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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Life Lately // Via Instagram

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It's almost December everyone! Where did 2017 go? Well, I for one am glad to move onto 2018. Life lately has been really nice. The sunsets have been pretty epic, I've read two really great books, took a hike at the Noland Trail, put up my Christmas tree and my clothes are fitting much better these days;) All in all....I'm happy. I hope you are too!

Friday, November 24, 2017

My Norfolk // Slover Library

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I decided to take the week of Thanksgiving off from work because well....I needed a break! I also hadn't taken a 1 week vacation in forever. Even though I had no plans to go out of town, I knew that I wasn't going to spend 9 straight days in the house either. That's worse than working!!! So I got out:)

One of the places I love in Norfolk is Slover Library in the middle of downtown. It's a mix of modern and vintage melded together with old stone, glass and steel. Strategically placed magenta lighting adds a nice touch also....and the Christmas tree in the lobby was lovely.

I spent a few hours there editing some family pictures that I shot over the weekend for a friend...since the internet was wonky at my house that day. It's super quiet (as libraries should be!) and every time I'm there I have the overwhelming urge to be naughty and run up the aisles and be loud:) Must be the inner rebel coming out in me later in life!

What's one of your favorite escape locations in your city??!!






































Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

If you don't get this reference...please do yourself the pleasure of watching old Friends Thanksgiving episodes:) I hope you have a wonderful holiday full of turkey, cranberry sauce, good friends and family and happiness!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Wanderlust // The Noland Trail











Fall is where it's at for me. I love this season so much. Cooler temperatures (usually;), sweaters and colorful trees. I mean....it's just so pretty! Like someone took a paintbrush full of the amber/red/gold section of the paint store and dripped it all over the place. I'll take it :)

But, it's been very slow to show it's colors here in Coastal Virginia. It's November and still in the 70's - although I hear that's finally coming to an end - so our trees have been hanging on for what seems like forever. This past Saturday I was determined to find some foliage and not have to drive to the western part of the state, so in my quest to take day-trips I decided to visit the Noland Trail, which is a part of The Mariner's Museum in Newport News, VA. It's only about 30 minutes from Norfolk and I've always heard some great things about it!

I will say that just googling "directions to Noland Trail" will give you a very sketchy route that puts you on Bob's Road and probably an axe murderer's backyard:/ Just look up the official site of the trail and punch in the address they give you....trust me....it will make you less stressed!! But, once I got to the correct place I decided to follow the road down to Lion's Bridge at the suggestion of a friend who lives up there. Perfect idea Kerrie! Very few cars and it's a great trail that isn't too twisty or steep for this non-hiker who stopped every 5 minutes to take pictures;)

I hope you enjoy this glimpse of Fall in Virginia as much as I did.... This post is pretty image heavy...there was so much beauty to see. Now let's bring on Winter and some decent snow!!!!

Just kidding....or am I?????? ;)
















































Thursday, November 2, 2017

Wanderlust // OBX

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Sometimes you wake up on a Sunday morning, have your coffee and casually watch the morning shows....then suddenly have an urge to get in the car and go somewhere! This happened 2 weeks ago and I'm so glad I acted on it. Being a singleton, it's really depressing at times to see everyone pairing up and doing things on the weekends....together. This makes it a little harder (at least for me in the past) to dig deep and decide to venture out alone. But, I came to the realization that just sitting at home isn't going to do you any good and if you want to see something or some place...you need to put on your big girl pants and JUST GO.

So, I went. To the Outer Banks in NC. It's only 1.5 hours from my home and I really should go more often. I left around 11:30am and arrived around 1:30pm...just in time for an ice cream cone and the ocean in all it's blue-green glory. I couldn't have asked for a better day weather-wise, the sun was bright in the sky and the temperature was a balmy 73 degrees. For the end of October, it's kinda crazy. But for a venture to the beach, it's kinda perfect!!


Sunday's at the OBX and Manteo are very quiet. Few tourists are around and a lot of the shops are closed for the day. But it didn't deter me from some good quality time on the beach, soaking in the sun and sparkle off the ocean. I encourage you to reach out past your comfort zone if this is something you've always wanted to do, but didn't. Nothing ventured, nothing gained as the saying goes :)























Thursday, August 3, 2017

August // Playlist

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Call On Me // Starley

Most Girls // Hailee Steinfeld


UP // Olly Murrs (Featuring Demi Lovato)

Closer To Fine // Indigo Girls

Learn To Let Go // Kesha

Feels // Calvin Harris (Featuring Pharrell Williams)

Monday, July 10, 2017

What's Cookin // Peach & Blueberry Galette

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I'm in a blah, blue state right now. It OK though. Life ebbs and flows from time to time and I've come to recognize these moments as a time to sit back, be kind to myself and try not to get too "involved" with others as it can sometimes cause unnecessary conflict. I guess by this age you start to know yourself and what you're capable of and when.....

