Finger Lakes Favorites

I love the rolling farms, beauty, and quietness of the Finger Lakes. It's easy to spend an entire weekend and never leave the house - between kayaking, hammock-reading, waterskiing, third-cup-of-coffeeing, s'moreing and floating - it's an active weekend if we manage to bring out the croquet set or Settlers of Catan. Heck, going for a morning run (past horse and buggies no less) is a victory in my book! Here are a few of my favorite things to do (when I do manage Read more ...

An Afternoon in Stockbridge

A few weeks ago we took a road trip pit-stop in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. I've been out in the Berkshires only twice, once for cross-country skiing in the middle of the winter, and for a James Taylor concert at Tanglewood. Both times driving through the surround area was a big lovely tease! After all these years of speeding through the Berkshires on our way to visit family, it was time to check it out. The town of Stockbridge is a sleepy quasi-resort Americana town. Beyond the Read more ...

Chocolate Cinnamon ice Cream

  This adventure in ice cream came about as a lack of pantry goods. Since we were going away for the weekend, I wanted to use up our dairy items before they went bad. (Naturally, MAKE MORE ICE CREAM!) I've yet to make a simple chocolate ice cream, but upon getting out the cocoa powder I realized I didn't have enough. Instead I decided to add a heaping spoonful of cinnamon. The result was a deliciously light-flavored chocolate ice cream - the effect was a Wendy's frosty with a twist. Ingredients: 1/2 Read more ...

Blueberries for Sal (the Best Blueberry Pie Ever!)

Whenever I am in western New York, blueberry picking is on my priority list. I love the peacefulness of picking blueberries - it's a quiet, mindless activity and you can enjoy the beautiful outdoors, all while enjoying nature's candy. Last year we picked 40 pounds of blueberries!   The bulk of the berries we pick go into the freezer, but I always make blueberry cream pie, and blueberry ice cream with some of the fresh ones. But I'd like to venture out and try a few more blueberry Read more ...

Add this to your Travel Bucket List: Watkins Glen

There are many beautiful places in the world. But there are a few that truly take my breath away. I've posted on Watkins Glen NY State Park before, but we hiked it again a few weeks ago and I just had to share some photos of it's AMAZINGNESS! Recently there has been an article flying around social media, "29 Surreal Places in America You Need to Visit Before You Die", (aka one of those million Buzzfeed articles on your Facebook newsfeed) and Watkins Glen is #8. The author says, "We all Read more ...

Recipe: Watermelon Lime Mint Ice

I don't know what the weather has been like near you this week, but in Boston Mother Nature has made it clear that summer ain't over. Which is good news for me - more time for ice cream! This time around I wanted to try making a relatively "healthy" sweet treat and this ice has no added sugars. In fact it's only 3 ingredients! Ingredients: 1/2 medium size watermelon (about 5 cups of juice) Juice of 4 limes Handful of mint leaves I made this last summer and it was so refreshing the Read more ...

Summer Snapshots

  Hello, hello, hello! I hope you all had a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend! I've been getting behind in my blogging about all the wonderful adventures and (tedious) projects we've been working on this summer. This summer, like that blueberry pie, disappeared quickly. It never feels like we've made progress on our renovations, but when I list all the things off it sounds like we have. We have nearly wrapped up our bathroom renovation (YES!), fixed the guestroom that Read more ...

A Handmade Colorful Bathrobe (And My First Wearable Sewing Project!)

I think I've made it clear that I'm a fly-by-night kind of sewer. When my sewing expert best friend was living in Boston for a few months, I made it my mission to learn how to sew from patterns from her, and I already shared my first pattern project: a Drawstring Beach Bag, which has already been in use this summer! Today I am sharing my newest endeavor - a bathrobe! This friend of mine is AMAZING at sewing clothes. I knew I had to try to make at least one clothing item with her Read more ...

Three Renovation Years Later: Downstairs Before and After

It's CRAZY that we've been working on this house for over three years now! It only seems like yesterday that we got the keys to the house - and immediately tore out the built-in bench in the old sunroom, and starting ripping down the wallpaper in the dining room. Every few months, when certain projects get too overwhelming to even think about, I look back at the photos I took when we first bought the house and I realize just how much we've gotten done.   Yes, there's TONS left to do, but Read more ...

Fourth Anniversary: Unique “Fruit & Flower” Themed Gifts

This week my husband and I celebrate four years of marriage - woo-hoo! As I've posted about in the past, I'm here to share some creative ideas for anniversary gifts. This year the theme is fruit and flowers. Without further adieu, here are some creative gift ideas to celebrate your fourth anniversary: Wine Tasting Night Buggy Designs wine glasses | Brooklyn Slate Co. cheese board | Le Creusut wine opener Maybe you can't fly off to Tuscany, or Napa Valley, or even the Finger Read more ...