5 New Favorites: Trader Joe’s Edition

It’s no secret to those who know me that I’m obsessed with Trader Joe’s (a specialty grocery store that focuses on whole foods and fresh, healthy options). I love everything about it: the happy, laid-back atmosphere, the cheery flowers in the front, and the snappy monthly newsletter—the Fearless Flyer—that’s full of new products, recipes, and […]

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California Dreamin’

This past weekend, two of my best friends from high school came to visit me (just because they miss me so much, not because they wanted to hang out in California on the beach or anything). 🙂 Here’s a picture montage of their super fun visit. It was too short, Emily and Brandon! Come back […]

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween is my second favorite holiday (sorry, Halloween, you can’t quite top Christmas) and I can’t wait to celebrate tonight. Not that I have a costume yet, but I perform best under pressure. 🙂 We’re heading to a party in LA tonight. I thought it would be fun to do a quick flashback post to […]

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Moving Inspiration

(Alternative title for this post is: “Casey’s Gigantic Apartment Wish List.”) Guess what I did today? Signed a new lease! Dave and I have been looking for a little while for a new place to live. We love our location but some things in the house are less than ideal (mainly, my lack of an […]

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Brown Butter Blondies with Peanut Butter M&M’s

Once upon a time (last week) I went on a very time-consuming hunt for the new white chocolate candy corn M&M’s, which I decided just plain didn’t exist after scouring Wal-Mart for probably an hour looking for them. Apparently, the elusive little guys aren’t available anywhere except Wal-Mart. But not my Wal-Mart. So I picked […]

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The Covered Bridge Festival

If you’re wondering what a Covered Bridge is and exactly how it can become a festival, you are definitely not from Indiana. 🙂 This giant fall craft fair has been around since 1957, and it just seems to get bigger every year. Literally millions of people go every year, and you can’t blame them when […]

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Back Home Again …

. Hi from Indiana! Those are my toes, hanging out outside in the 80-degree weather. I guess I can’t complain, because the weather has been gorgeous. Even if a little warm, it’s still very fall-like. My parents have a fire pit in their backyard, and I like  to sit around beside it and pretend I’m […]

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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

I’m going home tomorrow! I am so excited to see my family and friends after a 3-month hiatus. And my dog Riley, who I hear through the grapevine (or my sister) is getting pudgy. When we adopted Riley at 8 weeks old, we solemnly vowed not to let him get fat, because fat beagles aren’t […]

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Santa Monica and Temecula

This weekend, Dave and I packed in a whole lot of “California” before we head back to Indiana for a visit! I’ll be there for two weeks starting on Friday, and Indiana and I have this ongoing conversation right now. I demand that the weather will be no more than 67 degrees the whole time […]

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Five on Friday

1.) I made a caramel apple cake the other night. There is no recipe because it involved Duncan Hines and his magical ways (shh, don’t tell). But I tried to make it look homemade-ish by baking it in a bundt cake pan and drizzling it with (also un-homemade) vanilla glaze. It had apples and caramel […]

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