Hi, there! I'm Yolanda—happily married to Aaron—my best friend and soulmate for three years now. We live in Virginia and love exploring our surroundings together. This space is a collection of our stories about food, photography, and travel. As we are inspired by the life we see around us, we hope to share that inspiration with you. Have a fabulous day!
A friend posted a link to this article this morning on Facebook, and I loved it. So, in an unoriginal move, I am copying the title and some of my favorite parts directly from Thought Catalog. A well-written, thoughtful piece about things that are not considered so important these days. Things that we crave and seem to think we can no longer do, only to find out how easy it is to introduce back into our lives. I am sure I will come back many times throughout my life and read these things again. Thank you, Brianna Wiest, for such a wonderful article. If you like what you read, consider buying her book - The Truth About Everything - a collection of her thought catalog entries. I am not being paid by her or anyone associated with this book :) She doesn't even know I exist but I just like her style and honesty in writing.
Here are a few of my favorites in the list of 18 things.
This past weekend, Aaron and I decided we wanted to get out of town. It had been a while since we did an overnight trip somewhere. I guess we don't count road trips where we almost stay overnight but instead, to save money, we just drive back all the way home ;) Both Aaron and I carry the adventurous, explorative gene. So, we like visiting new places (new to us) and discovering things together.
A few weeks ago, I came across an article titled 100 Strangers Project. I found this very intriguing as the author of the article challenged himself to use only one specific lens and to approach total strangers and ask if he could take their pictures.
This experience can be unnerving, to say the least. Besides, what in the world do you say to these people when you pluck up the courage to stand in front of them? Well, the article stayed in my mind, and this weekend, while I was out at a farmers' market (awesome place for this type of project), I decided I was just going to go for it. Obviously, I could have been more prepared and had some business cards made, or at least remembered to ask people their first names. But no - I just launched lest the fear struck me still.
I love finding new recipes to try or to make my own, and this was one of those recipes. Since I was already planning on making some Homemade Apple Pie, I wanted to keep lunch a more simple affair. This dish was delicious, healthy, and was all gone. No leftovers!
I impressed myself this morning by waking up early enough to make breakfast in less than 30 minutes, take a picture of it, write a blog post, and post it on Facebook - all before 9:00am! But seriously, this is one of the easiest savory breakfasts to make. I try my best to keep breakfast under 30 minutes, if I can. Let's be honest—who has more time than that to dedicate to the cooking of breakfast during the week? Another 30-minute breakfast I made recently were these Apple Pancakes. Delicious!
Here's how you can make these tasty potatoes and omelette in a flash!
If you think you have died and gone to heaven, you might be right when you bite into this sinfully delicious breakfast! The melange of toasted coconut and cream cheese, sandwiched between two soft, fluffy slices of bread—mmm, it just can't get any better! I came across this recipe at Will Cook For Smiles, and adapted it to what I had on hand.
I know you won't believe me when I tell you that this only took me around 30 minutes to make. But try it for yourself. You will want to make this all the time! It is an addiction!
Making breakfast during the week can a rushed affair, stifling any creativity one may have. But, on the weekends, I love making Aaron some fun breakfasts, and he loves eating them, as evidenced by the half-bitten pancake in the picture. He took a large bit out of this as I stepped away for a second to grab my camera. This is a simple, easy, and delicious breakfast. In fact, Aaron said that it was one of the best breakfasts I have ever made him :) Read on to get the recipe!
Well, I think it is perfect, anyway. This is a simple and easy recipe to make. The fact that Aaron gobbled down not one, not two, but THREE small loaves of this bread in one day, should tell you that it is yummy! Without further ado, and giving Martha Stewart all the credit for this recipe, here it is.
After a two-month hiatus from my beloved blog, I thought it best to return with a substantial meal. What is more substantial than meat and potatoes? The thing that makes this particular meat and potatoes special is that it did not take me 3 hours to make it! This pot roast was made in under an hour using a secret kitchen tool that all home cooks should possess in their arsenal. (The title of the blog post probably gives it away, but be a sport and click the Read More link anyway, if you want the recipe).