Thursday Things:
Live Minimally

The older I get, the more I do my best to live minimally and with intention.  Also, the more I realize I’d rather take several shorter trips vs. a few long ones, and these 10 hip hotels in upstate New York look like a great place to start.  “Every overnight success story is 10 years in the making.” Dill and cucumbers were a match made in heaven, especially when you combine them to make pickles in your fridge.  It’s no secret that I’m a fan of booze (especially bourbon), but this time of year I’m more likely to reach for a different spirit.  How stinking cute are these Peach Bakewell Tarts though? As soon as it cools down a bit I’ll be fixing up a batch or two of these to enjoy myself.  If I wasn’t headed to India in September (more details on that to come next week!) then I’d definitely be headed up north for Pinch of Yum’s food photography workshop, cause that shit is hard AF y’all.  I’ve yet to jump on the popsicle bandwagon, but these Summer Fruit Pops may be enough to push me over the edge.  Speaking of fruit, I love bananas. Especially when they’re…

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Thursday Things:
Go Freely

As we head into the second half of 2016 remember that you always have the freedom to go freely into what lies ahead, without fear or trepidation, because the only limits placed on life are the ones you place on yourself.  Hotels with history are always a personal favorite, especially when they’re over 100 years old. Instead of heading to NYC next week, I’m actually boarding a plan and headed out West, but at least I have these photos of the city during golden hour to hold me over till next time. Speaking of NYC, ever wondered how to get into NYFW? Well, wonder no more – thanks Cathy! This time of year we’re all trying to spend as much time on patios as possible, which means it’s time to give yours some new life.  I really want to be like Molly when I grow and be able to decorate cakes like she does. Oh, and write a cookbook.  Until then, I’ll stick to mastering making ice cream cookie sandwiches at home and leave the tiered cakes to the ladies.  Key to creating an online presence that’s authentic and stands the test of time? Listen to your intuition and gut instinct.  And while it…

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Thursday Things:
Inspired Content

If you’re anything like me churning out fresh content 5 days a week can be a tad difficult on occasion, but these 5 tips on how to create inspired blog content were a good reminder to not over complicate things – too much.  Even on your worst days never forget that you are competent, brilliantly competent.  If you’re a fan of booze, and like getting a surprise box each month then Robb Vices may be exactly what you’re looking for.  Live in the Minneapolis area? Pinch of Yum is hiring a shoot assistant, and I’d love to live vicariously through you. GO apply! Tired of those pesky ice cream cones dripping all over your favorite pair of shorts? Drop a mini marshmallow in the bottom to save yourself from the mess.  Pasta is 10x healthier when it’s packed full of veggies, right?  Molly’s chickens are turning one this week, and their birthday cakes are the cutest damn things, ever.  Chicken and waffles tend to be a little too much for me to handle majority of the time, but this slider riff on the classic? Just the right size.  I’m straight skinny but gay fat, and that’s always one of the…

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Thursday Things:
Cocorrina

Biggest complaint about my face (other than the occasional zit)? Under-eye bags and dark circles, which is why I always wear sunglasses in photos.  Just when I thought I couldn’t want to visit Greece more I ran across Cocorinna who proved me wrong.  As much as I love fried chicken this Spicy Baked Chicken Parmesan is calling my name. I did SO good on the no-carb kick for awhile, but I’ve fallen off the band wagon in recent weeks, and a detox salad is exactly what the doctor ordered.  I’m all for taking a day (or two, hell even a week) off from work, from real life, or whatever is stressing you out, but I get that that’s not always possible. But taking a day, every week, month, or whatever works best for your schedule, to spend time with people that help lift you up and help you be a better person is well worth it.  Speaking of taking a week off (hi, yes, that’s me) I’ve been a little behind this week, and these 6 ways to get back on business track were a god-send.  100% the opposite of low-carb, but I’m willing to make an exception for a S’mores Skillet…

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Thursday Things:
Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and while I know that sweet kiddos like us are the ultimate gift I’m sure all the dads out there wouldn’t mind an actual gift or two.  Hate spending a lot of time in the kitchen this time of year, and these easy Summer recipes have saved the day a time or two.  I’m doing my best to start reading, actual books, more often. First up: Creative Truth. My friend Anna just got home from Portland, and then Michelle posted this guide to Portland – I think the universe is telling me something.  Sad to see Jess leave this neck of the woods, BUT so excited for her and Tyler’s latest adventure/the chance to live vicariously through their 5 week road trip out West.  All the natural light in this LA pad is giving me serious design envy.  I didn’t have the greatest experience when I traveled to Ireland many years ago, but after seeing Molly’s photos I want to go back so, so badly.  Roasted red pepper and cauliflower pizzas? I’ll take two, please.  If you read my post on blogger burnout and related to it in any way, shape, or form then here…

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