Birthday Cake, Gardening, and Yoga | Weekend Game Plan

Happy Friday loves! I’m so excited it’s the end of the week. To say it’s been long and difficult would be an understatement. However, I’m charging up my positive spirit by making my weekend game plan. Not only will this help organize my thoughts, but hopefully it will keep procrastination at bay and allow me […]

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Sunday Morning Peach Scones

There’s nothing I love more than a good weekend bake. These scones were inspired by a visit to a local bakery, where I had the most amazing peach scones. I knew I had to figure out how to make them for myself, and I just so happened to have canned peaches in the cupboard and […]

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Fall Chrysanthemums

Every year I make a pact with myself to enjoy the seasons more. Some years I do better than others, but this year feels like it’s already off to a great start. When I spotted these beautiful orange and purple chrysanthemums at the store I knew I had to have them. I can’t wait to […]

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Fish and Chips

I’ve been yearning for London lately. There are many reasons why, and I can’t stop thinking about it. Exactly a year ago I was probably standing in Hyde Park or Gloucester Station or Piccadilly Circus. I was so happy there, then. I miss it so much. I think I had fish and chips maybe 3 […]

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Banana Walnut Muffins

When life gives you overripe bananas, you must make banana muffins (or so I’m told). I’ve never made banana nut muffins before, so I veered from the trusted family banana bread recipe and sourced a muffin specific recipe instead. For years I’ve been telling myself I wouldn’t like banana nut muffins, but I have seriously […]

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Gaby et Jules: A Little Bit of Paris in Downtown Pittsburgh

Originally published on February 19, 2019 in The Downtowner newsletter.  In 2013, owners Lori Rongier, Frédéric Rongier and David Piquard decided that Pittsburgh needed a dedicated business to sell macarons, so they founded Gaby et Jules, a French patisserie located inside Market Street Grocery at 435 Market Street. The group has since dedicated themselves to […]

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Romantic Downtown Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

Originally published on February 5, 2019 in The Downtowner newsletter.  Are you looking for the perfect place to take your special someone to dinner this Valentine’s Day? Look no further, because here at the Downtown CDC we’ve compiled a list of perfectly romantic restaurants for you. The Terrace Room Located in the Omni William Penn […]

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