Thursday Things

1.     Holy moly does this feel weird – I missed TT last week and now I’m trying to think of interesting things to say. It’s harder than usual. 

2.     I think I’m so thrown of kilter because I went home two weekends in a row. I did, in fact, go see my little sister off to her prom. I surprised her the morning of the big day to help her get ready and take pictures and see her off. She looked gorgeous. And happy. 

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3.     I’m halfway through this book and completely hooked. I read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao last year for an English class (one of the few books I actually read for a class) and it was easily one of the best books I’ve ever read and now this one is climbing up in the ranks too. 

4.     My momma and I did church and doughnuts (donuts? I never know…) on Sunday. She teaches me such serious life lessons, like the best way to freshen up would-be stale doughnuts and cinnamon rolls is to pop them in the microwave for a few seconds and then spread a little butter on them. Boom. 

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5.     I think I’ve listened to the Pitch Perfect soundtrack approximately 742 times since I bought it last weekend. 

6.     On that note, Skylar Astin? Hoo-ha! 

7.     Feeling a lot better about my lack of love life right now. 

8.     After my midterm evaluation, getting reading for the huge Sweets & Snacks Expo next week, finalizing articles for the June magazine, and getting negative amounts of sleep I need to remember these 27 Ways Stressed is Just Desserts Spelled Backwards

9.     My friends from home coming to visit me this weekend should hopefully help with that too. 

10.   I’m on season four of The Nanny. What is my life? 

Thursday Things

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1.     I bought myself flowers today to try and bring a little sunshine to this dreary day. There has been so much rain and water that the roads were closed and I couldn’t get to work. Of course, this was only after I had been trying for an hour and a half to get to the office. Round trip was 2.5 hours, but it was worth it to end up back in sweats.

2.     Remember the whole “not going to watch television for a week” thing? Yeah, that lasted all of one day. I’m now in the middle of the second season of the Vampire Diaries and all I can say is HOW DID IT TAKE ME THIS LONG TO WATCH?! I’m a sucker for vampires/werewolves/supernatural stories and the man candy is just an added bonus. Stefan…swoon. Jeremy…double swoon. My goodness. And the hormones on these kids! I cannot deal. I go to bed at 8pm, I’m not cut out for their fast-paced lifestyles.

3.     Speaking of tv…remember that ah-mazing cartoon Gargoyles? Well, the entire series is on YouTube. You’re welcome.

4.     I got to feel like a super cool adult this week (that is, when I wasn’t watching a show about teenage vampires…) when I was asked to speak at NEWSPA (the NorthEastern Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association) about blogging. Granted, I know nothing about blogging and was flying by the seat of my awkward pants, but I think it went alright! People asked questions and didn’t get up and leave the room during my presentation, so I’ll classify that as a win.

5.     29 Things Only People From The Midwest Understand is so ridiculously accurate.

6.     33 Infomercial Characters Who Need To Get Their Stuff Together

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7.     We got so many samples at work on Monday…and there’s bound to be more when I go in tomorrow. Heaven help me…and my waistline.

8.     Because I didn’t have any Buzzfeed lists in last week’s post, I’m making up for it now. And I’m not sorry. At all.

Thursday Things

1)     I got a parking ticket this morning.

2)     Yesterday, I spilled coffee all over my pants when I took a turn to sharp while driving to work.

3)     My butt hurts from sitting at a desk and in the car for far too long this past week. I’ve been looking up workouts to do at your desk. I can’t just sit, I’ll go mad.

4)     Pretending to be an adult is T-O-U-G-H but, it’s not all bad. I’ve already been published! Four times, actually. Not a bad start to my internship.

5)     My friend Tess (Hi, Tess!) got me the cutest birthday present ever – a pie necklace! It is a pendant that looks like an apple pie and even came with a pie server! I wish I had taken a picture of it…ah, well.

6)     This quinoa fried rice? I cannot wait to make a huge batch of it to bring to work for lunch next week.

