Thankful 365

Thanksgiving isn’t just ONE day of thankfulness. For me, it’s become a 365 day a year affair. Now, my halo isn’t glowing and trust me: I’m a mean judgey-mc-judger when I want to be, but I’ve grown to take a moment and be thankful each day.

Some days, I do it right before I fell asleep.

Sometimes, I take the moment to be thankful as I’m walking at sunset or sunrise and the sun cannot deny the beauty of my day.

Thankful 365 | Domesticated Academic

Thankful 365 | Domesticated Academic

Sometimes, I notice it when I’m working with my students. Their energy and intelligence makes me thankful that I can be part of that.

Thankful 365 | Domesticated Academic

Almost every day, I’m thankful that my Mema taught me to cook and bake. I find such satisfaction and comfort in the ritual of preparing food. I will feed you until you burst if you let me ūüôā

Thankful 365 | Domesticated Academic

Bacon Wrapped Grilled Cheese Bites

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Doughnut Hole Cupcakes

I’m thankful for my service based attitude. I do what I can, I can always do more, but donating my hair is something that I find great satisfaction in. Making someone feel better until their own hair grows back is a small sacrifice. Thankful 365 | Domesticated Academic

*before–like my face?

Thankful 365 | Domesticated Academic

**after–like my face more in this one?

I’m thankful for the unconditional love I get from animals. Who doesn’t love that?

Thankful 365 | Domesticated Academic

molly being pitiful like a good spoiled dog should

Thankful 365 | Domesticated Academic

the welcome wagon when you go to the farm…they all dress alike….

And while I don’t talk about it a lot, I’m thankful I was adopted to the U.S. where I’ve had the good fortune of a family that loves me and disciplined me to be a functional and productive member of society. I have had a lucky life and I do not want to waste the ultimate opportunity that I’ve been given. I know the reality: thousands on thousands of kids never get the life I live. I cannot deny those facts. I see it as a privilege and a duty to be a good citizen.

I’m thankful for my family and my friends who have become my support network.Thankful 365 | Domesticated Academic

some of the best women i know

Thankful 365 | Domesticated Academic

the fam-damily


Super Simple Cranberry Relish

Super Simple Cranberry Relish | Domesticated Academic

You’ll love this cranberry relish because it’s super simple to make, uses fresh ingredients, and you can control how much sugar goes into it–the can is good for somethings but serious cranberry relish is right here! My mema used to make this every year and while I usually steered clear of it when it was on the table, I found that it made its’ way to my plate on leftovers. This cranberry relish is REALLY GOOD on turkey & stuffing sandwiches, as a spread, and most of all: inside a fatty grilled cheese. Yeah, I said it, FATTY….like a fat kid fatty…..

Super Simple Cranberry Relish | Domesticated Academic

I’d like to have a serious conversation. About cheese. And cranberry sauce. And how they really go very well together. If you’re skeptical, please just try it. ONCE. If you don’t like it, email me. I’ll make you a new grilled cheese. ūüôā

You’ll need:

30 minutes

  • 1 12 oz. package of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • the zest of one orange
  • sugar (to taste)
  1. Put all of this into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Wait for it…..
  3. Pop, pop, pop, your cranberries will burst b/c cranberries are filled with air and it’s gotta go somewhere….
  4. Simmer for about 15 minutes until everything is cooked down.
  5. Add sugar to taste, some like it more tart, some like it less…
  6. Cool. It will get much thicker.

Put on bread with brie and brown that sucker up.

Put on leftover turkey and stuffing sandwiches.

Spread it like jelly.

Eat with spoon.

Die and go to foodie heaven….

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Dessert Pizza

Dessert Pizza | Domesticated Academic

You’ll love this because it’s quick, easy, and it tastes like you slaved all day. This got rave reviews at the tailgate and it was easy to transport–the fact that I cannot hold anything level did not hinder this dessert pizza…I’m not afraid to admit I took a lot of help from the grocery store on this one. I love it when I can turn out something good when I have less than an hour to give it. It happened that a friend called to go out for some fun having and you know what–I went. I got home rather late and made this before hitting the hay.

