Friday, July 27, 2012

almost there...

In a few short hours, 
my week of vacation 
officially starts.

(It does start with a work 
related event, which seems 
a little counter-intuitive, but the
 beach is involved and I get
 to take the hubs along, 
so I'm going with it.)

Although the week before
 vacation is always extra crazy,
 this one has been a marathon.

Poor hubs broke his nose on 
Monday night playing basketball,
so we've been seeing plenty of 
doctors and trying to give his
body a chance to rest. 

God is amazing though, 
and things have worked out 
in incredible ways.  My sweetie
will be totally fine, and I've had
amazing peace & strength to
juggle the craziness at home 
with busyness at work.

But, I've got to tell you...
this girl is ready for a vacation.
See you in about a week!  :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

coffee genius

I think this takes the prize 
for the most clever idea 
I've seen all day...a 
nifty little coffee station!

I love that there's a specific 
area designated just for one 
of my favorite substances on 
the planet.  Amazingness.

Want coffee?  Pull out the
whole thing for easy access.
Don't want coffee?  Just
shut the door and it's gone!
Pretty neat-o, right?

And seriously - how cool is the
pot filler built into the cabinet,
so you never have to bring water
over to your coffee maker?

The only problem I see?
I could never fit all my mugs
on those two shelves.  :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

yes, i am drooling

Ever since I found this recipe for
I've been dying to try if you
beat me to it, please let me know 
how it goes!

{You'll need}
6 slices hickory-smoked bacon
4 slices rustic white bread
2 slices provolone cheese
2 slices cheddar cheese
1 egg
3/4 cup pale ale 
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 tablespoon butter

{Start to finish}
Cook bacon to crispy, drain.

Make 2 sandwiches - each with
1 slice provolone, 1 slice cheddar,
and 3 slices of bacon.

Heat griddle to 375°  
or skillet to medium-high.

In a shallow bowl, beat egg,
beer, flour & chili powder with 
fork until smooth.  Dip each
sandwich into the batter, giving 
it a few seconds on each side
to absorb the batter.

Melt butter and place sandwiches 
on griddle.  Cook 3-4 minutes
 on each side until golden brown.

Friday, July 13, 2012

a theme...

I was browsing through my recent
pins on pinterest the other night,
and noticed a definite theme...

...lots of black & white!

I'm a sucker for the simplicity 
and elegance that black &
white can bring to an outfit, 
space or photo. 

Happy Friday!

Hope you get to enjoy
some beautiful things too.  :)

*1, 2, 3
4, 5, 6, 7
8, 9, 10, 11,
12, 13, 14, 15

Monday, July 9, 2012

new strength

Because sometimes 
don't you just need
fresh strength?

Thank goodness for
our generous, kind
Father - the giver
of all good things.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

vt adventures

Last week I had client meetings
up in VT, and the hubs came along 
so we could make a fun day of it!

The day couldn't have been
more gorgeous for a drive, and
the windy back roads were a
great way to see all the scenery.

After finishing up the work
 portion of the day, we had 
lunch at a local brewery.  I had 
the best panini of my life - 
bacon, apple, cheddar & mustard 
- all grown & made in VT!

And my handsome goofball
took some awesome self 
portraits.  Why not, right?  :)

 We ended the day at
Quechee Gorge, which was
spectacular.  The wooded trail
down to the water was pretty, 
and we had tons of fun climbing 
around the rocks and playing
in the rushing cold water.

Hurray for summertime
& fun adventures together!


Monday, July 2, 2012

joys of summer living

{ Pool time }
The giant city pool behind 
our casa is open, so we're 
constantly hopping in & out.
 (I've pretty much given up on
putting our suits away...they just
 hang out on the porch ready
for the next little dip!)

{ Grilling }
Nearly every meal revolves
around the grill these days.
 The other night we even
grilled fish - amazing!
{Day Trips}
Since the hubs is on summer
vacation, we've been taking 
advantage of his flexible
 schedule to sneak extra 
time together.
Last week he came with 
me on two work trips, 
which gave us plenty of 
time for adventures!

{ Naps }
I'm usually a terrible napper,
but have recently enjoyed some 
quiet afternoon snoozes with 
my sweetie.  Bliss!

{ Ice cream }
We can walk to a local ice
cream shop, so have been using
that as an excuse to take long
meandering walks around
the neighborhood.

Added bonus: we met a sweet 
couple (and their pup) who 
live a couple streets away!