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Short Break?

It’s been a while.

I wanted to provide a little update because I know I’ve been quiet recently on the blog and on social media. This break wasn’t exactly planned, but it has been much needed. Spending 8+ hours on my computer every day at work made me very conscious of the time I was spending on my computer at home. As a result, I haven’t wanted to spend as much time online – and that’s okay. It’s good, even.

As the weather gets warmer here, Andrew and I have spent more time being active. We’ve been walking Chloe a lot and have been exploring some new state parks we’ve never been to before. We’ve been catching up with old friends and trying new restaurants and bars. We’ve made some new friends and I’ve been working on making our home more like home.

I’ve been really happy. I’m not sure if it’s coincidental, but I’m just going to go with it. I’ve never wanted blogging to be a chore, and while I’ve had plenty of inspiration with all the stuff we’ve been doing there hasn’t been much of a desire for me to jump back in just yet. I wish I could tell you that in a week or even a month or so I’ll be back at it, but I have no definite plans as of right now.

If you ever want to say hey or catch up, you can message me on Twitter or e-mail me!

Together with you (and food)

Happy Valentine’s Day. :)

Andrew and I don’t normally do a big shebang for Valentine’s Day. As with most things we do, we keep things pretty chill. I bought a couple of bottles of wine, as well as some cheese and crackers, and chocolate to dip treats into. Last year we did a chocolate fondue night and it was a lot of fun, so I thought we’d continue that this year with cheese and wine!

It’s been a while since Andrew and I have had a night in together just us, so it was long overdue. He surprised me with flowers on Friday with a cheeky, “Flowers are more special not on Valentine’s Day.” And then yesterday he came home again with a bouquet of daisies. I couldn’t tell you the last time he bought me flowers, let alone twice in a week, so I was glowing.

I had bought him some candy, but I put a little bit more effort into our “dinner.” I wanted everything to look nice and it had been a long time since we had a date night, so I put out some candles and really made it look pretty. I was happy with how it turned out!

I’ve noticed recently that I really enjoy showing people my love or appreciation for them through food. My brownies are pretty famous at work, so I thought I would bring some in for my coworkers and also make a batch for Andrew to bring in to work just to say thanks for being great coworkers.  I even bough my roommate some chocolates and other goodies with flowers. She is always so busy with school and her field placement, I wanted to show her some love and support for all the hard work she’s putting in.

Baking and cooking are something that I really enjoy to do, so it’s easy for me to do those things for every when I know it can bring them joy. That in turn brings me joy.

In addition to the brownies and the dinner for us, I made some chocolate covered pretzels for Andrew. I bought more chocolate than I knew that we would use for our dinner, so I dipped some pretzels in the extra chocolate to have as treats for later.

I also planned on baking some Funfetti cookies, which I’ve made in the past and Andrew really liked. I bought the cake mixes, but the recipe wasn’t on the side like it usually is, so I looked up the recipe for it online and went from there. As I mixed the dough, it wasn’t very stiff like cookie dough normally is. It seemed too soft. Then I realized the package I bought was 15 oz, but the recipe called for a 19 oz box.

I baked them anyways to see how they would turn out, but they almost tasted like mini cakes, and not in a good way so I ended up throwing them out. But now I know for next time, and my brownies at least turned out!

Most holiday’s with me tend to revolve around food, and there was a lot for this one, so it was a good one in my books. ;)