home sweet home: project herb box

One of the many projects on the list for our new home is a kitchen garden. We cook quite regularly so a produce-yielding backyard would certainly prove both convenient and cost-effective. We thought an herb box would be a great way to start! Continue reading to see how we built an elevated box for our herbs!

Recipe: Infused Water

FullSizeRender-2I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time drinking the recommended amount of water each day. We all know that dehydration causes a multitude of problems – weakness, dizziness, fatigue, sluggishness, inability to sweat, and more. If these things can be fixed by simply drinking more water, we’re crazy not to be drinking it, right???

I’ve found that I drink more water, quicker when it is infused with citrus and herbs. I can’t get enough! Here are a few of my favorite infusions… 

friday favorites: cuppow

Cuppow-LOGO-300This Friday I want to share with you the absolutely brilliant product that is Cuppow!IMG_1234dipadj

I discovered Cuppow several years ago when the company was still in its early stages. I immediately fell in love with the idea – it’s pure genius! Cuppow has saved me in so many situations – from half-asleep nightstand water spills to instantly creating a sippy-cup for a toddler. I love this company!

Recipe: Basic Bruschetta

IMG_2391Tomato season is on it’s way and with it comes many tasty tomato recipes!

Today I’m going to share a delicious bruschetta recipe that my mom often makes. There are all kinds of bruschetta variations out there, but when we’re at home Matt and I always go back to this straightforward, basic bruschetta…

Basic-Bruschetta-Recipe


Classic Cocktail: Aviation

IMG_6183I was pleasantly surprised this weekend when my husband brought home a gift from his travels! While in Portland Matt picked up a bottle of Aviation Gin. You guessed it – this gin has been created specifically for one of my favorite classic concoctions, the Aviation Cocktail!

Naturally we mixed up a couple of Aviations as soon as we walked in the door. Best Aviation I’ve ever had – the gin truly lives up to its name!

I’ve listed below the recipe we use for our Aviations – there are many different variations out there but this is our favorite:

Aviation-Cocktail-Recipe


christmas tradition

IMG_1343Tradition (noun): the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.

Growing up, after decorating for Christmas we would sip eggnog solely by the light of tree.

Matt and I have since adopted the tradition, but with a slightly more fun eggnog recipe… Enjoy!

Martha’s Classic Egg Nog (adapted)
3/4 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz Cognac
1/4 oz Dark Rum
Top with Egg Nog
Stir ingredients well and garnish with nutmeg and a cinnamon stick

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(This is what happens when you’re not careful with the nutmeg.)

What traditions did you grow up with?

What traditions do you still celebrate?

 

Thanksgiving menu ideas

This will be the first year to host Thanksgiving at our house and we couldn’t be more excited!

Thanksgiving PinSince half the fun is anticipation, I created a shared Pinterest board between my mom, my sister and me to help with the planning process.

It’s already proved to be helpful! My sis contributed this invaluable pin pictured on the left!

As a self-proclaimed group of foodies, our family loves to mix in a few new ideas along with the old favorites. It’s fun to choose a Thanksgiving Cocktail too!

Ham (instead of Turkey) takes the stage at our Thanksgiving table and I’m pretty excited about some of the recipes I’ve found! Here are a few initial ideas for our 2014 Thanksgiving menu…

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Have you started thinking about your Thanksgiving menu?

What are the must-have recipes for your family’s Thanksgiving dinner?

Freaks, friendship & halloween

Five years ago this month my beautiful, intelligent and oh-so-talented friend Lindsay and I bonded over our mutual love of food, classic movies and Halloween.

Lindsay made an unforgettable sweet potato gnocchi with a sage browned butter, we watched the cult-classic, Freaks, and shared secrets over red wine.

This weekend we holed ourselves up at Lindsay’s house for dinner, wine and another classic halloween movie. It’s amazing to think about what’s changed in the past five years! We’re both married, Lindsay has two lovely daughters and we’re both nesting in our first homes (or both about to be anyway!)

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This year, Lindsay’s dinner couldn’t have been more appropriate for the spooky season… Squid ink pasta with butternut squash and spicy sausage….DELICIOUS.

So many things I admire about Linds – her intelligence, her elegance, her creativity and artistic nature; she has superb taste and a limitless imagination.

I’m so thankful for our friendship and I especially look forward to many more Halloweens together….

 

 

2 all-natural ways to survive flu season

Cold and flu season has arrived – it’s time to boost that immune system! I’m incredibly thankful that my sister told me about her friend Lindsay and her blog! Lindsay is an expert on living healthy naturally. Check out her blog here.

Here are two of Lindsay’s all-natural recipes that will guarantee safe passage through this year’s cold and flu season. Click on the images below to get the recipes from Lindsay’s blog:

Graphic Bone Broth

Ingredients: Whole Chicken (or other type of bone-in meat), water, vegetable scraps, apple cider vinegar.

Bone Broth Images

 

Graphic Terrible Tonic

Ingredients: Raw apple cider vinegar, local raw honey, raw garlic.

Terrible Tonic Images

 

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