I just thought I’d pop in for a minute to share some pictures of Lancaster with you.
That’s all for now.
Unfortunately, I left my camera at my aunt’s house last night, so you’ll have to wait for Ocean City, New Jersey pictures for a while. This morning I am going to Lancaster Pennsylvania with my aunts. I am so excited to go see the beautiful country side. I wonder if I’ll feel like I’ve traveled back through time, as Amish people drive by in horse-drawn buggies. I will be snapping away, so be looking for pictures.
I hope you had a good weekend full of laughter and good conversation.
it’s been awhile, huh? Sorry about the lack of posts lately. What can I say? I actually have a life now…Sort of. 😉 Speaking of which, this weekend one of aunts will be in town and we are running around South Jersey today, having a sleep over (Brendan’s coming too!) tonight, and doing the shore tomorrow. I am so excited to do the beach, and in a retro suit no less.It looks something like this, but in chocolate-brown, with a sweetheart neckline:
Sorry for my absence lately. Things have gotten really busy around here, and it has been difficult to find the time to get on the interwebs.
As most of you know, Brendan and I spent Mother’s Day with my sweet Aunt Cindy, and her family at Longwood Garden, an amazing Eden surrounded by homes and farm land in Pennsylvania.
The whole time we were there I kept on thinking of this Emily Dickinson poem
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|TWO butterflies went out at noon|
|And waltzed above a stream,|
|Then stepped straight through the firmament|
|And rested on a beam;|
|And then together bore away||5|
|Upon a shining sea,—|
|Though never yet, in any port,|
|Their coming mentioned be.|
|If spoken by the distant bird,|
|If met in ether sea||10|
|By frigate or by merchantman,|
|Report was not to me.|
Mother’s Day is approaching! What will you be doing for your mothers? This is the first year that I will be spending Mother’s Day apart from my mom; and I’ll admit that I’m sad. It’s hard to spend holidays apart from your family. My wonderful Aunt Cindy knows what it is to be far away from family, having re-located to the east coast about sixteen years ago,so when she invited us to spend Mother’s Day with her, I was relieved. Spending time with her, my Uncle Bob, and their boys, makes me feel a lot less homesick.
In honor of the day and my sweet aunt, we will be going to Longwood Gardens.
Doesn’t it look beautiful? We are really looking forward to spending the day with my aunt and uncle and their boys. We will be having a picnic lunch in the gardens while we are there, and I want to make something special for everyone.
Here’s what I’m thinking:
Flower cupcakes! Appropriate, non? This icing tutorial from Loralee Lewis will be a tremendous help. So I would make a nice vanilla cupcake, with a butter cream frosting…
Or, I could riff on this wonderful Mascarpone-Filled Cake with Sherried Berries recipe, only have mascarpone frosting, with a few dainty berries on the top of the cake…
This is actually my favorite cake to make. It impresses everyone, and it isn’t hard to make at all. You should try this! Seriously, what are you waiting for? You will be crowned Cake Queen or King..No, the Mayor of Cake Town… The Ambassador of Delicious Flavor.. I’m finished now, sorry… I tend to get over-excited about pastry.
I hope you are having a glorious Monday.
Yes, apparently while I was in a flu-induces haze, I forgot to post this, even though I had it READY to go for Friday. Blergh.
I’m finally feeling a little better! How are you doing? Do you have any big weekend plans?
Yesterday Brendan and I went to Princeton New Jersey (which is such an amazing place). We got this really amazing olive oil and strawberry balsamic at Carter & Cavero: Old World Oil Company, and visited a kitchen gadget store called Kitchen Kapers. It was so much fun being there, in this beyond charming college town, just the two of us focusing on each other. It is wonderful being out together, and to feeling like we did those first few months of being together.
Here we are at Carter & Cavero:
There was such a huge selection of oils and vinaigrettes, we had a hard time picking our favorites. In the end we got Truffle Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (so wonderful), Strawberry balsamic, Garlic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Tuscan herb Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, and Frantoio Extra-Virgin Olive Oil… Needless to say, we won’t be needing EVOO any time soon!
Also, here are somethings that I’ve been eyeing all week:
These shoes are awesome. I’ve been wanting to find a pair similar to this for a few years, but nothing really spoke to me like these do.
I love the look of driftwood. Whenever I see a cool drift wood piece it makes me want to learn carpentry so that I could have the ability to make furniture with pieces of awesome wood like the piece above.
Brendan would never let me do this, and I’m not sure I would, but it’s pretty cool, right?
Smitten Kitchen’s Porch Swing sounds truly sumptuous. Now that the weather is getting warming, I see myself having many a gin based cocktail on balmy New Jersey nights. Yum.
Once again, I pay homage to that glorious hue Kelly Green. This room, designed by Christina Murphy is to die for. Brendan and I both thought this was such a great look. Maybe we will replicate it someday.. : )
And I’ll leave you with the sage advice of Ronald Swanson:
Happy Friday! I probably shouldn’t say anything, but I think my mom might be coming out to NJ this weekend! It’s not a for sure thing, and it’s very spur of the moment, but I haven’t seen her since Thanksgiving, and it would be so nice to spend some time with her, so she can see my home and where we live. I hope it happens!
What are your weekend plans? Will you do anything exciting? Brendan and I found basically our dream home the other day, and will be attending an open house on Sunday. Of course, we can’t get this house until I have a job, but it just went on the market in February, hopefully I can find something *anything* so that we could at least entertain the idea. I feel like it would be a wonderful place to live and raise a family (but that’s waaaaaay down the line).
That’s all for now.
This is day four of Brendan being sick. I hate how colds and like, linger on and on. Things aren’t exactly fun in Casa de L these days, and so I’ve begun to day dream about the warm beachy days spent with my favorite person in the entire world.
Happy Friday everyone!
I hope you all have had a good week. What are you doing this weekend? Anything exciting?
I got my ukulele in the mail yesterday, so i’ve been practicing, and having fun with her. Sadie (the Ukulele) and I are going to be good friends. This Saturday I’m having a ukulele lesson with my best friend Stephanie over skype, so that will be fun.
Brendan is gone for the weekend,being brilliant for a bunch of economist types at a conference in Boone North Carolina, so Dexter and I are all by our onesies… er, twosies. To stave off the sadness I plan on taking advantage of the beautiful South Jersey weather and paint something outside.
Now I know I said that my roman shades post was coming this week, but in our rush to put them up, I forgot to take a few key pictures, so I need to take one down to get them.
Instead of sharing my shades, I thought I would share some things that are inspiring me as of late.
Bar Carts: I love how old school it is with the crystal and the blue glass. The flowers are such a nice touch. I would love to have this in my house. The only problem is, Brendan doesn’t really drink, and I really like mostly gin based drinks, sooo… It would be a sort of empty bar cart lol.
Campaign Chest are the best. I have plans to make a few for our Asian styled bedroom.
Mint and gold… What a great color combination. I’ve basically run out of rooms to decorate. but if I had another, it would be done in these colors.
I’m back, and fully energized (finally)! This last weekend was one of the best I have had in such a long time. Stephanie and I had a great time roaming the streets of New York, and catching up. There is nothing better than sharing a bunch of new experiences with someone you care about.
Here are some pictures from our trip:
And that my readers, is our trip in a nutshell. I loved every minute of it, and wish that we were still there right now. Come back soon Steph!