Haters Gonna Hate, Potatoes Gonna Potate

In preparation for this blog I Googled all things potato. Did you know there are a lot of bad potato jokes and a lot of cute potato pictures on the internet? Like this one:


Post-Thanksgiving, we are drowning in potatoes. We bought two 10-pound bags. Why you ask? Because, “THEY WERE SUCH A GOOD DEAL.” Zach was so excited by the sale that he grabbed two bags and I had to talk him out of going back to the store to grab more. Thank goodness, the deal ended before he actually had a chance to go back.

We are two people, on a mission to eat 20 pounds of potatoes. To be fair, we did take some to Friendsgiving, probably like four pounds, and potatoes have a relatively long shelf life, so we can pace ourselves. But still, at the end of the day we have to put away 16 pounds of starchy goodness.

Like, I said, I’ve been Googling a lot and not just adorable Harry Potato pics. I’ve found a couple of great recipes that I want to try this week:

  1. Julie Child’s Potage Parmentier (Potato & Leek Soup)
  2. Vegan Poutine

I have high hopes for both! I’ve always said that potatoes are the best vegetable and will eat them in any form except baked because that’s DISGUSTING. By the end of this #potatochallenge2016, I hope I still love them as much and come out on the other end with some new favorite recipes!

I also plan on hiding the grocery money from Zach from now on. Who knows what he would come home with next …



Happy Thanksgiving


What am I grateful for this year?

That is a question that I have had a lot of trouble focusing on or keeping top of mind the last year, especially the last three and half months, but even before that.

So, back to the point — what am I grateful for and where to begin?

First, I’m grateful for a wonderful husband. Zach is my best friend and has been for years, even before we were a couple. I’m happy he is in my life. I’m happy we got married this summer and made things official. Even though, I knew I would marry him on our first date.

I’m grateful for my family. My parents and brothers have been cornerstones my entire life, and I’m happy that has been expanded to my sister-in-law Lindy and niece Gabby.

I’m grateful that Zach and I don’t want for anything. We see a lot of poverty and struggling people here in Seattle. Even though he is in graduate school, we still have enough to cover our expenses with some money leftover every month to donate to causes we believe in and help others around us.

I’m grateful for the friends I have made here, the friends I found here that are from my childhood and the friends who travel long distances to see me.

But most of all, I’m really grateful that I got to meet Kate Middleton this year because, bucket list.


Blogging & Goals

I started the WordPress Blogging Branding course. It is really fun, short (only ten days) and FREE! It is designed to help you build your blog and set achievable goals — one day at a time.

I want to do this because I’ve felt stagnant lately. I’ve been so busy getting settled that I’ve been ignoring the fun things in life and personal growth! I’ve always loved my blog and wanted to do more with it, so I’m focusing my energy on that this month! Another reason is because it is NaNoWriMo — or official novel writing month.

I have NO intention of writing a novel this month, but I do want to focus on my writing and am using this month’s focus as an excuse to do so 🙂

This course started by asking “Why do you write your blog?”

I started my first blog veganoutofthevalley.blogspot.com, my senior year of college as part of a branding project. I’ve kept blogging since then because it is something I enjoy, it helps me keep my friends and family updated when I’m away and I love reading my old posts to see what I was doing and feeling at the time.

Based on this question and a few others I was prompted to come up with three specific (and time constrained) goals:

  1. Publish at least one post per week
  2. In addition to my one post, create a weekly features — I’m going to focus on …TACO TUESDAY. My favorite day of the week.
  3. Spend one hour per week engaging with other bloggers on WordPress.

This post is the official assignment of Day One. For the next nine days, I’ll continue this challenge and then roll directly into the next one to fill up the rest of the month!