Happy Weekending


Friday was gorgeous outside in Vermont, so I walked down to City Market and got some food from the hot bar – all thanksgiving themed! -and ate outside with the SUNSHINE on my lunch hour. On my walk back through campus I bought a little Christmas cactus from the greenhouse at UVM, check out those pretty buds about to bloom:) A few other things I’ve been loving recently.

Really want to bake after watching Gesine Bullock-Prado make these pumpkin cinnamon rolls on the Today Show yesterday.

My sister Allison and I gushed about Caroline’s post on how long it took you to fall in love. (We also covet her apartment style: plenty of plants, Persian rugs, pottery, and books.)

Been reading I’ll Meet You There before bed while sipping Sleepytime tea all week.

Raise your hand if you enjoy watching YouTube beauty tutorials before bed too – bizarrely relaxing! Beachy waves and Drugstore Gigi Hadid, yes please.

Obsessed with Erin’s Instagrams of her new baby Henry.

Just bought Skin Food cream because I’ve read so many good reviews.

My cat Merlin ADORES x 1,000,000 his new perch, of course he only likes it if it’s placed in the middle of the apartment…

This blackened chicken with creamy angel hair pasta – with a side of roasted Brussels sprouts! – was the best thing I’ve made for dinner all year.

Last night I went to a Wisconsin-style surprise birthday fish fry, and the rest of the weekend I have no big plans, which is great because next weekend will be busy with holiday gatherings. Happy weekending!


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White Chicken Chili


I mentioned that I’ve been on a TOTAL soup kick. It’s my favorite thing to make once a week and eat for lunches or quick dinners. Weeks when I’ve had no soup or leftover dish just leads to me going out to eat or ordering pizza, which I’m trying to curb haha. I’ve made this white chicken chili a few times and it’s deeeeelish.

White Chicken Chili

Adapted from an assortment of delectable looking chilis: Brown-Eyed Baker’s white chicken chili, Cha-Cha’s white chicken chili, and Pioneer Woman’s white chicken chili


  • 3 chicken breasts (sometimes I use all three, and other times I’ll use two and save the third for salads, quesadillas, etc)
  • olive oil
  • salt + pepper
  • 1-2 T butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 7 oz can chopped green chilis
  • 1-2 T cumin
  • 1/2 T chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • dash of red pepper
  • dash of paprika
  • 1 32 oz carton chicken broth (I usually get low sodium)
  • 3 cans cannelloni beans, rinsed
  • ~1-2 cups water
  • bay leaf
  • 1/2-1 cup heavy cream
  • 1-2 cups Monterey Jack cheese
  • For finishing: salt to taste + fresh herbs
  • For eating: more cheese, more fresh herbs, croutons, tortillas, Fritos, or grilled cheese (my fave!).


I start by roasting my chicken first. I read that Ina Garten tested out a bunch of different methods for adding cooked chicken to soups and salads, and she prefers roasting chicken the best. So I do like Ina. I rub olive oil, salt, and pepper over the chicken and roast at 350 F for about 30 minutes.


While the chicken is cooking I chop my veggies: 1 onion, 1 carrot, 2 celery ribs, 1 red pepper. Saute in a mix of olive oil and butter until soft ~ 10 min.


Next, I add in four gloves of garlic, peeled and minced.


Then 7 oz can of chopped green chilis and my spices! This varies, but usually I do 1-2 T cumin (loooooove cumin), 1/2 T chili powder, 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp dried oregano, dash of red pepper and paprika. I usually add my salt at the end because I don’t want to over-salt before I add my chicken broth.


I only cook the garlic/chili/spice mixture for about 3 minutes because I don’t want the garlic to burn, and then add 3 cans of beans (rinsed), 32 oz chicken broth, about 1-2 cups water, and the roasted chicken shredded into small pieces.


And a bay leaf! Bring to boil then lower heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes.


Last steps – I like to add salt to taste, 1/2 cup cream and 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese and cook for another five minutes.


Add fresh herbs. Sometimes I’ll use cilantro, but I just had parsley in my fridge.


Stir + serve.


I’d been on a grilled cheese kick OR I like to make homemade croutons to top my soup:)



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Lately this Fall


Catching up on all things fall, mainly I wanted to post the cutest pumpkin patch in town all lit up on Halloween Eve.

EATING <–>Soups + sandwiches! I’ve been into lentil soups, white chicken chili (mash up of this and this) and chicken noodle soup.  I got a panini press – <3 <3 <3 – and this has been my standby sandwich: bread (dad brought some of his homemade sourdough), dijon mustard, sliced apple, sliced red onion, turkey, pepperjack cheese…topped with lettuce and tomato.

DRINKING <–> Hot chocolate…mmmm.

MAKING <–> Pottery! Not all mine, but the shelves after our glazing demo in class.


GOING <–> Leaf peeping up Stowe Gondola a few weeks ago – fun! You can take the Gondola up most of the ways, then hike 1/2 mile up to the summit. Beautiful day / gorgeous views.

Gondola leaf peeping🍁🍂
Stowe Gondola
Stowe Gondola

WEARING<–> Lots of plaid. I like ones from Old Navy! For Halloween, I was a black cat for the thousandth time, meow.


