Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Pumpkin bread filled with chocolate chunky goodness!!

Wow, baking this recipe made the house smell divine.

I found the recipe on YellowBlissRoads, thanks Fiona!

Wind Beneath my Feet and Geography Blues

The sun shines brightly down glimmering across my auburn hair as I straighten my toes on the wooden balcony.

Today,

I had a no good case of the geography blues today.

But why I’m able to licate the Ural Mountains on a map now. And I can tells you all about the natural resources of Europe.

So after studying since 8:05 am to 3:15 pm I was ready to “cash in my chips” so to say for this ole’ geography test.

And hey I actually didn’t do too bad.

My map section was a sight for sore eyes but I’m feeling really confident about the other part of the quiz. Which honestly I felt like was the harder section.

Golly, now that I think about it, I had a lot of paragraphs per question. Eek. I hope my professor doesn’t mind.

I did my makeup

And

I took off my French pedicure off.

Though French pedicures are not at all French in origin. Jeff Pink an American in Hollywood made them popular in the 1970’s.

Here’s a recipe I made over my lunch too.

Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Hope you having a smashing good Friday!

Cheers.

Hot day; Cold Caramel Butter Latte, Yummy Chocolate Snacks & #6 Clever Packing Hacks

This morning began soft and warm filled with bright sunshine flowing across the mountains.

My fiancé and I are determined to get a free espresso drink before we leave this region at our favorite coffee shop “The Coffee Bean”.

I like iced lattes in the summer. Though I think his summer drink is an iced mocha.

It will be so exciting to see how different coffee shops are in the NE U.S.!

Anyway, let’s cut to the chase. Packing ensues today. Therefore, I will be writing about done packing hacks I’ve picked up.

Today, I’m packing the wine glasses… eek.

1. After strategizing and thinking it over a good deal. I came up with a brilliant packing hack. To pack the wine glasses in socks and stocking hats before wrapping in bubble wrap. This is a new trick for me and I think is BRILLIANT!!

2. Another thing, I aim to do in this move is not empty my bureau drawers but just remove them and stack them still full in the back of the truck. Which will save me a lot of time.

3. A plate trick, I really like, is layering your glass plates with paper plates. Such a good idea! Unfortunately, I already packed my plates. Though, I will definitely keep this trick in my back pocket.

4. I also discovered a game changing way to vacuum seal your clothing. You can buy vacuum pack bags or try this nifty trick and make your own vacuum pack with a trash bag and a vacuum cleaner!

When I learned about this my jaw dropped.

5. Books, I have a lot and my fiancé has a lot of books. This poses a problem for the average cardboard box. A neat trick for this is stacking your books in a rolling suitcase. This one is really beneficial because let me tell ya’ I’ve had so many cardboard boxes break from the weight of books.

6. I love this one and have used this on my first long distance move to Ohio. Keeping your hanging clothes on the hangers, grouping them together, poking a hole in the top middle of the trash bag and then pulling a trash bag over tightening with a knot at the bottom. So, that all of your clothes are covered completely if there’s rain your clothes will stay completely dry.

Well, that’s all for now friends.

I hope you have a joyful morning 😊

Blessing #3: Honeymoon Search, Old Jeans and Sunny Walks

This night is going to sleep with dreams of honeymoon destinations.

What a day we’ve had! A beautiful sunny day woke me up this morning. We left at about 9:30am and returned at roundabouts 7:00. Geesh, long day sleepy fiance. Alotta wine too. Goodness.

So, after arriving at a cute coffee shop we hadn’t visited in Ambridge we ordered our drinks. I got a wonderful cappuccino with two squirts of red velvet flavoring. Which was scrumptious! I also ordered an apricot bagel with fresh cream cheese from a local bakery in Beaver, PA. And after that, two or three hours after that, I ordered a really extraordinary latte! So good.

Check it out!

Then we learned from a flyer that there was a wine fest going on that day! What a stroke of luck my friends. We bought tickets and start our walk to the South side of town hopped on this incredible antique trolly with a trolley driver that said he was a former pilot. I love meeting people and learning there stories!

So, we traveled South to North popping into a rare pet store and a whole cornucopia of unique stores. We even saw a couple rare birds, Macaws, I think.

There were tickets that we could deposit at each store in a ticket jar for a drawing at the end of the day. We submitted a bunch of ticket but I guess in the end not enough! Oh well, we had a rollicking good time. But we were not lucky winners.

This other lady, who apparently was celebrating her birthday today won twice. What a nice birthday surprise, for her.

It was a wonderful day filled with sun and holding hands walking down the sidewalk.

What wonderful sunny memories my fiancé and I have made.

Praise God, Skirts, Sunshine and Hot Coffee

A towhee chirps in the black cherry tree behind me as I sit on the porch sipping hot coffee. It’s a sunny Sunday morning. Mass will be later this afternoon which my fiancé and I go to. Today, since it’s nice weather out I’ll wear a skirt.

Mass is such a beautiful event. I love being Catholic.

Anyway, today has been mostly good. I woke earlier than expected and popped downstairs to make coffee. Which, nonetheless, is an interesting experience/experiment each time I make it in our percolator.

Stove-top Percolators are finicky things.

Now, I’m upstairs honestly really tired—extremely tired.

I’m waiting for my stick buns, new recipe (so EXCITED!!). I think they’ll drive my fiancé crazy, haha. He loves sticky buns.

Done and yummy!

I found the recipe on my Allrecipes app and added a few substitutes. I made my own yellow cake mix and used some leftover streusel topping from a muffin mix box.

My fiancé loved it! He had two slices today!

Though it is a beautiful sunny day after a big rain last night my garden is looking very sad. My petunias look Ike they’ve been battered with a broom and my lilac never bloomed and is a green skinny bud jutting out with yellow tips. Quite dead which is quite disheartening.

Ta-ta for now friends.

Editing News, Coffee and Online Dating

Perk, perk… As the coffee pot spit out its merry little music, I flipped through my work manual. The rain tumbled down the gutters and spit out onto the bright green grass into a little pool.

As my Spotify churned out lyrics to “Symphony” I cringed at the article on my computer. I had been working on this article for two weeks. Tracking down people and resources to complete it was absolute mayhem. But finally, the article stitched out on my screen like a newly embroidered pillowcase hem. The only thing is that the hems are all haphazardly sewn in… and the article needs lots of editing. Uggh… Every writer’s favorite thing—editing, bleh. Luckily, I found a couple of helpful articles.

This article is helpful for editing the bare bones of just about any writing piece. 25 really helpful tips:

25 editing tips for your writer’s toolbox

This article is really helpful in suggesting editing tools for journalists:

The Best Tools to Improve your Newspaper Writing

So in summary,

*Cut the extra fluff, precision is key- try and keep adverbs and adjectives at a minimum

*Use the 5 W’s: Who, what, where, why and when and how

*Strong verbs (gushing, frolicking, scratching

*Precise strong nouns (kitten instead of cat, Subaru instead of just car, etc.)

*Also when editing I go over it about a million times. Accuracy is everything.

Coffee helps.