Monthly Archives: October 2012

Dressed a Little Bit Weird?

I love Josie Long! This stand up bit about fancy dress is my favorite. Happy Halloween!


Apple Crumb Pie

apple crumb pie

apple crumb pie recipe


My Mom’s apple crumb pie recipe is simple and delicious. I was craving it on Saturday, and then my sister B and her boyfriend unknowingly made the pie when we celebrated my mom’s birthday yesterday.

My mom had a lot of extra apples that she sent home with me, so I made my own last night. I made the pie crust from scratch, as well.

Andrés, his mom, and I all had a slice with our late breakfast.


  • 5 to 7 apples (5 cups)
  • 1 9-inch unbaked pastry shell
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter


Core the apples, and cut into thin slices. You can pare them, or not — I don’t. Put the apples in a large bowl and mix with 1/2 cup of sugar and 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon until they’re evenly covered. If you want a more tart pie and you’re using sweet apples, like Red Delicious, you can add some lemon juice to the mix. Arrange the apples in the unbaked pastry shell.

Mix 1/3 cup of sugar with 3/4 cup of flour, and cut in the butter until it resembles course crumbs. I use my hands to cut in butter because I’m lazy, I don’t own a pastry cutter, and the two knives method annoys me. Sprinkle the crumbs over the apples.

Bake at 400° F for 35-40 minutes. If the pie browns too quickly, cover the edges with tinfoil.

Serve it warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • My husband
  • These adorable pups
  • My MIL spoiling us
  • Getting our new pans (the Calphalon Unison set)
  • This sweet video
  • Delicious Cuba libres
  • Food truck Mexican burritos
  • Researching birth options
  • Making chess pie
  • Fantastic pho with friends
  • Getting hit on randomly
  • Celebrating my mom’s 58th
  • Pumpkin carving with my family
  • Surprise long weekend
  • Andrés’ grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Homemade apple crumb pie, with a homemade crust

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • My husband
  • Many generous gifts from family and friends
  • Being married for a whole week!
  • My new name!
  • Cool nights with lots of blankets
  • Pumpkin spice coffee at work
  • Everything slowly returning to normal
  • Family dinners
  • This awesome little girl
  • My MIL’s amazing food
  • This article
  • Kari Herer’s photography
  • Date night (pho + Argo)
  • Free birth control!
  • All the beautiful trees in our town
  • Fall TV being back
  • Ruby not being lost

Mr. & Mrs.

Andrés & I were married this weekend in the mountains of West Virginia, surrounded by crisp air, changing leaves, a gorgeous lake and our closest family and friends.

We exchanged vows of unconditional love, support, and respect; of accepting each other’s faults; of attending each other’s needs; of teamwork; of nurturing growth and embracing change.

It was perfect.

woods at sunset

deer in woods

gazebo before wedding


Y doing her hair

A and B

decorated gazebo

gazebo aisle


wedding rings


More photos to come.

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • My husband, Mr. AFV ;)
  • Being MRS. V.!
  • My dearest internet friends (D. & N.)
  • My helpful fairy godmother (& her awesome dog massages for Ruby!)
  • Our beautiful wedding
  • Pretty much everything working out perfectly
  • My dad’s toast, and later his tears
  • Almond cake with vanilla almond buttercream frosting
  • My parent’s generosity
  • My sisters, for their patience & invaluable support
  • Sriracha popcorn
  • Seeing lots of amazing friends & family
  • Meeting my brother-in-law!
  • Our awesome wedding rings
  • Andrés sprinkling rose petals all over for our wedding night
  • Photo booth strips
  • Surprise family reunions in parking lots

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • Mr. AFV, my fiancé for one more week
  • My sister & M spending the night
  • Being a team
  • Men babywearing
  • Safe travels to & from Denver
  • Luxurious hotel beds
  • Confidently eating out alone
  • Reading birth books
  • Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert
  • Seeing Nas for free!
  • Giant frozen margaritas
  • All my sisters in the same spot (last time: July 4th, 2011)
  • Drag brunch bachelorette party!
  • My bestie, Cara
  • Delicious Peruvian chicken
  • Little Black Dress Vodka
  • My MIL being so helpful and awesome