Dessert Pizza | Domesticated Academic

**please note the absence of two pieces….they were already in my stomach….

I saw a photo of this on the Internet machine and I thought, “this can’t be too hard….” true to form, it didn’t kill me buying pre-made crust, pre-made filling, and then making some kind of crumble top. I had some craisins and threw a handful on at the last minute. I imagine the same could be done with some nuts as well. Of course, fresh fruit is also delicious but the week did not merit peeling apples and cooking them down for a fresh pie filling…go figure?

You’ll need:

45 min. total

  • 1 tube of canned pizza crust
  • 1 can of pre-made apple pie filling
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup oats
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
  3. Unroll dough and spread to fit in pan.
  4. Cook for 15 min. until just starting to turn golden brown
  5. Remove from oven.
  6. Spread pie filling on pizza crust.
  7. Mix butter, flour, brown sugar, and oats to form a nice crumble top.
  8. Sprinkle over the top of the pie filling
  9. Put back in oven
  10. Bake 15 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Cool
  12. You can make a confectioners sugar frosting to drizzle over the top. Or not. But really, you want frosting….

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Holiday Sides: Cranberry Corn Chobani Muffins

Cranberry Chobani Corn Muffins | Domesticated Academic

You’ll love these seasonal beauties because they’re easy to whip up, make perfect portions, and you can add almost any add-on’s to personalize them for the crowd you’re trying to please. You see what I did there? Sneaking in all those “C’s” in to the title? Until the word “muffin” begins with ‘c.’ This also makes EXACTLY 12 standard size muffins. Who woulda thought? Every muffin recipe known to man says “12 muffins” and 18 muffin tins later….your muffins are done!

Consider putting out a basket of these warm muffins to go with your meal, as a start to the day, or as a snack instead of those processed (yet delicious) crescent rolls or biscuits from a can. At least you know what’s in them! amirightttt???

You’ll need:

30 min.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4¬†cup cornmeal
  • 1/2¬†cup sugar
  • 1 1/2¬†teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4¬†teaspoon salt
  • 1/2¬†cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1¬†egg
  • 1/2¬†cup milk
  • 1/2 cup non-fat cho
  • 1/3¬†cup vegetable oil
  1. Heat oven to 400¬įF. Line 12 regular-size muffin cups with paper baking cups.
  2. In large bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. In small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons flour mixture and the cranberries; set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, beat egg with wire whisk until blended. Beat in milk and oil.
  4. Make a well in center of dry ingredients. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened (batter will be thin). Stir in cranberries and pecans. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  5. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 1 minute; remove from pan to cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Fall in an Instagram

Fall has once again shown me why she’s my favorite season: she’s the best!

I’ve been fortunate to have a wonderful season and as the Christmas stuff shows up in stores, I start thinking of how I’m going to roast my turkey, and the semester is quickly drawing up on a close, I thought it would be nice to share my fall in photos.

Fall in an Instagram | Domesticated Academic

Fall in an Instagram | Domesticated Academic

Fall in an Instagram | Domesticated Academic

I saw some beautiful scenery this fall! Some good hiking on the AT allowed for some beautiful photos!

Fall in an Instagram | Domesticated Academic

Fall in an Instagram | Domesticated Academic

The leaves and fall flowers were nothing short of spectacular once again.

Fall in an Instagram | Domesticated Academic

Fall in an Instagram | Domesticated Academic

There is always Hokie football and tailgating fun. The duck face is a joke, it’s what happens when tailgating is far too much fun ūüôā

Fall in an Instagram | Domesticated Academic

There’s been love from friends and latte’s and long conversations and lots of laughter.

Fall in an Instagram | Domesticated Academic

And most of all, there’s a new peace in my life that I’m thoroughly enjoying. It has not come from any place, anyone, or anything, but it’s come from within. I’ve been in a peaceful state now for a while and I have to say, clearing some of the mental and emotional clutter out has been a wise and necessary evil for me this year. I’m grateful for the time, space, and permission to do the work and am content in my life. I cannot thank my family and friends enough for working through this journey with me.

Fall in an Instagram | Domesticated Academic

Happy Fall! It’s been a great season!