Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Last Minute Delicious Thanksgiving Pie

When I need a dessert in 20 minutes or less, I make this versatile and delicious cream pie. I was thrilled to discover grocery stores are carrying pumpkin spice pudding (by Jell-O) this year to feed into the pumpkin spice craze of the decade.

To make it more festive, I made a gingersnap crust and topped it with gingersnaps.

1. Whip 1 cup whipping cream with two tablespoons of sugar and a dash of vanilla.
2. Add 1 cup sour cream
3. Stir in 1 3.5 oz packet any flavor pudding.
(I used pumpkin spice)
4. Pour into a graham cracker or ginger snap crust.
(For the crust, I combined 1 1/2 cups of ground ginger snaps, 1/3 cup of white sugar, 6 tbs of melted butter. Bake in a 375F oven for 8 mins. Cool.)
5. Garnish with whipped cream, cookies, chocolate shavings, or whatever suits your fancy.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 6, 2015

My own little England

I adore this forest. It's a short walk from my apartment. I drive by it everyday. I go there to clear my head and search for deers nibbling among trees. I adore that wooden fence. It reminds me of rural England and all the charm of living among nature barely touched and lush farmland constantly nourished by rain.

Speaking of, we're planning a trip to England next year. The hard part? Deciding what time of year to go. I went in July last time but I'm not sure if that's the best time as we could go when it's cheaper. Any suggestions?

Happy Friday!

Saturday, October 31, 2015


Happy Halloween from Baguette and Hubble!

Yes, we bought guinea pigs. That was the big announcement! No apologies for not being pregnant or something because we are entirely thrilled to have these cuties in our lives. I know it's so random and strange (I'm the girl with guinea pigs) but we love them. They are so cute and I finally have something to dress up and show off on social media.

I know these aren't the most artistic photos of our piggies, but we bought them little hats for the holiday and I couldn't wait to show them off before dashing off the rehearsal.

Be prepared. These little champs did really well and I'm thinking flower halos, pirate hats, teddybear ears, and every other way to celebrate random holidays.

Friday, October 30, 2015

It's Coming

Happy Almost Halloween!

I bought this beautiful pumpkin and stuffed it with everything good. And I mean everything. Wild rice, heavy cream, cheese, crisp bacon, and scallions. There's something magical about pumpkins. We carve them, eat them, stuff them, wait for them with Snoopy, and watch them grow into gilded carriages that'll whisk you away to fancy balls.

What separated this pumpkin from the rest was the little curly-q at the end. I didn't even want to buy a pumpkin and I saw that little detail and fell in love. I thought, "Oh my that's a good looking stem." What can I say? I objectify objects.

I hope you all have a festive Halloween.  I hope you eat a lot of candy. I hope you see at least a few little costumes that make you put your hand to your chest and go, "awww!" Most of all, I hope you survive the official beginning of the holiday season. 

Good luck, my peeps!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

You take him to impress him

"This is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to," Mr. B said as soon as we entered my favorite part of Skyline Drive, a strip of gorgeous scenery heading south overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. I've waited an entire year to come back here and I desperately wanted to take Mr. B with me. I have this deep need to impress him, so as soon as he said those words, I was done. I was good. I was smiling and happy in this magical place.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Just one more

"Just one more," I told Mr. B about fifty times.

It was the last weekend of the Summer I had off, so we had a Skyline Drive adventure. Last year I came alone in the Fall when this grove of trees was snowing pure canary yellow leaves. I wanted to see what it looked like before Autumn touched the air, and I wanted to see it with him.

I took a lot of photos. "Just one more," is code for, "I love you but I'm too excited to care about your growing impatience over my need to take photos from every angle."

Then finally I gave up trying to capture this beautiful place with photos and took a video. Okay ten videos.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Oh hey

Let me tell you something...

Death is exhausting. That's one thing I never anticipated. I have never been so emotionally exhausted as I have been this past year and I think that's reflected in this blog. I have little motivation to do things I did before my mom died, including talking about my life. And blogging is dying (or dead), easily being replaced by Instagram as we share so much already through photos and trips and everything else we would have shared on our blogs.

Except I don't share them on Instagram because I forget or I want to save it for the blog.

I have hundreds of photos on my laptop that I've said, "I'll put them up on the blog," and never do because I can't seem to find the words to go along with them. Again, exhausted.

So maybe it is what it is. I'll put up photos and minimal words. I'll give you glimpses inside The Washington Ballet without the fear of sharing too much (there is that worry I'll somehow overstep my bounds, hence a lot of silence about the company and school on my end). I won't care about the death of blogging because, in the end, I never really cared about numbers in the first place.


I have some really exciting news that will make your heart squeal.