Summer Reads, Thrifting & Scarves

Classes have been out for a week or so now, and I still have a couple weeks before I start my account planning internship at a wonderful agency, Firehouse. Let me tell you, time could not move fast enough!
I’m packing up and moving to my *last* college apartment at the end of this week, and then I know I’ll keep myself busy decorating. But until then, I’m keep myself busy with whatever I can get my hands on: DIY projects, thrift store shopping, cooking, reading (all the books!!) and trying to not spend all my decorating money on a new wardrobe. Continue reading

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A Scrumptious Thanksgiving

This year, my family of five had no obligations. We didn’t have to go anywhere, do anything, or have anybody over.

So we decided to do Thanksgiving our way. Our seasonal veggies, made-from-scratch, cast-iron-skillet way.

And the results? Delicious. I think this has been our best Thanksgiving meal yet.

I got to use my sister Jenna’s Rebel to photograph our lovely spread. And those oranges and lemons? Homegrown. Oh yeah.

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Hot and Sour Soup from a Kroger

I’ve loved Hot and Sour soup for longer than I can remember. My parents say that when I was little bitty they’d pick out the tofu for me, and I didn’t even mind the spiciness. I’ve never understood why anyone would pick egg-drop over this deliciousness. In fact, I use this soup as a quality meter for Chinese restaurants. If your Hot and Sour soup sucks, there’s a chance I might never step foot in your restaurant again.

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But we can’t all make traditional Hot and Sour soups in our own homes. Three years ago, my mom and I became somewhat addicted to it, so we devised a recipe from things you can find at your very own suburban supermarket. Continue reading

New digs, y’all

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to finally get off Blogger. For the past few months, the interface was just feeling increasingly outdated (funny how time does that), and I just wanted something cleaner, fresher, more 2022 than 2002. Of course, I don’t think I post enough pictures to be that modern, but oh well. I really am enjoying WordPress a lot more, although it took me all morning to find a template that does what I want. Maybe someday once I have an actual personal website I’ll spend the $30/yr to make everything consistent and beautiful. But until then, I’ll be here, sporadically blogging because even though I don’t have much time to blog, I still love it.

And I love all of you for sticking with me. To make amends, here’s a kitty pic.

He's getting so big, isn't he??

Are we friends again? Thought so.

Cheers!

Best Summer Salsa

Oh man, I’m so sorry, y’all. Finals and graduations (unfortunately not mine) and working and moving completely usurped my spring, leaving me with no time to blog. But good news! I have a new, adorable house, a new, adorable boyfriend, and a new, adorable kitten.

I’m sure you can tell which is the most important 😉
Since I haven’t posted in forever I think y’all deserve a special treat. I’m going to share my super-secret, super-awesome, super-yummy recipe for salsa.
My dad had a garden when I was younger, and he would grow squash, peppers, tomatoes, green beans, corn, and more. We would always have an abundance of yellow squash, which my mom would make into an extremely unappetizing casserole of squash, milk, bread, and cheese that I still give her a hard time for. But more importantly, we had plenty of tomatoes, the main ingredient in salsa, and my favorite ingredient, cilantro.
Because of the garden and my Tex-Mex upbringing, I prefer salsas that are chunky, flavorful, and spicy. So I developed this recipe, and it hasn’t failed me yet.
HOWEVER! This time I left the base recipe the same but threw in a mango, and it was absolutely phenomenal.