WATCHING <–> I’m re-watching the Back to the Future movies, saw 1 & 2 this week. Also into Ladies of London because I love seeing my favorite city.

EXERCISING <–> Swimming a couple of days a week for about 45 minutes. I’ve stopped going to my yoga studio as much to save $ (of course I’ve done it once on my own…) looking into some at home DVD’s. Suggestions?

LISTENING <–> Radio in the bathroom. Recently, I put a radio in my bathroom and set it to NPR. It’s kind of fun to have news + shower.

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—> Birthday Weekend, woo! <—


The light while walking down near Burlington’s waterfront with my roommie from undergrad, Kiersten. Unreal!


There’s Kiersten! It’d been 12 years since we’d seen each other, wild. She lives in L.A. but was out east looking into doctoral programs and we reconnected. We shopped on Church Street, drank tea at Dobra Tea, ate pizza at Barrio Bakery, and went out to the Monkey House in Winooski, fun!


My sweet parents! As soon as Kiersten left, they arrived in town. Sadly, Cullan couldn’t make it up to Vermont due to car trouble.

We alllllll said why didn’t we take more photos?!?! I’ve fallen out of the picture taking habit while using an old iPhone 4, and with Flickr making it more difficult to embed photos on WordPress now (wah).

But we did all sorts of fun things, repeating some of the same things I did with Kiersten though –> double the fun. We shopped on Church Street, drank tea at Dobra, went out in Winooski (hit up Waterworks for my birthday dinner, delish!), lunch at A Single Pebble (such great Chinese food in Burlington), and lots of homey things.

Mom and I made lasagna, green beans, garlic bread, tossed salad, and Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate cake one night. Another night we sewed pillows! (She brought me up a sewing machine a year ago and I’ve used it once…)

When I went to work, they were like little elves – I’d come home to homemade chicken noodle soup and find my kitchen burners cleaned and even my vacuum all spiffed up! They are too sweet.


Birthday selfie at Shelburne Farms. On Sunday, mom and I did a four mile walking loop. At one point it snowed briefly on us, but felt good to get some fresh air:) All in all, a lovely birthday visit xoxo!

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My friend’s AMAZING wedding in Lake Placid!


At the end of the summer my friend Marissa got married in Lake Placid and it was beyoooooond beautiful. It was a bit of a whirlwind – I had just flown in from California the day before and had to rush to Urgent Care after stepping off the plane because of my horrendous poison oak (or what I think was poison oak?). Got some medicine, repacked my bag, and drove a few hours to Lake Placid. Note: it took way longer because my phone broke before going to California and I couldn’t find our address….! I’m still using my mom’s old iPhone 4 at the moment! Alas, one mani/pedi cured my case of frazzle.

Here’s some fun wedding moments <3

–> That night the rehearsal dinner was at the cutest inn in Lake Placid, complete with a guitar player and sweet wine cellar.


–> Marissa not only made her wedding dress, but whipped up a rehearsal dinner dress made out of leftover fabric. The skillz.


–>I feasted on my first bison steak. Marissa is very into Crossfit, so my meals that weekend were very paleo haha.


–> They rented these huge lodges just outside of town, so we spent the morning getting pampered and prepped for the afternoon wedding.


–> Post I-Do’s! I was in the wedding party so didn’t get any ceremony pic.


–> Cocktail hour –> martinis!


–> The back of Marissa’s dress that SHE MADE! I was so busy that night I didn’t take many photos and didn’t get a photo of the full dress, wah!


–> I loved the flowers and cake.


–> The night ended with a bonfire, smores, and heart sparklers.


This weekend is my birthday and my parents (en route from Ohio), Cullan (a la Japan en route from Boston), and my old roommate Kiersten from undergrad days (en route from Los Angeles) are all in town. Woo!

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Fall Reading!

Saturday brunch---> Quiche, red potatoes, 🍩, grapefruit, tea, & The Royal We. Needed something light after Luckiest Girl Alive!

It’s Fall! What are you reading? I’m alternating between light and dark books at the moment. Just finished Luckiest Girl Alive (dark a la Gone Girl + Girl On The Train!) then moved onto The Royal We (a breezy, fun fictional bio of Will & Kate’s romance….finished over my homemade Saturday brunch this weekend) and next is In A Dark Dark Wood (which is dark dark, of course). I think it’ll be fun for Halloweentime. Getting most of my books recs lately from Reese Witherspoon’s instagram! #RWBookClub

P.S. Friends rave about this book.

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My Morning Smoothie


I got a Nutri Bullet at the beginning of summer. It’s been life changing! I love being able to make individual shakes and it blends better than my old blender.

School is back in session and it’s been hot hot hot in Burlington, so I’ve been into quick cold nutrient dense smoothies before work. The more early morning random goodness the better because by the end of the day I just want a beer + a burger.

My current morning smoothie routine –>

+ ice
+ handful of fruit
+ strawberry Shakeology protein powder (tried to do the 21 Day Fix in July, but fell off the bandwagon because of travel/that summer course…thinking about starting it up again)
+ scoop of maca powder
+ scoop of wheatgrass powder
+ scoop of bee pollan
+ pinch of cinnamon
+ splash of almond milk and H20

Pssst this one sounds awesome too.

Happy weekending!


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