Instagram Recipes

A while back, I shared that one of my favorite new ways to collect recipes is to screenshot other people’s Instagrams.  It seems like these recipes, more often than not, are assembled dishes, rather than full-blown lists of instructions, but I found no shortage of inspiration in July.  Here are my faves…

shutterbean appetizers.

Not surprisingly, Shutterbean is killing it with these appetizer trays.

elise

And though I don’t think I’m strong enough to commit to a Whole 30, Elise’s dinner the other night had me craving this butternut squash/turkey/avocado skillet mix.

nikkirap.

I bet you I could eat this sandwich every day and not grow tired of it.  Nikki always has great food on her feed.  She goes to more restaurants in a week than I could try in a year.

food and wine.

I am obsessed with BLTs in the summer, and this is the stuff of my dreams.

shutterbean tacos.

And oh, look, it’s Shutterbean again with some breakfast tacos.  I am so inspired by everything the Benjamins eat.

aspirational table.

And this isn’t a recipe, but would you just look at this table?  If you had asked me what an aspirational table was I probably wouldn’t have known what to tell you but do you see this picture????  An aspirational table is everything here.  Shout out to CV(D) for making the hydrangea part of this a reality in my life.

Around Here

birthday cupcake.

Around here I turned 31.  It wasn’t quite as scary as I thought it was going to be.

Around here it seems like summer is finally starting.  Our house is done (as done as it’s going to be for now), I’m off to the beach, and my muscles are slooooooowly unclenching after a year of living out of storage.

Around here I finished 30 Rock.  It took me a couple tries to get into the series.  I must have watched the first episode a handful of times over the past few years, but this time something stuck.  (I think it might have been that I was warming up for it with The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.)  It was hysterical, and I’ve been texting AGOMYR about how long I can wait before I start it all over again.  Now I’m watching Royal Pains.  Why didn’t you all tell me to start that show sooner?

Around here I started a new Instagram account.  aglassofmilkreads  It’s exactly what it sounds like.  I promise a reading update soon, dear readers.

Around here I’m pinning and cooking again!  But I haven’t been able to sit down to blog about it.  I talked to my friend Sarah about this, and about finding my voice.  She promised it will come back, and I’m so glad you’ll all be here when it does.  Back soon, dear readers.

The Kitchen is Open

I’m in my kitchen right now you guys.  I’m blogging from my ten foot island.  I just browned butter on the stove and now I have to wait for 20 minutes for it to cool before I can get to work on these.  With any luck, these are the gateway cookies that will open the door to more and more (and more, and more, and more) baked goods.  I can hardly stand it.

chileans.

(That was our first meal at La Moneda.  Grilled Cheese.  I didn’t even cook it.)

I’m slowly finding my footing in the kitchen, and I’m doing it with classics that I can make with my eyes closed, and semi-homemade recipes wherein you get a jar of Stonewall Kitchen sauce, and slather it over a hunk of meat that sat in the oven for several hours.

the mixer lives.

And I’m dreaming of what I want to make next.  I don’t honestly know if I’ll get to these, dear readers.  Our house is still very much a construction zone, and may still be one until I leave for vacation.  But if I can, I’ll make…

Shutterbean’s Mushroom and Spinach Baked Rice Bowls

How Sweet Eats’ Breakfast Fried Rice

Julie Blanner’s Prosecco Sangria

Love and Olive Oil’s Olive Oil and Sea Salt Truffle Brownies

Food 52’s Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions (via Cup of Jo)

2015 Reading List

On December 29, 2014, I sat on my beach house couch, and Pinned my heart out.  In doing so, I came across a Popsugar reading challenge for 2015.  Fifty books covering a variety of serious and not-so-serious categories.  Each time I finished a book, I opened up this here post and assigned it one slot.  Considering I kicked the year off with a Required Reading series, I figured the timing was perfect to check in halfway through the year with what I’ve read.

