Lately | April

Currently AprilThrilled about the weekend I just spent in Tokyo.

Tired but it was worth it.

Proud of an article I just submitted.

Nursing a cup of hot water with honey and a dissolved vitamin C tablet. 

Listening to my favourite podcasts every day on my walk and the Lana Del Rey album when I do errands.

Watching The Good Wife and loving it.

Appreciating all the beautiful Spring flowers blooming. I notice new ones appearing every day.

Missing my family and friends back home a little today, but…

Grateful (very) for the friends I’ve made here.

Putting pumpkin seeds in my morning granola.

Still obsessed with the beach and the waves.

Creating a lot more lately (blogging, podcasting, photographing, writing) and feeling excited about that.

Eating rice or quinoa bowls most nights.

Pinning lots of inspiration and yummy recipes to try.

Jumping around like a maniac doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred in my apartment after work these days.

Resolving to read more and read better, more interesting books.

Happy about my version of the #100HappyDays project and all the lovely everyday photos I’ve been taking as a result of making this intention. You can see them here.

Excited that Love Letter #1 is in the mail en route to its lovely recipient.

Having lots of thoughts about the (my) future.

Already planning for a restful, quiet weekend.

Trying to notice and actively appreciate the magic and the beauty of my days. 

Working on staying present and grounded instead of being nostalgic for another place.

Impressed with myself that I’ve managed to create a life and routine here in Korea (!?) after a relatively short amount of time. I feel miles away from where I was in my last Currently post.

Loving the people I’m lucky enough to know, as always and for forever.

Asparagus Tart

Sometimes, I’ll want to make a recipe. Take this asparagus gruyere tart from Cupcakes and Cashmere via Martha Stewart, for example. I wanted to make it! It looked good! Alas, I got all “gruyere is so damn expensive” at the grocery store, and didn’t get it. I’m not sure if I expected gruyere to magically appear in my fridge or something, but I was like “it’ll all work out, and whatever!” And it did. But it is definitely not Martha Stewart’s recipe.

Sometimes, when I want to make a recipe and don’t have the ingredients, I just Google the ingredients that I think would work together well, just to see if they’re a thing. And you know what? They’re usually a thing! Almost everything is a thing. No pun intended. So this time, when I googled “asparagus + red onion + goat cheese tart”, I got this. Wonderful.

The way I made this tart: Preheat the oven to 350. Unroll a sheet of frozen (but thawed) puff pastry, score a 1 inch border around the edges and poke fork holes in the center of the square. Bake for about 15 minutes.

 Slice a red onion thinly, and sauté in some oil with salt and pepper until translucent and soft. Then add 1-2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar, and approximately 1 tbsp brown sugar, cook until the vinegar is absorbed. Meanwhile, boil the asparagus in salted water until tender-crisp; drain and rinse with cold water.

Spread the caramelized onions evenly onto the pastry square. Layer the asparagus and goat cheese (or ricotta, but I didn’t have any) on top. Bake for about 5 minutes at 350. Enjoy!

Spring, Sprung

The past few days have felt blissfully like summer. And if that weren’t enough, I got some absolutely thrilling news yesterday and I feel like I’m jumping on a trampoline next to the ocean while eating ice cream and pizza simultaneously. I’ll share the news asap, but just rest assured that I am furiously happy.

I’ve been celebrating the summer weather by wearing skirts, drinking fruit smoothies in the morning, incorporating Spring veggies into my diet, going for runs, having brunch with friends with the doors and windows wide open, drinking beer in the park at dusk, listening to great music, hanging out on busy patios, and soaking up the sun whenever possible.

It’s been a totally incredible weekend, and more great things just keep happening. I love Spring.

20 Things to Do To Enjoy This Spring!

Is it official? Can we bring out the banners, start the parade? Let’s share cookies and lemonade everyone, because it’s SPRING! It’s finally spring! Hallelujah! We did it. We made it through the long, cold night and we’re now awakening to a bright, warm morning. For students, this is fairly bad timing: the entire month of April promised to be overwhelmed by final papers, assignments, and exams – and overwhelmed it was.

And while Mother Nature is still making up her mind – cold, damp days are still far too frequent for my taste – spring ultimately promises rain, greenery, and sunshine. Delightful!

How to make the most of it? Well, since each season is unique, they each deserve to be celebrated in their own special way. And summer is slowly creeping up on us, so let’s get excited about springtime while it’s still here!

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