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This week

This week has been NUTS-o. Happy, sad, up, down…but mostly up. In the past seven days…

I went to New York City and saw my LONG-lost old roomie and biffle from Cornell, Alix.

I toasted marshmallows in the toaster and made them into a milkshake.

Our TV broke.

Liz and Dave GOT ENGAGED!!!!!!!!

So, so, happy for them.

We celebrated with cookie cakes, champagne toasts, and the Biggest Loser.

Love is real, my friends. Aren’t my decorating skills superb?

I decided to apply for grad school.

Fina got a job!

Far far away. Happy, sad.

What a week it’s been.

PS –

I saw the tree!



Wildlife Wednesday: Digi-Pet Edition

If you are anything like me, you might really, really wish you could play with a kitten and/or puppy all day, every day, BUT realize you could probably not yet handle keeping one in your apartment and being responsible for its whole…life. Enter Idaho Humane Society. The people at this wonderful animal shelter have created a program that allows you to play with kittens, puppies, dogs and cats over the internet. All you have to do is install a quick Microsoft app on your computer and you can be well on your way to playing with adorable kitties minus the responsibility and litterbox changes. And, it makes the animals happy too!! Win, win. Just visit:

Thanks, MOM*, for this awesome idea!

*The rest of you really need to step up your Wildlife Wednesday submissions…my mom is totally outshining you.

Baked by Melissa

I have found a NEW favorite cupcake shop in NYC. Get ready for this….

Teeny tiny, eensy weensy, itty bitty cupcakes.

Even teeny tinier than mini cupcakes! Barely bigger than a quarter! Behold…

Cupcakes by Melissa. This woman is a genius. She makes bite-sized cupcakes, which means, in my case, that for only $10 I was able to purchase and try eleven different kinds of cupcakes. ELEVEN!

I loooove trying cupcakes. WHY didn’t I think of this idea first??

Here’s what I got…

(from the top, left to right)

Peanut butter and jelly, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate chip pancake,

s’mores, cookie dough, red velvet,

cinnamon, s’mores (had to try this little guy twice), tie dye,

mint chocolate chip, cookies ‘n cream, coffee caramel.

Oh BABY. Yum yum yum. Cute cute cute.

Just a little bite of happiness.

Next time you are in New York, stop by one of Baked by Melissa’s two locations! I promise it’ll make your day.

Four Flour Recipes, One Weekend: Part One

I’m officially obsessed with my new cookbook.

This one:

The one that gives me ALL the secrets behind Flour‘s amazing baked goods. Including their famous sticky buns.

Who could ask for anything more???

Last week I made the sticky buns BUT they were gobbled up before I could get a picture. I’m not mad.

Anywho, I am apparently on some sort of spiritual journey through Flour’s cookbook, as I just baked my way through not one, two, or even three recipes…

I made four. In a 48-hour period. Nah, I didn’t go out this weekend.

Hi, my name is Melanie and I’m a 23-year-old bakeaholic. Hiiiiii Melanie.

Don’t WORRY! In that 48-hour period I also did the Jillian Michael’s *LAST CHANCE WORKOUT* one..time. It sucked. Especially the mountain climbers.

…. where was I???

Oh yes…a weekend of FlOuR…part one. Banana bread with cow sprinkles because I teach preschool and we are learning about the farm and I have 38 different kinds of sprinkles.

Meep! Say iiiiiitttt…saaayyyy it…. I’m cute. Cows! Mooooooo.

This recipe was not only DELISH but it also received an A+ for easiness to make with kids. Go Joanne Chang!

Flour’s Famous Banana Bread


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup canola oil

3 1/2 overripe bananas, mashed

2 tbsp sour cream (I used plain yogurt)

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup walnut halves, toasted and chopped (optional)


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter 9×5 inch loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

Beat sugar and eggs on medium for 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy.

On low speed, drizzle in oil. Add bananas, sour cream or yogurt, and vanilla, then mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

Bake for 1 to 1.25 hours, or until golden brown on top and center springs back when you press it. Allow to cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack, then pop it out of the pan to finish cooling.


I also mixed up a little glaze to put on top:

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 tbsp water

pinch cinnamon



Room update!

Bit by bit, my room is finally starting to come together! When I moved in on September 1st, the only thought running through my mind was: YELLOW. The walls are bright, yellow, extreme, and did I mention…bright? Since I am lazy and not a fan of home “projects”, I am 98% sure I won’t be taking the time to repaint the walls a more appropriate/grownup color. That being said, I really need to go with this yellow theme. I wish I had thought to take a “before” picture from when I first set my room up, because since then a LOT has changed.

I got a new duvet cover.

Which works great with the yellow walls.

I moved furniture around to get the feng shui just right.

I put my bed up on risers so I can store things underneath.

I invested in a cute baskets to put things in and clear up space on my vanity.

I got new lamps.

And I finally bought a bookcase.

In the magical land of meatballs and cheap yet cute furniture, IKEA.


Here is before, with a semi-assembled bookcase and lack of wall art:

And after!

The walls may still be painfully yellow, but I’m working on it. Slowly but surely.

I need more books! But I’m very proud of my knick-knacks.

This apartment is turning into a home!