Live Like Paul: A Year Later

This marks the one-year mark since Paul Coakley left this world for the next.. I never knew him directly; I’m sure we interacted a time or two because of all the mutual friends we had, but were never friends.  However, I think I speak for many of…

New Year Flashback

I can’t believe another year is in the books…  A year ago I said the same thing, and now it’s almost 2016…  Travel back a year with me.  I can’t believe how much has changed!! Happy New Year, blog babes! I spent…

When I Lived In Europe: The Time Stephen Almost Killed Us

Sigh, these were the days, when I could just get bored and hop over to Salzburg for an afternoon or Prague for a quick overnight…  It’s funny reading back over these, because some of the most salient things I remember, I did not convey here at all…

The Year of Mercy

Here’s another Europe archive post from when I visited Poland, including Auchwitz to ring in the Year of Mercy (Oh yeah, I’m Catholic, by the way). It’s amazing to reflect back on those memories, which are still so salient in my mind, more than…

When I Lived in Europe: Italia

Italy remains one of my favorite places I’ve ever travelled to, and I’ve fortunately been back since I wrote this.  The smells, the culture, and the sights are second to none.  That “natural drug thing” I refer to is none other than melatonin (I…

When I Lived In Europe: Parent’s Week

Ah, the quintessential “imaginary audience” of millennials.  I genuinely thought I was a bit of a celebrity with these posts.  You know, because everyone cares about my life abroad, and absolutely no one else has ever studied abroad in Europe?  **Blush** These were the days before the smell…

It’s Christmas Season!!!

AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! OK, confession: I don’t love Thanksgiving like I know a lot of people do.  It’s cool, but I love Christmas, and I’m really happy that I can now fully dive in to the season.. Here are a few gatherings I threw last year…

Single Girl Cooking

When you’re cooking for one, it is important to remember that life is more than prepackaged freezer meals.  I can remember life with roommates in which several people lived off of Smart Ones.  Now, I’m not knocking Smart Ones..  Sometimes they have merit..  And, well, their…

Winery Wednesday

Winery of the Week is Piedmont Vineyards and Winery. The oldest vineyard in Virginia, it is owned and operated by a German family, who is sweeter than sweet. Their Hunt Country Chardonnay tops my list–has a nice buttery, creamy undertone. Amazing. It is not, however, a “spend…

Host a Recipe Exchange!

For as much as I would have LOVED to take credit for this idea, Shay over at Shull Family inspired me to host a recipe exchange, and now I’m hooked.  Unlike Shay, I was busy stuffing my face that I failed to take any more pictures than the…