going for gold

everyone has goals for the new year, even if they don’t really want them. of course, i’ve got the obvious ones in mind. be healthy. save more money. read more. floss more. and so on.

i wanted to share with you some of my goals for the new year that aren’t so cookie cutter blah blah i’ll probably forget them by january 1st.

1. be more intentional when i buy clothes (and maybe, just maybe, buy less). this past week, i ran out of clothes hangers, so i did a quick run through of what i didn’t wear often enough to keep. i filled TWO (!!!) gigantic j. crew bags full of clothes, which thankfully my little sister took off my hands.

2. find furniture and art pieces i love, especially for my guest bedroom and another piece for my living room. i want my home to be a place where i like to spend my free time. plus, getting a guest bed that i love made me feel so adult.

3. be less afraid to try new things in the kitchen, and perfect several meals. i love eating, and for that reason, i love cooking. i bought a gorgeous cookbook, which i referenced in my last post, and i’m looking forward to trying nearly EVERY recipe! i would also love to entertain more, and this will give me a wonderful excuse to host parties galore. i’d like to cook two dishes a week.

these probably aren’t anything wild and crazy, but the idea of envisioning who and what i want to be always seems like a good idea.

what are your goals for the upcoming year? any tips to help me with my goals?



so my father gave me an amazon gift card for christmas, and despite telling myself i would save it for something i really, REALLY needed, i immediately went looking for something to buy.

the forest feastthe forest feast by erin gleeson is right up my alley. it’s a gorgeous cookbook, with illustrated recipes and wonderful type. on one preview, i saw a recipe for chocolate mousse made with ricotta. i love ricotta, and had some on hand from another recipe i made recently. i whipped up a bowl last night, and it was delicious! perfect texture, and not too sweet. i am so excited for this cookbook to arrive so i can try more of the beautiful recipes.

what cookbooks do you use like a bible? what draws you to a cookbook, or to a cooking blog?


uh oh it’s been months again.

merry christmas, everyone!

christmas 2

a christmas present for my father, hand-carved penchristmas 1

a christmas present from my parents, a new bed for my guest room and a moroccan wedding blanket

christmas 3

a gift for a friend, embroidery piece featuring some choice words from hova and yeezy

i hope this holiday season is treating you as well as it is me