Robert and I recently celebrated our two year wedding anniversary, which feels totally bonkers. We honestly still feel like little kids pretending to be adults most of the time. (Does this feeling ever go away?) Our summer was pretty jam-packed with random trips and wedding stuff for friends, so we didn’t do anything too crazy to celebrate. A simple dinner out at our favorite local restaurant was all we needed – we put the phones away, caught up with each other, reminisced, and got a little bit tipsy. We were supposed to hang out with friends afterwards but that didn’t happen, and we were secretly (or not so secretly) excited to just go to bed early on a Friday night (because we’re actually sixty years old). [Read more…]
Since we’ve already passed our six-month wedding anniversary, it’s about time I talked about that day on here. It only seems like 2 minutes ago Robert was planning his stag do with StagMadness! It’s been a great marriage so far. And oh, what a day it was. Actually, it was an epic weekend that led into an epic honeymoon (and I’ll talk about that eventually, too). There’s so much I could possibly say about that day, but I’m going to start with a little wisdom for you:
Two maids of honor are better than one. Also, it helps to have a constant group text message going between you and your two maids of honor. I don’t really know how people planned weddings before there were emojis. This bride would not have survived without the crying face, head massage and poop emojis. Words just can’t express wedding stress and anxiety like an emoji can. Or several. AND, a wedding should never be planned alone, so surround yourself with special people who can make things easier for you along the way. [Read more…]
Mint will always be a flavor that I associate with pleasant memories of both of my grandmothers. My strongest association comes from drinking “Plantation Mint” tea with my mom’s mom. Grandmom drank that tea the way other people guzzle coffee. She would make us a pot in her fancy tiered teapot (a gift from her wedding), and we would eat way too many carbs, usually in the form of Pepperidge Farm cinnamon swirl bread or jelly krimpets. She also kept peppermint hard candies in her pockets and on her coffee table at all times. (I wonder where I got my sweet tooth or my love for all things doughy?) As for my dad’s mom, “Mom Mom,” I remember her always having spearmint gumdrops in a glass candy dish in the living room, and her house had the best spearmint-flavored toothpaste. From time to time I will taste some toothpaste that reminds me of it, and I am right back in her bathroom, a 6-year old girl getting ready for bed before sleeping over at her grandparents’ house in New Jersey. Both of them have been gone for years now, and I miss them terribly – so I am thankful for mint and its powers to send me on a trip down memory lane.
These days mint is one of my favorite things to grow in our rooftop garden throughout the summer (partially because it is a wild beast of a plant and hard to kill). My favorite routine on a weekend morning is to slip out the back door to the garden, snip off a bunch of mint leaves, and bring them back inside to brew in a cup with some plain green tea. Sometimes I add a little bit of honey to it. I prefer sweeter mints like mojito mint or spearmint as opposed to peppermint. This year for the garden I chose chocolate mint (how could I not?) and pineapple mint (both pictured above in my illustration, chocolate on the left and pineapple on the right). The recipes below will surely give my mint plants a workout this summer: [Read more…]
It seems only fitting that I should start this blog off the right way: with a cake recipe. Not just any old cake recipe, but what is without a doubt the best cake I have ever made. Yet.
When I first saw this cake on Linda’s blog, The Tart Tart, I knew I absolutely had to make it, but it had to be the right occasion; it was a show-stopper. That occasion turned out to be Easter this year. I was in charge of making dessert (of course – I probably volunteered for it), so I started scrolling through my Pinterest boards to see if anything popped out at me. I saw this cake and immediately knew it was the perfect choice: The flavor palette is a bit unique and reminded me of Spring, it seemed like something everyone in the family would appreciate, and I was dying for an excuse to make it. [Read more…]