2018 Year in Review + A Big Announcement

This time of year, I like to spend some time looking back at the whole year, to soak up the individual ingredients the calendar vigorously whisks into one batter. Usually, my reflections are marked by blog content, but this year, my content was more sparse because my energy was concentrated on one very big project, which I’m finally ready to announce, so keep reading, and let me know what you’re proud of this year. As always, if you’re here, thank you! Thanks for reading, for commenting, for bringing these words and pictures to life. 

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For Celebrations Long & Short: Happy New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year’s Eve from this bubbles-loving, crazy dog lady! In the words of this cheeky bottle, here’s to “celebrations long and short.”

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Where to Eat in Pittsburgh (ie: PGH Magazine’s Best Restaurant Party)

Where to Eat in Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh has become quite the foodie destination. Each year, Pittsburgh Magazine tackles the growing list of restaurants and releases its “Best Restaurants” Issue, followed by a major tasting party at Heinz Stadium. This year, I had the opportunity to attend. If you’re considering a visit to Pittsburgh, bookmark these restaurants (I’ve linked to all their websites), and check out the magazine’s full guide for a more complete glimpse into the scene. And you can always hit me up for more suggestions. I love talking food!

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A Charcuterie Inspired Dinner at Morcilla with Chef Justin Severino

After 75 years at your table, Dietz & Watson is inviting you to their table. They’re partnering with the nation’s top culinary talent to create ten curated, local dining experiences across the country, and Pittsburgh is one of the stops! Chef Justin Severino will be serving up a meal much like this one, and you can join.

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Blue Moon Rising: A Sustainable Getaway with Tiny Houses

For Valentine’s Day of this year, I gave the Urban Farmer a guessing game of sorts- bottles of wine with moons on their labels, bagged with poems and quotes about the moon and the heavens. (I could have given him a bottle of moonshine, but I value his eyesight.) Was this a newfound interest in astronomy? No, it was my thematic, obscure way of saying, “We’re going to Blue Moon Rising!”

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Roasted Chicken Salad on Croissants

Next up: Lunch from my Cabin Menu for Two. Little did I know how fitting this recipe would be for our stay at the Beaverdam Cabin. Founders James “Jimmie” Stoughton and his sister, Louise Maust, were known for their delectable chicken salad sandwiches and angel food cake.

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