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Last night I went out to dinner and a movie with my friend Danielle. We decided to brave Tysons Corner since the theater is so nice, without thinking that there would be a crazy crowd since it’s mid-November. On a Saturday night. We both thankfully found places to park without too much trouble. We got dinner at Coastal Flatts and then went to see Breaking Dawn, Part 1. Obviously, not everyone will enjoy it, but I did!

I got home and there were still 40 seconds left in the FSU vs. UVa game, UVa up but FSU in range to score. After a play review and a penalty, FSU missed what could have been their game winning field goal. Therefore friends, next week’s game against UVa is actually important as we play for the Coastal title and our spot in the ACC Championship. Thankfully, I will be in Charlottesville to cheer on the Hokies while we crush those silly old wahoos. For extra special hate week entertainment, head on over to the The Key Play for thoughtful analysis. Let’s be real, next week will be amazing.

Anyways, this morning I woke up craving waffles, so I decided to take a nice fall twist on them: Pumpkin Waffles!! They were fluffy, nice and golden, and, duh, tasty! I usually eat my waffles without syrup or anything, just butter. These have a little bit of brown sugar in them, so they aren’t overly sweet or anything.

Pumpkin Waffles

  • 1 1/2 cups  flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 2/3 cups milk
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted and cooled

Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. In another bowl, mix the eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin, milk and butter together. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet.

Heat your waffle iron and cook according to your waffle iron’s directions. I used a little under a cup of batter and cooked them for around 4 minutes. Enjoy!


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First of all, GO HOKIES! It’s gameday!! And it’s a big one; we play Georgia Tech tonight at 8 and it is a must win. Confident, but not cocky.

Quick flashback to the awesomeness that is David Wilson from last year’s game against the Yellowjackets:

Gives me chills. So awesome!


I am planning to work on some chicken and quinoa soup. More on that later…

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Let’s be serious. I cannot be expected to take a million pictures while I am busy tailgating, jumping up and down, screaming, and stuffing my face with turkey legs. But this is what I did manage to capture on my iPhone last weekend in Virginia Tech’s epic win over Miami.



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This weekend was full of food, football, and lots and lots of German beer. My two roommates and I decided that instead of a Thanksgiving get-together that we put on last year, we would host an “Oktoberfeast” football watching party.

On the menu: homemade pretzels with multiple dips and mustards. They were so delicious. Devin was in charge of those, so I’ll have to get the recipe from her at some point.

We also had a ton of beer bratwurst, pumpkin whoopie pies, cheeses, and massive amounts of German and Oktoberfest beers that we asked people to contribute. We will feed you, you bring beer to drink.

The Hokies were playing a home game against Clemson, and to those that follow college football, the outcome was not in our favor. Oh well, it was still fun having so many people over at our house for a final hurrah. We move out at the end of this month.

The Hokies that were over before kickoff took our ceremonious communion shot of wild turkey, which I so graciously learned years ago from the Clubhouse Tailgate.

On call for this week:

  • Some sort of kale soup; I have a TON from the wahoo boyfriend’s family farm.
  • Tuna pasta salad; I have a ton of tuna that I feel like using. It’s either that or tuna noodle casserole.
  • Butternut squash soup; I’ve got one left from the three I got from the boy. It will be spicy and delicious.

To be made into something delicious:

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this weekend was just lovely. Friday night started with picking up my super adorable Wahoo boyfriend at DCA from a work trip to Boston. We went with a few friends to Arlington Drafthouse to see comic Dana Gould. It was a pretty good show: hilarious moments and others that were so-so. It was a fun and different thing to do on a Friday, and it was also my first time going to the drafthouse. Definitely need to hit up the $1 and $2 movie nights in the near future.

Saturday: adorable wahoo leaves, so roommate Devin and I decide we need to have mimosas while waiting for the Virginia Tech football game to come on. We ended up getting a 12-pack of Saranac Pumpkin Ale, and all the fixings necessary for some mac and cheese. It was a glorious afternoon of mimosas, beer, mac and cheese, cookies, and Hokie football.

Sunday was another fun day. It began with some pillsbury cinnamon rolls. So delicious and easy.

Went to the last Nationals home game of the season with my parents. More gameday food and beer. There was a definite theme in my food choices this past weekend. The Nats won, 3-0 against the Braves; it was a good game to go to: not too sunny or hot & the home team won!

Time to reboot with roast pork tenderloin and some trader joe’s grains blend! Thanks iPhone, for keeping track of my weekend!

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a place to start

Everyone “wants to write” and “wants to start a blog” and apparently the favorite fact about contestants on the bachelor and bachelorette is that they “love to travel.”

Because I just want to be cool like everyone else, I decided to start this little blog. I have made pretty lame attempts before, but nothing really stuck. There are a few things about me and my daily life that I could write about.

It could be about food and cooking and wine. Because I love all those things and indulge in them on the daily.

It could be about Virginia Tech and being a Hokie. Because that is also something I clearly need another outlet for in addition to plastering my cubicle, car,  self, and twitter feed with all things Maroon and Orange; yes, they are proper nouns.

It could be about doing super fun awesome things in DC. Although, due to the fact that I live here, everything I do is automatically a super fun awesome thing in DC (& the surrounding area, since I actually live in Virginia). DC residents have a silly habit of getting all peeved when people claim to be from DC when they dont actually live in the District itself. Trust me, I used to be one of them.

It could also be about the effect that Lupus has had on my life. I was diagnosed on my 22nd birthday coincidentally. As a quick and friendly overview, Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage just about any part of the body. For something to be chronic it has to lasts over an extended period of time, and perhaps forever. I chose Chronic as one half of the title of this blog, since it encompasses a little something about me (the fact that I have a chronic illness) and a little something about what will hopefully be this whole blogging journey: it’s continuous.

I guess I have to start somewhere,  right?

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