Summer Veggie and Bacon Gnocchi with Pesto

It’s been a little while since I posted a recipe, so I wanted to share this delicious, super easy creation that Jeff and I came up with for dinner on Sunday. If you’re someone who enjoys cooking when you’re following a recipe but feel like you’re at a loss without one, I think pasta dishes are a great place to start—all you need is the pasta (or gnocchi, in this case), a few ingredients to toss in and a sauce. And before you know it, you have a light, fresh and delicious meal! Continue reading

What I’m Reading: The Book Thief

I know that The Book Thief by Markus Zusak isn’t a new book; it was first published in 2005 and went on to become a New York Times Bestseller and win numerous awards. I picked up this special anniversary edition from work a few years ago because I thought it would look nice on my bookcase. I had every intention to read it, but I just wasn’t sure when. Well, I finally got around to it and I must say, it is truly an incredible book. Continue reading

Two Days in Portland, Oregon

This was the second part of our whirlwind of travel: after arriving back home late Sunday night, I squeezed in a Zumba class Monday morning before heading to the airport again Monday afternoon for a flight to Portland, Oregon. Previously, I had never traveled further west than Utah, so when we found out that Jeff needed to go to Portland for a few days for work, I jumped at the chance to go along. Ahh, the perks of being freelance. So here are my thoughts and experiences from two days in Portland. Continue reading

A Beach Vacation, An Engagement Party and Our First Venue Visit

Wow, these last two weeks have been crazy! I’m not sure I’ve ever traveled this much in such a short amount of time. So with the second half of my travel extravaganza coming later this week, this post is going to focus on the first—we had a few picture-perfect days in Ogunquit, Maine, culminating with a wonderful engagement party and our first visit to a wedding venue! Continue reading

Wedding Planning With No Plan

If you’re unfamiliar with the movie Bride Wars, it stars Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway as best friends who. have dreamed of their perfect weddings since childhood. At the beginning of the movie, they are attending the wedding of a friend, discussing the things they like about her reception. Then Kate Hudson sighs, “but it ain’t June,” to which Anne Hathaway replies, “and it ain’t the Plaza.” In this movie, and I’m sure for many brides-to-be, they have a distinct vision of what they want their wedding to be. I have no such vision, and have therefore started into wedding planning without any sort of plan. Continue reading

What I’m Reading: The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses)

I love books about books. Books about authors, about writing, about bookstores. I guess it’s because it creates a sense of camaraderie between me, the author and the characters in the story—I love books enough to read them, the author loves books enough to write about them and the characters love books enough to make them their life’s work. Terri-Lynne DeFino’s new novel The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses) fell into this category, and it made for a joyful read.

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