Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Classic Finalists...

 Finn's team suited up for Eclipse's Spring Classic Tournament this week-end.  They made it to the final, but ended up coming in second to a lovely team from Springfield.  They all played hard and everyone was proud of their runner-up medals in a tough bracket!

Cooking in Mr. Wright's Kitchen...

Frank Lloyd Wright Homeowner’s Dinner
Garden-to-Table Fare at the Home and Studio
Menu Inspired by ingredients harvested at Hillside Garden at Taliesin

To say preparing and cooking this meal was an honor would be an understatement.  They let someone fire up the ovens in this historic space once a year and this time around it was me! I loved having my rock Patty there to support me through a whirlwind service and tickled to death that Ang and Pen were also there to help garnish appetizers and manage miro-greens like champs!  
Such. A. Fun. Evening*
*and not just becasue it ended with Chinese take-out and wine.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Images

Thanks for such a memorable holiday and delicious meal, Mom and Dad!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Puddle Memory...

 When Emma was just two years old we dolled her up in a lovely Easter frock and snapped a few pictures of her before heading out the door to attend church with Leif's parents.   On the way to the car, Emma discovered a puddle in the driveway. We were keeping an eye on our curious young lady when Leif's dad said, "Just keep your camera ready."  
Before I knew it Emma, fancy dress and all, laid down in that puddle. Rather than lunge to stop her from getting wet and dirty I just snapped a few photos like my father-in-law, Thad, had suggested.  To this day I can't remember what Emma wore to church that year, but I can still hear Thad laughing as Emma rocked back and forth in the water on Easter Sunday.
The following year the bunny brought a wee-little man for Thad to snuggle on Easter morning.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Best Chicken is a Clambake

 I invited the Kralj's over for some grilled chicken, but then I changed my mind.
I made some Deviled Eggs and then El asked me if I had a blender. When she arrived she whipped up this crazy delicious Blue Hawaiian cocktail...
 We were all feeling mighty comfortable with our Easter egg hued drinks!
 Instead of grilling chicken I threw down an indoor clambake and all Dejan kept saying was, "This is the best grilled chicken I've ever had!"  From there we chatted and laughed the night away before the whole thing morphed into a dance party!

What a fun way to spend Holy Saturday!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Reclaiming Our Attic...

 Our attic bedroom has been a decorative afterthought for as long as I can remember.  Over the years we've done little things to spruce it up here and there, but the poor room has never really received our full attention.  Besides being a quirky corner filled space it was full of wall-to-wall beige carpeting and Leif and I hate carpet. We have plans to do a ton of home improvement projects this spring and I managed to get an insanely good deal on getting that pitiful carpet ripped out and replaced.  Unbeknownst to Leif I squirreled away a bunch of money to use to create a sitting room in the front corner of our bedroom.  I surprised him with the finished space yesterday!
 Needless to say, he was thrilled.  He and the kids spend a great deal of of time up there while I am cooking for folks and I just really wanted them all to have a comfortable and pretty place to hang out.  Sure it is a tiny little space, but now it feels much bigger than it really is.  Leif can catch up on work in the comfy chairs or set up the computer on the coffee table to watch movies with the kids.  All three of them are so supportive of me that it  made me crazy happy to do this for them.

Thank You Mother Nature...

...I've been waiting for this!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


 We've been doing some significant home improvement projects around this house over the past week and part of that meant sorting through some things we had stowed under our bed.  I found lots of of cute treasures, but Finn's 2007 baseball card had to be my favorite.  Check out those stats!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Through the Eyes of a Guest...

Thanks to J. Eakins for this pretty shot of my favorite garden salad.
I love a good dining room glow.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

On a Spoon...

wood work and growing things/
pork belly. salt.sugar. pickled persian cucumber.carrot. grapefruit. micro scallion. micro cilantro. 
plum. crispy shallot. spoon inspired

University of Michigan...

After checking out a couple of schools in Philly with her dad, all four of us escaped last week-end to give Emma the chance to tour the University of Michigan.  She loved taking a couple of dance classes and learning all about their dual degree program.  Finn was particularly fond of his first taste of campus life!  He totally found his college swagger!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Snuggle Buddies...

Little Lu seems to be missing Java more than a little bit these days.  After all Java was Lucy's  favorite companion for the seven years she has lived with us.  Emma has been running herself ragged trying to keep up with the insane amount of work that comes along with being a junior in high school.  Last week these two took a genuine mental health day and I cannot tell you how happy it made me to see these two snuggled up together.
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