Just a Reflection

parka: h&m, jeans: kensie, tunic: target, boots: mia, necklace: similar


Cookie Butter Pie

I made a variation of the famous Momofuku crack pie and borrowed from the recipe on Shared Appetite for this speculoos cookie butter pie.

mixing the oatmeal cookie for the crust

making one giant cookie

mine burned a little but it was ok...

pie filling

crushed-up cookie crust

pies ready for the oven

finished! you can also add powdered sugar on top but I liked the rustic look :)


Food & the Twin Cities

turkey burger with sweet potato planks at red cow
I feel so lucky living up here with all the amazing restaurants and fresh food available practically everywhere. Minnesotans know how to eat well! I've been trying as many new restaurants as possible on this social worker income and would like to share some pics with you...


el burrito mercado

the iconic mickey's dining car


Missing Fall

tgif... no makeup kinda day... necklace: forever 21, sweater: h&m, coffee: perkelat

Is it too soon to miss fall? It's not even over yet but I already miss the colorful crunchy leaves and slightly warmer temperatures. This is my first winter in Minnesota and while I'm assuming the weather is similar to Iowa, everyone keeps telling me how much colder it is up here. 

Living/working in the twin cities is great; there's so much to see and do up here. I miss Iowa sometimes but when I read about what's going on with human services down there, I'm glad to be where I am now. And also... the food in St. Paul/Minneapolis is amazing...

blue door pu

izzy's ice cream


Late Fall


Tulip Time

I met up with my friend Laura in Pella to check out the tulips before Tulip Time this week. We brought our dogs, enjoyed the beautiful flowers and got a lot of sunshine. We went early to avoid the crowds but the actual event is Thursday - Saturday. Check out their website here



It's been a long time. I seem to hibernate from the blogosphere during the winter months.
I promise to get back on the blogging bandwagon but first here's an old photo shoot I never posted from last summer out at the lake. This is my springful wishing.

dress & shoes: target / watch & necklace: charming charlie