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2012 Highlights

Is it just me, or did 2012 fly by? I’m still trying to make sense out of the year that is a total blur. From trips to homemade gifts, and of course heaps of recipes, here are my highlights from 2012–complete with pictures:

Starting this blog. You know you love it. Or you’re trying really hard to.

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C’mon. Did you really think I wouldn’t find a way to get a shot of my cat in here?

Being named one of The Lazy Travelers featured Jetsetters. You can read my responses to their questions here.

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Winning Go with Oh!’s travel dare contest on Twitter during the Prague portion of Lola and Leah’s Euro Tour. Be sure to follow Go with Oh! on Twitter so you can submit your travel tips and dares for Spring 2013’s contests. Also, you should already be following me on Twitter.

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Wandering around Chicago and meeting seeing Olivia Wilde and the guy who plays Berger on Sex and the City outside my hostel.

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We’ve already discussed how I didn’t get a picture. This is the next best thing.

Participating in my dear friend Charise’s wedding as maid of honor.

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Welcoming Miss Payton into the world (and becoming an auntie!).

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Attending the Treasure Island Music Festival–my first ever music festival.

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Yes, that’s Flava Flav.

Accomplishing my New Year’s resolution of finishing three 5k races. So I’m an overachiever and my last one was a 6k– booyah!

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Witnessing my grandparents renew their vows after 61 years of marriage.

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Her original wedding dress and an airman’s uniform similar to what he wore!

Taking a cooking class at a local culinary school with Judy, and helping make everything pictured! I swear a post is coming at some point..

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Seeing the Gaslight Anthem perform at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

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I’m still in shock that 2012 is already coming to a close. But I can’t wait for all of the fun things I have planned in 2013, which include: Paris for Christmas, a bachelorette party that I’m 90% sure is happening in Miami, making good use of my new candy thermometer (and overcoming my massive fear of making candy..), a wedding in Austin and another in Monterey, crafting the vast majority of my Christmas presents (guys, I think I’m gonna make soap), Week 1 of Coachella, and the list goes on… Here’s to a fun and fabulous 2013!

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Magic Cookie Bars

Most people have heard of Magic Cookie Bars. I’m pretty sure the recipe is one of like, three or four that are printed on Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk cans throughout the year. This past holiday season I’ve made at least five batches of MCBs for gifts, parties, and just to be a fatty, and I’ve concluded that I’ve perfected the recipe.

As I’m sure you’ve come to realize, I don’t like to play by the rules that are recipes. I tend to use recipes as general guidelines and then add or subtract ingredients and change up the directions as I see fit. This recipe, or rather, my take on this recipe is no different.

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Seriously, so good.

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Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone was able to spend time with their families and friends this holiday season. I am officially back from my unplanned and unannounced nearly month-long hiatus. Planning for the holidays both at work and at home, along with the social obligations one has as a twenty-something during the holidays took me by surprise this year– I’ll try to plan better for next year!

As I’m sure many of you have been to a Starbucks (no judging if you haven’t.. okay, a little bit of judging.), I’m sure you’ve heard of a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. Well, I had my first one on Halloween and I’ve been obsessed ever since. One day, I was perusing Pinterest and stumbled upon a recipe from Pennies on a Platter‘s Nikki. It sounded so easy and so good that I couldn’t pass up trying it out.

I knew I’d wanted to make the mix for friends and family for Christmas, but didn’t read through the final part of the instructions which states that it only keeps for about a month. So, my ingredients sat in a cupboard for about a month before I finally had a spare weekend to make it.

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I briefly questioned whether this recipe would be worth it or not. Teaser: it is. Like, so much.

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