Our vacation through pictures: Savannah

I finally got around to uploading and editing my photos from Savannah! Despite some shaky weather (it rained almost every day we were there), our trip to Savannah was one of my favorites yet, and it was definitely the best food I’ve ever eaten, anywhere. If you ever have the chance to visit Savannah, don’t pass it up…there’s just something about it that feels different than anywhere else I’ve ever been. The Spanish moss, the squares, the cobblestone streets with real gas lanterns on every building…it’s really a dreamy place. There are ordinances in the city preventing historical buildings from being altered, and any new building needs to match the architecture and design of the older, Antebellum buildings. All of this combined with the quirky local history and countless ghost stories makes Savannah unlike any other city. I’d love to return some day!

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As magical as horse-drawn carriages all over the place feels, I actually felt really bad for these horses 😦

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The waving girl!

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This fragrant garden was designed for blind people!

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Love the color of our AirBnB’s door.

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We LOVED this place.

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Fresh off the plane with a to-go-sa 🙂

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The coolest underground cocktail bar – the menu was an actual newspaper, and they make every cocktail you could possibly imagine. Jeff got to bring that glass with the weird guy on it home.

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Old, old haunted brewery

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Chillin’ out max in our hotel room.

 

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

I recently received a Nespresso CitiZ with Milk machine as a gift from work (hellooooo perks!!), so of course one of the first things I did was concoct a homemade pumpkin spice latte. It IS October, after all!

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I’ve tried store-bought pumpkin spice syrups before, but none of them ever quite cut it. I think the key to a real-tasting PSL is, well, real pumpkin. I’ve made pumpkin spice syrup before, both at home and for the cafe I used to work for, but it’s been a few years and it was time to give it another go. It came out pretty darn delicious, if I do say so myself – after some experimentation, I figured out that it’s key to use two shots of espresso (this is true for most latte-type drinks using an Nespresso machine, at least for me…I had been using one shot brewed on the larger “Lungo” setting, but I found that the drinks ended up a bit milky for my taste. Two shots on the smaller “Espresso” setting seems to hit the sweet spot.), and my secret weapon is to add a dash of vanilla extract to the milk before frothing.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

1 1/2 cups water

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 TBSP pumpkin puree

5 cinnamon sticks

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cloves

generous dash black pepper

Heat water and sugar over medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Add remaining ingredients and simmer over medium heat for about 8 minutes, stirring frequently – don’t allow the mixture to boil. Strain into cheese cloth set over fine mesh strainer; store in tightly sealed container in refrigerator for up to a month.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

1 TBSP pumpkin spice syrup (or to taste, depending on preferred level of sweetness)

2 shots espresso

8 oz milk

1 tsp vanilla

Pumpkin pie spice

Combine espresso and pumpkin spice syrup in mug. Add vanilla to milk; froth (if you don’t have a steam wand or aeroccino, you can froth milk using a small french press – just nuke the milk for 30 seconds or so and pump in the press until it reaches your desired level of frothy-ness). Top espresso with frothed milk and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy!!

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Bedroom Sneak Peek

As I was saying, I’m not quite ready to share a full bedroom tour just yet…but I thought it’d be fun to share just a few little snippets:

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These were just taken with my phone, so they’re not the best quality…but I just couldn’t resist. We’ve had a few little snafus (read: I ordered the wrong size blinds) that have held us up, but we have everything we need now (save for a few decorative elements), so we should be finishing up soon. Stay tuned for the full reveal!

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Phew, it’s been a crazy couple of months. Between travel, house projects (mainly the bedroom), work, and life, I haven’t had a lot of time or energy to write…plus, if I’m being honest, anxiety has been rearing its nasty little head during the past few weeks. I this this is because there’s so much uncertainty and potential for change in the coming months – benefit enrollment is looming at work, and I’ll be increasing my coverage since we’ll be trying to get pregnant in the coming months. When I sat down to review the plan options, it just kind of hit me – will we be able to get pregnant? If we do, will everything go smoothly? Will the baby be healthy? Will I be healthy? Will we be good parents? How will a baby affect our relationship? And so on and so forth. So…nothing bad, just a lot to think about making my (already anxious) head spin. Ch-ch-ch-changes!

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Anyway…the weather is finally turning crisp, and there are already leaves on the ground – it seems like that short cool snap we had several weeks ago made the leaves turn earlier than normal around here, despite the fact that the temperature had been hovering around 90 degrees (!!) until the past few days. It’s really starting to feel like autumn, my fluffy robe has been pulled out, and I’m itching to bake all the things. Life should finally be settling down just a bit around here (until holiday craziness hits, of course), so hopefully I’ll have time to share some of the fun stuff that’s been going on. Although I’m itching to share a bedroom reveal, we’re still working on the finishing touches…but so far, I’m loving what we’ve done. It’s finally feeling like more of a calming retreat than an unfinished room with some furniture thrown in it (and after 4+ years, I’d say it’s about time). I also have pics to share from New Orleans and Savannah, so stay tuned!

Time keeps on slippin’ (slippin’, slippin’)

What’s the deal with time?

