brownies from a box (or, life lately)

 A lot can happen in a day. A lot can happen in a week. In a month. In a year. As of late, those sentences have been proven especially accurate in my life.

Despite my curiosity about the future, I think it’s a good thing that I can’t know too far in advance what’s going to happen in life before it happens. A friend recently said, “Sometimes forgetting the future is the only way to really live in the present,” and in a way, knowledge of any event in the future, good or bad, mostly just steals from the present through either anticipation or dread.

Four years ago, I had no idea that within the year my family would decide to move away the town and state I’d always called home. I had no idea how many changes that move would bring. Trying to adjust to an unfamiliar environment, visiting new churches, making a few new friends, celebrating birthdays and holidays differently, taking trips home every year (mostly spontaneous ones), etc.

This April, when we made the drive halfway across the United States once again, I could not have known that this would be the one that, for me, would not end with a return trip. (Which is the reason I decided not to pack my microplane and Maldon along with my clothes as usual… super bad decision.)

That’s a lengthy introduction to these three major life updates:

LIFE UPDATE 01 / I’m moving.

I’m finally moving back and could not be more excited. It really is a dream come true, as cheesy as that sounds.

LIFE UPDATE 02 / I have a job.

A full-time, real-life job. It dropped out of the sky about one week after I made the decision to stay. At almost three weeks in, the hardest part by far is just getting up at the same time (early) every. single. weekday. But I’m so thankful for this job. It’s fantastic.

LIFE UPDATE 03 / I’m buying my first car.

It’s a Volvo. It’s dreamy. I love it. I currently call it “The Volv.”

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So here I am, living in my home state again, working forty hours a week, and making brownies from a box because there are only 24 hours in a day.

I’ll get my blogging (and baking) groove back eventually. In the meantime, since moving is the theme of the month, I’m in the process of moving to a cool new website that I hope you’re going to love. Stay tuned.



lately / recent work

IMG_3837My poor little neglected blog. Hello, readers that haven’t given up on me yet! Thanks for sticking around through this unusual season :) Today I’d like to show you a bit of what I’ve been up to lately (since I obviously haven’t been blogging).

Last month I got to work at two weddings in the Bay Area with the best caterers. My main job once dinner rolled around was serving tables, but before that time, I was asked to photograph appetizers and as many other dishes as possible. I felt super honored to be asked to do that, and prayed for good lighting and good photos :) In the end, I was pleased and Gemma & Murray were pleased, plus I had a ton of fun.

P.S. Those Mango Panna Cottas pictured above? Sometimes I dream about them. Continue reading

i have been eating.

[mahi mahi taco and mixed greens.]

It’s been 22 days since my last recipe post. Even though my blog has suffered while I travelled home, my stomach has not by any means. I thought you may like to see some photos of what I’ve been eating lately? Maybe you’ll find some inspiration for things to recreate :) Continue reading

gift guide | provisions

provisions_giftguideEver since I signed up for early access to Provisions a handful of months ago I’ve been excited about it. There’s such a lovely selection of unique items in the shop! Pretty much anything would make a great gift. I’ve rounded up 12 beautiful items, all under $50. I know I’d be glad to be on the receiving end of any of these… Continue reading

illuminating blogger award

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetToday I had the honor and privilege of being nominated for the Illuminating Blogger Award by Jenna of Delicious Daydreams! She totally made my day. Thank you so much, Jenna!

I put so much effort into The Thoughtful Plate and am always pleasantly surprised to hear that someone actually enjoys visiting this little space on the internet. The community on WordPress is one of my favorite things about having my blog here. Continue reading

food snapshots.

I’m back and thought I’d share all of the food-related Instagrams from my trip home! I had the best time and felt so refreshed. During my break, I went over 20 days at one point without checking Bloglovin’ or Pinterest. The extended time with friends and family was much needed, but it definitely went by too fast!

Western Civilization I is staring me in the face tomorrow (and I sort of dread it), but I’ll be back soon with new recipes :)

01 | This meal screamed “welcome home”.
02 | My favorite fruit stand.
03 | Perfect golden cherry tomatoes.
04 | Breakfast smoothies in the morning light.
05 | Lunch at La Mo. Coconut crusted mahi taco.
06 | Dinner party. Pizza for four.
07 | My favorite burrito.
08 | Everyday lunch.
09 | Lunch at La Mo. Wedding chicken and a blue crab tamale.
10 | Cheese Board Pizza.
11 | Ice cream at Bi-Rite. Roasted banana and chocolate.
12 | Dinner picnic in the Presidio. Sandwiches from Bi-Rite.
13 | Breakfast. Granola, strawberries, bananas, and milk.
14 | Tamale wrapper litter in the Mission made me laugh.
15 | Afternoon snack. Blue Bottle Americano + macarons from Miette (chocolate and pistachio).
16 | Afternoon fro yo.
17 | Lunch with friends.
18 | Spontaneous Thrifty’s ice cream.
19 | This sope felt like my last meal.
20 | More fro yo with friends.
21 | Peaches from the tree. Whipped cream.

P.S. If you’d like to see a little more of what I’ve been up to, head over to my personal blog.