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Just a bit of online shopping...

I usually don't shop for clothing online. It's hard for me to find things that fit well enough in stores, so buying anything over the internet is a big gamble. There's the pain of having to return it if it doesn't fit, and the extra cost of shipping in the first place. Lately I've really been appreciating clothing retailers with user reviews - it's like an insider's look at how the fit/quality of an item really is; even better if they have photos or list their own measurements. It wasn't even until recently that I started to actually pay attention to my measurements instead of just ordering my usual numbered sizes or corresponding S/M/L. It's no surprise then that when you buy clothing according to your actual measurements, clothing actually fits!

I've decided that this year, I'd really like to start wearing skirts and dresses for more than just 'fancy' occasions. Shawn and I aren't really fancy people, so there's no point i…

Fun Finds Friday #15

Don't judge me for falling in love with faux taxidermy. I want one.




Awesome bookends!




A $9 bicycle made out of cardboard?!




I would have dinner parties all the time if I had this swing table!
...I'd probably eat in front of the tv much less often too.




This artist drew self portraits while taking all sorts of different drugs.
It may not be ethical, but it's certainly interesting.


+ Having a rough day?
+ Celebrity high school yearbook photos.
+ I had vest like this when I was growing up... children of the 80s/90s unite!

A very early work day

One of the shifts at work is the opening shift in the kitchen. The opener arrives at 4:30am and bakes off croissants, muffins, scones, danishes, and breads for the case. When I first started working at the bakery, there were three people trained to do this shift. A few months ago though, one of them left us for another job, and a few months after that, another person left us to continue their education. So for the last few weeks we've had one opener who comes in seven days a week, and works an average of 8 hours a day.

I had told my boss that I was interested in learning how to open, not only because it piqued my interest, but also to be able to give the other person a break every once in a while (no one should have to work seven days a week!). My boss had trained me on how to open months ago, when I first started working there. But my memory was a little foggy because I hadn't had to do it since, so last week I was trained again, and this past Monday I worked my very first op…

Fun Finds Friday #14

This company has a different take on the phrase rose colored glasses.





I haven't been to a beach in such a long time!
This photo series makes me want to take a beach trip.





This is another cool photo project, about floating.




Being a big fan of graphic design, I really enjoyed this rebranding of the USPS.




Plants that grow without any added effort? Curious.





I have a few friends who would appreciate some chemistry crayons.
Why didn't we use those in school?!


Happy Friday!!

puff pastry, labradoodles, & beer

Remember that galette I was going to make from scratch? Well, I know I made you wait over a week for it, but I did finally make it! Actually, I made it twice; the first time with homemade puff pastry, and a second time with store-bought puff pastry. The results? I couldn't be bothered to take fancy food photos, but these show them just fine.


I was disappointed with my homemade puff pastry when it first came out of the oven. In my mind it didn't rise as much as I had expected, and I was quite unhappy to see that the top layer slid off and some filling spilled out... but it tasted SO DAMN DELICIOUS. I mean, it's mostly butter - how can it not taste delicious? I actually made one big galette alongside two smaller ones, as you can see. My filling was very loose and thus I had plenty to go around. Actually, the filling being loose irritated me more than the lack of rise from my pastry; I could barely get any filling onto the pastry without it leaking all over the counter! The r…

Fun Finds Friday #13

How cool is this film map?!



I want an edible cookbook.



A cute story about a farmer who created a heart shaped meadow in memory of his deceased wife.



These animal sculptures made from reclaimed household objects are beautiful!



After reading this post I am interested in chicken-keeping... I would love some fresh eggs every week!



Speaking of eggs, this egg carton design is really neat!


Happy Friday!

Fit for a king

Every year I always forget about the early-January French tradition to have a galette des rois (king's cake). I was reminded of it this year because of this post over at Manger. Hers looks absolument délicieux! My mother makes one every single year without fail; unfortunately I missed out on last year's, and the one from the year before. And this year, we're thousands of miles apart so I guess I'm missing out yet again!

Hm? What's that you say? I'm a baker? Why yes! Yes I am! Why, I suppose you're right. I suppose I could just make my own galette des rois this year... I hadn't really considered that option before. By golly, I think I just might! But I work on Sundays... yet I'm off on Mondays. So it's decided then. On Monday I will make my very first, very own, galette des rois. And since I have the whole day, why not make it entirely from scratch? That's right. I'm going to make puff pastry. From scratch. And it will be amazing! And I wi…

Fun Finds Friday #12

It's a new year, so why not start the very first Friday off right?


Stately Sandwiches; so many states, so many sandwiches!



A giant game of Truth or Dare in NYC.



How awesome is this outdoor library?!



Such impressive and creative packaging for tea!



I wish I could have gone to this colorful French school.


+ This post on love hits all the right notes.
+ The TED talks; I'm hooked.

Looking Back on 2012

Happy new year! Now that it's 2013, I really don't have much to say about 2012 other than it was a year full of change and growth. Change, because we encountered quite a few of them this past year; from moving out of our apartment of two years in suburban Philadelphia back to our roots in New Jersey, starting new jobs, leaving new friends behind and reuniting with old ones. Growth, because that's all that can really come of change. If you don't grow a little bit -both emotionally and psychologically- each year, well, then you haven't really lived fruitfully, I'd say.

Here's a look back at 2012, instagram-style:


Seeing those initial signs of spring from last year make me yearn for warmer weather; I can't wait until the flowers start to bloom again and the days go back to being longer... winter sure is beautiful though!

Some things to remember about 2012:
- An abundance of tasty meals with friends.
- Grilling! Lots and lots of grilling.
- New jobs, new tri…