Update: Back at it!

 I hiked the beautiful exposed ridge of franconia ridge trail twice this summer in the white mountains of New hampshire.

I hiked the beautiful exposed ridge of franconia ridge trail twice this summer in the white mountains of New hampshire.

I've (barely) survived my first two weeks of my second year of teaching, and I'm going to make a bold claim that I'm back at it on the blog, too. Last year was (very good) insanity as my first year teaching 10th grade history. I took the time this summer to do things that I really wanted to do, and was busy, too, which meant that the blog sometimes fell by the wayside. I kept cooking and I kept eating, of course, but snapping a great photo before I ate my delicious dinner or pausing to write a post became less of a priority. I think that's okay, and I'm glad I had the break. But, I've got some great recipes from the summer I want to share and I miss posting. I'm happy to be back. 

Before I post a new recipe for Quinoa Fried Rice (!) this week, I wanted to do a quick update post to bridge the gap between my last post and May and now, in September. In that time, I:

  • Completed my first year of teaching
  • Celebrated 2 years of this blog (on June 1!)
  • Started running...for fun...?
  • Camped in Acadia National Park for a week for the first time
  • Taught summer school
  • Went to history teacher nerd camp
  • Moved to a new apartment
  • Started my second year of teaching!

It definitely wasn't a quiet summer, so taking a break from the blog was much needed. Along the way, though, you shouldn't be surprised to hear I found the best places to eat wherever I found myself or made time to try new recipes and perfect old ones. I've got a few photos to share from the past few months (in no particular order), and I'm excited to begin sharing new recipes soon!

 An amazing meal on the water at  the Market Restaurant  in Annisquam, MA. We thought the view couldn't be beat until we had their delicate pastas and tender scallops.

An amazing meal on the water at the Market Restaurant in Annisquam, MA. We thought the view couldn't be beat until we had their delicate pastas and tender scallops.

 We headed to the fabled  Treehouse Brewing Co.  one Saturday at peak time...and waited 1 hour and 10 minutes to purchase a boatload of cans. Worth it, especially thanks to the BBQ food truck stationed outside. Our favorite brew? Julius. Classic choice!

We headed to the fabled Treehouse Brewing Co. one Saturday at peak time...and waited 1 hour and 10 minutes to purchase a boatload of cans. Worth it, especially thanks to the BBQ food truck stationed outside. Our favorite brew? Julius. Classic choice!

 I learned how to make  homemade pretzels from Pinch of Yum ! Shockingly easy. Stay tuned for more details on the blog soon.

I learned how to make homemade pretzels from Pinch of Yum! Shockingly easy. Stay tuned for more details on the blog soon.

 How could any restaurant called  Duckfat  be bad? We stopped in Portland, ME on our way back from camping in Acadia National Park to enjoy an indulgent lunch after a week of trail mix and hummus lunches.

How could any restaurant called Duckfat be bad? We stopped in Portland, ME on our way back from camping in Acadia National Park to enjoy an indulgent lunch after a week of trail mix and hummus lunches.

 We picked fresh blueberries at  Ward's Berry Farm  and made the juiciest blueberry pie from scratch.

We picked fresh blueberries at Ward's Berry Farm and made the juiciest blueberry pie from scratch.

 summer isn't summer without dell's lemonade in Watch Hill, RI.

summer isn't summer without dell's lemonade in Watch Hill, RI.

 I caught up with friends over 48 dumplings at  Banyan Bar + Refuge  in the South End in Boston. From 4-6pm, dumpling orders are $1...for 2 dumplings! We couldn't stop. They're delicious.

I caught up with friends over 48 dumplings at Banyan Bar + Refuge in the South End in Boston. From 4-6pm, dumpling orders are $1...for 2 dumplings! We couldn't stop. They're delicious.

 I tested out a gluten free no-bake chocolate cheesecake for dinner with coworkers and it was a hit. Some more tweaking and taste-testing, and I'll share it on the blog.

I tested out a gluten free no-bake chocolate cheesecake for dinner with coworkers and it was a hit. Some more tweaking and taste-testing, and I'll share it on the blog.

 This cookie dough spoon dessert stole the show at  Little Donkey  in Cambridge (egg-free, I promise!)

This cookie dough spoon dessert stole the show at Little Donkey in Cambridge (egg-free, I promise!)

 our view after a 12 mile bike ride in acadia national park in maine. We camped for about a week! 

our view after a 12 mile bike ride in acadia national park in maine. We camped for about a week! 

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