Some friends hosted a holiday dinner

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Some friends hosted a holiday dinner and Yankee Swap on Sunday night. Check out this gorgeous table setting. Swoon! Unpictured-but-absolutely-delicious-feast included, New England clam chowder, Caesar salad, salmon, scalloped potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and raspberry cheesecake. Twas magical!

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Thanksgiving Day Brownies

Thanksgiving 2014
Oh hi!

Hiiiiiiiiiiiii!

I’m a weee bit late to the Thanksgiving recap party, but I want to talk about BROWNIES. My grandpa Bob’s brownies! There’s enough pumpkin pies at the table already, amirite?

For the past couple of years, I’ve cared less and less about food and cooking. Us humans go through cycles, no? I think Japan did something to me, ha! (My herbalist said that year abroad completely depleted and traumatized my entire adrenal system, which is why I haven’t felt much like myself this past year……) But my little sister feels the same way right now, so who knows?!

The good thing is that it illuminates our go-to food favorites. For me, that would be beef tacos, vegetable soup, orange glazed chicken, grilled turkey sandwiches, fried egg sandwiches, roasted brussels sprouts, chocolate chip cookies, and brownies. I’ve made them all hundreds of times. These brownies I’ve made twice in the past couple of weeks for different celebrations: Thanksgiving, holiday parties, etc. And my grandpa made them every Christmas so they’re about to be on heavy rotation this holiday season.

Have at it!

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Thanksgiving 2014
Thanksgiving 2014
Thanksgiving 2014
Thanksgiving 2014
Thanksgiving 2014
Thanksgiving 2014

Watch Beyonce 7/11 video and lick the spoon!

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Grandpa Bob’s Brownies

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup cold water

Directions

Yo, this is a ONE BOWL NO MIXER recipe. (I almost wrote YO BITCHES because I’m on Season 3 of Breaking Bad and hear Jesse’s voice in my mind at random times all day.) Anyway! Simply add all of the ingredients above into a large bowl and mix for about 50 strokes with a wooden spoon. You want to make sure that the eggs are incorporated, but you don’t want to overmix because that can make the brownies tough. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

They need frosting too. I’ve made them without it and it’s no bueno. We like to make a half recipe of Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Frosting and frost when brownies are still warm. It melts into a beautiful glossy chocolate glaze.

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Thanksgiving 2014
Thanksgiving 2014

A chocolate alternative to all the other Thanksgiving Day desserts:)

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Thanksgiving 2014

P.S. They are even more excellent the next day OR frozen (I did this so I wouldn’t eat all of them out on the counter one time, until I realized they are EVEN MORE DELISH frozen).

P.P.S. Gratuitous Thanksgiving barn cat pictures:)

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P.P.P.S. A blog Happy Belated B-day to Allison! We celebrated a bit early during Thanksgiving week with Aunt Marilyn’s homemade cheesecake (an excellent and easy recipe for another day!).

Thanksgiving 2014
Thanksgiving 2014

P.P.P.P.S. HELLO WINTER. We just got a big storm in Burlington the other day.

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Sweet Baby Amelia!

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Thanksgiving 2014
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Thanksgiving 2014
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Back from Thanksgiving holiday in Ohio. My niece Amelia is 18 months old and 2 feet tall and RIDICULOUSLY cute.

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Hello! I’ve been on a total Chinese food kick lately.

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Hello! Foodwise, I’ve been on a total Chinese food kick lately. Last week I had it three times, twice for work-related presentations and once at lunch with co-workers.

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Work meeting over cappuccinos at Scout & Co.

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Otherwise, things have been busy leading up to Thanksgiving Break at work, so yeah, mainly pics from work. One of my students gifted me with a cactus. I hope I can keep it alive! So far my plants aren’t doing so hot with the shorter days and colder temps.

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Another student’s aunt made these knit socks. LOOOOOOVE THEM.

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Here’s some student guitars (and skateboards), as well as a list of the songs they have down. I thought that paper was adorable.

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I tried to learn the D chord….

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Annual Empty Bowls dinner this past weekend.

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Also, working on London stuff for next summer so here’s a book of total pleasure reading:)

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Fitness wise, I did a bit of yoga and I got to the pool three times last week – a record. I’ve usually just been going once or twice.

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I got out of Burlington for a very short hike this past weekend. Stowe Pinnacle, AGAIN!

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On the way there, I stopped and took some pictures of this cool covered bridge. A friend told me that it’s actually haunted. Spooky!

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Coming soon –>I’m headed to Ohio this weekend for Thanksgiving and cannot wait: family and barn cats and guitars are waiting for me.

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Winter in the White Mountains

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I hung out in New Hampshire and climbed up Mount Adams, the second highest peak in New England (elevation 5,793 feet), this weekend. It’s totally winter up there and so ethereal-looking. Definitely the most beautiful hike I’ve done in New England so far! Unfortunately my hands got too cold if I took off my mittens, so eating my peanut butter and jelly sandwich during the hike was a challenge. I consumed a lot of hot coffee, hot chocolate, beer, and pizza afterwards:)

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L.L. Bean is coming to town. Obviously!

