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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Inspiration Mondays: Change is upon us!

Whew, what a summer it has been! Between moving back to the United States from Spain, hosting two 14 year old girls at my home, trying to catch up with friends and family, and preparing for my upcoming first year of GRADUATE SCHOOL, the last three months have been a blur. And yes, I said it, one of my changes this Fall will be starting my Masters of Public Health in Global Health Communications at George Washington University. I am super excited and nervous at the "same damn time" :-o Getting a Masters in Global Health will afford me the opportunity to combine my three passions in life: Promoting health, Traveling, and Learning about different cultures. Stay tuned because in my department, TRAVEL is strongly recommended.

My department prepares students to work in a field in which they bring clean water, medication, and safe sex practices(amongst other things) to underserved populations throughout the World!
And as far as the blog goes, I'll continue to do weekend trips updates (I'll be going to the Made In America Music Fest in Philadelphia next weekend!!), recommendations from my experiences while traveling, and quick, inexpensive recipe posts-this idea was inspired by the blog: Noms for the Poor(cooking is my new found love). But I'm really excited about my friend's month long trip to Paris in October. While in Europe she'll also be visiting Dusseldorf, Germany and London. As a gracious favor to me and as a way for her to document her trip, she'll be guest blogging during her time away. YAAAAAY US! So keep your eyes peeled for what's in store during this new chapter of my life and Will Work For Trips!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Washington, DC: The Frederick Douglas House

I've been a resident of Washington, DC for the last 9 years and I'm always pleasantly surprised at how many new sights can be discovered every day. After returning from Spain, while hosting  a Spanish exchange student, I was able to uncover(for myself) some (not so) hidden treasures. One fabulous find was the 1800's former slave, abolitionist, writer, orator, business man, and TRAVELER, Frederick Douglas' House in the Anacostia neighborhood of Southeast Washington, DC. This house sits atop a hill on about 15 acres of land. Douglas purchased the house in 1877 for $6,700(equivalent to more than ten times that now) and named it Cedar Hill. The house boasts 22 rooms and an immaculate, unobstructed view of the US Capitol and DC skyline from the porch. I was amazed at how pristine and well-kept the house and its artifacts were. From the desk where he wrote his speeches to the bedroom where he worked out(there was an original dumbbell on the floor!!), one can tell how well off this man was. I could write and write about the other details of the home but I won't. Come to D.C. and see for yourself.
Daily Tours
Groups of 10 or less
April 1 to October 31
9:00, 12:15, 1:15, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00

November 1 to March 31
9:00, 12:15, 1:15, 3:00, 3:30

Groups of more than 10
Year Round
9:30, 10:45, 2:00
Gorgeous view from the porch!
I've always wanted a rocking chair and porch!
Douglas' desk with his signature top hat sitting in the chair on the left.
I'm definitely going to have at least one custom made trunk!
Douglas' signature trunk for traveling

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Recipe: Thai Noodles

I'm on a roll! I made two meals in three days that were restaurant quality. I'm convinced that ANY person, ANYwhere can cook a restaurant quality meal three times a week with practice, patience, and organization. So, with some help from a VegNews' bare minimum video recipe, my own Thai taste buds, and a friend who has cooking experience(She graciously typed up the recipe), I created and devoured this meal a few nights ago. Please do yourself a favor and try this recipe. For years I've been a Thai food fanatic and couldn't fathom making any at home. But alas, I did and it was AMAZING!!

Thai Noodles
  • 4 to 5 oz. thai noodles (thin)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsps. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsps. peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. chili paste
  • Honey or raw sugar (to taste)
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables, sliced (mushrooms, onions, green pepper, water chestnuts, etc.)
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger, diced
  • Cooked shrimp or salmon (optional)
    1. Heat skillet over medium heat; whisk in broth, soy sauce, vinegar, peanut butter, paste.
    2. Spread out noodles in sauce; add veggies, ginger.
    3. Simmer over medium heat until noodles, veggies are tender, sauce thickens (about 10-to-15 minutes).
    4. Stir in seafood; serve.

Salad Dressing
Mix equal parts olive oil and rice vinegar with a dash of salt, pepper, and all spice. Mix and pour.