August 24, 2016

Seneca Lake Wineries :: Photo Journal

The day before my parents helped me move into school, we drove around to a handful of wineries around Seneca Lake. Don't get so excited - I didn't taste any wine, my parents did. Though it doesn't seem like there's much to do when you're not the one tasting the wine, there was quite a lot to see. I was surprised by the abundance of photo opportunities at these wineries, and wanted to share what I saw :) :

August 21, 2016

Peach Pie

August is peach season, and I attempted to make a peach pie a few weeks ago -- note the word "attempt" ;).

August 14, 2016

L E T ' S C H A T ! : My Teaching Experience

Let's talk -- over sushi!

Over the past few months, I've captioned several of my instagram photos with the #mshannahsstories, and I thought I'd explain and summarize my teaching experience in a little blogpost. And, since people like to catch up over a meal, I thought I'd throw in a few photos from a recent trip my mom and I took to what I think is the best sushi restaurant in the Princeton area.

August 7, 2016

Loving Lately || Summer 2016

Summer is almost over!

Over the past few months, I've tried different recipes, apps, and products out, and I've discovered new blogs. Here are some of my favorites:

July 31, 2016

Chocolate Hazelnut (Nutella) Peanut Butter Brownies

Man oh man, do I have a lot of recipe posts to catch up on! I made these Nutella Peanut Butter brownies as a little birthday treat for my brother in late May, and I'm finally getting around to sharing the recipe. 

Now before we start, I want to make a little disclaimer: I do not personally support brands that use palm oil as an ingredient -- I made this decision after researching for my article, "Say No to Palm Oil". At the same time, I'm also a firm believer in not wasting. My brother, a fan of Nutella (which is made of palm oil), had about 1/4 jar left -- and what was left was the grainy, not-so-spreadable stuff. So in order to not waste what was left in the jar, I combined the nutella with this classic brownie recipe. For future recipes, however, I would either make my own chocolate-hazelnut spread or buy one that doesn't include palm oil as an ingredient. So the bottom line of this disclaimer - I'm not a supporter of Nutella, but we had some leftover, and I didn't want to waste it, so I did use it in this one batch!

July 24, 2016

East Village Photo Journal

Last weekend, my mom and I made the trek into the city to go thrift shopping. We came home empty-handed (aside from an umbrella we got to protect us from the torrential rain), but we did have plenty of photos and memories to keep. We spent most of our time in the East Village, but we did walk through Chinatown to get to a new dim sum restaurant (don't recommend it though; my preferred dim sum restaurant is still the Golden Unicorn).

I chose to wear this outfit in particular because it was comfortable, easy to walk in, and suitable for the 95*F weather. One of my go-to outfit "equations" is a dress + converse + my simple tote bag. There's minimal jewelry, sunglasses are the perfect accessory, and I feel like myself wearing it all.