Thursday, December 27, 2012


Things have gotten dusty around here. I don't even have any good excuse. I will try harder, but in the meantime here is a mix.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Return to Thanksgiving.

This is the first year i've been in the with family and in the United States for Thanksgiving in three years. As my favorite holiday of the year, it's been a bit rough having to explain Thanksgiving to people in London, trying to explain the history, trying to explain why you need so many different vegetable sides. But the hardest thing of all was not having my mom by my side to ask advice and have someone else to share the cooking with. This year was a return to the norm, and a return to Thanksgiving with family and friends, and my was it wonderful.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Home Cookin.

Tis the season for pomelo eating and busting out the most well loved martha stewart cookies magazine of all time.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Birthday Cakes & Downed Trees.

This year's birthday came at the same time that Sandy did. This meant a very quiet day at home spent making a cake, and having it with champagne and family. But it also meant spending the day walking around outside surveying all the trees that had fallen down. It's strange to look out your bedroom window and see the sky when you're used to seeing a big, old pine tree. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Music Lately.

Here are a few things i've had on repeat lately. Palace Music, The National, Dr. Dog, First Aid Kit, Kid Cudi, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Grizzly Bear, Purity Ring, M83, and Karen O.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bond, James Bond.

James Bond is one of my long time loves, thanks to growing up with a boxed set that i used to watch on repeat with my dad. Instead of girly movies it was always James Bond and Speed Racer marathons for us. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Bond, and conveniently that means lots of amazing events surrounding the films. MoMa is doing a film series, and i honestly can't wait.

A Wedding Down South.

The last ten days i was in Georgia, helping in any way possible with my cousin's wedding. Now, in hindsight, it's pretty crazy how much work goes into a DIY wedding, and it's all for three hours of a reception. All in all, it turned out really wonderfully, but honestly, the best part was getting to see family i hadn't seen in years. I'm still trying to catch up on sleep. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Grandma's Apple Cake.

This weekend i borrowed my Grandmother's recipe book. For some reason i'd been craving an apple cake she used to make all the time when i was little. After a trip to the orchard to pick up a bushel of apples to make apple butter, i thought i'd use some leftovers to make this cake. It was also a great excuse to write down the recipes of hers i love the most.


Grandma's Apple Cake

3 c flour
¼ c orange juice
1 T baking powder
2 c sugar
4 eggs
2 ½ t vanilla
1 t salt
4 apples peeled and sliced
¾ c sugar mixed with 1 t cinnamon

Place all ingredients in large bowl except apples and cinnamon sugar. Mix until just combined. Pour half of the batter into greased tube or bundt pan, add ½ the apples and cinnamon sugar, repeat. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until tester comes out clean. 

Slowing Down.

(evening drinks staples, mom's birthday, a visit to the apple orchard, my favorite alley, bffs)

Since i've been back home, there's been a lull here. A lull because things have finally slowed down after months and months of going nonstop. Going to France, and Greece, having best friends visit, and packing up life in London to move back across the pond. It was all amazing, but it left me exhausted beyond belief. I don't think it hit me until a few days ago when i realized no matter what i was doing during the day i was still tired. Slowing down has been nice, but hard. I've forgotten how to not be running around all day long, and i think it's important to remember. What a crazy time the last few months have been.