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Blogging – 2 years later and what I learned…

Whelp. It’s been 2 entire years. I am so proud of me! I love blogging, I really do. I made $10.00 so far in ads. Only 18 more years before I can cash out. haha. I sold zero books through here and have received zero job offers. Not that I was actively pursuing any of that. I guess in my mind I had hoped that it would just happen. It did not.
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That’s fine with me though. I blog because I enjoy it. I stopped trying so hard this year and it shows in my numbers. I’ll be down about 1000 views for the year if my readership keeps up through December. I don’t beat myself up anymore trying to promote, promote, promote. That is seriously my least favorite part of blogging. It’s necessary, but so time consuming. I finally gave up on the Author Facebook page. I deleted it last week. I started Facebook again for friends and family and maybe I will post about my books or blog on there occasionally. We’ll see. I kind of like having this little private corner of mine.
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I upgraded last year to a business plan on WordPress. It was my Christmas gift to myself hoping that I could install a lot of plug ins and be more easily found on the internet. I installed a few plug ins and I have no idea if it worked. I do know that I was going to go back to the professional plan because I didn’t see any real pick up in traffic and was told that if I did, I would lose everything that I did for the last year. I am basically stuck in this plan until I decide to leave this platform. Which I might still do. I am annoyed I didn’t know I would lose everything. I invested a lot of time in this and I would really be super upset if I lost any of it. So, I am stuck for another year. I’ll see what happens. Maybe I’ll just keep it and make sure I catch the 50% off deals so it’s not so expensive. Who knows.
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The biggest thing I learned is unless you have time to invest in it full time… Do it for fun. Do it because you like talking to people. Do it because you love writing and it’s a fun project for you. I realized in the last 2 years that while I would love to make money off of it, if I don’t, that’s fine too. What I love the most about this is seeing people react to my writing. That’s really what this was all about to me. Becoming more confident in my writing and myself. That feeling is worth more than anything. So thank you. Thank you for reading and liking and commenting. Thank you for giving me the courage to keep going. Thank you. After 2 years of blogging, my biggest achievement is you being here. 🙂
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Thanksgiving 2020

If you follow my blog, you already know that Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite holidays.
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Traditionally, we have the entire family over and a few friends. It tends to end up being around 20-25 people. Usually, my husband would be frying a turkey outside while I crock pot a ham.
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My mom and I start sides around 12pm and people show up around 2. I set out a buffet and everyone digs in and hangs out and it’s just fun to see everyone and hang out.
This year our Covid Thanksgiving looks a little different.
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We cancelled the big party, obviously. It really made me sad though.  I was still planning on cooking everything and dropping a tray off to my Sister and Niece. Then the school my sister works at shut down almost 2 weeks ago because it didn’t have enough staff to stay open.
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Her school is closed until after Thanksgiving. She was tested this past week out of caution and has been quarantining, even though she wasn’t directly exposed. After discussing with my husband we have agreed that there is little risk in having them over. This has made my heart so happy. So I am back to planning Thanksgiving.
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Since our Thanksgiving will be small I have decided to have and actual sit down lunch/dinner. I ordered some fun placemats and silly hats from Target and broke out the family serving dishes. I am once again thrilled for Thanksgiving.
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I won’t be sad that I can’t see everyone, I’ll be happy we are all healthy and I will make the best of what we can do. I will miss everyone and hopefully next year we will all be able to get together again.
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Guest Blog! Thank you Romeo (Celebrity Crush)

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Since starting this blog one of the things I’ve been learning is vulnerability and the power that lies within doing so. It’s weird but freeing at the same time. Those of you who have been following me these past 5 months know that I was born with a disability, because of this disability I was always teased both for how I sounded when I spoke and because I’m unable to walk (YET) I’ve shared that because of it I became numb to emotions as a coping mechanism. The only one I’ve stayed connected with is anger. Anger literally became my best friend. It came everywhere I went even places where it wasn’t invited. It even spoke for me in the majority of situations. Simply meaning that if someone said or did anything I didn’t agree with instead of processing what happened I would instantly become angry and lose my temper. What I haven’t shared is that for the first 8 years of my life my mom was the only one that could understand me when I spoke. That’s until I laid my eyes on one of my favorite celebrities to this day at the age of 5. Even though I seen him for the first time at 5 I didn’t start becoming fully verbal until 8. The full story will be in my book. But I’ve decided to write him a letter. Who knows maybe he’ll actually read it one day. Anything is possible with God right??


