Archive | June, 2015

A List of Things to Worry About

16 Jun

In case I never mentioned it, I really love F. Scott Fitzgerald. In another life, before nursing and after journalism, I wanted to be an F. Scott scholar. This excerpt from a letter to his daughter when she was 11 pretty much sums up why:

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage

Worry about cleanliness

Worry about efficiency

Worry about horsemanship

Things not to worry about:

Don’t worry about popular opinion

Don’t worry about dolls

Don’t worry about the past

Don’t worry about the future

Don’t worry about growing up

Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you

Don’t worry about triumph

Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault

Don’t worry about mosquitoes

Don’t worry about flies

Don’t worry about insects in general

Don’t worry about parents

Don’t worry about boys

Don’t worry about disappointments

Don’t worry about pleasures

Don’t worry about satisfactions

Things to think about:

What am I really aiming at?

How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:(a) Scholarship(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them? (c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

With dearest love,Daddy

Easy Kale Cabbage Salad

4 Jun

As promised- a recipe today! I’m typing this on my phone, so this is officially the first iKefi. 


Kale Cabbage Salad


  • 1-2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 bag shredded kale
  • 1 bag shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 bag shredded carrots
  • As much mustard-maple dressing as you’d like


1. Hear olive oil in a pan. Throw in cabbage and carrots and cook until desired texture. I like min soft with just a little remaining crunch, which takes 5-6 minutes.

2. Add kale and cook until just wilted, about 2 min.

3. Let cook, toss with dressing.

May is Over, and Here’s a Super-Long Post to Prove It Was Awesome

2 Jun

Last year I took May off because all the Greek Easters were so exhausting that MrKef and I ate peas for a month— this year, I was too busy to blog (or cook, for that matter) because I was sharing amazing moments with some of my favorites. Here’s a not-so-quick recap of the last 6 weeks or so. Tomorrow we are easing back into the cooking world with a super easy kale-cabbage salad!

May was so awesome that it actually started in April, when we all got together to celebrate KMBGKef’s bachelorette party. This is when I learned that I really love painting

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and that, if you provide a tiara and big ol’ pink cup, even the least bridey person can become a BRIDE (adding some margaritas in there doesn’t hurt, either).photo 1

Next up: BabyKef’s Bridal Shower! MamaKef completely outdid herself (which is to say: she did what she always does) and threw the shower to end all showers. We all wore hats to go with the Tea Party theme (which really get in the way of selfies, as CafeKef and I came to find out),

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and enjoyed only the finest company

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and then totally rocked out to the Back Street Boys, as one does.


Once that fun was over, it was onto the next shower, which GodmotherKef graciously and successfully hosted in beautiful Northeastern Pennsylvania. I am not really into showers, so I begged her to keep it small and gender neutral–not sure how MrKef felt about being included in the shower shenanigans:

photo 3MamaKef gave GingerKef and FlailKef the BUSINESS about VCHS attendance drama

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and FlailKef took full advantage of the BIRCHBEER

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before everyone ate their bodyweight in cute little finger desserts. Is that a beautiful get together or what?

photo 1Still not sure how awesome May was? KMBGKef became KMBGSKef!

The whole bridal party took the role VERY seriously. Leah did her best to eat the monstrous breakfast that appeared in our suite while we got ready:

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while RealBFFEKef spent every waking second on a beautiful, heartfelt, funny speech :photo 2and I just tried to keep it together from weeping all day long, an endeavor I was absolutely not successful at when I saw KMBGKef all dolled up:

photo 3and when CuseKef saw his mom for the first time

photo 4and then again pretty much everytime I realized that I get to spend my life with this woman as my best 5 Lordy lou, I’m getting a little misty eyed just posting these pics again! Best wedding ever–on to fun photos:

YourHonorKef did a (warm) tequila shot with the SO Crew (+me)… my eyes may have watered after this for a completely different reason:

photo 2and CuseKef and MrKef affirmed their love for one another (yet again)

photo 3Everything was just pretty perfect, if I do say so myself.

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I am totally obsessed with themes, puns, and flair (foundation for my lifelong obsession with QueijoKef). BabyKef’s wedding is on a boat (IN THREE WEEKS!), so I went with a nautical theme:

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Big thanks to SunStache, Chariots for Hire, Etsy, and Wegmans for making sure this lady had an awesome time at the beautiful Boordy Vineyards!

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Looks like good, clean fun right? Well it all went downhill pretty quickly once it turned into #BalzBachBashAfterDark at Howl at the Moon (which is apparently the #1 destination for bachelorette parties in Baltimore)photo 4In addition to basically being an all-night slumber party, they serve drinks in three sizes and I made the big mistake of asking for the “medium,” which was about the size of my femur. Who knew you could make the same mistake three times in one night? 3But, the hangover was worth it because I got to watch BabyKef absolutely rock the house DOWN with her tambourine solo to “Twist and Shout.”
photo 5And that, my friends, was May.

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