Put a toothpick in it: 3 secrets of a killer veggie wrap

Well, hey spring! It seems like I blinked and all the sudden everything is blooming and covered in pollen. My first mosquito bites of the year have already come and gone. #SClife

Whenever the temperature hits the 70s, I immediately start craving all kinds of fresh, warm-weather food. Asparagus! Fresh salsa! Good avocados! Pineapple! Grilled everything! TOMATOES! I have a strong urge to cook something with radishes and peas…so stay tuned for that one. I’ll also have a couple more travel posts to share soon, about the rest of our New Hampshire trip (when we weren’t scaling icy mountains) and a recent family trip to DC. But in the meantime, I wanted to share one of my incredibly easy, go-to lunch recipes. One that I’ve been eating a lot these last few balmy weeks: the best veggie wrap ever.


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Mud, Ice, & Glory

Hiking Mount Cardigan

(In which Chris nearly stabs his eye out with a tree branch)

Last weekend, Chris and I took a few days off work to go up to New Hampshire/Vermont to visit our good friends Erica and Derek (and their sweet pitt mix, Emmy). Originally, we intended this to be a ski trip. But Mother Nature global warming had other plans—so instead, we took advantage of the spring weather and went on a hike!

Wait, let me be clear—this was not a walk in the woods. This was a hike.

We picked Mount Cardigan, a three-mile loop that’s categorized as “easy.” It started out on an auspicious note when Erica stepped into an ankle-deep mud puddle before we even got on the trail.


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Banana Bread French Toast: Two Ways


I am obsessed with breakfast. I wake up early every morning just so I can have enough time to cook a couple of eggs or some oatmeal and sit down with a cup of coffee before work. If all else fails, I’m at least grabbing a granola bar as I’m running out the door, because skipping breakfast is NOT an option.

Anyway, I spend a lot of time thinking about breakfast. And a couple of weeks ago, I was at work when an idea suddenly popped into my head:

French toast is the best.
Banana bread is ALSO the best.
So what if you put them together?!?

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Finding our adventure dog (a love story)

Exactly two years ago today, Chris and I fell in love at first sight.

Just a few months earlier, we had moved into our little rental house and negotiated just one addendum to the lease—that we would be allowed to adopt a dog.

Chris likes dogs, but he never really loved them. I, on the other hand, have been a crazy dog person as long as I’ve been alive. I was the driving force of the whole process, and he was happily, if not super enthusiastically, along for the ride.

So on the evening of March 6th, 2014, we drove out into a rainy, windy, freezing cold evening toward the shelter. We had researched dog breeds, read up on puppy training, and purchased a crate, toys, and a puppy gate. We didn’t know if we would find our puppy that day, but just in case we did—we were ready.

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Friday favorites

It’s Friday!

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(It’s also National Grammar Day, so this weekend is already off to a great start.) It’s already starting to feel a little like spring down here in South Carolina, and I’m so excited to spend some time outside—even if it’s just walking down the street to Kalmia Gardens or putting up the hammock. 🙂 Other weekend plans include a gender reveal party, a Mario Kart tournament, and friends visiting—a.k.a. five people + three dogs all staying in our 700-square-foot, one-bathroom house. #youngadultlife

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