During these times I like to bake. It's the comfort of carbs most likely and also the ritual of putting the ingredients together and creating something delicious. It soothes me:) This past Saturday I really needed to bake so I grabbed the almost too ripe peaches that I'd neglected all week and mixed them up with some fresh blueberries into an easy-peasy galette. It's one of my favorite things to bake as it's SO easy!!! And if you have a pre-made crust in the freezer it's even easier! This time around I did not have said pre-made crust so I worked from scratch....which isn't that hard at all.

I added a few extras for this one....I slathered a layer of lemon curd I'd purchased at World Market recently. I also brushed the folded corners of the crust with some honey....since I didn't have an egg-wash and crystallized sugar! You work with what you've got....right?! Anyway, it was delicious and I have to remind myself to make these more often. I think next I'll try apple and raspberry!!!

Enjoy and remember... it's OK to be blue or sad or just off....so much is expected of us in this crazy 24/7 world. You do you and don't let anyone make you feel bad about it:)

<3
Jenn

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INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 oz (1/2 cup, 1 stick, 8 Tbsp) butter, cut into small (1/2-inch) cubes,          chilled in freezer at least 15 minutes, preferably an hour
4 to 6 Tbsp ice water


Filling:

  • 2 large, not-overly-ripe yellow peaches (about 3/4 pound total), pitted, sliced into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 Handful blueberries
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • 1 egg wash for the crust
  • A sprinkling of coarse sugar (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1 Make the crust dough: In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar, and salt, until well mixed. Add the cubed butter, and pulse several times. Slowly add the ice water, a tablespoon or two at a time, pulsing after each addition, until the dough just begins to clump.
Turn out onto a clean surface. Use your clean hands to form into a disc. Do not over-knead. Work the dough only enough to bring it barely together into a disk.

Sprinkle with a little flour on all sides, wrap with plastic, and place into the refrigerator to chill for an hour.

2 Toss peaches and blueberries with flour, sugar, vanilla: Preheat the oven with the rack in the middle position to 350°F. Place the peach slices & blueberries in a bowl and sprinkle with the flour and sugar. Toss gently to coat. Sprinkle vanilla extract over the peaches.

3 Whisk egg: In a small bowl, whisk the egg until smooth and set aside.

4 Roll out dough: On a lightly floured, clean, smooth surface, roll out the dough to about a 12-inch diameter. Gently lift up the rolled out dough and place it on a rimmed baking sheet.

5 Arrange peach slices & blueberries on dough round: Arrange the peach slices in an overlapping pattern in a single layer in the center of the dough, forming about a 7 or 8-inch circle. 

6 Fold dough edges over, brush with beaten egg: Fold the outer edges of the dough round over the filling, by about 2-inches all the way around, in an accordion fashion.

Use a pastry brush to coat the exposed dough with an egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar if using.

7 Bake: Place in the oven and bake at 350°F for about 40-50 minutes, until nicely browned. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet, over a rack, about 15 minutes.

Great served with a little vanilla ice cream or cool whip!

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Friday, June 30, 2017

A Song, A Book, A Quote, A Look

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I haven't done this series in awhile....so here's 4 of my favorites right now!

1. A Song -- This song was introduced to me by my sister and it's incredibly catchy! Pure POP and sometimes that's just what you need:) I also really love Demi Lovato and can't wait for her to put out a new CD!

2. A Book -- Another rec from my sister! A story about a young lady navigating her new life after a big weight loss...and trying to find her true self. Cathy Lamb is a great author...I can't recommend this book enough.

3. A Quote -- Ahhhh Hagrid. I'm a true Harry Potter fan and always find JK Rowlings words comforting and timely. We can't see what's coming and we just have to know that we are equipped to handle it all :)

4. A Look -- I'm loving the embroidered shirt look paired with jeans. It's so very Mexico in the summer time. I need to find this look and soon :)

<3
Jenn

*all images via Pinterest and Amazon

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Paris Can Wait // Or Can It?!?!?

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Those who know me, know my love for two things. France/Paris and pretty, Diane Lane movies -- hello Under The Tuscan Sun ;) So, when the trailer for Paris Can Wait came out I was so excited!!!

I cannot wait to spend a hot, humid Saturday in the theater with a cold drink, Diane and the french country-side:)
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What is your favorite foreign city that you cannot wait to visit again someday?!





Be Well,
Jenn