Hi, I'm Rachel.

A few years ago I could barely boil water.

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Determined to be a kick ass wife, I developed a love for football and learned to cook in my tiny Jersey City kitchen. I spend my days working in Manhattan, my nights and weekends chasing after a rambunctious toddler, and the hours in between cooking with my husband and feeding my TV habit...oh, and I blog about it all! 

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« I'm 29! And 30 Things by my 30th Year | Main | Our Pirate-Themed Beach BBQ Rehearsal Dinner »

In My 28th Year

Tomorrow is my 29th birthday. I took more than a few moments to look back on my 28th year since, well, it was pretty fantastic. Here are 28 things that went down in my 28th year!

1. The Avid Appetite celebrated its first birthday

2. Shaun and I became the proud leasers of a Prius

3. I spent an entire December day baking holiday cookies with my mom. It was wonderful.

4. I visited 2 new foreign lands, Madrid, Spain and Zurich, Switzerland. I dined on amazing cuisine and visited breathtaking sights!

5. I was {almost} at one with nature in Yellowstone National Park

6. I saw the most amazing animals, up close and personal

7. I flew first class for the very first time (and it was one of the best things ever)

8. I threw dinner parties...

9. ...and brunches

10. I drank a whole lotta smoothies

11. I started using (and subsequently fell in love with) LUSH hair products

12. I made killer Dexter cupcakes

13. And created a True Blood theme party

14. And I realized that I spend too much time watching TV (see above)

15. I celebrated my 3rd wedding anniversary with this amazing man

16. I went to an NFL playoff game!

17. And more importantly, sat in a suite at a Giants game

18. I realized that I’m not getting any younger...and that it’s up to me to make things happen!

19. I traveled to Aruba for the 6th year in a row. In a few weeks, it will be #7!

20. I made a lot of new bloggie friends. And I adore each and every one of you!

21. I started a really fun and exciting project with my sisters. I cannot WAIT to tell you all about it. Soon, I promise.

22. I ran 2 5K's! It deserves an exclamation point. Probably like 5.

23. I cooked a pre-Thanksgiving dinner with my bestie Lindsey

24. Lindsey and I went in search of the perfect apple pie

25. and I made my grandmother's famous apple pie, complete with a homemade crust

26. I helped Lindsey make 350 truffles for her engagement party

27. I finally created my gallery wall. And I heart it. Every day.

28. I had a lot of fun, laughs and lots of quality time with friends and family. What else is there to ask for?

It’s been real 28, but I think I’m ready for 29. Here's hoping for another fantastically fun year!

Reader Comments (11)

BIG things to come in 28! HUGE! happy almost birthday, can't wait to read tomorrow's post (I have a feeling i know whats coming!)!

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I loved your year 28 and I can't wait to see what you come up with for year 29. Happy early birthday (I'll say it again tomorrow too!) and I'm looking forward to your birthday post! :)

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan(Oliepants)

love your gallery wall!!!!

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa B

Love your blog, your 29th year will be so much fun.

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrianne

You can look back on this year and see how much you have done. What a great life you are having.
Enjoy every minute.

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Happy early Birthday! I've totally loved reading your blog and you've had a GREAT year! I can't wait to hear about 29 - I think you're paving the way for me!

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauraJayne

woohoo for an awesome year!!

Loved your blog. Will be reading every day!!!

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

You really achieved alot in your 28th year,you have certainly encouraged and inspired me to make my 24th year more exciting,to be more ambitious and to live my life the way i should be,thankyou!
I hope you will be posting a blog on your birthday celebrations :)

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelz

Love this entire thing! Happy birthday my love!!!!!!

Yay Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!

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