Around Here (& Peeks of My New House)

Like I said in this previous post, I moved (yet again). This time the move was stressful and one of the furtherest moves I've had and honestly, I'd like to just erase that day from my memory.

But I'm in a whole house and I'm excited.
I'm in a new city and I'm excited.
Everything still feels a little new and what I'm not use to and I'm excited.

The end of summer has been busy for me. Had a few beach trips, had a friend in town, had people come stay with me. I'm trying to get the most out of this new experience, but also trying to get this house together and situated. I don't have A/C (nor did I in my last place), which isn't a huge deal to me but makes moving furniture and hanging art tiring with the intense heat/humidity combo we've been having this summer. And as much as I never want to wish my summer away, I'm starting to feel a little longing for chillier days.

But things are getting done, slowly but surely. I've got a list of projects to get done around the house, which includes: paint the front door (!!!!!!!), get extra bedroom in order, hang everything in my bedroom, clean and set up back deck, stain my pantry and kitchen shelves, buy a new rug and two upholstered chairs for my dining room... So looking forward to having all those things done in the near future (and maybe wishing for a little more motivation to get make things happen).

I'm ready to make memories in this house. <3

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Recipe: Chocolate Banana Donuts

My entire life I've been a morning person. On the weekends I wake up, feel motivated and make lists of what I want to get done. Sometimes I get done everything on the list. Sometimes I only make it to the sofa to and watch 5 hours of Netflix before realizing it's now 4 o'clock and it's no longer morning. But something about getting things done in the morning is oddly satisfying to me. I pat myself on the back about it.

But since I've been working full time, something has changed. I don't want to get up in the morning. I have 8 alarms set and always push it to the last one. I tell myself I can put make-up on in 5 minutes, even though that's a stretch. I eat breakfast at my desk at work because I'd rather sleep in for 10 more minutes than take the morning slow and eat at my dining room table. Sometimes the only thing that motivates me out of bed is the thought of stopping to buy donuts on the way to work. Sometimes for the whole office. Sometimes just 2 for me to stress-eat at my desk. 

So we are thanking the donut gods today. Thanks for helping me get out of bed. Thanks for giving me the sugar rush I need to make it to lunchtime. Thanks for being my favorite thing to devour when I'm feeling tipsy and my favorite way to aid in a hangover. So today we are smashing chocolate and bananas together for some donuts, adding a chocolate glaze, and throwing mini chocolate chips on for good measure.

Chocolate Banana Donuts

Yields 15-18 donuts

Adapted slightly from A Baker's Field Guide to Doughnuts


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon black cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 smashed bananas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a standard-sized donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Whisk together flour, sugar, both cocoas, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl to combine. In a medium bowl, whisk together water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla until combined. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry mixture and whisk until combined and smooth. Add the smashed up bananas and mix until bananas are broken up and pieces are throughout the batter.

Divide the batter evenly between the wells of the prepared donut pans. Firmly tap the bottom of the pan on the counter to dislodge any bubbles. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly in pan and then remove donuts from pan and allow them to cool on a rack.

Cocoa Glaze

  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons water, plus more if needed
  • Mini chocolate chips, optional

Place confectioners' sugar and cocoa in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the water until it begins to combine; it will be thick before you heat it. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it liquifies and becomes completely smooth and very warm, but not hot to the touch. Do not let it simmer. The cooking will only be 10-15 seconds. Remove from heat and dip eat donut into the glaze. place donut immediately on a rack for the glaze to cool and harden. Top each donut with mini chocolate chips, if desired, immediately.

Donuts are best if eaten the same day. :)



Lately I've been....

...feeling more ups than downs.
...getting settled into my house and emptying boxes.
...eating endless amounts of ice cream and water ice to beat the heat.
...starting to feel like it's actually summer (finally).
...adjusting to living on a street where everyone says hello and loving it.
...beginning to need a hair change soon.
...bringing more hot pink into my life in little ways.
...moving tons of furniture in my tiny Honda Fit.
...deciding on a bold color to paint my front door.
...wanting to bake more, but not wanting to turn the oven on.
...spending as much time as possible down the shore and at the beach.
...trying to laugh more & focusing on letting things happen as they happen.
...wanting to buy this, and this, and this but...
...holding off on buying myself clothes while I work on my house.
...dreaming about how great having a little nephew in my life will be!
...embracing myself.

"The sexiest, most enticing, awesome thing on the planet is a person who is fully engaged with life. Get closer, get involved. Be curious, be enthusiastic. Soak it all up! Otherwise, you live a half-life, cowed by fear, marred with self-doubt, consumed by worry. The best way to love your life is throw yourself into it with gusto, right now. Gala Darling


It's Been a While....

Oh hey guys! It's been quite a little while since I've updated you on my little life. A lot has been going on. A lot of stress. A lot of happy feelings. Only one mini meltdown. 

I decided I needed a change. A big change. So I up and moved to a house in Philadelphia where I'm just beginning to get my things unpacked and house put together. It's a big change and even though it's been hard on me, I know it's the right choice. I'm out of my comfort zone. I'm in a completely new environment. I'm closer to my friends and now have an entire house to myself with space to spread out and room for friend's to stay the night. It's still a little overwhelming at the moment, but I'm figuring things out and will hopefully have some new content for you all soon. <3


Around Here

Thinking about maybe moving makes my head spin. I love this apartment like I've never loved any apartment before. I changed here. I figured things out here. I became a better me here. The windows are huge and the space is great and the wood floors are charming. Packing up boxes and looking for a new apartment is one of the last things on my list that I want to do right now. But sometimes you know that a change would be good for you down the line, even if actually making that change seems terrible at the moment. And that's where my head is at. 

I love change. I love the feeling of changing up my routine. I love figuring out how to be happy in a new space. But the amount in which I hate packing boxes and packing a moving truck might is really high. I have yet to come to any type of conclusion on this issue. Stay tuned.