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19 Days Late: Our New Years Resolutions

19 Jan

And here they are…(p.s. really starting to LOVE

1. Enjoy life more.

This means traveling, going to the movies, seeing a show at the Fox or Dad’s Garage, going on more runs, dog park adventures and hikes, cooking meals TOGETHER (I tend to take over in the kitchen…bad habit…admitted control freak) and not just plopping down in front of the TV after a long day.

2. Volunteer.

In NC I volunteered at The Children’s Home in Tice Cottage. We offered respite care for children with developmental disabilities. I previously worked with children with disabilities during an internship with college and loved how rewarding and humbling it was so this seemed like a perfect fit for me. I NEED to find something like this in Atlanta.

3. Get closer with family.

This totally makes it sound like we’re not close with our families but nothing could be farther from the truth. What we mean here is learning more about our families and their personal stories. My grandparents lost family in the Holocaust and both of my grandparents were in the military. We want to know their stories and to document those stories. Ben’s dad was in the Air Force, worked as an underwater treasure hunter in Key West and his brother caught his first car on fire. I also want to document these stories. We want to know who our parents and grandparents were, not just who they are now.

4. Be a nice person, all the time.

Ok this one is a Sara resolution. I can be as sweet as pie at times, but something will set me off (I promise this doesn’t happen often), I loose my cool and I’m an uber bitch. This is a terrible quality, and one I desperately want to shake. In the coming year I am going to work on realizing that I’m about to lose it and coming back down to the earth before shooting flames from my mouth.

5. Deal with stress better.

Both Ben and I are serious Type A people. We strive for perfection and are slowly realizing that you can’t be perfect in every aspect of your life all the time. We both need to learn how to take a breather and lower our stress levels with other outlets (running, yoga, etc.) so we don’t take it out on each other.

6. Be kind to ourselves.

Obviously, this one includes being good to our bodies. Eating well, exercising and being social are all things that we enjoy and need to do more often (can you really get enough of these?). We also need to be kind to ourselves mentally. When we’ve had a tough day at work and we feel like we suck at life we need to learn to take a step back and give ourselves credit for all the great things we bring to the professional table. This one goes hand in hand with #5.

7. Smile more.

There is a ton of research out there about the positive effects that smiling can have on you and others around you. We both need to do it more often. Easy one, right? RIIIIIIGHT.

8. Make each other smile more.

This goes along with a majority of our resolutions. If we can stress less, live more and be good to ourselves we will most certainly accomplish this one.

We’d LOVE to hear your New Year’s Resolutions, too. Come on and don’t be shy! Comment below!


Recipe Monday (er…Tuesday?): Linzer Heart Cookies

27 Dec

First, sorry I’ve sucked as a blogger lately. Busy time of the year, but one of my New Year’s resolutions is to establish a regular blogging schedule. Let’s hope this resolution lasts longer than most.

It was a tradition in my mom’s house that every holiday season we would make Linzer Heart Cookies. They are buttery goodness with raspberry preserves that just melt in your mouth and make me immediately think of the holidays. I tackled these babies for the first time all by myself for Christmas! (such a big girl!)

 Linzer Heart Cookies


  • 3 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour, sifted (can use a strainer if you don’t have a sifter)
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 2 cups finely grated walnuts
  • Jar red raspberry preserves (I used Bonne Maman)
  • 2 heart shaped cookie cutters (1 small and 1 large or just one large to make sandwich cookies instead of being able to peek through and see the preserves)


*These are mom’s directions + some of my own commentary. Mom assumes you’re not an idiot, so no need to explain how to cream butter or mix in nuts.*

Cream butter and 1 cup sugar . Add egg and mix well. Sift together flour & cornstarch, add to butter & mix well. Mix in nuts. Form your dough into a ball and wrap in waxed paper/saran. Chill for 4-6 hours.

My cookie cutters

Take your dough out of the fridge and let sit for approximately 30 minutes, or until it is easier to manipulate. Preheat oven to 325. On a floured surface, roll out dough to ¼” & cut with your cookie cutters. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheet and immediately spread bottom cookie with red raspberry preserves. Place 2nd cookie on top and repeat. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar (or if you want them really sugary, press the top and bottom directly into the sugar).

I made mine sans walnuts because Ben’s dad can’t eat them. I just added 1/2 cup more flour and they came out great!

Hope you enjoy!

P.S. Not sure if you noticed or not from the pictures (I sure can), but I got a new camera for the holidays. Say hello to my new toy! As soon as I finish the 425 page how to book I’ll be a professional photographer (joking). Seriously though…I can’t wait to learn how to use it!

My new Canon T3i

Happy Tuesday!
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