Shepherd’s Pie

I recently made a big pan of shepherd’s pie which I thought turned out quite well. I got a bottle of dry red wine as recommended by the Wegmans wine store team down the road from me (I live very conveniently placed near the Wegmans mothership store). From what I recall of glancing at the label in the store, (more…)

Adventure to DC

I took last Friday off to go down to our nation’s capital and visit with a couple of my best friends. The day started off early, around 4:30am, with a drive to the airport. The flight was just a little hop, barely an hour, and the sun as we came up was lighting the clouds beautifully – pink on one side and blue on the other. I read for a while (giving my mom’s copy of The Happiness Project a try), and on the way back down, there were awesome “god rays” shining through the clouds (more…)

Motherly Visit

A week ago (hey, time after the work day is precious, I keep forgetting to update when I do have stuff to say!) my mom came to visit me on her way forward to the trail. In case you haven’t been following her Trail Journal, she’s been hiking the Appalachian trail since January. She started in Georgia, but fell and fractured her wrist while hiking with my dad on a ridgetop in a storm in Virginia, and had to (more…)

Onion Confetti

Well, I may not be that great at the “adding ingredients together in the right order” aspect of cooking, but when it comes to veggie slicing, I feel like a pro. Check out these little tiny slivers of onion for my recipe – and not a tear was shed over their slicing! (more…)

Gift Boxes

Quite a bit of time has been spent at work the past week or week and a half on preparing Aclewe’s Christmas gifts for the clients. Finding little gift boxes that would be the right size, mixing massive quantities of chocolates, folding the boxes, cutting orange Aclewe paper and then building the insets for the boxes, packing chocolates in paper cups (more…)

Junior’s Burgers & Custard

Things have been kind of quiet around here as I hunt for jobs and work on freelance stuff. Just finished a new design project this week for my client, Junior’s Burgers & Custard. They’re a local burger shop looking to expand, and of course they need a new look! (more…)

Sip by Sip

I wish I was at home in my nice hobbit-hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing! –The Hobbit, J.R.R.Tolkien

With the end of winter here (it’s springtime in Rochester!), and the season of cuddling warm mugs under blankets (more…)