One week & 35 hrs of driving: Vermont –> Maine –> Vermont –> Ohio

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Oh hey, happy Fourth! So much to catch up on!

Last week, Jen and I met up with her mom for a  tour of Maine. We started in Boothbay Harbor and headed up to Bar Harbor/Acadia before checking out Bangor, Portland, then Kennebunkport. The entire trip we had the most insanely beautiful, unbelievably nice weather. I couldn’t get over the gorgeous rocks and all the pottery in Maine!

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The downside was that I tripped on rocks in Acadia and sprained my ankle.

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I got back late on Monday, and did laundry and made burritos.

Then I met up with some friends for a Boy & Bear concert.

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You guys, they were AWESOME. They sounded amazing and were so funny and sweet. They played songs the audience requested, told jokes, and were just adorable with their Australian accents. My favorite song…

I just repacked what I took for Maine for Ohio. I left after work on Tuesday for Mindi & Tom’s in Windsor. We had white wine and salads, slept for a few hours, then hit the road at 3:45 a.m. for our 12 hr drive to southern Ohio.

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They stayed at my parent’s place before heading down to Tom’s family’s place in Cincinnati and my mom had dinner all ready for us. Wish I’d gotten a picture! Roasted potatoes, sautéed green beans, fresh corn, and baked cod. Followed up with homemade cheesecake. Delish!

Baby Amelia, such a doll.

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My parent’s are watching my sister Allison’s cat while she moves in Columbus. Isn’t she pretty? And she loves to sit like this…ha!

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Then we rallied and went out to our old college bar, Station One. The bathroom looks the same! We had memories of waiting in long lines for this single stall, almost prison-like bathroom.

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The next morning we walked around Wittenberg’s campus and ate at Mike & Rosy’s. I ordered my favorite sandwich: turkey with cheddar, lettuce, and spicy mustard. They steam their sandwiches, which makes them all warm and gooey. Mindi, Tom, and Avery headed out and I went to TARGET. Vermont is the only state in America that still does not have a Target, so when I’m in Ohio, I like to go almost every day.

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What are you all up to for the Fourth of July? I have no big plans, yay! My parent’s are headed to Italy in a few weeks, so right now I’m blogging/helping them pack. (MOM’S TRYING TO BRING WAY TOO MUCH! I showed her this.) How cute is this outfit, though?! All from JCrew outlet dad tells me.

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And I think my ankle’s healed enough to go for a walk….at last! Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

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Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie is seriously AMAZING!

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I’m waiting for Jen to pick me up – we’re headed to Maine for a long weekend! – and thought I’d share some pie pics. I don’t make a lot of pies, mainly because I hate making crust. It’s such a crap-shoot for me and sometimes just a b*tch to deal with, thus I avoid. Anyway! I felt like making an apple pie for a dinner this week and tried out Grandma Ople’s apple pie recipe from All Recipes, along with their Butter Flaky Pie Crust. The day got away from me, so no finished pie picture, but TRUST when I say it was unbelievable. Delicious! The best pie I’ve ever made!

I read the comments and mixed in some cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla into the sauce (which is basically caramel sauce…mmmmmm) and stirred it into the apples instead of pouring it over top. I also didn’t lattice my crust top because I was in a rush.

Like right now.

Off to Maine! Make this pie if you can this weekend.

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I’m chicken-sitting:)

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I had to hurry back from my weekend in Boston for my friend Liz’s bachelorette party to watch a co-worker’s chickens. Burlington allows city dwellers up to four chickens. They’re pretty adorable and fun, and more importantly, I got to taste how fantastic fresh eggs are compared to store bought. OMG. Super light and fluffy with bright yellow yolks. Best scrambled eggs ever!

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Dive bar darts, Thai food, Burlington sunsets, and cookie dough ice cream:)

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Wednesday night pics! I played Around The Clock (which took me forever), ate chicken krapow (eee, my favorite Tiny Thai dish!), checked out the sunset, and enjoyed a scoop of cookie dough ice cream with Jen to round out the night. This is summer.

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NY TIMES BEST ICED LATTE!

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Last summer, I gave up caffeine for a month. This summer, I’m embracing the iced coffee. Ha! My usual morning routine would be to make  espresso in my Bialetti and pour over ice, top with some half & half, sip through my stainless steel straw. But last week I read about the NY Times Best Iced Latte in America. It called for homemade almond-macadamia milk. I’ve never made homemade almond milk and found myself bored and cooking up a storm this Sunday – literally made homemade lemonade, iced coffee, almond-macadamia milk, ginger chicken stir-fry with spicy peanut sauce, and brownies…from a box, ha! Still. The most cooking I’ve done in years and it felt so gooood.

Both the cold-brew coffee and almond-macadamia milk are so easy to make. I like to triple this cold-brew coffee recipe. The almond-macadamia milk makes a lot – it’s 1 cup blanched almonds, 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, and 1/3 cup dates all soaked over 1 liter of water. I just put everything in my blender to soak overnight.

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In the morning, I blended and then strained. Ta-da! It was this creamy gorgeous nut milk that will last 4-5 days in the fridge.

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What’s your favorite way to make coffee? I’m always up to try new methods!

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MEET MILLIE, my instagram obsession!

My sister forwarded me this article about Millie, the rock-climbing/adventure-loving cat.

“Millie has all the qualities a good climbing partner should have. She never complains, no matter how bad it gets. She always wants to go higher, and she pushes herself hard. But she also knows when to stop. When she’s done, she’s done. She’ll find a cave or climb a tree and won’t move until she’s rested. She takes big risks and doesn’t bitch when they don’t pan out. And she cuddles at night inside your sleeping bag and keeps you warm. She isn’t annoyingly mono-focused on climbing, either. She’s happy to explore slot canyons, caves, deserts, fields, etc.”

So…Millie is bad-ass, no?

I’m now obsessed with @pechanga‘s instagram. It’s inspiring, adorable, and heart-warming.

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VT –> NYC –> VT: the past week in iPhone pics

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Oh hey, I never got around to posting all these pictures last week. Last Saturday, I hiked up Stowe Pinnacle (one of my favorite Vermont hikes) with Ashley, baby Finn, and their pup Jackson.

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Finn slept most of the hike and has the most AMAZING lashes I’ve ever seen on a baby.

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Ashley was so sweet and brought maple cookies to snack on at the top of the mountain.

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On Sunday, I hopped over to NYC to visit with Laney while she was in the city for work. Highlights included picnic and bike rides in Central Park, a visit to MoMA, sipping rose champagne at the Plaza with Laney, and seeing my friend Teresa who just moved back east from a two year stint in San Francisco!

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Unpictured: the most fabulous meal at Nobu! And more pictures of me and Laney. I only got one…

This weekend we had sunny, 80-degree days and I got FRIED playing outside – picnics, biking, swimming, and long walks – despite numerous applications of sunscreen. I even used the SPF 70 for babies.

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Sunset picnic on the second floor of Splash on Burlington’s waterfront.

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Dessert with girlfriends at Leunigs during Jazz Fest in Burlington.

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Swimming and playing in the woods in Bolton.

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Paddle-boarding and sun-bathing with Jen at Oakledge Park.

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