Fastnachts 2020

Fastnachts 2020

Today I was with my relatives for the annual fastnacht-baking festival. Fastnachts are traditional Pennsylvania Dutch doughnuts made from potatoes. The dough is cut, rises, and then we fry it. Before: After: Traditionally they are eaten on "fat Tuesday" in preparation for Lent. We just eat them fresh off the fryer. And there's always plenty [...]

Castle on the hill

Castle on the hill

Today, my parents visited and we went on a guided tour inside the Fonthill Castle where Henry Chapman Mercer once resided: he was an archeologist and tile maker. Snow walk I've never actually been INSIDE the castle! It was incredible with 40-something rooms and we only saw about 15 or so. Mercer read over 6,000 [...]

Memorial Servive for Gram

Memorial Servive for Gram

Yesterday was the memorial service for Gram. She will be missed dearly. The whole family was there, many who I haven't seen in a while, as well as friends of hers who it was nice to meet for the first time. The service was just what she wanted (she literally planned it out before she [...]

Chicago 2019

Chicago 2019

This weekend I flew to Chicago with my family to visit the brother. I have visited a few times before, but it's been a couple years. The hotel we stayed in was very unique with a lovely minimal/rustic aesthetic. It had a rooftop bar with a beautiful view. We went on an official donut tour [...]

Gram

I just got the news that my grandma passed away last night. I'm really going to miss her, and would like to dedicate some words & memorable photos in her honor... Growing up, I was very close with my Gram. For a grandma who comes from a completely different time, stuck in her ways, she [...]

Home visit

I am at my parents' house for the weekend in Oyster Bay. It's nice to be back home. Everything in this town feels smaller as I get older, except for the house -- which always seems bigger and emptier. I feel more relaxed and less anxious now. My parents and I did some spring cleaning: [...]