7)     If Pandora asks me “Are you still listening?” one more time…I swear…

8)     I have thought many of these things before.

9)     24 Romantic Movie Moments That Will Never Happen In Real Life. My heart…oh, my heart…

10)   This piece about Living In Strength is so wonderful. Read it, you won’t be sorry.

chakalates11)   Chaka Khan makes chocolate. Who knew?

Even the best intentions…

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Intentions. I’ve got ’em in spades, guys. I have lists and plans and schedules – that don’t always get followed, that can’t always get followed.

I had such high hopes for my spring break to be the most productive week ever and…well…it wasn’t. At least, not when it comes to the blog. I had an idea for posts the day before my birthday, on my birthday, for Easter, and, of course, to finish up my saga on Savannah.

I had all these ideas floating around in my head but whenever I sat down to write, it just wouldn’t happen. Or I wouldn’t let it. I don’t know. But I do know that this break was one of the best I’ve had. I tried new things. I revisted old.

And now, as I start my internship and have to pretend to be an adult from 8 – 5 everyday, I ask for a little patience, a little grace. Again, I’ve got the ideas swirling around in my head and some even written out, I just need to get my balance and then I’ll be back.

Thanks for being so great, really.

Georgia On My Mind

I am a terrible tourist. I really am. I see vacations as an opportunity to eat, eat, and eat. Maybe throw in a little snacking too – to jazz things up. When the soul reason for going to Savannah was to visit a bakery, I wasn’t expecting to do much more than eat for four days.

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Surprisingly though, we did do a little more than eat. We drove our fancy rental car, we walked around the gorgeous parks and historic district, we shopped (well, I shopped, my Dad sat in a chair looking unenthused).

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The highlight of course, was the food. It’s what I use to get a real feel of the city I’m visiting and what I remember most after any trip. Savannah has given me so many amazing memories I can’t wait to go back and make more.

The Olde Pink House:

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Our first night in Savannah we had dinner at The Olde Pink House. We didn’t have reservations (hello, terrible tourists!) so we sat outside but I wasn’t about to complain! The weather was gorgeous, there was only one other table near us, I got to gawk at the surrounding streets and soak in the amazing city. (The cute waiter was the cherry on top of a wonderful meal.)

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I had the pork roast with collard greens and sweet potatoes. Doesn’t sound too fancy or mind-blowing right? Wrong! The pork was cooked perfectly; the collard greens were buttery, and the sauces! Oh! The sauces! The pork was glazed with an amazing molasses bourbon barbecue sauce that was tangy and had a sweet heat and was such a lovely compliment to the meat, I happily ate the entire thing. And if that sauce was good, the pecan vanilla crème that was poured over the sweet potatoes was indescribable. Sweet, but not cloyingly so, with a pure vanilla flavor, it made my entrée feel like a dessert without being too heavy. I want to take a bath in that sauce.

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Dad got the almond crusted tilapia and I’ve never seen him enjoy a fish dish more (and my dad is as meat and potatoes as they come). I think the shrimp and herb butter sauce really helped too 😉 The kicker though, was that he enjoyed the grits his fish was served on, like ate-them-all enjoyed them. This from a man who said “I’m not really a grits kinda guy” when we were ordering.

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Of course we saved room for dessert – a delectable slice of key lime pie that was tangy and sweet and covered in fresh whipped cream. Boom. Done.

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Sandfly BBQ:

I can’t be down South and not get barbecue! That’s just un-American. We found this tiny joint in a strip mall on the edge of the city and were blown away! There were only 8 booths that were constantly full and people were walking in and out getting pick-up orders, a recommendation in itself! I got the beef and pork plate – a combo of their beef brisket and pulled pork. I was actually dancing in my seat the meat was so good!

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They didn’t sauce their meats before serving, instead leaving three different kinds of sauces at the tables. The mustard based house sauce was my favorite, followed closely by the tomato based. The ribs my dad got had such an amazing smoky flavor and a nice crust that sauce wasn’t really necessary.

