Archive | October, 2011

Happy Halloween!

31 Oct

I can’t believe it’s Halloween. So many things have happened in the past few days. Namely SNOW. If you’ve been hiding under a rock you might have not gotten the news, but it SNOWED on Saturday along the East Coast. You have got to be kidding me. Remember that post, Until Winter, I love you Maine. That accurately describes my feeling towards Vacationland right about now.

Regardless of that little blizzard we experienced… Halloween was wonderful as usual. This year the BF and I dressed up as Tarzan and Jane.  I spent all day Saturday sewing the perfect Jane costume and cutting out a rustic looking loin cloth for my Tarzan. I am so tempted to post 100 pictures because our costumes were so fun, but for some reason the BF wants to remain anonymous–so the picture below is the best I can do.  You’re probably guessing that I’m like most college students and tried to use Halloween as an excuse to wear as little clothing as possible. You would be VERY wrong. I dressed up at the 1900s Jane with a three-tiered skirt and gloves up to my elbows. The BF on the other hand was the one showing skin. He let me dress him up in a loin cloth and wore a Rastafarian dread wig the WHOLE night. What a keeper.

It was great to talk as “Me Tarzan, You Jane” all night and I probably cried three times singing Phil Collin’s song, whoops. To make Halloween a little sweeter and more fun, my Mom sent me this great care package full of her grandmother’s sugar cookies (decorated unlike her grandmother), a bunch of vegan-sugar-free pumpkin cupcakes and some other, unidentifiable cookies (molasses?). I wanted to show everyone a picture of the cookies she decorated because it just highlights how utterly cool my mom is. I mean, just check out that spider web.



Cramped Kitchen Baking

25 Oct

Just because you’re in college does not mean that you can’t get creative in the kitchen. After a summer of cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner I am PERFECTLY happy eating in the dining halls for every meal. However, ever since leaving Boston I’ve been itching to bake. Luckily my 12 best guy friends live in off campus housing with a full (yet often dirty) kitchen. And obviously, whatever I bake–no matter how gross–will be consumed within hours of coming out of the oven. Having guy friends who love baked goods is simply the best. Here are some shots of my most recent college baking experiments (well the first one is from my house this summer…)

1. “Better Than Crack Brownies” posted by one of my very favorite baking blogs, How Sweet It Is. I call these brownies “Type 2 Diabetes in a Glass Platter”

2. FOOTBALL CUPCAKES. I don’t have a recipe because it all came from a box & jar of icing. I love Betty Crocker. I want to thank one of my BFFAE Ben for showing me what a football looks like after I made some really ugly fish-looking cupcakes. Love ya, Ben.

3. Betty Crocker “Simply Add Water” super fake blueberry muffins. These grossed me out but they were a total hit. Go figure. I know you’re probably thinking “the girl goes to school in Maine, why would she ever be using imitation blueberries?” and my answer for you is that it is October and there is no such thing as Maine OCTOBER blueberries. I thought that all blueberry muffins should have one of those sugary/flakey tops so I found this recipe for blueberry tops and added it to the water-mixed-muffins.

4. Apple Crisp made from fresh apples from Wallingfords. I used this recipe–I just removed the pecans and added oats. The next picture of what the apple crisp looked like 5 minutes after it came out of the oven.

15 Years from Now…

22 Oct

I’ve always had a big imagination. So I can’t help but collect photographs I find online and on tumblr and instagram. I have built a collection big enough to make a post. And while I will probably be spending the next five years of my life living in a small apartment somewhere, I hope one day I will have a house big enough to decorate with lots of hydrangeas, books, and anything yellow. Oh and one of those bookshelves with a sliding ladder. Blame the Beauty and the Beast for that one… In my little head full of dreams this is a snapshot of what my life will look like in 15 years. I will obviously be the coolest 36 year old around…

My Double Life as a Party Planner

20 Oct

Sorry summer-babies for missing out, but birthday celebrations at college are simply the best. October has been a very busy birthday month for my group of friends; namely because my roomie AND my BF turned 22 this month. Obviously I’ve been a busy party planner. KME got together to throw my roomie/suite mate a low key party. We had all her favorite bases covered: crackers, cheese, goldfish, chocolate/peanut butter cake, candy corn and her all time fave CARROT CAKE. Unfortunately between school work and being a social butterfly I was too busy to make homemade carrot cake cupcakes (I use this cake and this frosting recipe) so I had to go to grocery store as a last resort. Luckily, she didn’t mind that the carrot cake was 1 part cake and 3 parts icing. Dodged that bullet.

