Friday, December 22, 2017


Here's my family's favorite holiday cocktail or mocktail recipe!  It's just so good that you can't go from Thanksgiving to the New Year without making it!

I use a large Pyrex bowl to combine all of the following ingredients:

1 large 46oz can of Pineapple Juice (refill with water)
1 12 oz unfrozen concentrate of Lemonade
1 12 oz unfrozen concentrate of Orange Juice
1 cup of sugar (I skip this typically now with all the sugars in the other juices and soda)

Stir all ingredients together and freeze.  After it's frozen, remove and use an ice cream scooper to remove some of the "slush" and add to your glass.  Anywhere from half the glass to three quarters full you can fill and then remaining you would top with your Ginger Ale.  If you'd like to make a cocktail of it, it's great to add rum, vodka, whiskey, gin or champagne!


Monday, December 11, 2017

this old house

It's already been one year in our humble abode and we've accomplished so much!  Here are the projects we've worked on/working on for the past year:

1.  Refinished all the hardwood floors.
2.  Fixed our tankless hot water heater.
3.  Stopped our dishwasher and washer from leaking in the basement!  Thank you old home.
4.  Replaced the back half of the house roof.  The main part is slate and we will never touch!
5.  Gutted the "master" bath on the second floor and have halfway finished it.  Just the shower left to do.
6.  Refinished the nursery room furniture, sideboard and bar furniture for the house.
7.  Furnished the whole house.
8.  OUTSIDE!  Ripped up all landscaping, pebbles and railroad ties.  Replaced with new landscaping, grass and a fire pit.

Next Year Goals...

1.  Floors in the nursery. - in the works
2.  Remove the extra closet and add a small closet system on the nursery. - in the works
3.  Refinish dining room table (or find a larger one to refinish).
4.  Refinish guest room dresser/headboard.
5.  Refinish the end tables for the living room.
6.  Refinish the TV console.
7.  Replace all blinds.
8.  Seal/paint the banister.
9.  Add a stair runner.
10.  For those radiators that are showing, I'd love to cover them with a radiator box.
11.  New blinds for the windows.

1.  Install white fence at the end of the driveway.
2.  Add more landscaping outside.
3.  Fix the two pieces of siding the previous owner cut away.
4.  Replace/Add railings up entry.
5.  Add a little pavement to the empty space that we moved the railroad ties from and then seal it fresh.
6.  Remove random wire sticking out from house.
7.  John would like to make real Adirondack chairs.

We'll see where we make it with our inside and outside goals this year, but we also really want to crack down and SAVE more for that tear down of the first floor master and kitchen and keep the format, but create something fresh to start.  We'll have to see also what an architect recommends too!  We're looking forward to what this year brings and I'm sure some of these plans will need to be "adjusted."

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

dessert board

I was totally jealous when I saw Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere do a dessert board.  What a creative, simple idea.  It's so different from the typical appetizer tray or cheese board.  I've been on a dessert kick after dinner and it inspired me to create one of my own (that still needs a bit of work) and here's what I used (it's mainly Pepperidge Farm items):

Next time I should add some peppermint bark, sweet pecans or nuts, carmel corn, Ritz chocolate covered crackers and some white chocolate pretzels.  It'll be interesting to see what I'd switch it up with over the seasons when hosting parties.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

holiday season

Top:  asos  |  Leggings:  asos  |  Shoes:  asos  |  Coat:  J.Crew  |  Clutch:  similar here


OK I literally ordered about 5-10 maternity dresses from asos and nothing worked.  Perhaps because right before TG I wasn't "popping", but now I definitely am.  I think I'm in a limbo state or perhaps just not a dress person during this time of my life.  I don't think I can see my toes unless I lean over AND I was asked when I was due TWICE in one night at the Victorian Streetwalk - CRAZY!  I did not expect it to come on that fast and I think that I'll have to get my hands ready to swat away any of those people that try to cop-a-feel.  Anywho, the maternity coat didn't work either, but this top did!  It is perfection!  I know what I'll be wearing to the holiday parties this year!  It'll also work after pregnancy for the following holiday season, or even with a cute chambray button down underneath it after.  I know I'll be purchasing some pregnancy tanks here shortly (any recs on fav brand/type?!).  Thank you in advance!
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