Life Update

My apologies to all you wonderful readers for how long I’ve been MIA. It’s been an insane few weeks. I’ve got a few recipes in the works, including a small series entitled Fish Sauce Chronicles, but there have been some crazy [good] developments in my life as well.

As many of you know, The Boyfriend has been out in Oregon since March completing an incredible internship. We’ve had some ups and downs throughout our long distance relationship, but overall we are better and stronger. Some of you may also know that I just recently (like, this past weekend) celebrated my 25th birthday. I waited for days and days waiting for The Boyfriend’s gift to arrive… until I finally walked in to my party on Saturday night, and he was standing right in front of me. Let me repeat this: my boyfriend just flew 3,000 miles to surprise me for my 25th birthday. No one in my family knew he was coming, and the friends that did know definitely did not spill the beans. I got to spend three wonderful days with my man celebrating my birthday and planning our next step – his move back to Philly and into my apartment!

Disclaimer: My cake was definitely NOT slow carb, but oh man it was delicious! Created by the absolutely fantastic Sweet Life Bake Shop in South Philadelphia.

Surprise! I had no words.

Surprise! I had no words.

Blowing out the candles!

Blowing out the candles!

Amazing lemon cake!

Amazing lemon cake!

Birthday Dinner @ Parc

Birthday Dinner @ Parc

All that being said, please forgive me for not updating since before my trip out to Oregon at the beginning of the month! I promise there are lots of goodies coming up, and I will be cooking a lot more now that I have the kitchen to myself again (I was forbidden from using fish sauce all summer ’cause my grandma hates the smell!)

Mini-Progress update: Sorry I don’t have a picture yet, but I just fit into a pair of INC size 12 super skinny curvy fit jeans that have been sitting in my closet since March!

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