Here’s my update:

  1. A book with more than 500 pages
  2. A classic romance
  3. A book that became a movie
  4. A book published this year – Fish in a Tree, by Linda Mullaly Hunt
  5. A book with a number in the title
  6. A book written by someone under 30 – It Was Me All Along, by Andie Mitchell
  7. A book with nonhuman characters
  8. A funny book
  9. A book by a female author – Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
  10. A mystery or thriller – Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
  11. A book with a one-word title
  12. A book of short stories
  13. A book set in a different country – The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
  14. A nonfiction book – Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
  15. A popular author’s first book
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
  17. A book a friend recommended
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book – All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
  19. A book based on a true story – The Royal We, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list
  21. A book your mom loves
  22. A book that scares you
  23. A book more than 100 years old
  24. A book based entirely on its cover – The Guest Cottage, by Nancy Thayer
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
  26. A memoir – I’ll Drink to That, by Betty Halbreich
  27. A book you can finish in a day – Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher
  28. A book with antonyms in the title
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  30. A book that came out the year you were born
  31. A book with bad reviews
  32. A trilogy
  33. A book from your childhood
  34. A book with a love triangle – Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill
  35. A book set in the future
  36. A book set in high school – I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
  37. A book with a color in the title
  38. A book that made you cry
  39. A book with magic – Hugo and Rose, by Bridget Foley
  40. A graphic novel – This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before – The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander
  42. A book you own but have never read
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown – The Luckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language
  45. A book set during Christmas
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials
  47. A play – Hold Me Closer, the Tiny Cooper Story, by David Levithan
  48. A banned book
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show
  50. A book you started but never finished – Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo

Books I’ve Read that Don’t Fit in These Categories:  Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, by Frank Bruni; Fortunately, the Milk, by Neil Gaiman; Oh Yeah, Audrey, by Tucker Shaw; I Take You, by Eliza Kennedy; The Heir, by Kiera Cass; The Knockoff, by Jo Piazza and Lucy Sykes; Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella; YOLO Juliet, by Brett Wright; Oh! You Pretty Things, by Shanna Mahin

#BookADay, 2015 Edition

One of the items on my 101 in 1001 list is to do #BookADay (follow up posts on last summer here and here) for one more summer.  I hemmed and hawed about this being the summer, but I’m taking the plunge and starting again, dear readers, and here is why:

1.  Why not?  I’ve got no more or less time this summer than I did last year.

2.  I know I won’t actually read a book a day, every day.  I knew that last year.  But I know it’s fun to try.

3.  I was telling The (Not So) New Girl that one of the reasons I loved #ABookADay last summer is because there were many times when I chose reading over TV because of the hashtag.  And that’s a choice I’d love to continue to make as much as possible.  If it takes a hashtag to get me to make it, so be it.

4.  There are a million books on my to-read list, and never enough time to read them all!

guest cottage.

So I’m giving it a go for one more year.  I tailor the books to the days I’m going to have.  If I’m running around town and running errands all day, my #BookADay may be a children’s chapter book.  And if I (intentionally) don’t make plans, I tackle something weightier.  I count books I’ve started earlier in the year, but am only getting around to finishing now.  I make it work for me, and I let myself have days where it just doesn’t get done.  But not too many.

I am always on the search for new reading material.  I get recommendations from friends, from blogs, and from Amazon.  And I pick up whatever I see that looks good at Barnes and Noble, Target, and the library.  Here are some titles I’m hoping to get to this summer.

The Real (Fiction) Books:

Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee – because duh.

Oh! You Pretty Things, by Shanna Mahin – I think because The Skimm told me to read it?  I can’t remember where I found this one.

The Real (Non Fiction) Books:

Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin – because everyone is talking about it.

The Road to Character, by David Brooks – I’ll read anything David Brooks writes, but this one is especially intriguing.

Missoula, by Jon Krakauer – He’s so talented and can make me interested in just about anything.  But the subject matter is seriously serious, and I wonder how it will come across.

The Drivel:

The Guest Cottage, by Nancy Thayer – I picked this solely because I figured I might as well be the girl on the cover, and polished this off as my first book, on my first day of summer vacation.  From the very first chapter, I knew exactly what this book would be and I was 100% right.  A great beach read, nonetheless.

The Knockoff, by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza – I think The Skimm turned me on to this one as well.  After reading the back flap, I found out Lucy Sykes is Plum Sykes’ sister.  Bergdorf Blondes, anyone?

The Kids’ Stuff:

The Heir, by Kiera Cass – I inhaled The Selection series last summer, and this is the next in that line.  This will be a book for a day when I don’t have tons of time, but am ready to inhale something trashy.

Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella – Because Teen Vogue told me to, and because I tore through the Shopaholic series back in high school.  I’m intrigued to see what Sophie Kinsella will do now that she’s officially writing YA.

Harry Potters 3-7, by JK Rowling – I’ve read the first two already this year, and it’s been so long since my last reread (3 years, but that was only books 1-5).

#AndThenWeBoughtAHouse, Another Update

First post here, second, here.

We’re inching to the finish line of #AndThenWeBoughtAHouse, in which my husband and I, and our two contractor friends named Tim take up the better part of a year to renovate our little 1940, brick colonial.  Here are some facts for you:

The house began as 1040 square feet, and had three bedrooms (though I would say it was 2.5) and one bathroom.  When we finish with it, it will be about 1800 square feet, and have four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

downstairs.

The process itself is kind of hysterical when you think about it.  The space feels bigger and smaller depending on what’s happening when you’re checking in on it.  It’s a regular Alice in Wonderland experience as the roof goes in, but then the windows get framed, and then the walls are painted, but then cabinets fill up the space, etc.  The decisions are seemingly life altering, but really inconsequential (who is paying attention to the color of the grout between your tiles that closely?).  It takes forever, but when you look back on Instagram, you’re amazed at how much has been done in just a few weeks.  There were times when all I wanted was to stream every episode of Property Brothers, and Fixer Upper, and times when if you even mentioned the words Chip and Joanna in my presence, I’d scream.  Things I thought would cost thousands that didn’t, and things I thought would be a drop in the bucket and weren’t (I’m looking at you, garbage disposal and you too, humidifier).

But it’s almost finished, and so we have this glowing light at the end of the tunnel.  I’ve been making frivolous home purchases at Target, not that I’m in any financial position to do so, but just because I’m so dang excited.  Hoping to have an impressive home tour for you all by the end of July.  And if you know me in real life, I hope you’ll stop by long before then.

I Think I Can, I Think I Can…

under construction.

Though AGOM is still under construction, slowly but surely, you may start seeing me back around these parts, dear readers.  We’re nearing the end of Project #AndThenWeBoughtAHouse, and I have to learn to feed myself and my husband again.  Besides, we’re heading into summer, which means a healthy dose of reading and cocktail posts mixed in, too.  See you soon!

(And thanks for the kick in the pants, CV(D)!)

Keep Your Head Down

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This is me for a little while, dear readers.  We’re in crunch time, both at work and at play (where I can’t seem to blink before racking up another charge on my credit card).  I’m hoping to pop in with another #AndThenWeBoughtAHouse update soon, but in the meantime, have I introduced you all to one of my most important life mottos?  Keep your head down and do the work.

See you on the flip side.

Five Things

On five-five-fifteen

gtown cupcakes

1.  I got a new iPhone on Thursday, and I am beyond impressed with the camera.  (I totally shattered my old one and thank goodness I was due for an upgrade anyway.)

2.  I am a lame stickler for the Memorial Day – Labor Day rules of fashion.  This means we are currently entrenched in the most awkward 3 weeks of my life, in which I roast in my other clothes while waiting anxiously to bust out the Lilly and the Jacks.

3.  Reading!  I love reading, and I had a block of time to do it on Sunday.  I started All the Light We Cannot See, and Hold Me Closer, the Tiny Cooper Story.  Enjoying both in different ways.

4.  We went to pick out counters over the weekend, and holy slabs of Carrara marble, it was so much fun.  The guy we talked to was Chilean, and said if he had his way he would only ever choose honed Carrara, white cabinets, and subway tile, so obviously we are now best friends.  (Yes, I recognize he is in sales, and it’s in his best interest to tell me these things, and yet, I also believe him.)

5.  There’s a lot that’s fun planned for May, and I’m kind of excited about it.

(photo credit goes to Wooden Nickels)

101 in 1001

go do them.

I’m the kind of person who likes to keep busy.  I don’t do too well with sitting still, save for the odd weekend day when nothing is on the schedule and I binge on Gossip Girl.  Even then, I’m probably also on Pinterest.  Or Instagram.  But most of the time, I enjoy having something worth focusing on, even if it is a nagging task like cleaning up the files on my computer.

