Monday, December 8, 2014

10 Years.

Warning. This post contains a few too many #tbt pics.

2004. Ten years ago my life changed completely. I graduated high school. I moved to Carolina for college. I joined Kappa. And in the past month, I've waltzed right down memory lane with all three.

Two weekends ago, the class of 2004 got together for a little 10 year reunion. While we started college with Facebook and have been insanely connected via social media for the last 10 years, it was fun seeing everyone and catching up!

High School Graduation with Lucky
Representing the class of 2004 in a silly outtake from this spring
Then, in early November, I was lucky enough to visit Carolina again for Kappa. Not having been back to Columbia in seven years, it was so exciting to see all that had changed while I was away. But so much has stayed the same too. I stayed in the Kappa house, my home away from home for three years, and that brought back a flood of memories. College. I waited my whole life it seems like to go to school, and then in a blink of an eye, it was over.

Kappa & Carolina - forever intertwined
The fabulous Melissa and me at graduation
Last Kappa function (someone was pissed I was leaving)
Home Sweet Home
Presenting as a Kappa Trainer
 

Forever to Thee
But that's what happens with life. You wish for moments to arrive and then they're here whether you are ready or not. And before you know it, those moments pass, and it's on to the next thing.

A man I never met passed away last week in Minneapolis. Through his hilarious and touching obituary and his wife's blog, I've been so touched by their love. Her words basically sum up everything I've been feeling about the last ten years. 

This is what being an adult is: doing everything before you are ready. There is no syllabus for life that helps you graduate to the next event. It is happening all around you, all the time. This life itself is the lesson and the test and there is no honor roll, just the sum of your relationships and actions and how you feel when you lay down to go to sleep at night.

It's been a pretty full and incredible decade. Here's to the next ten, whatever they may bring.


xoxo,
Alex

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Merry & Bright 2014


This holiday season, it's important for us to take time to spend time together and just enjoy each other's company. Here's our simple list of things K and I put together of what we want to do together this holiday season! 

Buy our Christmas tree.
Go sledding.
Visit the Holiday Market.
Watch Christmas movies by the fire with hot cocoa.
Hang Christmas lights.
Buy presents for the Giving Tree.
Decorate a gingerbread house together.
Make a special holiday dinner (with Christmas music).
Go to Seattle for the holidays.
Go ice skating.

What's on your agenda this season?!

xoxo,
Alex


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gift Guide 2014


I love putting together a gift guide this time of year. I tend to turn to pretty things to give as gifts, because why not, right? Mix in a little practicality and that's where this year's Merry & Bright Gift Guide lives. Check it out here.

What's on your list?

xoxo,
Alex

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gluten Free Spinach Balls



Not to be confused with Schweddy Balls. These are very different. And so good. We switched up Friendsgiving this year to be a mix of appetizers, drinks, and desserts, instead of a traditional sit-down turkey dinner. 

I was looking for a warm appetizer to balance out the offerings. A friend of mine gave me her recipe a couple years ago and Friendsgiving seemed like the perfect time to give these another whirl. These babies are loaded with flavor, can be made gluten free, and are generally a crowd-pleaser. What's not to love?!

Laura's Spinach Balls

2-10 oz. pkgs. chopped frozen spinach
2 c. Chef Jeff Gluten Free Seasoned Panko flakes (from Whole Foods)
1 onion, finely chopped
6 beaten eggs
3/4 c. butter or margarine
1 c. parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. garlic powder or salt (adjust to taste)
1/2 tsp. thyme
2 tsp. pepper

Thaw spinach, squeeze dry (with paper towels).  Mix all ingredients together.  Form balls and freeze on cookie sheet.  Place in plastic bag when frozen.  Bake frozen about 20 minutes (flip halfway through) at 350 degrees.  Makes 80 to 90 one inchballs.

If you aren't concerned about gluten, you can use any kind of bread crumbs. Stick a toothpick in each one and serve warm.

Enjoy!

xoxo,
Alex
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