our favorite Trader Joe’s items

Trader Joe’s is a magical place. There wasn’t a Trader Joe’s near our house growing up, but I took fiddling lessons in the same shopping center as one of their stores in high school. After my lessons, my dad and I would pick up a fun snack for the 35-minute car ride home. It wasn’t…

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coconut cream pie

I have three favorite pies: chocolate chess pie, bourbon chocolate chip pecan pie, and coconut cream pie. Not just any coconut cream pie, but the kind with a flaky crust, golden toasted coconut, rich, pastry cream-like coconut filling, and the fluffiest homemade whipped cream. My love of coconut cream pie is not necessarily because of…

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lemon poppy seed coconut macaroons

Coconut is a divisive ingredient. I am obviously strongly on team coconut, but a few members of my family are vehemently opposed to the contentious ingredient appearing in any recipe. I get it, but I will forever continue to make coconut goodies for the good of the rest of us ;) Sometimes I can hide…

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april goals

Happy April! April is my favorite month of the year – the temperatures are finally warm, flowers and trees are blooming, and my birthday rounds out the month perfectly ;) After what seems like a longer winter than usual, I’m so excited to finally have some spring weather. Sometimes I don’t even realize it until…

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loving lately

I’m popping in for something I haven’t done in a while: a quick round up of things I have been loving lately. These are totally random, but have caught my eye lately so I thought I would share! 1. Ruffle sleeved floral dresses. Everytime I see a floral spring dress I think of the line…

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carrot cake banana bread

I love having a quick bread recipe up my sleeve to have on hand for visiting guests, bring as a hostess gift when we travel, or just have as a snack on special weeks. My go-to quick bread in the fall is pumpkin chocolate chip bread, but that doesn’t really work as well in the…

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milk chocolate cadbury mini egg cookies

I am so excited to share these Cadbury mini egg cookies today! I recently learned that Cadbury mini eggs are not as revered by everyone as I think they should be. Some people (cough, Will) think they are gross and merely nostalgic, and when I brought them up in another crowd people thought I was…

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paris, part III

I’m back with the final installment of our Paris trip! In case you missed it, here is Paris: part I, with the Eiffel Tower and a few other main tourist attractions, and Paris: part II, with our art museum tours. While our whole trip was wonderful, the experiences in this post are probably my favorites….

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healthy tomato soup

Can we talk about this weather? It is the oddest. Over the weekend the sun was out, the temperature was perfect, and we were walking around in short-sleeves. Tomorrow there is a wintery mix in the forecast. What is this craziness? Some of my northern friends may joke about this, but having lived in North…

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marathon training and tips for setting (and achieving) big goals

Back in the fall, I signed up for a marathon. 26.2 miles. Before training for this race, the farthest I had ever run were half marathons. Over the past few years I have run three half marathons, the last one in 2015 in Brooklyn with a group of good friends, many who had never run…

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