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North Beach Bar & Grill:

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This meal was by far the biggest surprise of the trip! I was automatically comfortable when we walked into this bar and restaurant. It was well-worn and casual – like a classic pair of jeans. The servers were sassy, funny, and attentive and the FOOD! I was expecting kinda dive-y, run-of-the-mill bar food but was completely blown away by what we got instead! The signs all over that said “please be patient, all food is cooked to order” or “we cook everything fresh, it’s worth the wait” made me feel optimistic.

I had scallops with mint rice and a sweet thai peanut sauce with sesame seaweed salad that was so delectable my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I get really nervous ordering scallops because they’re such an easy protein to screw up but I’m glad I took the risk! They were beautifully caramelized on the outside but soft and buttery and perfectly cooked on the outside.

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Despite how good my meal was, I had a bit of entrée envy for my dad’s! He had a gigantic ribeye, cooked to a perfect medium-rare, with two glorious slabs of GRILLED PORK BELLY on top. It was all drizzled with a red wine sauce and served with broccolini and fingerling potatoes. It was the perfect meal for my dad, for sure!

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We took pieces of their coconut cake and white chocolate key lime pie to-go and enjoyed them while pajama-clad in our hotel room. The coconut cake was “meh” but the pie was even better than the one from The Olde Pink House. Dad and I may have fought over it.

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And now, some none food related snapshots!

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I’m thinking of starting a new photography installation called “The Dogs of Savannah.” I think we saw more dogs than people!

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We also ate at:

Goose Feathers Café (quick and tasty sammies!)

Café GelatOhhh (the chai latte gelato, oh man.)

Local 11ten (tiny portions, weird sauces, even weirder waiters)

Leopold’s Ice Cream (ICE CREAM!)

Sundae Cafe (another strip-mall gem)

And, of course, Back In The Day Bakery (full review/recap to come!)

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Insta-Savannah

Today’s my first day at home. As in, home home and not my apartment at school. So while I unpack and then stare at my pile of laundry wishing for warmer weather and another cupcake, enjoy these Instagram photos I snapped while Dad and I ate our way around Savannah last week.

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Back in the Day goodies

ribeye with grilled pork belly

Forsyth Park Fountain

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Tybee Island

Leopold's Ice Cream

Cheryl Day and IFull trip recap to come…as soon as my lingering sugar hangover subsides.

Thursday Things

1)     I wanted to start my week with a nice healthy breakfast early Monday morning. And then this happened. Ugh. 

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2)     I’m watching the OC again (naturally, because it’s finals week) and my goodness the hormones on these kids. I cannot deal. Also, Seth is still adorable (and the perfect boyfriend, duh) and I want to live in a pool house.

3)     Further evidence that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has ruined any chance of a functional relationship I may have ever had. 

4)     IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING! VERONICA MARS THE MOVIE. I CAN’T BREATHE.

5)     TEAM LOGAN FOREVA ❤

6)     HAHAHAHAHA.

7)     I’m very excitable today, sorry.

8)     Are you a blood donor? I am! I donate as often as I can and it’s always great. If you’re scared – don’t be! It’s such a rewarding experience. And easy too! You just sit in a chair for a few minutes and then they give you ice cream and cookies. That’s a winning deal if ever I’ve heard of one.

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9)     My life explained.

10)   Cookies ‘n’ Crème eggs. They exist. I had to give the rest to my neighbor to avoid eating an entire bag. I give him treats and baked goods and he washes my dishes when I’m too lazy. It’s a very symbiotic relationship.

11)   This Krispy Kreme Tiramisu is just another reason to love Julie.

12)   T minus 6 days until I’m in Savannah! If the list of restaurants I’ve made is any indication, we should be ready to come home in May.

13)   Every girl/lady/woman should be required to read this. Same with dudes, actually.

