freedom hot air balloon festival

The first time I saw hot air balloons in person was when our family took a vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming a few years ago.  Early each morning we could look out onto a field at the bottom of the mountain and see the colorful balloons rise into the pale sky.  It was so peaceful to…

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pretzel crusted caramel cookie bars

I’m so excited to tell you about caramel! I went to a pastry making class a few weeks ago with my mom where we learned how to make Gateau St. Honoré, a cake named for the French patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs.  Only the French would have a patron saint dedicated to making…

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It’s peony season! via Sorry I’ve been MIA this week!  I think the long weekend threw off my days.  I have lots of pictures to share from the hot air balloon festival I went to this weekend and from our Memorial Day brunch so I’ll do better next week, promise! Until then, here are my…

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watermelon lime mint popsicles

It’s almost summer!  Kind of.  I know Memorial Day marks the weekend when all of the pools open and people take off to the lake and to the beach, but I don’t like to let go of spring quite this early.  I love spending time in the warm weather, but the cool mornings and evenings this…

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via Happy Memorial Day weekend!  Yay for holidays!  Monday is my first paid holiday and I am stoked about it.  Also, I have been in training sessions all week so every day has felt like Monday, which isn’t fun but it is great because when you think it’s Monday and it’s Thursday everything feels like a…

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a friday with friends

I spent this past Friday evening with some wonderful friends.  Avery was in town for work and it was the most beautiful day.  Warm but not too hot, low humidity – I’ll take that weather any day.  We met up and enjoyed the evening outside under the umbrellas of some wonderful Chapel Hill establishments. A…

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chocolate pound cake with chocolate glaze

Some foods are so nostalgic. For me, chocolate glazed cake is one of them.  This recipe is slightly adapted from my grandmother’s chocolate pound cake recipe that has been passed down through the generations.  I don’t recall having this particular cake much when I was growing up, but I do remember a similar cake my mom used to…

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via Dear Friday, We are so glad you are here.  We have awaited your coming all week and we look forward to what you and your followers bring.  Honestly, we might like your successors better than you sometimes, but don’t take it personally.  You still bring us joy, happiness and relaxation.  Thank you for visiting,…

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a reading list

I love to read a good book.  In college I was constantly reading textbooks and didn’t have much time to read books for pleasure.  My roommates and I always talked about summer days and post-graduation days when we would have more time to read what we wanted just for fun.  Turns out, I don’t actually have…

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vanilla and cinnamon coffee syrups

Happy Mother’s Day! My mom loves tea.  Our whole family does, really.  My brother and Will are the two main coffee drinkers, and sometimes I will join them, but tea is the overwhelming favorite among the group.  We have local tea/coffee shops that we frequent and are proud when the owner and workers recognize us as…

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