*knocks* Hello?

I have done a whole lot of nothing and a whole lot of everything lately. My hometown hockey team won the league President’s Cup so it’s been an exciting week locally. Lots of celebrations and things around town. I’ve baked and baked and baked. Sometimes for hockey boys, sometimes stressing baking. At one point, at home, we had two cakes, a loaf of banana bread and homemade cookies on the counter.

Last Saturday I attended an arts festival with one of my best and oldest friends. It was the first nice day we’ve had in a while. Our winter was really wet and cold (not usual for us) and it took the temps a while to warm up. Finally it did though! This festival is in its eigteenth year and almost always gets rained out. We were all so happy it was sunny the entire weekend. We walked around and looked at paintings and jewelry and photography. Then we decided to sit on the grass and just soak up the sun. Which I did a little too much of because my back ended up burned, where my shirt was scooped in the back. When we left the festival we went to grab a late lunch because we were both ravenous. It was one of the best days I’ve had in a while. It’s nice to finally be able to get out of the house and not freeze.

I am still terrible about this blogging thing. I don’t know why I can’t get consistent! Laziness? Boredom? Lack of things to post about? I really think it’s a combo of all three. Maybe now that fun things are happening I can get out more and even do some photo posts. I have started working on Shutter in the South, posting photos there and playing with my new camera. I currently have only a 50mm lens for it, because my old lenses won’t work on this model. I’m hoping to get a 70-200mm this summer. I’ve had my eye on the same one for a while. It seems like it’ll be great as a multi purpose lens. Why are lenses so expensive?! Ugh.

Currently Loving:
Listening to: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Reading: The V Card by Lauren Blakely
Watching: RISE

#prettysimpledinnerparty

Today I participated in the Pretty Simple Cooking dinner party for A Couple Cooks new cookbook. It was such a fun way to explore a new cookbook and meet new people. I decided to prepare the Eggplant Parmesan Casserole, which was chock full of eggplant, cannellini beans, tomatoes, and spices. Personally I love eggplant parmesan […]

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Goals

  A post shared by Amanda Graham (@shutterpecan) on Dec 31, 2017 at 9:10pm PST I haven’t done this in a long time. But I’m going to start trying to get better at it (see my 2018 list in the sidebar). I’m thinking I may start scheduling out my days more and put blog posts […]

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November and December 2017 Reads

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’d been anticipating getting to this book and it did not disappoint! I had a soft spot for Penelope in the earlier books of the series so I really wanted her to have a great HEA. I enjoyed how the story built up […]

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November 2017 IG recap

  #catsofinstagram #jasperfitzwilliam A post shared by Amanda Graham (@shutterpecan) on Nov 12, 2017 at 10:07am PST   #catsofinstagram #jasperfitzwilliam A post shared by Amanda Graham (@shutterpecan) on Nov 12, 2017 at 10:07am PST   #catsofinstagram #jasperfitzwilliam A post shared by Amanda Graham (@shutterpecan) on Nov 12, 2017 at 10:07am PST   #catsofinstagram #jasperfitzwilliam A […]

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September and October 2017 Reads

The Duke and I (With 2nd Epilogue) by Julia Quinn My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved it It’s been quite a while since I’ve read a historical romance but this series has been on my to be read list for some time. I’m so glad I finally decided to dive in! The Duke and […]

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Gatlinburg trip

I took a long weekend trip up to Gatlinburg Tennessee last Thursday. For years I went annually and at times more than that, but I hadn’t been up there in several years. It’s my mothers most favorite place to go, aside from the beach at least, so we went a lot when I was growing […]

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Baby I’m sorry

Ahhh I didn’t realize it had been so long since I’d blogged! I have no excuse other than work has been really busy and time got away from me. I’ve never been consistent when it comes to blogging, honestly. Since I don’t really do much other than work and maybe randomly hanging out with a […]

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August 2017 Reads

I don’t make any guarantees that reviews I post will be spoiler free!   Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater My rating: 3 of 5 stars Undecided how I feel about this one. It was good but I didn’t love it like I expected. View all my reviews The Death Cure by James Dashner My rating: 3 […]

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Weekend shenanigans

I had some errands to run and my mother wanted to make a trip to Michael’s for an artificial pumpkin. We went a little nuts in there, let me tell you! They have so much Halloween and Fall stuff at 40% off! Halloween is my favorite holiday. Always has been, even though anything with a […]

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