Dear Romeo;

I know you may never read this but anything is possible with god, so I’m writing this letter to thank you. Thank you for helping me laugh on my hardest days as a child, seriously I would come home crying from being teased for what felt like all day, catch the rerun of The Romeo Show and laugh instantly. Thank you for technically being my first word, literally other than my mother no one ever understood anything I said until I said your name. Thank you for sharing some of your life struggles in your music. Our struggles might not be the same but by you sharing I’ve realized that storms don’t last forever. Thanks for having issues with Bow Wow instead of Chris Brown because then I’d be caught in the middle and…whew chile I’m getting stressed just thinking about it lol I loveeee y’all both sooo much but let me get back on topic before I get distracted. Thank you for being such a man of god!! Back in 2016 when i was still struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts you began to post your bible study notes on Twitter which made me want to start building my own relationship with him not just believe in him, A year later in 2017 I accepted Jesus as my lord and savior and in 2019 I brought my own bible. Thank you for constantly reminding me that God still loves me regardless of my past. Thank you for letting him use you.



Remember each of our journeys are different don’t let anyone discourage you on yours!!! God can and will use people from all walks of life to help each other🤝


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Personal Update November 2020

Hey All! November is almost half way done. I can’t believe that. Time is going both fast and slow right now. Weeks seem to be flying by but the days seem to be the same.
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The kids schools are both remote right now. Both had cases in their schools that quarantined so much staff, they didn’t have enough people to run in person school. We were home already and now everyone is home. There are still other schools in town open.
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Connecticut has 100 towns on their red zone list. My town was one of the first few to go red, so we have been laying low for the past few weeks. We only leave the house for a few things. Food, library (they have a sidewalk pickup), and very rarely either my husband or I will have to run to the office for a few minutes. Other than that, I online shop for pretty much everything else.
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Our thanksgiving family feast is cancelled. I tried to cut down my menu for just the 4 of us and I will bring a tray to my sister and niece and it made me really sad. I decided to make everything but half it so we still get the feast. I am doing Ham, fried turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, carrots, sweet potato, mashed potato, green bean casserole, garlic monkey bread biscuits and then brownies for dessert.
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Thanksgiving and Easter are my favorite holidays. We host both of those and I love cooking and having all our families over to eat and drink and hang out. Our families come from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and right now everyone is having pretty big increases in infection rates. We’ll get back to it next year. Hopefully by Thanksgiving we’ll be allowed to safely celebrate together.
I can wait for safe.
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I also went a little crazy with my husband last weekend and we ordered almost all of Christmas. That’s slowly showing up to our house and I am getting excited. I just have a few gifts left and as soon as Thanksgiving is over, I am decorating for Christmas and putting on all the Christmas music.
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Honestly, the pandemic fatigue is real for me. I miss my friends. I miss just going out and not worrying. I got upset last weekend when I heard one of the people in my book club had a party at their house and I cancelled me going to book club and then left the text conversation. There are 7 of us and we were supposed to meet in a park and have a socially distant picnic book club. I heard party and was like no. Then I was angry. I don’t know if I overreacted but I wouldn’t have felt comfortable going, so I didn’t.
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Plus, I know this might sound crazy, but every time I see someone or go somewhere for a bit… Like for my physical, or we had a drive by baby shower for a friend a few weeks ago but decorated the cars together, with masks on of course, but still… I am always counting down for 2 weeks and questioning every cough, sniffle, deep breath, head ache and possible chill. I honestly feel like I am crazy sometimes. We have pre existing conditions in this house so I won’t just chance anything. That’s where I am at right now. As long as we can stay home, I will. I just hope things start to turn around soon.
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My daughters birthday is coming up in a couple weeks too. 9, I can’t believe that. She wants her scavenger hunt and a bunny. She’s ok with no party this year as long as she gets to pick a birthday vacation next year. I can’t say no to that. We all need a vacation at this point! She wants to go to Hawaii. Part of that is my fault because for our son’s 10th birthday we took him to Lego land in California. Then we vacationed in San Diego the rest of the week and fell in love with that place. So I planted the seed for the 10th birthday vacation idea. At this point, we might not be able to go anywhere till the end of next year so I’ll be saving for Hawaii. Hopefully it can happen! 🙂
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How are you guys doing?

