Entries by mandi

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

I grew up in a small town in upstate New York.  It is a quaint little place when the economy is good, but aside from my most favorite ‘grinder’ sandwiches from our local Italian restaurant, you could hardly call it a ‘culinary draw’ to any real food enthusiast.  In my youth, we grew up on […]

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Sugar Cookies

CHRISTMAS!!!!  🙂  🙂  🙂 My family had lots of Christmas traditions growing up as a kid:  eating cookies, eating chex mix, eating fried dough on Christmas Eve, etc.  One of these traditions (prior to the eating) has always been frosting sugar cookies!  We used my ‘Aunt Sheila’s’ kick ass recipe every year, a quickie almond […]

Thanksgiving Recap and Other Events!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Are you stuffed to the gills?? Enjoying leftovers??  🙂 I had an amazing Thanksgiving.  We served over a hundred folks at the hotel where I work and everyone left stuffed and happy, including me! I’ve been working as a Line Cook on the savory side of things, so it was actually fun […]


Day One: Driving Down the Coast

I love following world travelers on Instagram.  It inspires me to travel more, introduces me to places I haven’t seen yet and sets my own intention of what I want in my life, living vicariously through someone else.  At the same time, I also have a little chuckle because Instagram is a world of perfection. […]

Love, Cousin

My first inspirational post comes from my dear friend, photographer & writer, Stacy Osterman.  Stace is inspirational to me for many reasons– she’s an amazing photographer, for one, but she also inspires me with her enthusiasm for travel, adventure and by marching to the beat of her own drummer.  Stacy and her husband do their […]