24 things I've learned in 24 years

In my 24th year of life I've gotten a little sentimental. Here are 24 things I've learned so far.

Don't worry about being cool - worry about being you.
You'll figure it all out eventually. 
Eat well. 
Say yes - opportunity doesn't knock twice. 
Classy always trumps trendy. 
Say no to bangs.
You will always be your best advocate - don't let anyone make you do something you don't want to do.
Stand firm in your beliefs. 
They'll only be puppies for so long - soak it in. 
Save more - money, time, memories. 
Buy an external hard drive and back up your photos. 
Give people a chance. 
Travel, travel, and travel some more. 
Money isn't always the most important thing. 
Trust your intuition.
You can always go home, but adventure won't always be an option. 
Ask for help when you need it. 
Don't over-pluck your eyebrows. 
Life is entirely what you make of it. 
You are exactly where you are supposed to be. 
Stop second guessing your decisions, it only creates unnecessary heartache. 
You really don't need another credit card.
Own up to your mistakes.
Love your life.

Eating Gluten-Free in Belmont

Glutenus Minimus in Belmont MA is everything you would want a gluten-free bakery to be; cookies, cakes (even wedding!), bread, and pizza!

I just ate about a half-dozen of their red velvet cupcakes and am very impressed. Check it out for yourself!

Eating Gluten-Free in Cape Cod - Chatham, MA

This past weekend I had the great opportunity to spend the weekend at The Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, MA. It was raining the whole weekend but it was still a really nice time. The views from their cottages are spectacular.

Obviously spending time somewhere also means I'll have to be find some local places to eat gluten-free. Well I found some fantastic places and am still really impressed at all the options!

For dinner we went to Squires on Main St in Chatham, MA. It's a great bar/tavern with a surprisingly robust gluten-free menu. I ordered a scallops dish and finished the entire plate! They also had a stellar fish stew that my boyfriend Evan got. It happened to be gluten-free as well so I got to share. Squire's also has gluten-free french fries so I got a side of those as an appetizer. (I never pass up an opportunity for gluten-free fries!)

Squires, Chatham, MA

For breakfast the next morning I discovered The Box Office Cafe also right in Chatham. I had heard they had a gluten-free menu so when we arrived I asked for one. I was then surprised because the waitress responded that the entire menu is gluten-free!! 

Obviously I ordered the blueberry pancakes and they were great. All of their flapjacks and silver dollar pancakes (my personal favorite) are gluten-free. We also ordered a side of home fries and I think they were the best home fries I have had in a long time.

The Box Office Cafe, Chatham, MA

Overall I would absolutely recommend you stop by either of these places on your next trip to the Cape!

Quote of the Day


1. Do one thing at a time
2. Know the problem
3. Learn to listen
4. Learn to ask questions
5. Distinguish sense from nonsense
6. Accept change as inevitable
7. Admit mistakes
8. Say it simply 
9. Be calm

10. Smile

(source: tumblr)

Walter Baker's One Bowl Brownies Recipe

One of the reasons I love recipes and cookbooks so much is that they are so much more than just instructions on how to create a dish. Very often they each have their own unique story and historical context. The following recipe for Walter Baker's One Bowl Brownies have been a favorite in my family for years, ever since my grandparents met while working at Walter Baker Chocolate in Dorchester's Lower Mills area.

Walter Baker's One Bowl Brownies

1/2 package (4 squares) Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate 
3/4 cup butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup walnuts

Melt butter and chocolate. Stir to combine well.
Mix in sugar, then eggs, and vanilla.
Stir in the flour until totally combined.
Add walnuts, or any desired chopped nut.

Prep a 9 x 13 dish by lining with aluminum foil, and spraying with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. The brownies are very fudge-y and may appear a little undercooked, don't worry! Let cool and enjoy! Best with some vanilla ice cream.

To make gluten-free substitute your favorite gluten-free flour mix, mine is Jule's Gluten-Free.

I love the chocolate squares! They each have "Le Belle Chocolatier" on them

Melt the butter and baking chocolate squares together.

Add sugar.

Slowly mix in the flour

Then add walnuts - a must.

Bake them in a pan lined with aluminum foil for easy clean-up.

I like mine thinner so I used a 9 x 13 pan.
SO good!

It was a snow day. Oh, hey Will!


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