Thursday, July 11, 2013

These are a Few of my Favorite Things + GIVEAWAY!

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with strings. These are a few of my favorite things.

Do you remember this song from The Sound of Music? A few years into piano lessons, as a ten year old, I was given the sheet music for this song and promptly learned to play a choppy and unappealing version of it. As it went with most songs that I overplayed, it soon became annoying (even to myself) and now I almost can't stand to hear it. Despite that, and in keeping with our one-year theme, I thought it would be fun to recap some of my favorite posts from the year, and then give you a chance to win something!

I write about a lot of different things on this blog, but generally speaking I would say there are a few over-arching themes: food, travel, holidays, nature and miscellaneous (for good measure). Does that about sum it up?

Favorite Food Post
This is actually up there as one of my favorite posts I have written thus far. Even though this looks like some sort of grouting material, I cannot emphasize enough how delicious this hummus is. And it's even better with a side of homemade tortillas and white zinfandel.

Favorite Travel Post
Not so long ago, just back at the end of May, my friend Brigid and I took a long weekend to head to Charlottesville, VA. I really love to explore new areas, and Charlottesville, with its artsy town center, myriad wineries, college campus and historic touches, was the perfect spot to visit. 

Favorite Holiday Post
I know these don't pertain specifically to a holiday, but I mean, just look at them. They are the wintertime and Christmas embodiment of a cookie. This was my first attempt at making these cookies and they were overwhelmingly successful and delicious, even for someone who would rather eat lemons than chocolate. If you bookmark one thing from our blog, it should probably be this recipe. Your family will love you come December.

Favorite Nature Post
Hiking Pole Steeple is such a fun pastime and it's so Central PA I can't even stand it. 
I was really excited this year to discover that the rock outcrop was open and it made for the most beautiful picture, shown above. 

Favorite Miscellaneous Post
I wrote Let's Rate Something back in October and to this day, it is still the most fun I have had writing a blog  post. This is probably because it has two of my favorite pop culture items included: Mindy Kaling and recaps of five wonderful romantic comedies. And while I'm talking about it, I'm considering writing a Let's Rate Something: Part Deux, because I realized I left the movie Wimbledon off the list! Oversight.

So, here is where the fun part comes in. :) In celebration of our one year blogging anniversary, I would like to give away a box full of some of my favorite things. To enter to win, please leave a comment (and your name) listing some of your favorite things in our comment section OR on one of our facebook posts! You will be in the running to win a box with: french macaroons (food), travel-sized shampoo/conditioner (travel), assorted holiday cards (holiday), a tank top from one of my favorite brands for hiking (nature) and one of the romantic comedies from the Let's Rate Something! post. A winner will be chosen at random next Wednesday. Good luck!!


  1. Yay! Some of my favorite things... french toast, family beach trips, snowmen, outdoor showers, and So I Married an Axe Murderer!

  2. Some of my favorite things are spending time with my children and grandson and creating days that are full of fun times and special memories. I appreciate the movie P.S. I Love You. I love finding recipes to make with my family and I definitely plan to make your Hot Cocoa Cookies.

  3. I enjoy spending everyday with my children and grandson. I love my husband and I look forward to growing old with him. I cherish the memories that I create with my family everyday. I get pleasure out of helping others. I appreciate the movie P.S. I Love You and I cry every time I watch it.

  4. my favorite things are: dark chocolate covered espresso beans, getting mail (the good kind, aka birchbox), a full tank of gas-good coffee-great music-and no particular agenda, hamsters, chubby babies, fresh guacamole, a crisp new box of cereal, traveling with my BFF (<-suck up), salty margaritas, sweet potato fries, the smokey smell of fall, a pile of fresh, clean (folded) laundry, dancing at weddings, little debbie zebra cakes...and of course, the krohn girls (wow...too much??)

  5. My favourite things are nail colours, books, spending time with dad and old photographs! :)

  6. Oh my! What a fun giveaway, I would love to try some of your favorite things. Some of my favorite things are licorice, Harry Potter (Yes, I'm totally 30 years old), lipstick, reading, collecting vintage books, surfing, and of course my family :)

    Thanks very much!
    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

    PS. Those french macaroons are calling my name!

  7. My favorite things are: Mochanut drink from my local coffee shop, gummy candy of any type, my hammock, and spending time with my fam.

    mandaoverturf at yahoo dot com

  8. Hi Girls,
    Here are a few of my favorite things:
    puppies, waterfalls, church camp, old pictures, and babies.

    xo, Shari