Wednesday, December 30, 2015

As 2015 sails off into the sunset...

I know most of you don't give a shit about perusing a summary of my year, so I put some blog post highlights immediately below this paragraph so you can see if you missed anything you might like. You can click on anything that's a different color and it will take you to that post.

Blog Post Highlight Reel 
Good for you. I mean it. 
Islands in the stream of consciousness from the massage table
Time is Money - how I'm cutting down on running around
I know this much is true
Plum Paper packages tied up with strings
Road Trip tips & tales
The day the Comcast cable died
Where I'm from
The other side of fear
Types of Assholes at the Park + Ride
I'm the person who...
I'm going through a phase.
Self Esteem Boot Camp
These dreams go on when I close my eyes
I'm too old for this shit

Crowd favorite MFD posts ran monthly January through December.

Show Us Your Books celebrated its first anniversary in October. All Show Us Your Books posts can be found here, and my top 10 books I read in 2015 can be found here.

Cooking: recipes I laid on your table this year
Mimi's bacon breakfast muffins, Veggie Soup for the Soul, Egg in a Mug (from Nicole Marica), Breakfast burritos (freezable), krauty chicken, orange kielbasa in the crock, No bake energy bites, butternut squash mac & cheese-ish, oven baked ribs, holiday double cheese scalloped potatoes, cucumber salsa, iced coffee in bulk, easy breezy dinner, cold taco dip, veggie pizzas, reese's peanut butter s'mores in the oven, yo quiero taco cup, egg sandwiches (freezable), fire in the hole bites, once upon a turchicken burger, loaded cauliflower bowls, to brine or not to brine: let's talk turkey, it's all greek to me salad (from my mom), dog stew AKA poop soup (for dogs),

A huge benefit of this blog for me is having a place to store my memories and lists and life events, so I'm a fan of the yearly look back. Before I figure out where I'm going next year, I want to review where I'm coming from. It makes sense to me. I vary how I do these posts every year, and this year it's monthly. Sort of.

Life Highlight Reel
January: Mummer's Parade January - Cibo with Jill & Frank. February: friends dinner at our house. March: Dirty Dancing on stage with Carol and the ladies in Michelle's family - My birthday weekend in Niagara Falls March 14-16
April: Celebrating the Diva's first birthday  - March of Dimes Walk for Babies with Team Eva the Diva. May: Beverly Hills 90210 Gay Bingo - Memorial Day wknd at Melissa's - Memorial Day wknd part two at the lake
June: Jimmy & Jackie's annual Flag Day party, Annual Shook BBQ, live music at Crossing Vineyards, family day on the boards in OCNJ, dinner at Tallulah's, David Gray and Amos Lee (with Andy) in concert at the Mann Music Center
June into July: family vacation in Emerald Isle
July: Girls' Weekend at the Lake, Girls' weekend in Boston & Maine, impromptu weekend in Stone Harbor around a Ferko concert with a stop in Sea Isle to hang with the Sannellis. Also, hair chop.
October: Our 20th high school reunion on Spirit of Philadelphia, my fabulous niece Lola graced the world with her presence, we closed on our shore house, Philly Cheesesteak Festival with Marla, dogs as Star Wars crew for Halloween. 
December: A weekend alone at the shore, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Dad & Carol's Christmas Party, Christmas
Happy happy birthday to my fabulous friend Angie today!

I would be remiss if I left today without thanking you for joining me for another 365 days around the sun. If there's anything you'd like to see on this blog, I'm always open to suggestions - please leave a comment or email me ( While I appreciate you reading this year, I'm even more grateful for the interactions via comments on here, email,  Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. The interactions are the threads that tie this hobby together for me and I appreciate them and you for reading.

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  1. What a great year! I have loved following along and can't wait for next year. You're like the cool older sister I never had. xoxo

  2. 2015 was a great year! I always love these recaps from everyone.

  3. Such a great 2015 for you with lots in store for 2016!! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

  4. ahh what a fabulous year! i love yearly look backs as well, even if i've seen it all before as it was happening. i realised this year i didn't use my blog nearly enough for recording memories, if that makes sense, so i want to do that more in 2016. happy birthday to your bff Angie!

  5. I love seeing everyone's recap posts! It's always fun to look back over the last year and remember the awesome stuff we did. It looks like your year was no exception, especially with the excitement of getting your shore house!! Here's hoping 2016 is just as fun and exciting!!

  6. recap posts are the best. the 4 things that stuck out most for me on this here blog was your amazing trip to yellowstone/badlands (i still talk to my husband about your trip/pictures and that we should plan a trip to go there), shit MFD says (he's hilarious), the book linkup (because books) and your shore house (so awesome).

    may 2016 bring you lots of love, happiness, joy and love because you so deserve it!!!! xoxoxoxox

  7. I love recap posts. You had a fabulous 2015. Here's to new adventures in 2016. Onward! Cheers!

  8. You are one busy/ambitious gal! Congrats on all of the accomplishments this year, and happy to have found your blog! Happy New Year!

  9. I have loved getting to see your life in 2015 & hope that 2016 is full of great things!!

  10. We saw Dirty Dancing when it came to Houston and loved it! It was a little cheesy, but then again so is the movie and that's why I love it! Your trips to Niagara Falls and Yellowstone looked so beautiful and like so much fun! Still in love with the pups dressed up like Star Wars characters for Halloween!

  11. I actually love that you do this! It's such a cool glimpse into your year just in case I missed anything... Happy 2016 Steph!

  12. What a wonderful year. Beyond our wildest dreams! BUT Mike Doyle did the vision board- something I have believed in but have never done for myself. A shore house in OCNJ! The best will keep on coming! 2016 here we come!!!!
    Love, Your Momma

  13. Love the look back! That's actually my favorite part of blogging too: somewhere to keep the memories. Whenever I think of quitting, that's what changes my mind.

    You know I love the book linkup. I also love the travel recaps. Seeing where people go, including the less sexy details on lodging/food/packing is my favorite since I love traveling and am always adding new places I want to go to the list. Your national parks recap posts were my favs from this year!

  14. Looks like another great year. Have a Happy New Year!

    Kaitlyn @

  15. Keep the MFD posts coming :) I also request a post on the Mummers post-NYE please. I love those posts.
    Let's see what else... shore house updates/what it's like to rent it out when you finally do. Being a 'landlord', kind of! Pug health updates, like the poop stew. Photos every time you organize something, because I love your style. All your thoughts and demands to vote come November. Please and thank you :) Happy New Year!

  16. What an eventful year! Glad we became blog buds :) Here's to many more happy and bloggable moments in 2016 :)

  17. No one can say you didn't get shit done in 2015!! Very grateful to have met you this past year and stumbled upon this gem.
    Cheers to a new year and best wishes to you, MFD and the fur-kids. ;) xo

  18. You definitely kept busy all year long and what's best is you got to spent lots of quality time with your family and friends while also traveling and exploring new places. I'd say 2015 was a successful and wishing the best for 2016!

  19. 2015 looked like such an amazing year for you! I cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for you!

  20. What an awesome year. Can't wait to see what's in store for 2016! Especially with that new shore house!

  21. What a beautiful year.... made only more beautiful by the adventures through the states that no one else visits, the purchase of an awesome shore house... and sweeter by the arrival of that sweet niece of yours!! :) Cheers to 2015 and the arrival of 2016... with more Sh*t that MFD says and beautiful sunrises.

  22. Love your blog, love your organization, love your energy!


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