Monthly Musings: September 2022

Hello friends! I hope this Monthly Musings: September 2022 post finds you well, ideally enjoying an extra large cup of coffee & reveling in a lazy Sunday non-activity. I myself am feeling rather wonderful this fine Sunday, as I’ve spent the entire weekend celebrating my birthday! On Friday just passed, I celebrated my ‘ultimate birthday’ – 29, on the 2nd of the ninth – and man, it’s been so! good! Day-drinking in our local, my mom’s famous lasagna, an epic rainy day movie-a-thon, plenty of chill-out time, a little spritz party, brunch + cocktails out, and we’re having a little dinner party with my bestest gal-pals to round things off tonight! FiancΓ©’s world renowned spaghetti & meatballs are on the menu, there’s a bottle of bubbly chilling in the fridge, and I’m using this as an excuse to do myself up properly. Birthday weekends are the best!

Our monthly musings for the month ahead are below, filled with all sorts. A quick travel recap, a few recipe suggestions, and some fun tidbids. Enjoy!

monthly musings: september 2022

Covid-19 update: I don’t even have an update for you anymore. My parents both got their second booster just at the end of August – Moderna this time. No news when younger age groups will be eligible…

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So – we made it to Canada!! It was such a fantastic trip! I’m dying to dive into the blog posts over the next week, but in the meantime, here’s a quick snippet of my thoughts. We ate all the food, drank alllll the Canadian craft beer – who knew there were so many?! – and tourist-ed to the very best of our ability. Lunenburg was lovely, prettier than I imagined, although a little too tourist-y for my liking. Summerside was surprisingly enjoyable, but maybe because I had no idea what to expect? It was beautiful, and FiancΓ© & I had such a fun time exploring. Halifax, where we ended our trip, was a secret foodie haven – we ate so well there! I’m itching to start writing the posts, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Related: the wedding we attended in Summerside – our entire reason for visiting Canada! – was so! beautiful! The setting was stunning, the ceremony had everyone sobbing, and it just felt good, you know? As an added bonus, I ended up being so pleasantly happy with the outfit I wore! Shopping is normally such a chore for me, but I went with my mom and we found the cutest casual/semi-formal outfit. This dress in lilac, and these strappy sandals in a lovely brown colour. Flow-y dress + flat shoes = ideal wedding outfit! It gave off very strong Meg from Hercules vibes – was anyone else obsessed with her? I always loved her snarky-ness! FiancΓ© wore a lovely dark grey suit, and looked wonderfully dapper!

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Kinda related: just when I thought we’d finished traveling for the year, FiancΓ© very kindly gifted me flights to/fro Pisa for my birthday! I’ve always wanted to experience Florence in the winter, so I can barely wait! Florence in December – here we come!!

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In case you missed it: I finallllllly got around to sharing my latest Italian travel guide last week! 72 Hours in Bologna, the Emilia-Romagna Capital is up on the blog and it’s jam packed with heaps of recommendations: where to sleep, eat, drink, tourist, etc. Also! I finally got my act together and finished off my Cologne post – it’ll be hitting the website this coming Wednesday! I’m excited for you to read it πŸ™‚

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Friends, I gotta tell you a little more about the aforementioned brunch in the first paragraph – it was great! We went to Fika, a little rooftop restaurant in Bray, this very morning and ate so well! We shared a breakfast quesadilla and a fried chicken croissant with maple jalapenos! Fried chicken croissant! This is not a drill – would recommend!

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Have you heard about H&M’s ‘Close the Loop’ program? They take old clothes in any condition, responsibly dispose of said clothes, and then give you a voucher for bringing it in to them. I recently filled up two bags with old clothing, brought them to the H&M in Dundrum, and they gave me two €5 vouchers as a thank you! Seems like a pretty good deal to me, no?

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Recipes from around the web: Joy’s One-Pot Baked Nashville Hot Chicken is on my dinner list for the month ahead, it sounds easy to make and mouthwateringly delicious. Deb’s Simple Chicken Tortilla Soup seems like the perfect cozy meal for the early autumnal days that we’re just starting to dip our toes into. I’ve also had this French Onion Soup Burger pinned to my reading bar for a while – doesn’t that just sound like the most delicious recipe ever? It’s the ‘bacon caramelized onions’ part that does it for me.

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Anyone read any good books recently? In Canada I devoured the next Taylor Jenkins Reid book – Carrie Soto is Back – it. is. amazing!! By far my favourite of all of her books, and that’s a rather big statement! Since then I’ve been reading a booked called Influencer Island, which is okay, but slightly too bizarre – think Hunger Games, except with influencers. I’m always looking for suggestions if you have anything good!

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An oldie but a goodie: Classic Apple Pie. I whipped up a quick version of this for dessert tonight, and I’m beyond excited to tuck into it! Naturally, I made it with apples from our very own apple tree – they’re as beautifully pink inside as ever! – and obviously, we’ll be serving it warm with melting vanilla ice-cream on top. Yes, please!

monthly musings: september 2022

Okay friends, that’s all I’ve got for you this weekend! I hope you have the most fabulous month and I can’t wait to catch up all over again in October!

Love,

Vicki xo



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