28 Years Around the Sun

Hello! Today is my birthday and I’m OFFICIALLY “late twenties” which is wild and insane and I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since I graduated high school and 6 since I graduated college and I’m currently in the midst of not knowing where I am in life or what exactly I want to do…

Rum-Soaked Golden Raisin and Walnut Knots

Last month I spent a solid, good two consecutive weeks being Chef Viviana, plumping myself and my family up with sugary carb foods like what I’m about to share today, and enjoying the start of a new year in a relatively relaxed environment, on the precipice of starting Marie Kondo’s decluttering KonMari method in my…

A Very Romanian Christmas

Merry Christmas from my family to yours! Wishing you all a wonderful day full of love, laughter, mimosas, and delicious food. Yesterday, I spent the vast majority of the day baking pastries for Christmas and I used my own website for a couple recipes. However, I noticed that I somehow never shared the recipe I…

A Walk Through Cranbrook

Today was the first day of the rest of my life.  Without being too cryptic, I’ll say that I did things today that were cathartic and healing and I received messages and support that I needed to hear and I am grateful and thankful for the people in my life that continue to lift me…

Jungle Fever

I realized when I posted these photos on my Instagram accounts that my photography Instagram (@vivianapodinaphotography) still says I’m participating (PROCRASTINATING) in the r/WeeklyPhotos 52 week challenge. However, I haven’t looked at that challenge since March. The year isn’t over yet and I’d really like to catch up and finish the challenge with everyone else,…