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Ready for a New Year

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2011 was awfully good to me, I must say. The best part by far was getting engaged to my best friend, but a new job and a new apartment didn’t hurt the overall outcome of the year either. 2012 is certainly going to be a big year in my life, and I’m looking forward to it. Seth and I decided to spend this last day of 2011 in Philadelphia at the Reading Terminal Market where we sampled lots of gourmet foods and picked up a few things for our New Years Eve meal at home.

Luckily, our new apartment is only one block from the train station that takes us right into Center City. We passed the time by taking a few pics with Seth’s iPhone. I can’t wait to get mine in a few weeks!


We got to the market and immediately set out to find some lunch. There are SO many choices there, it’s hard to decide on what to eat. Inevitably, our eyes are always bigger than our stomachs. We had an amazing turkey wrap with russian dressing from a Lancaster Farms deli stand. I always feel better eating meat from them because I feel like it’s less likely to be laden with chemicals. True? I have no idea.

We browsed the seafood and meat as well; Seth wants to make fish tacos for our New Years Day dinner tomorrow evening, so we debated buying the fresh fish there.











After lunch, we visited the Flying Monkey bakery and got their signature Monkey Bar. It’s a peanut butter cookie base, then a layer of caramel and caramelized bananas, topped with a cookie crumble. It was delicious! I am definitely planning on re-creating this at home in the near future.


I ate half and saved the rest for Seth, but it is currently calling my name from the kitchen and most likely won’t make it past the next hour.

We decided to get a few good cheeses to have tonight while cuddling on the couch and watching the ball drop. DeBruno Brothers is known in Philadelphia for having unbelievable cheeses, so we paid them a visit next. I’m planning to make quesadillas tonight using some leftover crockpot rosemary chicken (recipe coming soon!), so I wanted a good cheese that would pair well with that. The owner recommended a rosemary crusted cow’s milk cheese, so we picked that up along with some extra soft brie and sundried tomatoes.


We added some dried cranberries to the brie to give it a little sweetness and are currently munching on that now. I don’t think it will last very long 🙂


I hope you all have a wonderful New Years filled with love and happiness!

A Grown Up Christmas Break

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I always thought it was so unfair that Christmas break had to stop when school stopped. My fiance’s company closes for the week between Christmas and New Years, and I really feel like all companies should consider doing this. It really helps refresh the employees and allows us to come back ready to work hard in the New Year. Right?!

I decided to take my own Christmas break this year, and the time has gone by so quickly. It was a great week filled with family, friends, food, shopping, gift exchanging, and wearing sweats. I never seem to get in all the relaxing time I have planned for vacation weeks though. I only made it to page 75 in my book that I had planned to finish by the end of the week. One thing Seth and I spent alot of time doing–wedding planning activities.

I bought my dress (!), we picked out our wedding bands, and we found several candelabras to use as our centerpieces at the wedding.

The candelabras we found at Home Goods, and we went to a few other stores in the area looking for additional ones. We didn’t find anymore; we did, however, find a great ottoman for our living room! It was much needed to brighten up the couches.

I picked up several baskets to help organize our closets. Space is at a premium around here!!

We also found a new set of silverware 🙂

Now we are just relaxing and enjoying this last night of “Christmas break”. Hope you all are as well!


A New Chapter

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Hi everyone!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog. I’ve wanted to start this for quite some time and I’m excited that my amazing fiance purchased this great blog domain for me as a surprise christmas gift. One of my favorite things to do is read all the great blogs out there, and I have been so inspired by the recipes, the writing, the inspiration and the amazing personality that comes through in some of my favorite blogger’s posts. I’m looking forward to using this space to document my life for family and friends and share some of the amazing recipes that I have with all of you. It will also be a great place to keep track of my health and fitness goals, prepare for my upcoming wedding, and share stories and photos of some of my favorite hobbies and memories.

For now, I’ll leave you with a picture of my fiance and I on our favorite vacation ever, The Grand Canyon. We love to travel and can’t wait to plan our honeymoon!

Come back again soon.


Seth and I at the Grand Canyon