LL Bean is coming to town. Obviously.

I was walking across campus when I saw the quintessential L.L.Bean boot truck-style on UVM’s campus. Their store is opening soon and holy marketing!

In other midweek random TMI moments, I read this on Amanda’s awesome blog and thought I’d join in. I guess it’s blown up on YouTube and I’m intrigued enough to jump in.

1. What are you wearing?
My lounging attire. Lululemon wonder under pants in black, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” t-shirt (Ohio company and the softest t-shirt EVER), Darn Tough boot socks.

2. Have you ever been in love?
Not enough.

3. Have you even gone through a horrible breakup?
Been there, done that.

4.  How tall are you?
5 ft. 6 1/2in.

5. How Much do you weigh?
Next!

6. Do you have tattoos?
Two stupid ones, gotten respectively at age 18 and 19.

7. Do you have piercings?
Only my ears, one of my better decisions:)

8. What is the ideal couple to you? 
Jack T. Colton and Joan Wilder.

 9. Your favourite TV show?  
I’m terribly behind on TV. I feel like so many people watch so many good shows and I’ll never catch up, so I watch silly stuff. Currently into The Mindy Project and Nashville.

10. Your favourite band? 
TOUGH QUESTION. Fleetwood Mac, I think. Runner’s up: Talking Heads, Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros.

11. Something you’re missing?
My family, running (can’t anymore), my friends in Japan, and okonomiyaki.

12.  Your favourite song?
Of all-time!?!?!?! Billie Jean.

13. How old are you?
I just turned 34.

14. What’s your astrological sign? 
Libra, and I’ve been getting in astrology (for fun), so my sun ascendant is Gemini and my moon is Aquarius.

15. An essential quality for a boyfriend?
They need to have a bookshelf.

16. Favourite Quote?
“So many books, so little time.” -Frank Zappa

17. Favourite Actor?
Heath Ledger. RIP.

18. Favourite Colour?
Orange.

19. Do you listen to music at a low or high volume? 
High with Bose speakers.

20. Where do you go when you are sad?
For a walk.

21. How long do you stay in the shower?
It takes a decent amount of time if I wash my hair.

22. How long does it take to get ready in the morning?
I can get ready in a flash, but then it takes like four hours for my hair to dry.

23. Did you ever get in a fight?

With my sisters when I was little. I threw the My Little Pony salon and gave my sister Kim a black eye. Ooops.

24. Something that seduces you in a man?
Some mystery.

25. The most repelling thing in a man? 
Total unstability.

26. Why do you have a blog?
Random expression of creativity.

27. What are you afraid of? 
Something happening to my family.

28. The last thing that made you cry?
The movie Boyhood.

29. The last time you said “I love you”?
Yesterday.

30. What does your blog name mean?
I used to cook more, so it was more food-related, but I tend to snack a lot and pick at food (awesome qualities, right?).

31. The latest book you read? 
The Hot Zone 

32. What are you currently reading?
Nothing! What should I read next? I thought about Lord of the Rings – I’ve never read it! – but friends have been giving me mixed reviews.

33. The latest TV series you watched?
Nashville.

34. The last person you talked to?
Joseph!

35. Who did you last text with? 
Jen.

36. Your favourite food? 
Pizza.

37. Places you want to visit?
I’d like to go West again.

38. The last place you visited?
Sicily.

39. Are you currently sweet on someone?
My cat.

40. The last person you kissed?
My cat.

41. The last insult you were told?
“Stop complaining about your f-cking broad shoulders!!!!” – my sister Allison

42. Your favourite candy flavour?
Sour Apple.

43. Do you play an instrument?
Pffft, I wish. I can’t clap on beat.

44. Your favourite piece of jewelry? .
My star ruby ring from Turkey. Thanks dad!

45. The last sport session you practiced?
I went to yoga this afternoon and had an awesome session with my friend Karen. We did some power poses, like this one!

46. The latest song you sang?
Beast of Burden by Rolling Stones.

47. Your favourite catch phrase?
I’m more into GIFS at the moment…

48. Have you ever used it?

Oh yeah.

49. Your last evening out?

Halloween.

50. Who are you tagging?
Everyone – sharing is caring, and the Internet needs more TMI questions out there floating around cyberspace, amirite.

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apartment life : interior : photography : mark borthwick’s home : brooklyn : new york

Sarah:

I read that Emily of the blog Into The Gloss is a huge fan of photographer Mark Borthwick, and after some Internet stalking I discovered that his apartment is BADASS. So many plants! I got inspired to buy a $20 spider plant this weekend. My favorite line from an interview I read on why everything is haphazard in his pad:

‘I like a sense of decay. I find things get very “important” when you frame them.’

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photographer, musician, magic maker, mark borthwick and his beautiful brooklynapartment. photos : christopher sturman via : somewhere i would like to live

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