Foodie Friday: Arugula-Lavender Pesto

I’m ready for spring. This has been a rather long, chilly winter. So I decided to bring a little bit of spring inspired cooking into my kitchen. I love pesto and am slowly working to create some different ones. Last year I made a Mint-Arugula version with hazelnuts. This one though is probably one of

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Study Abroad: Loggia dei Lanzi: Summer 2012

Connected to Piazza della Signorina is Loggia dei Lanzi. It is a beautiful arched and covered gallery built in the 14th century. If I remember correctly many of the pieces are replicas but that does not mean that this still it took to recreate the statues was any less. The artwork in this gallery is

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Foodie Friday: Taste of Tuscany Cooking Class

I took a second cooking class at Sur La Table last weekend and this time I convinced Keltin to go with me. The menu was Herb Crusted Tenderloin with White Bean and Wild Mushroom Ragout paired with Roasted Broccolini with Lemon and Toasted Garlic Breadcrumbs. For dessert we made Poached Pears with Prosecco Zabaglione. The

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Favorite Travel Moment Contest Winner

My apologies in the delay of announcing the contest winner. This month has gotten away from me. First off I want to thank everyone that participated. I had a wonderful time reading all of your stories and I want to thank you for sharing them with me and my readers. Second Runner Up: KAYLAANN AUTHOR

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Weekend Wondering: Anastasia

Another musical enjoyed. February has been a busy month for musicals. Not only did Keltin and I get to see The Book of Mormon but I also got to see Anastasia with my Grandmother. My Grandmother helped to foster a love of musicals as a child. I remember watching The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and West Side Story at her house. This musical shares

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Foodie Friday: Classic French Cooking Class

For Christmas I requested cooking classes, to make things easy I was given a Sur La Table gift card. So I promptly signed up for a few classes, the first of which was Classic French. I had a great time at the class, you get to make a main dish and dessert. We were a

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Weekend Wanderings: Hop & Sting Brewing Company

Keltin and I finally made it out to Grapevine’s craft brewery. With as much as I enjoy a good beer I’m kind of embarrassed about how long it took me to visit this local brewery. Located near the historic Main Street with in door seating and a dog friendly patio this is a great spot

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Study Abroad: Piazza della Signoria: Summer 2012

Warning: Nude Statues When studying abroad in Florence as a very young adult I was actually kind of embarrassed at first with all of the nude statues. I no longer am, after the first couple of days of seeing nude art all the embarrassment fades. The pieces below are standing in the Piazza della Signoria

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Tolkien Book Tag

I don’t do tags very often but I came across this one from Bookwormmuse and I had to participate because Tolkien, no other reason is needed. HOW DID YOUR MIDDLE EARTH JOURNEY BEGIN? My wonderful step-mom actually started reading The Hobbit to my sister and I when we were little. I remember loving the story then,

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Foodie Friday: Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cookies

Keltin and I don’t do anything crazy on Valentine’s Day but I use it as an excuse to try something a bit different. I made chocolate covered strawberries for the two of us but I also made chocolate cookies with peanut butter morsels for my coworkers. I thought that it would make the day a

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