Just Got Back

We just arrived home this past Saturday from a long, three-week trip on the East Coast.  We spent a week in Plymouth, MA, 5 days in Washington, D.C., and 9 days near Charlottesville, VA.  It was a lovely trip, and I will hopefully be posting more extensive photo-posts soon.  But, just for fun, I took a bunch of self-portraits at different places we went.  Here they are!


You can’t let a Midwesterner near the ocean, without them making it to the ocean.  🙂


Smithsonian Museum of American History


George Mason Monument


Thomas Jefferson Memorial


At the Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space…


…with my bro


World War II Monument


At the Bureau of Engraving and Printing…


…again with my brother.


Mount Vernon


The Library of Congress


The Capitol




Blue Ridge Mountains




(If I look like I am only giving a partial-smile in some of the photos, it’s just because I am focusing on taking the picture and not enough on smiling.)


9.  A cappella music makes me happy.

26.  I love fermented butter.  [Editor’s note:  It’s really cultured butter.  Just forgot the name for a moment when I posted.]

5.  Owl City’s music can be SO random, but you have to love it anyway.

1.  I need to focus.

57.  When are they going to come out with windshield wipers for eyeglasses?  Just asking.

18.  Buttered quinoa = amazing.

3.  [I just lost a whole chicken thigh down the disposal, and I had to go in after it!]

80.  [Or at least my hand did.]

2.  For dinner, I’m mincing up garlic and ginger, and chopping some green onions.  It’s Asian-inspired!

95.  My brother’s mowing the grass for the first time this season.  Yay Spring!

77.  I pinched my tongue with a broken apple juice box straw.  Yup.

6.  This Friday night, my little sister and I will [hopefully] be having a slumber party – the whole nine yards.  Fun food, makeup, a movie, and music.  Should be great!

39.  Why doesn’t your computer automatically switch to capital letters after the end of the sentence, and then switch back (like phones do)?

14.  My room is a mess, but isn’t it always.

Speaking of that, that’s what I should be doing!


Spring Flowers

Spring is coming – actually, it’s starting to feel like it’s here.  Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and trees are leafing.

(Is that how you would say it?  Trees are leafing out?  I don’t know.  But, whatever. :))

Anyways, here are some flower photos that I have taken recently.




















































From the kitchen: Cauliflower Crust Pizza {Gluten-Free}

Just made this for my birthday dinner. Best grain-free crust that I’ve tried! I’ll definitely make it again.

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As I mentioned in this post, I’ve been cutting back on carbs (mostly the bread type) in an effort to shed some winter weight and get back into shape for summer, and just to be more healthy in general. There is far too much bread and pastries in my daily life, a little detox does me good every so often. Pizza is one of my (many) carby vices. I can eat it all day, everyday. No joke. And I’m not at all picky – frozen, cold, homemade, gourmet… all are welcome to the party. You can see how this can become a problem.

I’ve been curious about cauliflower crust pizza since I discovered it last year on a gluten-free food blog, but never tried it until now. Boy, was that a mistake! We looooved this pizza. Like really, really. We joked about making these for sleepovers and team parties when…

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Sibling Sayings 6

OK, I am going to try to post something different after this, but Meiling has been coming up with a few gems.

Meiling:  Allison, just an advisement:  Please don’t smoke.

Meiling, to Drake:  Please don’t eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with your ears because it will smoke.

Meiling:  I have lots to say.
Me:  You can say that again.

Meiling:  Who in our family has a blog?
Me:  Well, we have a family blog, Drake has two, and I have one.  That’s it.
Meiling:  And me.  I have a blog.
Me:  No you-What’s it called?
Meiling:  It’s www[dot]talkmouthgirl[dot]com.

Sibling Sayings 2

(Meiling was asking Noah and I what we were going to name our children, and telling us some of her names.)

Meiling:  I am going to name my twins Salt and Pepper – the girl is going to be Salt and the girl is going to be Pepper – I mean the boy is going to be Pepper.


Meiling:  Allison, what are you going to name your children?

Me:  That is between me and my [Editor’s note: future] husband.

Meiling:  [Grinning]  It’s going to be interesting who you marry.  I have a few suggestions-

[Slight pause here in which I turn around and look at her.]

-for you children’s names.

Me, mentally:  Phew!

Me:  As I told you, that is between me and my husband.


She definitely keeps us on our toes!