Voting thoughts 11/4/2020

The election voting is over. They’re still counting. In the beginning it looked promising but CNN said that it was a lot of democratic mail in votes. And now they are counting, counting, counting. It’s crazy. The thing I really don’t understand is the electoral college. I mean it doesn’t make sense to me that they 100% vote for the majority. What about all those other people in the state? Especially now.
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For Example, Florida. A little more than half the people voted for Trump and the rest voted for Biden. Why do all 29 electoral votes go to Trump? Florida right now has 96% of their votes in. 51.2% Trump and 47.8% Biden. Wouldn’t it be fair to put like 15 to Trump and 14 to Biden? To me, it’s like half the state didn’t vote. It makes zero sense which is really why I never voted before this year. I don’t understand how you turn someone’s vote into something else based on majority. That’s not right. I kind of want to put together a spreadsheet showing what the real electoral votes should be if they actually reflected what the states voted. I might.
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I know I might get a lot of people saying  “It is what it is, blah blah blah…  Because they said so.” It still makes no sense.
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I just want a president who doesn’t make me feel embarrassed. I feel like every week these past 4 years there has been something Trump has said or done that has made me think “What the fuck?” Especially this last year with the pandemic and so many people dying and getting ill, where is all the help? I read someone’s tweet a while back that said “For $1.00 a day, you too can help support an American.” I laughed, but it’s serious. There are so many people struggling and dealing with huge loss. It just feels like things are tipping in the wrong direction and still, people are getting richer.
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I’m not an economist or politician. I am a mom and wife. I write a blog and have a day job… This entire election process just doesn’t make any sense to me. I know a lot of people feel that way.
I am honestly scared of what’s going to happen in America no matter who wins.
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I did vote this year for the first time. I am proud of that. I just have an anxious feeling right now.
On the brighter side, it Trump does win it will be the last 4 years he would have. His two terms would be over. I hope.


Once in a while when I am I driving to my house I am reminded of my own 20 year old words.
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I used to work at a radio station as the Street Team. My job was to drive around in a company van and give out free shit to listeners. It was an awesome job. When we weren’t doing events we would be assigned a town to drive around and they would say on the radio what town we were in and to look for us. Usually we would drive, find a parking lot and hang out, get some lunch somewhere and give out whatever stuff we had. T shirts, bumper stickers, stickers, key chains, sometimes movie passes or tickets to places. I looooved that job. It was a team because there were two of us in the van usually.
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One time I was with Eddie, a guy in his late 20’s who I made fun of. Like dude, why are you driving a radio van? We had the town he grew up in and he was driving that day. I recently moved to this town, but I still hung out with my crew a few towns over… He took me down some side roads I didn’t know. We went down this one road and I was reading the street signs out of boredom. “Avenue E, Avenue D, Avenue C, Avenue B….” I started laughing and said “where are we? Sesame Street?” Eddie said that it was a nice area and I was like yeah, whatever. Typical 20 year old ass.
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10 years later my husband and I bought a house… On Avenue C.
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It just cracks me up that it all came around. So every once is a while I’ll be driving home and hear my stupid 20 year old self laughing cause I live on Sesame Street.

New Hobbies

We have been home for 6 months and I am getting really bored, I have started to look for new hobbies. My daughter and I went on a Amazon search kick and we purchased a couple kits.
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Last night we did this candle making kit. It was pretty easy and a lot of fun:
I can’t wait to order more wax so we can make more colorful candles.
The kit we’re thinking of making tonight is this:
Thread bowls. I don’t know. I love bowls so hopefully this will be a fun and look super cute on our dressers.
And for my sloth obsessed daughter:
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Sloth wind chimes. That will probably be Thursday or Friday.
We also have a microphone that hasn’t been used in a while so I think we’re going to start playing around with that. Maybe you’ll be hearing from us soon.🙂
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I am also looking on Etsy to see what other fun things we can add and try out.
I have my eye on this place:
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As well as some stamps so maybe we can start making our own cards and just mailing them out to people to say “Hi!”
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It’s been six months now and I figure that now is the time to at least try things that I never had a lot of time for. What else am I doing?
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What about you? What are some of your favorite hobbies? Anything you would recommend?

