Monday, December 30, 2013

My new baking obsession


I've long been a fan of Phyllis Grant's lovely blog Dash and Bella. Her stories, photos and recipes are always fresh and inspiring to me. Tonight I made her Dutch Baby pancakes for dinner. I added some Bonne Maman plum preserves, and used ricotta instead of creme fraiche. Oh my goodness, was this amazing! Seriously so delicious...Nate and the girls gobbled it up and we tore in to the second one as well. I will be making more of these in the future...I have no idea why I waited this long to try it!

Whip one up today...you won't regret it! Let me know how you flavor yours. Happy eating!

For Christmas and beyond...

Remember my gilded pinecones from a few weeks ago? I strung them into a garland for my fireplace. I had just thought of this as a Christmas decoration, but now I'm not sure I really want to take them down. I'm thinking they have a wintery vibe, not merely a holiday feel. What do you think? Should they still be here in January?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Let the making commence!



The winter holidays are always my favorite time of year! It looks (and feels!) like snow today, and I just came inside from trimming armloads of cedar to make into wreaths and garlands. After a quick trip to the florist and a few hours spent gilding pine cones, I am ready to begin the first round of decor-making.

This year my home has to be decorated by December 3rd because we are hosting a big party that evening. So, I'll get right to work on this and hopefully I'll have some finished work to share with you soon!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Who's ready for fall?


Alright people, it is officially fall! Bring on the sweaters, boots, apple cider, and chilly temps! I get excited for fall each year...somehow it seems like the start of something fresh and happy each time. Here's hoping we can say goodbye to warm weather until next summer.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

a favorite word


dis·ha·bille noun \ˌdis-ə-ˈbēl, -ˈbil\ : a deliberately casual manner



Have you ever heard someone say, "we don't have a word for that in English?" This is one of those instances. I love the French word "dishabille." It perfectly explains my approach to style. My aim in dressing each day and in dressing my home is to be considered, put together and original, but in a way that isn't fussy. Like well-dressed but always approachable and a teeny bit undone. What are some of your favorite words?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Chalk Lyrics




Summer days around our house often involve sidewalk chalk. Ella and Scarlett love to draw mermaids and princesses all over our front porch. We spend hours "chalking," and quite often the girls are singing at the top of their lungs as they draw. My creativity leans more toward lettering than drawing Rapunzel's tower (for the fifteenth time), so sometimes I sketch out the songs my girls are singing. What goes better with summer afternoons than T-Swift, am I right?

Friday, February 1, 2013



My lovely view today...my sweet husband surprised me with flowers this morning. There's nothing like an unexpected, just-because gift to make our day amazing!