The Little Things – August 2014

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Guess what time it is? Little things time!

I’m hoping maybe you have the day off today and are in need of a little entertainment. Beagle style. Don’t worry, I don’t have all pictures of Emma for you. There are some other things too. My life doesn’t totally revolve around my dog.

Oh wait, it does.

{In case you are new and curious, you can refer to my first little things post to see why I started the series – it involves a story about me yelling at cars. It’s good stuff, I tell you.}

So let’s talk about the good stuff. And the stuff that I pretend is obnoxious (like turning 30), that really isn’t all that bad and that I just kinda like to complain about. In a non-serious sort of way.

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So first up, my pretend 30th birthday! That was a surprise! My parents are super sweet and put together a little thing when we took a quick trip home to New Jersey early in the month. There were balloons and presents! Which included new potholders that I am so so pumped about. Is it weird that I get that excited over potholders?

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There was also an ice cream cake from the local ice cream shop that is all sorts of amazing. And then we amused ourselves by holding up the dog behind the cake. Which we found incredibly hysterical. Like I said, my life revolves around my beagle.

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Puppies!! Well, my cousin’s puppy that I got to meet. Can you say puppy fever? Want to try to help me convince my husband that we need another dog? A beagle, obviously.

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The bestest friends in the whole wide world. Who surprised me with another 30th birthday party at one of our 15 million potlucks. There was another amazing cake, with peanut butter, chocolate and ganache. Enough said.

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My first food blogging conference! In Asheville and at the Biltmore. More on this later but suffice it to say it was a great time. And gorgeous surroundings. I mean look at that one picture… I mean shut up, right?

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A birthday trip with the husband (and beagle!) in Asheville right after the conference. Which involved a cute little cabin with a back porch with rocking chairs. More on this later too.

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Just pure prettiness. I love me some summer heirloom tomatoes.

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Draft day! And I made soft pretzel bites! So yeah, I’m playing in a fantasy football league this year and the most I know about football is what I learned from watching The League. Thankfully it’s all girls and I’m not alone in my lack of knowledge. But game on.

So tell me about your month! Share please!! And tell me your secrets about how to win at fantasy football, yes?