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We Bought a House: The Before

On today’s insallment of ‘wow, I still have a blog’ – a new house update! After 5+ months of house hunting, Grayson and I are officially the owners of a spacious (!!!!) Cape Cod-style house in North Raleigh. While this wasn’t my first home-buying rodeo, the process was no walk in the park. The inventory in our price range…

Traveling to Cuba as an American: Trinidad

Trinidad. Not to be confused with its Caribbean twin, Trinidad and Tobago – Trinidad, Cuba is directly across the island from Havana – around a 4 hour drive (Cuban speed, that is.) The beach town is completely opposite of Havana geographically, and in it’s approach to daily life. A far contrast to the bustling, hectic capitol…

Simmer Pot for the Holidays

We were always a simmer pot household growing up – no scented candles, just a pot of aromatics simmering away. Scented candles – even the good ones that don’t smell like cheap vanilla or your grandma’s perfume – are almost always too strong for my liking. And the majority release all kinds of fun toxins…

Loving Local: LoMo Market

(Photo from lomomarket.com) Have you noticed that the things you value start to shift as you grow older? I opt for well-made, unique pieces for my home instead of heading to Target or Home Goods. Old Navy and H&M are a bargain, but I feel better spending more on pieces that last longer than a…

Mom’s Meatloaf

Everyone has that one recipe their mother (or maybe father) has a strong grip on. It’s the meal they identify with – and you better have your running sneakers ready if you say you’ve had a better version elsewhere. For my family, it’s my mom’s meatloaf. She doesn’t follow a recipe, she just makes it…

Visiting Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine has always been a pretty special place to me – we lived in South Portland before moving to Connecticut and head back each summer to visit family, eat too much food and brave the cold ocean water. The area has grown tremendously in the past few years, attracting tourists from all over with…

Heirloom Tomato + Zucchini Quiche

I’m still living in denial a bit, but the days of fresh summer produce readily available are coming to an end. I’ve been getting as much of it in as I can lately, from weekly produce boxes to swinging by my local market as often as possible. Creating a quiche from produce you have on…

New England Trip 2015

Sorting through these photos was painful. For those that don’t know me well (even acquaintances know where I’m from, who am I kidding), I was born in Rockport, Maine – lived in South Portland, Maine and then moved to Rowayton, Connecticut – where I grew up before heading to North Carolina. I still have family…