how it began.

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 It began with a New Year's resolution, or a sort of New Year's Resolution, the first I ever kept. On January 1st 2012 I wrote my first blog post. The post was only a paragraph long but 4000+ followers and three years later it's easy to say it was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was the start, and an easy decision to renew the resolution every year since: "It’s the first of the year, 2012. My life has been filled with many ups and downs this past year. 2011 has been very much roller coaster ride. My new years resolution is one I’m determined to keep… To enjoy myself.  I’m astonished at the amount of resolutions I’ve made in my twenty four years on this beautiful earth that I’ve … [Read more...]

3 reasons why: i’m okay with people thinking i’m a failure

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And then I changed my mind, and that's okay too. Preface: I wrote Part I three weeks after I arrived in Asheville. Part II was written a month and half later. Part I About a month ago I packed all my belonging into a tiny trailer and picked up and left my hometown. I took three days to drive to my destination, my new home. Me and Momma road tripped, got lost in Amish Country, just got plain lost, ended up at a, shall we say, a less than pristine campground, and yet we made it. It was a ton of fun, the anticipation, the excitement, everything in my being told me this was the right move.  I arrived and had the weekend to show Momma around before I started my new job. I had an apartment … [Read more...]

it’s 2am and i can’t feel my arm.

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This has been pretty normal in my life lately, along with being woken up at all times of the night,  cleaning up accidents, and general mom duties. If you follow me on Instagram (if you don't, well you should: button to the right!) you've gotten a sneak preview of why. I work  at a Non-Profit Animal Shelter as the Volunteer and Event Coordinator. We take in cats and dogs from all over and adopt them out to good, fur-loving homes where they will be loved forever and ever. It's work that I'm really proud of. I told myself I was not going to adopt a dog even though every fiber of my being wanted to. I don't have a place of my own, it's practically having a child, early mornings are not my cup … [Read more...]

who’s umami?!

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you have to say it fast, and with some attitude. who's umami?! who's u mami?! who's your mommy?!? See, it's funny. I read a great article on NPR, you should check it out. It's all about some "philosopher" [this dude is getting air quotes because, seriously, lets stick to what we know, you "think", i'll "eat"]  who decided there were only 4 tastes. Salty [a personal favorite of mine], sweet [again delish], bitter [ehhh? I guess it has its place] and sour [sure, I'll take it]. Umami is this awesome relatively newly discovered taste, not to my mouth, but as a general knowledge type thing. I guess my best personal description is savory, meaty, or earthy [as I prefer to call it]. Yeah, I … [Read more...]

10 Minute “Mousse”

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Did you know that April 3 is National Chocolate Mousse Day? I had no freaking idea. I mean really, no idea, National Chocolate Mousse Day!? While I may think it's a little silly to have a day dedicated to a specific food I'm not one to pass up an opportunity to whip up something delicious. I love simple desserts. I love all desserts it's just that by the time I've worked out the kinks to a recipe, I've taste tested so many times that I don't want to have anything to do with it by the time I've reached the finished product. I usually hit my cravings for something sweet after 'B' has gobbled up the last cupcake. Yesterday, April 3rd, 2012, I made a vegan Chocoloate Raspberry "Mousse". Why … [Read more...]