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Happy New Year!

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Hello! Happy New Year to you and yours! Remember this list:
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Welp. I crossed a few things off it in 2014! Not all, but some! It was a very exciting year.
1. I did jumpstart my blog by changing the layout and design, but I didn’t post as often as I would have liked. I am not going to beat myself up about it, but hopefully I can at least post once a week in 2015. We’ll see how that goes.

2. I also found a neighborhood I love! I fell in love with Montclair, NJ. It is a sweet little town with a great community vibe. There’s a “main street” with shops & restaurants, a movie theater, art museum and an awesome quilt shop where the North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild meets! Perfect!

3. I bought a house! Montclair was a bit out of my pricerange, but the town right next to it is adorable and I happened to find and buy a house before my apartment lease expired. I can’t believe it’s mine! Here’s a peek at the outside:

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4. I did not work on my Project Life albums AT ALL. I did do a lot of quilting and stitching in 2014, but no scrapbooking. I don’t forsee any happening in 2015 either, so…

5. I didn’t quite make one trip per month to NYC but I did make regular trips into the city to see a couple of shows, sightsee, take pictures, and shop. It will be much easier to get in and out of the city now that I live down the street from a train station.

6. I did make it to Ireland with my mum. We had a great time touring the countryside and spending time in Dublin. You can see some photos from the trip here.

7. Photograph more with my Nikon – well… it’s hard to lug around a camera when the iPhone takes such great pictures. I got the iPhone 6 this year and, well, the Nikon is gathering dust on the shelf…

So it seems I did pretty well in 2014. There were tons of adventures and big life decisions. It was a good year. Looking forward to making an intentions/goals list for 2015 and seeing where the year takes me. Happy New Year everyone.

Flashback Friday: Bisbee, AZ

I had always heard good things about Bisbee. People who had visited said it looked like a town that time forgot. That’s no joke. The main street has a line of classic cars parked in front of vintage gas pumps. An original Greyhound bus sign swings in the warm breeze. The colors are amazing and I loved walking down the deserted street checking out all the old-timey “stuff.”

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This creepy scene was set up in a vacant lot. I hope it was just leftover from a fashion photoshoot and not something more weird.

Celery & Wild Rice Soup

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Over the weekend I ran a fever and spent the day in bed trying to stay warm. It was a huge bummer because the spring weather has finally arrived and Sunday was set to be the better of the two weekend days – I had plans! Things to do! But I was sidelined.

I wanted soup for dinner and was craving one of my favorites – celery wild rice soup. It’s a variation of the chunky celery soup that Heidi Swanson at 101 Cookbooks makes. The celery makes it light and fresh but the rice makes it hearty and filling. Plus it’s so easy to make, especially if you have leftover wild rice. I didn’t, but it’s easy enough to cook while your veggies are sauteing and simmering.

I highly recommend making a pesto from the celery leaves and drizzling it atop your bowl of soup with it. It is magical!

1 large onion
1 large russet potato or 3 small yukon gold or red potatoes
3 carrots
8 – 10 stalks of celery
1 T extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
5 cups of broth (chicken or vegetable)
2 cups cooked wild rice (or any other rice you like)

Garnish:
Celery leaf pesto (In a blender or food processor, whiz up 1 cup of celery leaves, 2 cloves garlic, a pinch of salt, and about 3T olive oil)
Parmesan cheese for garnish

Chop the onion, potato, carrots, and celery into bite-sized chunks.

In a soup pot over medium high heat combine the olive oil, onion, potato, carrots, celery and a generous pinch of salt. Saute until the onions and celery soften Stir in the garlic and add the stock. Bring to a simmer and let cook for another 10 minutes or until the veggies are just cooked through – they should still hold their shape and not be overcooked.

Stir in the rice. Remove the soup from the heat and ladle into soup bowls. Top each with a generous drizzle of the celery leaf pesto and some Parmesan cheese.

 

 

Sochi 2014

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I’m a super-huge fan of the Olympics… even the seemingly less popular Winter Olympics. I love seeing people achieve their life’s dreams. I’m all about the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and I’m a fan of watching most of the sports events. This year, I’m excited to check out the Slope-style Snowboarding even though Shaun White has decided not to compete.

This Olympics, I’m fascinated by the articles, tweets, and reports about the host city not being ready. Russia is already sort of an enigma, so seeing the event through the “eyes” of social media has been interesting.

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Twitter seems to be the place to find all of the interesting commentary on hotels, event space, and other interesting happenings. I especially enjoyed this article wrangling all of the journalists live-tweeting their hotel experiences.

I’m cheering for USA all the way and am excited to watch new chapters of athletes’ lives unfold.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

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I’ll admit it right off the bat: I’m not a Seinfeld fan. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t have a television through most of the 90s, but mostly I think it’s because I could not stand the George Costanza character. So when I heard Seinfeld was starring in a web-series where the premise was inviting comedians to coffee and picking them up in vintage cars to drive to the coffee shop, I’ll admit I was a little “Meh” about it.

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But then he interviewed Tina Fey. It’s probably no surprise that I’m a huge Tina Fey fan. I watched the episode and found it delightful. Most of all, I found Seinfeld to be a gracious host. He chooses a vehicle based on his guest, spends some quality time with them and asks interesting questions and actually lets them tell their stories. So many hosts interview celebs and either don’t let them finish their stories or interrupt to turn the story back to themselves.

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I think my favorite part about the show is how funny Seinfeld finds his guests. He literally cracks up the entire show.  You can see by some of these episode stills just how funny he thinks his comedian colleagues are. I love how much fun they are having. Typically, they  have coffee at a local joint in the NY/NJ area (Bendix Diner from the Barry Marder episode is right down the street from my apartment) or in the LA area. They definitely aren’t visiting Starbucks, in fact, I’ve added a few must-try places to my NYC list based on this show.

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Each episode is between 17 and 22 minutes – the same length of time as a network sitcom. You can find them on the Crackle channel on AppleTV and the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee website.

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My favorite episodes (besides the Tina Fey one) are the Ricky Gervais episode (I love how frightened he is of Seinfeld’s driving), Gad Elmaleh (a French comedian who voiced the Jerry’s Bee character in the French version of Bee Movie), and the Carl Reiner/Mel Brooks episode (classic old Hollywood stories).

Even if you’re not a cars, coffee, or comedy fan, give an episode a try. I’ll bet you’ll find it as charming as I did.

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