Personal Update 10/08/2020

Hey Everyone! I have been working on my paying work lately. That, and trying to get the kids to focus on remote learning is just eating up alllll the time. It’s hard to watch any news because it’s horrifying. I still read it. Honestly, I just don’t understand where this kids parents are… or wife, or family? It’s just unbelievable.
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On a different note. We are in October now! I can’t believe it. The first week of the month is always my super busy work week and I am finally slowing down a little bit. Two weeks ago I was in a really bad place. I just didn’t want to eat or do anything. I stopped taking my antidepressant and drinking coffee, I have no idea why. I just didn’t feel like it anymore. Also, my psychiatrist and I have separated (he closed the practice I was going to) and I am not on any list to get a new one, so eventually I will run out anyway. I haven’t looked for a new one, it’s just hard to find anyone and insurance always sucks. I will start to look eventually. I am lucky that my husband will help as soon as I say I need anything. I am in no way advising anyone to do what I have done. I am just saying that is what’s going on with me right now.
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I’m currently reading Mariah Carey’s new book. I am looking at new craft kits to order. I think I want to try candle making. I can be like Rapunzel.
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I joined weight watchers, again. This time for 6 months and this time with the goal of losing this 30lbs before my next birthday.
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I really looked at a lot of different programs before I joined again and I was about to order Nutrisystem and then I paused. It just doesn’t make sense to be to spend $600.00 on 2 months worth of boxed food and then that doesn’t cover anything for the rest of my family… Plus, I know my real problem is portion control. I looked at Jenny Craig and that was a lot of money too. Then I read that you also have to pay for the coaching… No, thank you. I looked at some other places like Diet to go and that was about $600.00 per month for 2 meals 7 days a week. It looked good, but again it brought me back to realizing I can just cook for myself and my husband, but healthy and learn to portion control.
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Then it just occurred to me that if I really want pre portioned meals, I can just buy some lean cuisine, healthy choice or smart ones in the freezer section while I am buying groceries for my family for the week. So I went back to Weight Watchers and I was really happy that they have updated their program from last year. Last year I joined and lost zero pounds because they changed a lot of food to zero points… Which never made any sense to me. So I would eat like shit at lunch, run out of points and then eat 2 bananas and 2 hard boiled eggs for dinner and maybe some other free food too. Really, for me, no food should be zero, cause it isn’t.
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I joined the digital plan for 6 months which will add up to about $100.00… They changed the plan and now there are different levels depending on your eating style. I am a green. Which means I have a lot less zero point foods. That’s really good for me. I also like that there are tons of healthy recipes and lots of free workouts. The workout function is cool because I can pick whatever I have time for and just do something quick. I hope that I can stick with it and see what happens. There is a lot of support on the digital platform. 3 years ago I actually did lose 20lbs and then slowly gained it all back, this time I am hoping to hit my goal and stay around there.
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That’s pretty much it for me right now. How are you all doing?