Introducing 101 in 1001.

I think Mackenzie was on to something when she started her list.  She’s in the midst of round two of a list of 101 tasks she wants to complete in 1001 days, which is the better part of three years.  Mine is a healthy mix of fun items, challenging items, and items that have to get done one way or another, so you might as well put them on a list so you can cross them off when you’re finished.  I plan to tackle it lackadaisically, which is just to say, I may get through everything, and I may not care to get through some things at all.  I like that this list will always be there, but I also may come up with something(s) better to do over the next three years.  We’ll see.

COOKING

  • Learn to make my own iced coffee
  • Host weekly dinners
  • Find 10 slow cooker recipes I love
  • Drink juice for a day
  • Pay it forward at Starbucks
  • Bake unbirthday cupcakes
  • Make 10 dinners from Pinterest
  • Make 10 breakfasts from Pinterest
  • Make 10 sweets from Pinterest
  • Send cookies to people just because
  • Cook through a cookbook
  • Make 10 recipes from my Grandma’s cookbook
  • Make 10 cocktails
  • Bake a 3-layer cake
  • Eat dinner at 10 new places
  • Eat organically for a month
  • Attend an Outstanding in the Field dinner
  • Host a punch bunch at church
  • Try 10 new brunch places
  • Make pasta from scratch
  • Host Thanksgiving
  • Make 5 ice cream recipes
  • Memorize my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe

READING

  • Read all of Jane Austen’s books
  • Read the Little House series
  • Write a story just for fun
  • Read or donate every book I own
  • Reread the 6th and 7th Harry Potters
  • Donate to the DC Library
  • Read a book a day again one summer
  • Read all the Newbery winners
  • Read Gone With the Wind
  • Read the Bible.  The whole Bible.
  • Finish a Saturday crossword
  • Read a new Shakespeare play
  • Spend the day reading at the library

LIVING

  • Create an editorial calendar
  • Get a prettier blog design
  • Start a new blog series
  • Hit 500 barre classes
  • Send flowers for no reason
  • Get a blowout
  • Go car-less for a week
  • Do another Write 60
  • Have a phone-free weekend
  • Host an Oscar party
  • Scan all my old photos
  • Organize my computer photos
  • Send birthday cards to everyone on my planner list
  • Volunteer 10 times in a year
  • Blog every weekday for a year
  • Start a new tradition with my husband
  • Tip someone 100%
  • Get both of my gmail inboxes down to 0
  • Host a game night
  • See a ballet
  • See an opera
  • Leave work at work for 10 weeks (one quarter)
  • Make and give 5 mix CDs
  • Keep Sundays free of all obligations
  • Do something I’ve never done
  • Find eye makeup I don’t hate
  • Celebrate as much as possible

NESTING

  • Finish decorating the first floor of our house
  • Plant hydrangeas and peonies
  • Marie Kondo my clothes
  • DIY something in our house
  • Put all of my scrapbook pages in sleeves and in order
  • Make a wedding album
  • Install built-ins in our house
  • Finish our basement
  • Develop a cleaning routine
  • Sign up for the Craft Weekend wait list
  • Buy a piano
  • Decorate with fresh flowers every week for a year
  • Create a patio
  • Do another 100 Things Challenge
  • Decorate for Christmas with more than 1 tree
  • Make photo albums for the years I haven’t scrapbooked

TRAVELING

  • Visit all the monuments in DC
  • Visit 4 new states
  • Fly somewhere first class
  • Visit Nantucket again
  • Visit Harry Potter World
  • Take another road trip
  • Live in New York City for a week (or longer!)
  • Take a trip alone
  • Go to the US Open
  • Visit 3 Virginia wineries
  • Go to an SEC football game
  • Go skiing
  • Visit 3 new baseball stadiums
  • Go back to spring training
  • Add another stamp to my passport

WATCHING

  • Finish Gossip Girl
  • Watch AFI’s 100 greatest films
  • Watch all of Audrey Hepburn’s movies
  • Watch all of Meryl Streep’s movies
  • Watch all the best picture nominees for the Oscars one year

EVERYTHING

  • Meet Oprah

(That fabulous print pictured above comes from Lara Casey.)