a picnic in duke gardens

A few weekends ago, a few of my friends and I went on a picnic in the beautiful Sarah P. Duke Gardens.  It was beautiful when we set out and found our spot under a magnolia tree.  As the day went on, the sun stayed out but it started raining.  We found a bench sheltered by…

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cookie dough momofuku funfetti birthday cake

I have seven friends who have celebrated birthdays in the last week (including me!).  I thought, what better time to make an over-the-top cake than a week-long birthday celebration?!  And just look at that title.  Cookie dough Momofuku funfetti birthday cake.  What!!!???? This cake was a labor of love (and sometimes disdain).  There are a…

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link love

Today is a good day. Today is my birthday!  Will made sure to remind me yesterday by blasting Taylor Swift’s “22” all evening, since it is now inapplicable. [via] 22 was a big year.  I graduated from college, saw my brother graduate from high school, got married, traveled, was featured in a magazine, got a full-time adult…

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the striped shift

I love stripes.  I believe a closet can never have too many stripes.  They are such a classic pattern.  So simple, but unbeknownst to most, also complex. (This picture was from our time in Boston on our honeymoon last year.  Stripes, for the win!) You have the Breton stripe, the rugby stripe, the awning stripe, the…

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peanut butter and jelly cookies

Did you grow up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in your school lunches? I was more of a plain peanut butter sandwich girl myself.  Actually, I didn’t really like jelly until about high school.  I think it was the texture and the typical grape and strawberry flavors that turned me off to the sweet…

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link love

Isn’t April wonderful?  I think so.  Let’s all give a round of applause for April – you go April, you go.  This picture is from our date night to Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day this week.  Will had the classic Chocolate Therapy and I tried their new flavor, The Tonight Dough.  Thanks, B&J! The internet has…

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colonial williamsburg

Over Easter weekend, our family took a trip to Colonial Williamsburg.  Throughout the years of visiting our grandmother in Williamsburg, we have well-traversed the garden mazes and shops of Merchant’s Square.  We have our favorite routes and stores (can’t miss the Peanut Shoppe!), but there is always something new going on. This time, the sheep were out!…

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blondies from a blondie

A recipe is always good when it starts with chocolate. Especially three kinds of chocolate. Most people think of blondies as brownie’s younger sister.  I disagree.  They are really more like cousins.  Yes, they are both baked and cut into bars, and they usually both contain chocolate, but that is where the similarities end. I…

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link love

[via] The flowers are blooming, the weather is warm, pollen clouds are in the air….wait, pollen clouds?  Yes.  Pollen clouds.  Welcome to the land of the long leaf pines, where pollen producing trees grow in abundance and a coating of yellow dust reappears five minutes after you wipe the allergy inducing stuff off of your picnic table….

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an easter picture update

Over the weekend, Will and I traveled to Virginia to celebrate Easter with my family.  As I shared in the last post, the weekend was full of food, fun, travel, church and family.  These are some of our pictures from a chilly Easter morning. This was our first Easter with three generations of married couples!…

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