Let’s Get Caught Up

Hi lovelies! Long time, no see! I’m so sorry about my extended absence and apologize for the lapse in blogging. At first, I was away because I was fighting a horrible cold/flu and after getting home from work, just wasn’t up to blogging as well and needed lots of chicken noodle soup and sleep. Then, sadly, I ended up in the hospital with abdominal issues. I don’t like to talk about my health struggles too much on the blog because there are some personal things I’d rather just not discuss. But maybe at some point, I’ll take the plunge and write about it. For now though, we’ll leave it that I was in a great deal of pain and despite still having intermittent pain, I’m back at work and doing better which is such a relief.

But that’s enough of that, instead I’d rather tell you about some fun things going on!

1. My Favorite New Recipe: Strawberry and Mozzarella Salad with Mint Pesto Drizzle

Often times I’ll take pictures on my phone of dishes I make or delicious restaurant meals… and then forget to post them. Earlier in the summer I decided to make the above recipe that I pinned as the perfect starter. As much as I love cheese, I don’t care for raw tomatoes so I’m not a big caprese fan. But when I found a way to have the cheese and combine it with two of my favorite things- strawberries and pesto? I was sold. This is absolutely delicious and fairly easy to make (if you are in a hurry you could always use pre-made pesto but you’ll miss out on the mint flavor!) The only substitutions I made were using truvia instead of sugar and using less oil!

2. Most Exciting Part of the Summer: My Brother’s Engagement!

We had special engagement ring cookies made!

My brother has been dating the beautiful, sweet Julia for almost two years now and they got engaged this summer! I couldn’t be happier that this wonderful couple is getting married and am so excited to be part of their big day (but more on that later.) My brother planned a wonderful proposal for Julia and then my mom and I planned a surprise post-proposal party with both our family and Julia’s family all gathered together. It was such a success and so much fun!

3. Can’t Wait For: My Upcoming LA Trip!

All the girls together Junior Year… hard to believe that was 4 years ago!

In a few weeks I’ll be headed back down to LA for my alumni weekend! I’ve been out of college for 2 years now and cannot wait to spend the weekend with all my best college girlfriends! It also happens to be the day after my birthday, so it will be so fun to celebrate and go to a fabulous dinner! Now I just have to start figuring out the perfect outfits πŸ˜‰


-Catch me up on what’s been going on with you!

-When’s the last time you saw your college friends?

-Have you ever been to an alumni event?

7 thoughts on “Let’s Get Caught Up

  1. Oh Emily, I’m so sorry you haven’t been feeling well! Your bout in the hospital sounds scary; I sure hope that things are okay! I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. ❀

    Congratulations to your brother on his engagement! He and Julia make an adorable couple! When will the big day be? I'm looking forward to hearing more details!

    The Strawberry and Mozzarella Salad with Mint Pesto sounds and looks absolutely amazing! I love Caprese salads, and I LOVE pesto, so this sounds like a dream. I'm adding this to my "must make" list!

    Your girls weekend sounds like so much fun! Nothing beats reunions with college friends! I haven't been to any formal alumni events since college except for DG functions. πŸ™‚ Since I still live in DC, where I did my undergrad, I see college friends pretty regularly, however most of my closest girlfriends have moved away since graduating!

    I'm still holding out hope that we'll be able to get together when I'm in SF in October! What time do you get home Sunday night? I want to see you! ❀

  2. So sorry to hear about your health struggles! Hopefully things are all better now πŸ™‚

    And that’s awesome that your brother is now engaged!!! That means a wedding in the future, which means a fabulous party! (The best part of weddings is always the afterparty!)

    LA will be fun too… make sure to bring some warm-weather clothes because it has been HOT down here lately. Apparently mother nature doesn’t realize that it’s mid-September!

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