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Hi Tumblr. Tonight’s autumnal concoction: roasted butternut squash, toasted almonds, dried cranberries and herbs

Hi Tumblr. Tonight’s autumnal concoction: roasted butternut squash, toasted almonds, dried cranberries and herbs

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In love with these new Tumblr-approved gold chevron paper placemats by Hester & Cook designs. They were a big hit at a brunch we hosted this past weekend!

In love with these new Tumblr-approved gold chevron paper placemats by Hester & Cook designs. They were a big hit at a brunch we hosted this past weekend!

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27 Ways To Make Your Groceries Last As Long As Possible

Some of these tips are great! My favorites:

  • Spray leftover guacamole with cooking spray before putting back in the fridge.
  • Add a dab of butter to the cut side of cheese to keep it from drying out and hardening.
  • Store asparagus like cut flowers.
  • Wrap the crown of a bunch of bananas with plastic wrap.
  • Keeping a paper towel with your salad lettuce will absorb moisture and keep it fresh for a week,
  • Store produce in a mason jar.

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alyjacobs:

Nowadays it seems to take at least two dozen e-mails, texts, phone calls, telegrams, chain letters, and schedule changes to get more than 2 people together- Between work and life in general, we are just busy. Too busy. I need another vacation just thinking about it :) Luckily, our crazy lives did not stop us last night! I had a mini reunion with some of my sorority sisters at Masa14. The night started out with skinny Mojitos talking work…then quickly turned into relationship gossip over a bottle of wine. It was so so fun!
At the end of the night we all pulled out our calendars and scheduled the next reunion…except this one would be a combined bachelorette party for 4 of our sisters who got a ring on it! Oh and I am hosting it!- I should probably give the bf a heads up….

This was a blast. Thanks so much for putting it together, Aly! Also, prosciutto and melon flatbread at Masa 14? Killer!

alyjacobs:

Nowadays it seems to take at least two dozen e-mails, texts, phone calls, telegrams, chain letters, and schedule changes to get more than 2 people together- Between work and life in general, we are just busy. Too busy. I need another vacation just thinking about it :) Luckily, our crazy lives did not stop us last night! I had a mini reunion with some of my sorority sisters at Masa14. The night started out with skinny Mojitos talking work…then quickly turned into relationship gossip over a bottle of wine. It was so so fun!

At the end of the night we all pulled out our calendars and scheduled the next reunion…except this one would be a combined bachelorette party for 4 of our sisters who got a ring on it! Oh and I am hosting it!- I should probably give the bf a heads up….

This was a blast. Thanks so much for putting it together, Aly!

Also, prosciutto and melon flatbread at Masa 14? Killer!

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Kate and I went to Rihanna’s show at the Verizon Center last night.
Our conclusion? Rihanna is the poor man’s Beyoncé. 
She barely did any real singing over her pre-recorded tracks and when she did, she ran out of breath several times. Out of the 5 costumes she wore, only one was interesting and sexy (not the one featured here btw). She kept doing the same four provocative dance moves over and over again, before finally breaking out into her ONE strong dance routine of the night. She cussed a lot, which is fine, that’s sort of in sync with her bad girl routine, but should probably reconsider using nonstop profanity to “hype” up the audience. She also didn’t talk to the audience at all. I like it when artists go into a little bit of a monologue. All she did was a few “DC, WHAT THE F*** IS UP?!” and “DC, YOU ARE EPIC AS F***!”. Like, OK, Rihanna, step it up. 
Am I glad I went? Yes. Would I recommend shelling out > $60 for a ticket to someone else? No. 

Kate and I went to Rihanna’s show at the Verizon Center last night.

Our conclusion? Rihanna is the poor man’s Beyoncé.

She barely did any real singing over her pre-recorded tracks and when she did, she ran out of breath several times. Out of the 5 costumes she wore, only one was interesting and sexy (not the one featured here btw). She kept doing the same four provocative dance moves over and over again, before finally breaking out into her ONE strong dance routine of the night. She cussed a lot, which is fine, that’s sort of in sync with her bad girl routine, but should probably reconsider using nonstop profanity to “hype” up the audience. She also didn’t talk to the audience at all. I like it when artists go into a little bit of a monologue. All she did was a few “DC, WHAT THE F*** IS UP?!” and “DC, YOU ARE EPIC AS F***!”. Like, OK, Rihanna, step it up. 

Am I glad I went? Yes. Would I recommend shelling out > $60 for a ticket to someone else? No.