13 days later the BF turned 22. I surprised him with tickets to the New Hampshire October Brewfest in Portsmouth. If you’re a beer snob you can look at the official beer line up here. It was a perfect Saturday afternoon in New England to be outside even if we were consuming cold beverages the whole time. After a day of “taking a sip and dumping the rest” beer tasting we returned to campus for his BYOS (bring your own sombrero) fiesta. I just love celebrating birthdays even I get a little too carried away with decorations, invitations, etc… There are worse things to obsess over, right? Next October, it will be infinitely harder to get all the BFFs together for such fun birthday celebrations. Is it bad that I miss college already and I haven’t even graduated?

Here are a few shots from the two birthday bashes and brewfest

Weekends In Maine

16 Oct

I will admit, I have had my fair share of problems with Maine–however, I really cannot complain about Maine in the fall. What could be better than bright foliage, fresh apple cider, and crisp air? Probably nothing. Last weekend the BF and I went apple picking at a favorite spot: Wallingford’s Fruit House and Orchard. It’s this beautiful 1000 acre family-owned orchard in Auburn, Maine that has been growing and selling their apples since 1803. My personal favorite part of going to Wallingfords is walking into the farm-house-turned-store. We left with a dozen of their best apple cider donuts, although rumor has it their apple dumplings (a la mode) are a tough competitor. It’s sad to think that this will be my last fall in Maine; luckily, I knew the nostalgia would sit in eventually, so I bucked up and finally bought one of their famous bright red Wallingford’s t-shirt. You can take the girl out of Maine, but you can’t take Maine out of the girl.

I couldn’t have picked a better afternoon to go apple picking–even though it was early October, the weather was warm enough for shorts and tank tops. Oh Maine, how fickle you are with your weather patterns. We arrived back at campus with time to “watch” the Patriots game (you know how I feel about football) and enough time in the evening to try my hand at a homemade apple crisp recipe I found here. I added oats to the recipe and omitted pecans only because the BF says all apple crisps are required to have oats but not required to have pecans. Tough crowd, I know. It was an overwhelmingly fun day and it’s days like this I am so grateful for living in Vacationland.

Etsy Find: Coco Draws

13 Oct

I Love Etsy.

If you haven’t gotten the memo, I love Etsy… and Boston, but that’s a whole other story. The other week, taza and husband featured Coco Draw’s happy list on their blog and I immediately clicked through her Etsy site to learn more. Her stuff is to die for. It’s like she knows exactly how a young female wants to decorate her room: fun, simple, stylish and chic. And obviously this is a dormstyler’s dream.

Her drawings include some of the items us young women hold near and dear to our hearts: Mac Lipstick, Pearl Necklaces, Hunter Boots (with a bouquet coming out), and Ballet Flats. And if it wasn’t good enough, her work is affordable. See, it’s reasons like this I spend hundreds of thousands of millions of hours on Etsy each year. The stuff is just sooo good.

These prints are the perfect gift for a stylish college student or twenty-something woman. Let me tell you, it is never too early to begin Christmas/Hanukkah shopping, so get after it. I’m currently deciding on three to buy–I think they would look so adorable framed next to each other in my room. The only one I’ve settled on is “Addicted to Flats” because it’s so gosh-darn cute!

Inhale, Exhale, Repeat

9 Oct

This past weekend I went on a college yoga retreat. How cool, right? I’m not a yogi by any means, but there is nothing I enjoy as much as the feeling of walking out of a yoga class, refreshed and revitalized. I learned various things this weekend. 1. I have my limits on how much I am willing to hold other people’s hands 2. I am not the type of person to wake up at 6:30 am to do morning meditations and 3. Contrary to my own belief, I can live 24 hours without my cellphone–even if it is anxiety producing and makes my pores sweat.

It was really refreshing to get away from campus and meet so many students who I would never have met if for not for this retreat. We arrived to the college-owned beach housing Friday night and began our practice. After dinner, our yoga instructor (and the reason for why my Fridays are so wonderful) told us that we were going to be silent until 9:30 the next morning. If you know me, you can imagine how stressful this was. I can’t help but talk! Even if we were asleep for like 7 of the 12 hours. Let me tell you, it was NOT easy. And it was kind of lonely too, which makes me even more appreciative of the BF who puts up with all my talking and my stories and my obsession with finding puppy pictures online.

On Saturday morning we woke up at 6:30. Yes, 6:30 to begin some “mindful meditation”  where we had to sit like this for 10 minutes straight–but we obviously didn’t look this hot, and weren’t on the beach in our itty-bitty bikinis in the sunshine–we were in Maine, in the woods, at 6:30 in the morning wearing flannel. Let me tell you, it was a painful 10 minutes and my arms are still reminding me of it 36 hours later.

Overall, it was a wonderful way to spend my Friday and Saturday–and even if I missed cool parties and the chance to wear a toga in a socially accepting setting. It was nice to give myself the opportunity to indulge in yoga for 24 hours.