself to enter the mindset where i can’t do something without instagraming it first, but it goes without saying that somehow instagram makes everything look better. that outfit you take a photo of suddenly becomes THAT OUTFIT, even if it isn’t that special… nothing wrong with a little deceiving though!
for me, the end of november signals the end of fall, and all the crisp leaves and autumnal colors that come with it. although winter technically doesn’t arrive until the 21st of december, as soon as december 1st hits i’m in complete winter/holiday mode (which you all will soon see). those famous words immortalized through the outsiders, robert frost’s words may seem ominous, but in reality it’s how you choose to interpret these words.. and i believe there comes a time for us to move on, and accept change, even though it may not be easy.
being home is one of the best feelings in the whole entire world. minus the fact i had wisdom teeth removal surgery yesterday (which is not fun, at all) and am on bed rest, there is no where else i’d rather be. post thanksgiving i’m usually in a food coma and preparing for christmas, and except for the food coma, the same applies. miracle on 34th street is on tv, a fire is blazing, cotton gauze is in my mouth, and right now all is good. i’ll be going back to school in a few days, where the work will once again pick up, but this christmas season i plan on making time for baking, decorating, holiday movie watching, ice skating… the list goes on and on.
so for everyone, wherever they may be, enjoy the ones you’re worth and cherish all the resulting moments.
once the school year begins in dc, i literally countdown until it truly feels like fall. this past week that happened. the weather has shifted, sweaters are needed, i can drink pumpkin spice chai lattes, and the leaves are changing colors. the following are the few things i love about my favorite season
buying birthday presents isn’t always an easy task. sometimes the celebrant is hard to buy gifts for, the present isn’t just right, or you don’t want to spend a lot of money. in my opinion, it’s nice to give someone something special that you can do for them. for me that something special is cooking, and i figured gifting my friend with a “meal ticket” would be perfect.