One Fact for Every Year


I am doing things a little differently today folks.

You normally come to check out what I am making to eat this week, but I thought I would change it up a bit. Keep you on your toes!!

And also, I am heading to Albuquerque this week, so I haven’t had a lot of time to cook. ;-) We are going to see some of Patrick’s friends that live there. Will be a nice break. Definitely needed!

So today I thought I would share a 27 facts with you about myself.

One fact for every year that have been alive. I love learning about all the bloggers I read regularly, so I thought I would share some things you may or may not already know about me.

Since this will probably be my last post until after Labor Day, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!! :-)

27 Facts

  1. I am a dropper. I drop phones, glasses, plates, channel changers. Beware people, don’t let me hold anything that you aren’t upset about if it falls to the ground and shatters.
  2. I love The Little Mermaid and The Princess Bride. Still 2 of my most favorite movies even today. I used to wake up in the middle of the night when I was little and tell my mom with puppy dog eyes, “wittle mermade make me feel bettur”.
  3. Golden Retrievers are the cutest damn puppies in the world and I want one so bad!
  4. I still call my dad, “Daddy”.
  5. I just started running this year and I am planning on participating in 3-5k races. Working out is a HUGE part of my life. While I might not look like it, I spend at least part of my day, every day, doing something to keep me fit. (although as I get older, my body wants to disagree with me more and more, haha)
  6. I have been dancing since the age of 2 and dance with a Modern dance company named Eclipse in Massachusetts.
  7. My bunny Gizzy, who is 3lbs, is sometimes my shoulder to lean on when I need a good cry.
  8. I drink about 12-8oz glasses of water a day. I am pretty sure I should have been a fish.
  9. Smiling is one of my favorite activities as long as it is not for a picture. :-)
  10. I had to wait 26 years to find the love of my life, and I am glad that I waited and held onto my dream of wanting more. <3
  11. I don’t respond well to people who try and tell me what to do.
  12. More often than not, I am always going against the crowd.
  13. I <3 shoes. It is a sickness.
  14. I am extremely self conscious about my hourglass shape. 35-26-36. While everyone always says, “it’s the ideal body shape”. I refuse to believe it! …and it is so hard to find pants that fit right when your waist is 10″ smaller than your hips! haha Grrr
  15. My favorite season, by far, is Fall. I love the leaves, the cool air and all the delicious apples.
  16. I do not like Apple products. iPhone, iPad, iPod. I don’t dig it.
  17. One of my best friends in the world I have known since I was 5 years old and we hated each other when we were little, and I ended up being her maid of honor in her wedding. (we actually fought about which one of our cats had the scarier” eyes haha).
  18. To this day my Mom still makes my most favorite cheesecake. I compare all other cheesecakes to this one.
  19. I am a list maker. Seriously make lists for everything.
  20. My eyes are green with blue outlining. I know right? I should be a superhero or something.
  21. I am an aunt to 3 beautiful boys named Joey, Mikey, and Tommy. I am the cool aunt who always has fun stuff to play with in her purse.
  22. Reading books is one of my favorite hobbies.
  23. I will forever bleed Blue and White for Penn State University. Attending that college was 4 of the best years of my life.
  24. I walked 60 miles for Breast Cancer in the Susan G. Komen 3-day Walk for the Cure. It was one of the most liberating moments of my life.
  25. Reaching for a vegetable instead of meat is not uncommon for me. Actually it happens 9 times out of 10.
  26. My favorite quote is “If you tell yourself you can, or if you tell yourself you can’t, you are right either way” – Henry Ford.
  27. Cooking is my form of meditation.

That’s all folks! :-)


Chocolate Chip Cookies

Good Thursday Morning to everyone!

How is your week going thus far? Mine has been going rather quickly actually. Can’t complain about that! Makes the weekend come faster.

Ever heard of Christmas in July?

Well I got Christmas in August.

I would just like to say that I have the best boyfriend in all of the land (ok, yes I did just say “in all of the land”, but maybe that is because he make me feel like a princess ;-) ).

He found this sale on Holy frekkin’ moly! Talk about getting things for dirt cheap. He is such a good deal finder. Just like me actually haha.

We are very careful with our money so that we can spend it on things we want, we ended up getting like 8 or 9 boxes of new kitchen stuff sent to us for like $100 bucks and it was free shipping. I mean literally 8-9 larger boxes.

I mean from plates, to utensils, to pots and pans, storage containers for food, cake stands, you name it. They had it on sale.

We got A TON of great containers for the new kitchen that we are going to have. I love having organized things. It is a sickness really. I mean like love organization.

Patrick always makes fun of me for it, but I’ll tell you what, it helps me keep my life in order. Otherwise I would be all over the place…and just something about marking something out on a list makes me feel so good. :-)

Anyways, so not only did we score big time on the kitchen stuff but guess what?? (no, not chicken butt Patrick)

Patrick bought my a KitchenAid Mixer with the glass bowl and it is candy apple red. AHHH!!!! I cannot even tell you how excited I am about this.

I told him not to buy it, seeings how we just bought a house and all haha. He went ahead anyways!

I have watched my mom with here KitchenAids since I was a little girl and now that I am going to have one of my own?? I am just beyond ecstatic.

Needless to say, I am completely spoiled.

Somehow I think that is exactly how Patrick wants it to be though. He seems to spoil me every chance he gets.

I am taking him out to dinner tomorrow night to thank him for all the goodies.

Think about it though…think about all the amazing things I am going to be able to share with you now that I have that amazing mixer.

Like these cookies!

Chocolate Chip Cookies are a staple. I think that it is one of those cookies that just about everyone likes and it can be made in SO many different ways.

It is like going to a Dave Matthews Band Concert. You may have gone 15 times before, but I guarantee that the 16th time isn’t like any of the others. Any of you who have actually been to DMB, know what I am talking about ;-)

Adapted from this recipe.


  • 1 cup, or 2 sticks, salted butter – room temperature not melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 oz all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon small-medium coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/4 cup semi- sweet Ghirardelli chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 360°

Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar until it is nice and fluffy. This takes about 3-4 minutes. Make sure it gets to a fluffy consistency before you continue.

Add both eggs in and vanilla and beat for additional 2 minutes. Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour until cookie batter is well combined.

Add in your chocolate chips until they are well distributed throughout the dough. (resist the need to eat half the batter – I failed at this)

This cookie batter is thick. Drop about 1 tablespoon of dough onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. The original recipe called for 2 tablespoons and that was a HUGE cookie.

Bake for 10-14 minutes or until the edges are nice and brown. Keep on the cookie sheet for an additional 2 minutes after you remove from the oven and then pick the parchment paper up off of the cookie sheet and transfer to a cooling rack.

Let the cookies cool and then serve!

I will say that these cookies came out rather thin, and normally thin cookies are crispy and I am NOT a crispy cookie fan. Gooey and chewy is my cup of tea.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that these cookies while thin, had a chewy texture on the inside. I wouldn’t say that this was the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever had, but it was good enough to share with you all.

Like I said there are so many different variations of the chocolate chip cookie, we could make them all day and still come out with 12 different kinds of cookies.

Oh and I love my outfit today. Loving the colorful skirts right now.

I love dressing them up with button down shirts to make them look a little classier for work.

That way you can still have fun, but you aren’t dressing TOO crazy for work.

You can get skirts like this at like Charlotte Russe for super cheap. I think I got a couple of them for like less than $10 each.

There is that finding deals again ;-)

Hope you have a great end to your week!