I can't believe it's been an entire year since last year's Rosh Hashanah recipe post. No matter what holidays you celebrate, I think we can all agree that they provide the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family around a table for delicious food. For me, they are also a great excuse to try new recipes and focus additional energy in the kitchen. This year was no different. David and I hosted 10 friends, both old and new, for an evening of apples and honey, lots of wine, and cheesecake!
A few weekends ago, I traveled to NYC for some sibling bonding, but not just any old bonding. Since I have visited a number of times over the last few years (you can read more about that here), I challenged my travel planning skills to come up with something different. When I think about my favorite travel activities, two things come to mind, walking and eating. We could have paid to hop on a food walking tour (this one is awesome), but why not create our own?
So I put Jesse to task finding somewhat healthy options, and he delivered with an impressive spreadsheet. The best part about creating our own adventure was the inherent flexibility. While we had a rough idea for the day, we truly let our feet and stomachs guide us. Planned coffee shop closed? No problem, the one down the street smells great too. Feet need an extra break? That bench looks ideal. Not quite ready for dessert yet? Take an extra stroll around the block. I filmed our day, which turned out to be one of the best NYC experiences yet. I can't wait to do this again, enjoy!
With Labor Day behind us, summer has reached its unofficial end. While I don't believe summer meets its real completion for another few weeks, the fact is that pools have closed, kids are back in school, and the nights are a little cooler. I'm always sad to wave goodbye to this part of the year, but my mood can be slightly lifted by a quick recap of everything I checked off of my summer bucket list.
A few summers ago, I started creating a seasonal bucket list to ensure David and I took full advantage of all the experiences and activities available to us. Many of our neighbors use DC's heat and humidity as the perfect excuse to take a vacation, but we think DC is at it's best from Memorial Day to Labor Day (and a little after). This year was no exception; we walked, ate, explored, and relaxed our way through another perfect summer. Whether you are a fellow resident or are planning a visit, I hope this list points you in a good direction.
I've recently been experiencing an extended period of low-anxiety; dare I say "normal" levels of anxiety? Well, that is until a few days ago when a series of First World problems swirled around me. I really want to highlight the intentional use of First World problems in this context. The situation I'm about to describe is minor on the grand scale of life, however, trivial does not exclude consequences. So what's this situation which in the moment turned my world upside down?
Our beloved CSA is now closed...forever!
I met Ariel in college. In the last year, she has become a new mom and a new blogger (find her at ariel loves) covering a range of topics from home design to travel. As the travel bug has bit me hard again, I asked Ariel if she would be willing to share her tips and tricks for traveling with a baby. Below: Ariel with her husband Michael and daughter Adina.
Argentina and Uruguay here we come! Yes, that's right, David and I booked our flights for our annual trip abroad and I am beyond excited. We loved Chile so much last year, we decided to continue with a second year of South American adventures. In the past, I've written a few posts (here and here) about my own thoughts and tactics for travel and vacation planning, so I'd like to use this very real example to showcase my strategies in action.
Just the other day I commented to David that I haven't had more than a few bites of watermelon all summer! The watermelon gods must have heard me, because guess what's showing up in our CSA box this week? This is also the first week in months where I have not double booked myself every night, so it also means getting back to meal time normalcy. For those of you new to this menu series, take a closer look at my planning method here.
Walking enthusiast, kitchen experimenter, sports lover (watching, not playing), and future world traveler.
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