All’s Well on the Homefront…Except for the Kitchen

Moldy Insulation in Kitchen

Hi, all! Things have been a tad quiet around here this week and I just wanted to loop you into some exciting developments in the game of new home ownership. We have had multiple really strong and dangerous thunderstorms roll through our area over the past two weeks. About a week and a half ago, during one of these storms, Ben and I noticed that a wall around a window in our kitchen was puckering out in different spots. When we looked closer, we saw actual drops of rain fall vertically down behind the drywall and could feel that the wall was entirely soaked through. Then, we noticed that we also had water raining down from our microwave and out of power outlets in the kitchen.… CONTINUE READING

Easy Lemon Berry Trifle

Lemon Berry Trifle

How lucky are we that the 4th of July falls on a Saturday this year? I know there are some annoying things about this, such as perhaps one less day off of work given that it’s already a weekend, but still, Saturday is such a nice day to relax. It’s a nice day for barbecues. It’s a nice day for grilling out and eating cookies. And it may just be a great, great day for serving up some lemon berry trifle.

I will warn you…this is a “I’m going back for seconds thirds,” type of dessert.

Easy Lemon Berry Trifle

I know this because I said and did exactly that when I first tried it.

I asked for the recipe from my friend’s mom and then waited nine months (nine torturous months) for Ben’s birthday.… CONTINUE READING

Friday Fancies | Getting To Know You

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Happy, happy Friday! I slept in a little this morning and it was glorious. Instead of the regular Friday Fancies post, I have something a little different for you today. Lauren, a Registered Dietician-in training and blogging friend, who blogs over at Just a Pinch nominated me last week for a Versatile Blogging Award. According to Lauren, 

The Versatile Blogger Award is for the blogs that bring something special to your life.  In picking your nominees, you are to consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page.

Lauren, thank you very much for the nomination! It made my day. I’ve answered her 10 questions below and then have 10 questions of my own for a few bloggers to answer from this. 

If any of you are interested in getting to know me a little more, then here’s a chance!… CONTINUE READING

I Love You So Much | Austin Trip Recap and Food Tips

Austin, Texas City and Food Tips by Meg Bollenback

Hi, friends! Just a quick note for those who are new here or those who have been reading awhile, an easy way to keep up with posts is by subscribing to them via the “Meg in your Inbox” box on the right side of the screen. As soon as I post something new, an email will go out alerting you to it  and you can open up the new post directly from the e-mail that you receive. Your email will not be used publicly in any way. Another way to follow is through Bloglovin’ (also linked to in the right side of the screen). If you’re not familiar with this blog reader, you can learn more about it through this post.

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Vanilla-Almond Chia Pudding Recipe | A Guest Post on Confessions of a Mother Runner

Vanilla-Almond Chia Pudding with Berries and Cherries

Hi, all!

How was your weekend?! It was a hot and super stormy one here in the DC area. So much so that Ben and I had an unexpected “dining in the dark” experience on Saturday night. We tried out The Sushi Bar in the new neighborhood (it was very good!) after seeing Jurassic World (also pretty good, as long as you don’t expect any character development. Or if you like looking at Chris Pratt. 🙂 ). A few minutes after getting to the restaurant, a torrential downpour and massive thunderstorm started. Everything went well with dinner but then about three-quarters of the way through our meal, the power went out! Down the entire street, not just at our restaurant. This was a first for me and made me think of the movie About Time where the main characters meet at a “Dinner in the Dark” event.… CONTINUE READING

Friday Fancies | Shadows and Sunshine Edition

Nori in Sunshine

Hello, everyone! I hope you’ve had a great week. This one seemed to fly by for some reason. I know I still owe you an Austin post — will happen next week! 

First, it’s impossible for me to start today’s post without acknowledging what happened in Charleston Wednesday night. I like this blog to be a space of joy and inspiration and creativity, but on these Friday Fancies posts, sometimes it’s necessary (from my perspective at least) to let some of the real world shine in. And I feel like we have to talk about what happened in Charleston. <— This piece is emotional, raw, and tinged with the feelings of someone who’s had enough with the violence in this country, and I agree with many parts of it.… CONTINUE READING