tis. the. damn. season.
oh hay, holiday! (i just LOVE christmas) the music, egg nog, tree decorating, gift wrapping, everything under that tree–this chick loves. tuesday night ian & i ventured out to grab a tree, white lights, ornaments and an old fashion stand. (all while our turkey chili was cooking away).
and within 1.5 hours– this gang had all the supplies to ‘christmas-fy’ the house. (potentially made up that word, but we’re rolling with it) we came home– put on pandora’s (michael buble) christmas songs and slow danced (for reals) around our kitchen. christmas brings out so much love and i couldn’t be happier that it’s finally here. i wish you all a merry, merry pre season to this wonderful holiday. now, go get your trees and spread the love.
^^^clemmy + tree = a no go. baby girl straight up trims our tree. last night while we were snugged up on the couch (watching ‘crazy, stupid, love’) clementine took it upon herself to eat 3 branches off the bottom. here’s hoping we have a tree on dec 25th!^^^
^^^because one ‘good picture’ is too much to ask^^^
^^^that face darting towards the tree (quite intense)^^^
19 days and counting!
if you’re a regular reader you know my love for some chee & vino. while the massa girls trotted around little compton looking for the ‘perfect tree’ we just so happened to stumble across another cheese store (boo-ya!) introducing: milk & honey bazaar. we loved every single bite of cheese they had to offer (i may or may not have over stayed my welcome in the ‘free sample section’ if ya know what i mean). nonetheless– this trio (plus hadley&clem) came home with a tree, 3 new cheeses and a bagette fit for a queen.
we will be back– again, again and again.
happiest birthday wishes to the most adorable guy i’ve ever laid eyes on. i couldn’t picture doing this whole ‘life thing’ without you by my side. cheers to your 26th year (with many, many more to come) i love you, darling. xx
you are my sunshine. happy birthday, babes.
this year (2013) flew by– literally. and just like that, the holiday season is here and this chick has her mistletoe candle burning, burning, burning. saturday we headed on over to the local farm to buy a wreath (with acorns and cranberries), we added egg nog to our coffees and we spent countless hours rolled up in a fleece blanket watching movies. needless to say– the holiday season is in full swing over here. (clementine even got a ‘mr.moose’ from petco yesterday) boo-ya!
as far as thanksgiving– this duo can NOT wait. family, portuguese stuffing, red wine and turkey (fah days!)
we. are. ready.
here is a sneak peak of our home (seriously– go to decastro’s farm and pick up a wreath, i just adore it). next step: stockings, a real live tree (my first one since moving out of my parents!!) and dressing up that deer head of ours.
thanks for stopping by xx
last week we ventured down to lancaster, pa– it was a business trip on my end but we made the best of it. these are the pictures of the lancaster brewery! my personal favorite: chocolate strawberry ((beer!)).
busy, busy bee– i’ll post more later xx
it’s the first week in november–and to us newport girls that means one thing: newport restaurant week 2013. the first night us gals jet setted over to thames street kitchen. (my absolute favorite restaurant in our little town!) it was the most wonderful start to our (food filled) weekend. saturday morning we woke up with the sun– early morning coffee, heated yoga, and an unexpected (3 hour) trip to the beach. the waves were ‘killer’ this weekend– so clementine and i packed a lunch and headed down to surfers end to support our main guy.
^^^clementine cruising the beach^^^
^^^my favorite thing in the world: crunchy leaves^^^
^^^two things i love–hadley & my neighborhood (photo courtesy of my mom)^^^
^^^there really are no words^^^
^^^trio does tavern saturday night^^^
^^^sunday looked like this^^^
try your best to make it to a few of the local eateries this week– you’ll thank me later! this weeks agenda: TSK (round II) and Fluke– What’s your favorite spot?
and i can’t sign off without a ‘WHAT THE HAY’ directed towards this weather/time change. i’m not ready for either of them… hence my costa rican dream this morning. i swear we were back there, the sweetest dream i’ve had in a while. it’s the little things i suppose…
it’s been getting so cold lately and for some reason i’ve been hating it. i just can’t seem to adjust this year.
on sunday when we were making our grocery list, i jotted down all the ingredients to make some home made 3 bean turkey chili– best. idea. ever. last night we came home from work and immediately starting cooking (along side a glass of wine). it should take ~3 hours of simmering to reach it’s full potential, so try to cook as early as you can. ian & i were both thrilled with the outcome– i think it’s safe to say that we will be cooking up this masterpiece more than once this winter.
^^^saute peppers & onion in coconut oil^^^
^^^garnish with sour cream & cilantro^^^
here’s what you’ll need:
1 green pepper, 1 full onion (chopped up) saute in coconut oil and minced garlic.
add in 1 package of turkey meat– drain.
put meat, peps & onions in dutch oven. add 1 can each of pinto beans, black beans, chick peas and corn.
add (1) 32oz can of diced tomatoes and (1) 6oz can of tomato paste.
spices: cumin, garlic, chili powder, siracha, black pepper & red pepper flakes.
let it simmer on medium/low for 3 hours.
garnish with sour cream & cilantro. serve with a fresh baguette and enjoy.
this makes for a wonderful halloween dinner!
stay warm, xxm