Thursday Things

1)     Things look a little different around here. Duh. Technically, here isn’t even “here” anymore. Or there? Whatever. If you’re familiar with my old blog, The Dormestic Goddess, you’ll notice I haven’t posted there in weeks/months/too long. And this is why! I’ve moved to this spot, Food, Fitness, Faith, because I felt I had outgrown the other blog. I need room to stretch. I hope you’ll come with me!

2)     I have gone to this bakery 4 times in the last 5 weeks. I am happily, happily obsessed. That lovely looking dish below? Porcini and Smoked Gouda stratta. Hev.in.

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3)    I’m still doing that whole checking-cookbooks-out-of-the-library thing. And it’s awesome. After reading this one I became so utterly obsessed with the idea of visiting this bakery that my dad and I are making the trip down to Savannah for spring break! (This is only happening because it’s also my birthday. And that’s ok.)

4)     Why I don’t wear leggings

5)     Monday morning I was going for a run, it was still dark, it had just snowed, and there was ice everywhere (see where this is going?). I tripped, obviously. But it wasn’t on ice. And it wasn’t on snow. It wasn’t even on the ground. It was over my own foot. I tripped myself, fell, and fell hard. My ipod went one way and I went the other. And I ripped a hole in my jacket. And then lay on the sidewalk for a few minutes just soaking it all in.

6)     That ^ is why I run in the morning when no one else is around.

7)     Not only did I scrub my cabinets, walls, fridge, and floor this morning. I also spilled coffee all over those freshly scrubbed cabinets, walls, fridge, and floor this morning.

8)     My doughnut obsession continues. That cinnamon swirl glazed doughnut is just making things worse/better.

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9)     Do yourself a favor and make an “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” station on Pandora. Do it. Do it now.

10)   This is a bunny swimming. You’re welcome.

Merry Christmas

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people. Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord.” 
~ Luke 2:10-11

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you. May your days be filled with family, friends, laughter, love, and too many cookies. 

Thursday Things

1)     I got a tough lesson in the value of patience the other day. I didn’t want to wait for butter to soften on the counter so I threw it into the microwave for “just a few seconds.” Yeah, fast-forward a minute (because I got distracted, surprise, surprise) and I had butter so soft it had formed a puddle on the bottom of the microwave. That was fun to clean up. Except not.
2)     Last night a few of my favorite guys treated me to dinner, a few bites of red velvet cake, and a heavy dose of laughter. It was wonderful.
3)     Finished my final today in a little over an hour. I’m going to attribute that to my completely lack of preparation this tweet of encouragement I got from Haagen Dazs.
4)     This is so fetch!
5)     I’m pretty fortunate to be friends with former teachers. And one such friend made an impromptu visit last Friday. I was treated to some amazing (AH-MAY-ZING!) Korean food, groceries, and supplies to make my own Dook Bae Gi. Thanks again Rae!

6)     I got even more Korean food on Tuesday when I hit up bopNgrill to write a review. You’ll have to wait until February to hear my thoughts on the restaurant but this pick of the kimchi fries should keep you full until then!
7)     While watching even more Dawson’s Creek (it’s a sickness, I tell you), there was  scene where Dawson had to hide under a table and I couldn’t help but think how this would be totally impossible nowadays. In 1999 teenagers didn’t have cell phones that were going off every minute with new Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram notifications. Not to mention the incessant text messages. Anyone’s cover would totally be blown in a matter of seconds!
8)     I can’t believe I just said “nowadays.” Oy.
9)     There’s a reason I don’t study (besides laziness), because when I study bad things happen. Like on Tuesday night when I had plans to review for my Russian Lit final but then ended up having car problems. I tried unsuccessfully for four hours to fix it, attempting everything I could think of to get it started, and then proceeded to cry. Eventually I had to call a tow truck. The driver was really nice though and ended up giving me a restaurant recommendation – so it wasn’t a complete waste.
10)   Watching these isn’t a complete waste either. Trust me, I did just that last night. Totally cultural.
11)   Today marks the first day of my winter break. From here on out I’ve got three glorious weeks of no class, discussion sections, or assignments. Oh happy day. 

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