Friday, August 31, 2012

Chapter's End

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Bye, bye Philly. You've been so good to us during our past two years here. You were the first place that truly felt like home since I left my parents house to go to college. You were where my boyfriend and I shared our first ever apartment together. You're where I learned to be independent, support myself, and start my adult life. You became the first city that was mine, that I truly conquered and learned. I'll never forget you, thanks for being so great.

xx Molly

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Firsts and Lasts

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Today is my last day working in my company's Philadelphia office and it is also my first time, since joining the real working world, that I've had to pack up my desk, say goodbye to coworkers, and head off to something new. Granted, my something new is just a different office within the same company, but I see it as a major step, nonetheless. While I wouldn't say that I'm nostalgic about leaving the office, all those feelings are occupied regarding leaving Philadelphia and my friends here, not to mention my apartment, I do see it as a step in becoming a real, live adult (ha!). Leaving employers, cities, and friends behind is a learned skill, something that comes in handy over and over again in life, and I'm ready to try my hand at it! Plus, NYC is waiting for me with open arms, and what girl could really resist that?

xx Molly

Friday, August 24, 2012

Polka Dotted

As I've admitted many times before, I'm a sucker for feminine details and girly touches and polka dots are absolutely no exception. So of course I'm loving the fact that they're having quite a moment this fall, both in home decor and fashion. As evidenced here and here, the pattern is something I've already filled my wardrobe with, but a few more pieces couldn't hurt, right?
  1. Anthropologie: Dotted Zinnia Knob $8.00
  2. Kikkerland: Dotted Straws $7.99 
  3. J Crew: Tippi Sweater $89.50
  4. Sam Edelman: Orly Polka Dot Slingbacks $120.00
  5. Kate Spade: Larabee Dot Glass $45.00
  6. Jonathan Adler: Pig Butter Dish $68.00
  7. Diane von Furstenberg: Tonda Print Clutch $325.00
  8. Splendid: Polka Dot Jersey Dress $130.00
xx Molly

P.S. We found a place in NYC, (yay) and are in the process of packing up and moving. This time next week I'll be a New Yorker, eek!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Big Changes

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You'll have to excuse my recent periods of silence, I've been super distracted and busy boyfriend and I are moving to New York City! He got a great offer in the area, that we just couldn't say no to, and so we're switching cities in less than a month. Life these days is filled with apartment viewing and neighborhood exploration, not to mention a million little details. Wish us luck in finding the perfect place in our soon to be new home, and bear with me and the scattered posting, please, soon enough we'll have a whole new city to explore!

xx Molly

Monday, August 6, 2012

Blackberry Buttercream

As my final treat, I decided to make a vegan vanilla cake, the same one I used here, with blackberry buttercream frosting. The recipe is as follows

xx Molly

8 oz blackberries
1 tablespoon water
1 cup butter
6 cups confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  1. Cook blackberries in a small saucepan over medium heat for 10 minutes or until they are easily broken up with a wooden spoon.
  2. Strain through a colander to remove the pits and then puree in a food processor.
  3. Set aside puree until cool, about 30 minutes.
  4. Beat butter on medium speed until fluffy
  5. Add 1 cup of sugar and beat until smooth.
  6. Add blackberry puree, vanilla, and almond extract.
  7. Slowly add remaining sugar, blending after each.
  8. Beat on medium high until light and fluffy.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Blueberry Pie

To make partial use of the six pounds of blueberries we picked, I decided to try this recipe. I cheated just slightly and used a premade, whole wheat pie crust, making the crumble top myself. If you'd like to make the bottom crust from scratch, I'd suggest the recipe I used here. The results couldn't have been better, buttery and not too sweet.

xx Molly