Graduation Day Snapshots


Two weeks ago, I walked across a stage and received my diploma. Well actually, I walked across two stages in two different ceremonies and was handed a placeholder diploma – my real one is on its way via snail mail. There was the typical fanfare – processionals and fancy guest speakers – but the day was sweetly simple. My parents and grandparents were there, and we all grabbed lunch with Domenico’s family. Between the two ceremonies, Domenico and I played with Raena and watched The Graduate.

Since graduation day, I’ve mostly been working, finishing Mad Men, visiting with friends who have moved on to new and exciting cities and were back to graduate, planning for my upcoming trip to Europe, and housesitting for my parents while they’re in Alaska. As you can gather, not much has changed since becoming a college graduate. I have more time to make dinner after I get home from work and less on my agenda. Mostly, I’m grappling with the idea that this is adulthood. Sure, I was independent and employed while I was in college, but this is officially the beginning of the rest of my life. Unlike the life of a student, there is no end date, no graduation day to mark on the calendar. It’s exciting, overwhelming, distressing and inspiring all at once. Pretty soon I’ll come up with my Master Plan for Life, but for tonight, I’ll just watch Marie Antoinette and plan my trip to Versailles.

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Mother’s Day Fare


Last weekend, Emily and I went to our parents’ house to celebrate our lovely and incomparable mother. She’s one of the kindest ladies I know, who will unfailingly stop on her way to work to rescue a lost dog or sneak into my house on the morning of my birthday to decorate the bathroom mirror with lipstick. (In the picture above, she’s that cutie in the middle. Shoutout to my Aunt Linda and Uncle Bob, too.)

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After attending church with my grandparents and enjoying a mimosa-infused brunch, the three of us headed home for a ladies’ day. We snuggled with the dogs (nothing unusual about that though), painted our nails, watched Wild (which is just beautiful, by the way), and took a break for afternoon tea. I made chocolate-orange popovers and little tea sandwiches for the occasion. Of course, it was a bit of an ode to my mom’s mom, the tea and petit fours queen.


For dinner, I made individual vegetarian pot pies, a beet and goat cheese salad, and grapefruit bars for dessert. My cooking at home has waned significantly in the past few months, so I go a little crazy when I get the chance. It was a day of eating, but what holiday isn’t? Here’s my recipe for veggie pot pies. (adapted from this one).

Individual Vegetarian Pot Pies // makes 4

1 head of broccoli, chopped into florets
3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. of butter
1 c. reduced-fat milk
3 Tbsp. flour
4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
salt + pepper to taste
pinch of cayenne
1 sheet puff pastry
1 egg, whisked

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Melt butter in a saucepan and sauté the broccoli, covered, for a few minutes. Add the carrots and onions, and sauté for several more minutes, until they’re beginning to get soft.

3. Combine milk and flour in a large saucepan over medium heat by whisking constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer 3-5 minutes, until mixture is thick, continuing to whisk. Remove from heat and whisk in cheese slowly. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Don’t worry – it’s supposed to be that thick. If you’re struggling with the consistency, you can add a touch more milk. Fold in the veggies.

4. Cut the puff pastry sheet into four equal squares. Cut an X in the middle of each piece of puff pastry to vent. Divide the veggies-cheese mixture into four ramekins that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Top each with puff pastry and brush with egg wash. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until puff pastry is puffy and golden brown.

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Summer Vibes


Last weekend Domenico was kind enough to take some graduation pictures of me. We spent the morning walking around downtown Phoenix, finding pretty murals and painted stairs and snapping pictures. It was a beautifully breezy day, and I got a little bit of that summertime feeling.

This week I also: attended my last class as an undergrad, booked a sweet little Airbnb in Paris, bought my cap and gown, and dreamed of the canals in Amsterdam. There are so many scary and wonderful things happening lately, it’s hard to even keep up.

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top – TJ Maxx // shorts – Gap outlet store // shoes – Steve Madden // Phoenix brooch – gift from Domenico // watch – Geneva (with a new Fossil mint band that I love) // “best” bobby pin – (courtesy of Kaylie)

Also, just because this is too good to keep to myself, here’s my hapless attempt at looking cute and blowing confetti. Adulthood, here I am!