Fall Fun and September Update 9.23.2020

So far this month is going alright. We’re officially 2 weeks from seeing other people, besides my trips to the grocery store and FedEx. There have been a least a handful of schools reporting cases and quarantining people. My husband and I are still keeping the kids home for now and having them remote in. The anxiety I feel when any of us leave the house is real, but the fact that it’s been 2 weeks and we’re alright has calmed me a little bit.
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Halloween is coming up and the kids have picked out their costumes. My son will be the blow up Dino from last year and my daughter will be a bunny. I will be a chef and my husband has not picked his costume yet. I am really not sure what Halloween will look like this year but we are looking forward to it. Even if we just dress up and ring our own doorbell. Who knows at this point?
This Karen mask might be the scariest costume for Halloween 2020
I have started to look though the Julia Child cookbook we’ve had for years and this weekend we are planning to make one of her kidney recipes and mushroom soup. I’ve been on a little soup kick last week because the temps are dropping. I know I have said it before a lot but I LOVE Fall. The weather. The colors. The food. It’s my favorite.
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I could do without all the pumpkin spice though. I don’t mind it if someone gives it to me, I am just not a huge fan of it. One time my sister in law made a whipped pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. I think that is the only time I have had a slice of pumpkin pie since I was a kid and it was good!
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My rent the runway subscription is going alright. I have settled back into renting what I like, jeans and sweaters, and I have been loving what I have been getting. I still have a small issue with their return delays but I don’t think I want to cancel my membership yet. They also sent out an email saying that they are switching up their membership plans next year so I will be getting less clothes and shipments monthly for more money. I’ll probably wait to see that that really looks like but I will probably cancel at that point. I don’t want too but the plan I have now will be going up $30.00 more per month and there will be a limit on rentals. Part of the fun of this is being able to try new clothes and if they don’t fit or you don’t like the way they look, you can send them back and get something new. So I don’t know what the new plans will look like. They also mentioned in the email there will be a discount on the first few months. I’ll just have to wait and see. For now, I will keep trying new things. Even though I wear the clothes mostly home, I just feel way more put together
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Besides that, we’re just home. The 28th there is no school so my husband and I took the day off too. I think we might try to take the kids apple picking. There are a couple farms not to far away from us. I think a few of them have corn mazes too.
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How about you? Do you have any fun fall plans coming up?

Happy Birthday to Me!

My birthday is Sunday and I am turning 39. Last year of my thirties and that’s totally fine with me!

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For me, the 20’s were a mess of just trying to figure out where the heck I fit in the world. It wasn’t the bars or clubs or staying up until I have to work the next day. Then trying to not fall asleep while standing while I trudged to 3 different jobs so I could afford my Honda civic and half of apartment. My 20’s did end well.
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I entered my 30’s with a husband and 2 babies. In the past 9 years we have bought our first house and really settled down in a career. I am really proud of how far we have come. We are still figuring it out and still working because we have a few more dreams to accomplish. For me, I’m still going to get my BA eventually, we still want to move to La Jolla, San Diego and I’m still going to write a best seller.  We’ll get there.30th Birthday Party Ideas and Themes | Shutterfly
This year I really want to focus on getting healthier. I don’t want to enter my 40’s overweight. I feel ok but when I see a picture of my self I am like oh, shit… That’s me? So I would like to take this last year of my 30’s and really try to stick with a healthier lifestyle. I am not planning on giving any food up. I am planning on just trying to eat healthier and cook for us more. One good thing about the pandemic is the money we have saved just not eating out so often and not going to restaurants. Last night I made this fish.Jamaican Brown Stew Fish Recipe
It was delicious. This is one of my most favorite websites for Jamaican recipes. I recommend heading over there and trying some out for yourself. They have a membership that you can buy but they also have a lot of recipes you can get for free. This is one of the free ones and I highly recommend it! So yum.
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My daughter asked me what I want for my birthday and my answer was nothing, really. And that’s the truth. What I really want it to be able to go back to the stores and just browse. Then not worry about every cough for the next two weeks. I miss just going out and browsing. Taking my daughter up to Orange, CT and checking out the Christmas Tree Shoppe, Aldies and whatever else is up that way that we don’t have around us. I miss not having to worry about the lady behind me that’s standing way to close. The only store I really go to now is the grocery store and I go with a list to get in and out as fast as possible. I used to like to just browse there too sometimes. I can deal with a lot of what’s going on but I miss just being aimless and out sometimes.
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Originally I wanted to go out to dinner and try a new outdoor place. Something with seafood and a view. Then I got anxious thinking about eating at a restaurant so I decided no. I asked my husband to just make me escargot with the delicious crusty garlic bread he makes. It’s so good.Cookstr - Snails with Garlic Butter | Escargot recipe, Recipes, Food
For my cake, I want a Napoleon pastry from the Italian bakery around the corner. That’s it. We’re going to hang out all day and eat all the butter, bread and pastry.Angela Mia Italian Pastry - Takeout & Delivery - 34 Photos & 25 Reviews -  Desserts - 247 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, CT - Phone Number - Yelp
Happy Birthday to me.🙂