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This is the post where I try my hand at the comedic stylings of Jerry Seinfeld. Just kidding. But, so…okay, before all of my friends started breeding (haha), I used to marvel when someone would talk about how busy they were on a constant basis. I’d think to myself, “doing WHAT?” At the time, most of my friends were childless and either in serious relationships or married, many of them homeowners…but so was I, and I CERTAINLY wasn’t busy. I’d look at the free time stretched out in front of me with no end in sight, and wonder what these people (mostly women) were doing wrong (or more realistically, panic about what I was doing wrong that was causing me to be so free – was I a loser of some sort? Did I not have enough friends? Was I just incredibly lazy?!) And I was working crazy hours at the time!

I think that I must be some form of slightly late bloomer, because I’m now finding myself in the exact same position these other ladies were in about 5 years ago. I feel like I’m always running around, and there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all the things I need to do done. When I try to schedule things with friends it’s not just them who have a packed schedule – now we all do. But here’s the weird thing: I have NO IDEA why I’m so busy. Nothing’s really changed that much – part of me feels like having more financial freedom has made us more busy just on the grounds that being broke kind of prevents you from doing ANYTHING…but for the most part, I still don’t know what the hell all of this running around is for at the end of the day. If I’m catching up with a friend and they ask me how I’ve been, I almost always answer with some form of “good…busy, busy, busy!” – but I can’t really elaborate. When I look back on my week I’ll remember being busy, but I honestly don’t know what I did to make myself feel that way. Every holiday season for the past few years has crept up on me, and when it hits I feel like it was just Christmas two months ago. WHERE IS ALL THIS TIME GOING?!!!

So, that’s where I am. I don’t know if it’s something about my career that’s making me feel like I’m run ragged, or the fact that we’ve been traveling more, or what. But, on a related note, I took a 4-day weekend this week and we’re finally going to re-do our bedroom, which means I need to get running to the paint store and home depot, and it also means we have about 10 pieces of furniture to put together, in addition to cleaning and painting and moving things around. Plus, Jeff wants to see IT at some point this weekend, we have the Heart Walk on Sunday, and we need to take a trip to Ikea (which is about 45 minutes away) to return our old MALM dresser (which they’re still accepting as a recall!) and pick out a new one. AND I want to get a nice, long run in every day. I’d also like to hit up a local orchard before the honeycrisp apples are all gone, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen between everything going on this weekend and our trip to New Orleans next weekend. So, yeah – busy.

So if I’m a bit absent, that’s why…but I’ll try not to be. I still want to share pics from our trip to Savannah, and there are a few home projects that I’d like to share (including the bedroom, once that’s done – I’m pretty excited about it!) I hope you have a fantastic weekend – this weather is a dream come true! Pick some honeycrisps for me. And stay safe if you’re in Irma’s path!! ❤

 

 

 

Hold, please!

I’m still playing catchup from vacation, so I haven’t had time to post. I’ll be back soon…until then, here’s a shot of one of the 5 bajillion beautiful houses in Savannah.

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The most wonderful time of the year

We’re back from vacation (more on that later!), it’s dreary and raining, and it feels like fall! I don’t even mind the rain – I pulled out a spicy candle and lit that sucker up, and I couldn’t be happier. Although I’m 100% certain we have several weeks of blisteringly hot weather left before autumn sets in for good, this week of fall-like weather we get at the end of summer every year has always been my point of no return. Bring on the apples, the pumpkin spice lattes, the scarves, and the cool breezes.

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Don’t rain on my parade

We’re getting ready to head south tomorrow, and the forecast is looking pretty shaky – rain predicted for both Thursday and Friday, with cloudy days Saturday and Sunday. We won’t let a little rain ruin our good time, though – we’ll just have to get a little creative. Some ideas I’m kicking around:

Check out the SCAD Museum of Artscad-msm-art_540x242

Watch the rain fall from the covered deck of a riverboatriverboat

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Indulge our sweet tooth at Lulu’s Chocolate Bar328998ba9d870d4b224c841352b6f19d

Take a tour of Southbound Brewing CompanySouthbound Brewing Co. Savannah Brewery

Lounge over coffee & pastries at Le Cafe Gourmetls

And of course, some of our already-planned activities are perfect for a rainy day – a covered trolley tour is perfect for sub-par weather, and some drizzle will make our ghost tour all the more spooky! Bring it on, rain – we’re ready for you!

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Instagram Etiquette

Do you have any Instagram pet peeves?

Mine is when people (typically people who don’t use Instagram often, or ones who are new to IG) spam my feed with a ton pictures over the course of a day (or often, a few minutes). Especially now that you’re able to upload albums, there’s no excuse for feed-clogging! I say keep it to a couple posts a day, max (or maybe three or four if you’re on vacation or something…but even that should be spread out over the course of the day, and it’s still pushing it).

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A thing I definitely shouldn’t have posted to IG, but did anyway

Another thing that drives me bonkers is when people post 50 snaps or IG stories of live music (I may or may not be guilty of this myself). I know it’s tempting when you’re swept up in the moment, but a blurry video with sudden LOUD, distorted sound is a hard pass for me, dawg.

If “to post, or not to post?” is a question you struggle with, check this handy little guide. Or, y’know, just go ahead and post. Who am I, the queen of Instagram?