Thank you

So yeah, it’s been awhile. Where have I been? What have I been up to? Do you even remember me anymore? When you get this email in your inbox, will you be all “Who the heck is Always Add More Butter again?” Maybe it’ll go right in the junk folder even and honestly, I wouldn’t blame your spam filter one bit. I’ve been out of the game for months but it truly feels like longer. This whole year actually feels eons longer than a year. If I take myself back to this time in 2012, things were just so different that it’s pretty hard to believe I’m the same person. Well, I am the same person but I’ve definitely gone through some changes. I’ve been thinking about writing again for months but it’s been extremely hard to get myself to the place where I feel like I can do that again. I’m not quite there yet really, but you’ve gotta start somewhere right? So this post is going to serve as my love letter to everyone this summer who helped me remember who I really am and helped me get to the place I am now. I am eternally grateful for the people and the place I had to turn to when I was most in need. I love you so much I could literally bust with it and now that I’ve left the nest, I think about you every day and am filled with both longing and well-being because of what you’ve given me.

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Washington Island Ferry Line – For taking me to and fro and keeping me safe

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Joy the Baker – For giving me something to do with butter and sugar and being 100% dependable whenever I needed you

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Sunset Resort – For delicious and nostalgic breakfasts several times a week every week

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Skers – For giving me a home and a porch and so much love and support that I could never even calculate it

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My favorite boy – For growing up and still being my favorite boy who ever lived

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Pogs – For loving me no matter what and being a fierce protector of my sanity

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Karly’s Bar & Cellar Restaurant – For taking me in with no questions asked and giving me something to do every day

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HY – For all the fun I had no idea I was going to have

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Derek – For leaving me that hilarious picture on my desktop and for owning the makeshift dance floor with me all summer

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Nature – For continually reminding me that no matter how much I rag on you and say that I’m not an outdoorsy person, you are beautiful and worth appreciating

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Miss Hansen – For True Blood Snuggle Time and for reminding me of things I know to be true over and over again

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Karly’s (again) – For reminding me of what I can and can’t do and how I want to spend my time going forward

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Schoolhouse Beach – For soothing me when I needed soothing and tanning me when I desperately needed tanning

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Family dinner – For reminding me that I do like to cook (and eat)

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My beautiful cousins – For showing so much love and understanding and for being so weird and awesome.

(Photo cred to TMLJ on this one)

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The Yellow House & it’s occupants – For being a sanctuary and a comfort to me always

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Uncle Tim & Aunt Lois – For being yourselves, there’s no other way to say it and I love you for it

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This Bundt pan – For helping me to start baking & feeling like myself again.

There are so many other people that I need to thank that I don’t have photographic representations for so this will have to suffice – you know who you are and I love you for everything you’ve done for me throughout the years. ¬†Every show of support, every text, every call, every email, every visit – I appreciate it all so much. Thank you x infinity.

NYC

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Heyo everybody – some changes in the works for a bit. I’ve been a bit radio silent lately and I hope that changes because I miss blogging. I really do. So I went to NYC recently. It was my first trip there and honestly, it was a lot different than I thought it would be. Being a smalltown Midwestern girl, my ideas about NYC were largely formed by movies like Ghostbusters, Ghost, Trading Places, etc. I thought it would be dirty and crowded and scary and gross and that I wouldn’t like it. Isn’t it great to be wrong sometimes? Admittedly I’m sure I could find places in the city where it would be all of those things but everywhere I went was pretty great. Also, I found the people to be just as nice as anywhere else, which was refreshing.

IMG_3001First New York bagel – it didn’t occur to me to take a photo before I ate part of it so it’s not the best pic, but trust me when I tell you that it was an amazing bagel. A-MAZING. Toasted whole wheat with bacon-scallion cream cheese is the way to go when you visit Bagel Pub in Park Slope. And you should. Because they have great bagels. And chai lattes…

IMG_3087Due to the previously mentioned stomach bug plus some other stuff I haven’t really had much of an appetite lately but there was no way I was going to let that stop me for this trip. We basically ate our way through Brooklyn and it was really, really fun. There was a music & food festival in Prospect Park called the Great Googa Mooga Fest and even though it was a little chilly, we really had a blast. I’ll try to limit myself but the food was so delicious and fun that you’ll have to cut me a little slack.

IMG_3041First booth in the place was Milk and I just couldn’t pass up a real Compost cookie. I have their cookbook and have made a few things but I find it a bit daunting so I was super excited to see these guys there. We also ate a Blueberries & Cream cookie later in the night that was stellar, but I love the crispy, crunchy, chewy, sweet/salty thing that the Compost cookies bring to the table. Yum. The Milk booth was right next to the Baked booth so obviously I bought a Brookster brownie as well. First course of the evening = cookies and brownies. That’s normal right?

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Moving onto a little something I like to call the best sandwich in the world…

IMG_3043I’m ashamed to say I don’t even remember which booth we bought this from, but I know it was right next to the duck sausage corn dog booth which we scarfed down too quickly for me to properly photograph. By the time I remembered, it was nothing more than a nub and that’s just not something you need a pic of. The lobster roll was the most expensive thing we ate ($16) but it was soooooooo worth it.

IMG_3053Look how happy we are post-lobster roll! There is actual photographic evidence that great sandwiches make the world a better place. After this it got too dark to take proper pics but the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs put on a good show and I ate some real Beecher’s Mac & Cheese, so all in all it was a great evening. More on NYC in the next post because yeah, I ate a lot of things worth remembering.

Where have I been? I went to FL & I ran 5 miles

IMG_2592Heyo! So I just got back from a trip on Wednesday and I’m still not back in the groove. Is that weird? I was gone from the 20th-27th and it feels like I was gone for a month. Seriously, vacation is fun but getting back to regular life afterward is weird and seems to take forever. So here’s what you missed:

IMG_2577A very talkative gentleman on my flight from NC to FL bought me my first birthday beer of the day. It was at like 9:30 in the morning but try not to judge, it was my birthday after all.

IMG_2583This is basically what I did the entire time in FL. I mean, sure we went to St. Augustine and saw The Fountain of Youth and learned about how Ponce de Leon is the real discoverer of America (at the time it felt like I was learning a lot about history but in retrospect I feel like the info might have been a bit biased…) and obviously we went out to eat a lot but mostly we spent the whole time just chilling out. The weather looked like this pretty much every day:

IMG_2584Feel free to hate on me a little bit. I spent some great quality time with my mom and my sister-in-law and soaked up several weeks’ worth of Vitamin D. So I flew back to the Midwest and then took the Amtrak back to the frozen tundra on Wednesday and then this last weekend I went to visit a friend who just bought her first house. I thought I would be helping them move but it turned out they were pretty much done with that, so we did a 5 mile run instead. Yeah, 5 miles. It was a long one for me. Pogs and a few buddies were already signed up for the run, but one of them had a sinus infection so I used her bib and gave it a shot. Just call me Cathy Wisinger.

IMG_2665I ran at a consistent and slow turtle’s pace and finished the run in an hour and 3 minutes. So yeah, I rock a 12 minute mile. Just sign me up for the next Olympics guys, I’ve already bought the trophy case. We got a few of these as a reward:

IMG_2664And then I took a little rest on the bar

IMG_2670I’m glad I did it, but my legs are still sore as…….I don’t know, something that is really frickin’ sore. Don’t worry folks, our regularly scheduled programming of cooking and baking starts again tonight. I made the grocery list, I have the recipes, I’m getting back on track.