Pic Me Up - Last days in DC
Here are a few pictures from the the last week. In that time, I’ve been in Colorado, DC, Chicago, and now I’m back in DC for my last two nights before Brian and I move me out on Saturday. So many people to see, so much still to pack, so totally clueless about how I’m going to do it all. Gulp!

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Fortune Finds89
I hope this Tuesday (er, it was still Tuesday when I first started typing this?) finds you well. I’m tardy yet again, but in my defense (I always have an excuse), I’m in Chicago until Wednesday afternoon on my first work trip for the new job. Anyway, here are some of my current desires and distractions. 

1. 10 Habits of People Who Love to Work Out. I am not one of those people, but I’d sure like to try. (Huffington Post)
2. How to Clean Everything. Great timing considering I need to get my apartment in move-out shape. (Domaine Home)
3. I have but two full days left as a DC resident. Most of my time will be spent packing up my place of 5 years, but if I can swing it, I’m going to try and do some final sightseeing before I go. This one-day DC itinerary serves as a good guide. (Lonely Planet)
4. I suffer from baby fever always. How cute is this make-your-own picture book! So smart for teaching babies the faces and names of members of the family. (Pinhole Press)
5. VH1’s Barely Famous is my newest TV obsession. It’s a mockumentary-style reality TV show starring sisters Sara and Erin Foster, daughters to David Foster. David is married to Yolanda Foster of RHOBH fame and is also ex-husband to Linda Thompson. Linda is ex-wife to Bruce Jenner and mother to Brody Jenner. Brody is half-brother to Kendall Jenner, who is half-sister to Kim Kardashian. And anyway you get the picture. Reality TV is a family business for the Foster Sisters and their show is really funny and worth checking out. The only part I don’t love is that it’s brand new so I can’t binge watch like I want to. Here, the Foster sisters did a fun interview that gives you a sense of who they are. (Refinery29)
6. I’ve just been getting into Pure Barre. I like it a lot, but don’t l0ve the limited sock options. These sparkly nude grip socks I love and can’t wait to put them to work. (Amazon)
7. Very excited about this Make-Your-Own-Photo-Candle tutorial on A Beautiful Mess. I love everything they do, but most of the tutorials I’m not quite patient or crafty enough for. Since I already have an embossing gun, this one I can actually do! (A Beautiful Mess)
8. I love a good infographic, even better when it’s about food. Here’s an illustrated guide to onions. And now you know. (Illustrated Bites)

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Mini Quiches Two Ways - Ham & Cheddar and Spinach

Blogging consistently – Take 187. 

Giving this whole posting-regularly thing another try. As you know, life’s been a little busy as of late, but no matter how hectic things get, this blog of mine keeps me grounded and I really ought to make a better point of posting here, this week especially, my very last week in DC. And suddenly, my impending departure feels very real and heavy, but let’s not go there just yet. Because today, I want to savor the moment (literally, with two quintessentially DC meals at Matchbox Pizza and Lauriol Plaza) and share a recipe for mini individual quiches made two-ways. 

It was my sis Kate’s birthday over the weekend (Happy Birthday, Sis!) and a friend of hers hosted a brunch for the occasion. I volunteered to bring a crustless quiche, a standard-sized spinach quiche that I had all picked out in my head. But then, just a day before the event, I went back and forth between spinach or ham and couldn’t decide. So rather than settle on just one, I thought about how much better it would be to serve individual quiches in two different flavors, so that’s what I did. The results? A dozen cheesy and savory quiches made two ways from the same easy base in the same muffin pan. We have ourselves a new winner, my friends. Follow along to make your own. 

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My Precious Car
Not even three days in and any ambitions I had for making this week an on-time blogging week have flown completely out the window. Still, I’m cutting myself a little bit of slack since I tried to take in as much quality time with my parents while at home (heading back to DC today, sniff) and tried to get adjusted to the new job. So before I run off to catch a plane, I thought I’d share a picture of my new favorite mode of transportation – my dear Honda CR-V! Friends of mine know that I’ve fantasized about owning this car for years. I love it so much that I’m fairly confident that I would still opt for this car if I won the lottery. It’s that perfect to me and I’m just that crazy. And then I remember that two of our friends recently bought CR-Vs of their own and I find comfort that we can all be CR-V fanatics together. God bless my precious car and please keep it safe from dings. 

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Fortune Finds88
I hope this Tuesday finds you well here. Here’s some of what’s been on my mind these days. 

1. In case there was any doubt, Michelle Obama wins for coolest First Lady ever. And gosh how I love that Uptown Funk.(YouTube)
2. Job hunting is pretty horrible and I’m very relieved to not have to do it for a while. For those of you who haven’t quite found the right opportunity just yet, here are 5 websites worth checking out. (The Everygirl)
3. A plug for my new work! Plenty of great job, promotion and general girl-power goodness to check out. (Womenetics)
4. This seems like such a weird thing to say, but one of the biggest adjustments I’m making in the new job is figuring out email. I feel like such an old fart saying that, but it’s true. Bloomberg has its own system, so now I have to get reacquainted with Microsoft Outlook. These tips are a big help with the learning curve. (Lifehacker)
5. Before I can move to Atlanta I need to sell some of my furniture on Craigslist. So fun, right? Not at all, but these pro tips on how to buy and sell make me feel a little better about the whole thing. (Apartment Therapy)
6. 12 Food Styling Secrets to Learn from the Pros. Taking a bite out of your food is my favorite of the tips. I’ve got that one down. (Domaine Home)
7. This is great. Click on any part of the model’s body and the handy dandy Exercise Finder generates the best exercises for each target area. (Divine)
8. New job, new wardrobe? I’d sure like to try. I’m such a sucker for peter-pan collars and anything in nude. This top is a winner. (Ann Taylor)

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Pina Colada Shortbread Cookies
If you like piña coladas… you will love these cookies!

Sorry if that’s now stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Welcome to my world. A world of kitchy songs that’s gotten a little more serious and too-busy-for-blogging ever since I started the new job last week. I apologize for being so MIA, but sometimes a girl just needs a breather, you know? Now that I’ve taken a few breaths, I’m back, ready to take on the week, and so very excited to share this here recipe for Piña Colada Cookies. 

If they look at all familiar, it’s because they should. They were inspired by my last recipe post for Cherry Almond Cookies. Remember those? They were so good with their maraschino-cherry chunks and fragrant almond extract that when it came time for me make something for a Mexican fiesta-themed baby shower (due date of Cinco de Mayo), I knew I had a great base recipe to alter and build upon to suit my piña-colada agenda. I’m a huge fan of the fun drink (proof here) and I was thrilled to discover that the flavors work great in cookie form too. 

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