Bathroom Makeover

I realized recently that I had never shared images of our bathroom “makeover” that we did… almost 2 years ago!! When we moved in the previous owner had taken a cabinet with her that left a white spot on the wall over the toilet so it was high on the list of to dos. I love bathrooms because they are so small – we did all of this in one afternoon!

The before….pink walls – we didn’t mind the color but you know how I feel about blue – since we really haven’t painted any others rooms I knew I needed my happy blue place! We ended up taking down a large mirror and replacing it with a much smaller one so that blank spot needed to be covered up. We took the hardware (towel bars and toilet paper holder) down and spray painted them a darker blue.


In progress – go team!
The after! We still need to lower the picture above the toilette….we are really bad at little details like that that take approximately 2 minutes. 2 months after Christmas and it still hasn’t happened!!
I love the artwork in our bathroom – I framed an instagram photo for our anniversary last year – it’s of Jeff, Norah, and me walking on frozen Lake Champlain last winter.
I bought this print on Etsy a few years ago – it says “as long as you are here with me this will feel like home”
A great Stephen Huneck print – “love is give and take”


My gift to Jeff this Christmas was our wedding vows in calligraphy – I love how they turned out! The artist used our wedding flowers and blue (!!) ink


Recipe :: Hamburger Vegetable Soup with Tortellini


Fia’s Dad Ave is a wonderful cook and when we were over at his house recently he shared this soup recipe with me. To be honest it sounded a little weird – a hamburger soup? He assured me he had had the same thought but tried it and loved it so I cooked it up and indeed it is delicious! Norah still doesn’t use a spoon so foods that she can pick up are just her speed – this one has lots! I strain the broth when I give it to her and she loves picking up the rest! The next time I make it I’m going to start with more of a mire poix of cut up celery, onions, and carrots sautéed because I think that adds more flavor but the frozen mixed veggies are a great quicker option.

Hamburger Vegetable Soup with Tortellini

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 c. chopped yellow onion
1 (14 oz. can) tomatoes with juice
6 c. beef stock
2 c. tomato juice
1/4 t. dried thyme
2 t. Worcestershire
2-3 drops Tabasco (I omitted this since I was making it for Norah)
1 package frozen mixed vegetables
1 package (9 oz. cheese filled tortellini)
Freshly Grated parmesan

In Dutch oven brown meat with onion until meat is no longer pink ~ 5 minutes. Add oil if needed to keep meat from sticking. Add ingredients through Tabasco and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Increase heat to medium high. Add veggies and tortellini and cook, uncovered, until tender (~10 minutes). Ladle into bowls and serve with parmesan on top.

Best Toasting Photos VT

Once the reception starts any stress of the day is gone and the fun can really start. That often kicks off with great toasts or an emotional first dance -I am so drawn to smiling faces that it was hard to narrow these down. Here are a few of my favorites from that part of the evening!
Colby spins Katie during their first dance at the Belle Haven Yacht Club
I L.O.V.E. this photo of Kami & Jeff during their first dance
And their reactions to her sister’s toast
A happy cake cutting
Avery was a bit camera shy so it was fun to watch him really let loose as he reacted to the toasts
Michaela & Andy were so connected during their dance
And I don’t think Michaela’s Dad could have smiled any bigger during their first dance
A quiet moment during the toasts at Stephen & Laura’s Basin Harbor Club Wedding
And a little embarrassment too!
Laura & Jay radiated joy throughout their wedding day
Jessie & Pat listen to toasts and roasts
And Jessie’s Mom reacts when it was recounted how she lovingly warned Pat that he better be very nice to her daughter!
Later that night Pat & Jessie shared their first dance – I love the movement of her dress
And I love Pat’s Mom’s reaction to their Mother/Son dance
Thumbs up to getting married!! (from Darlene & Brendan’s wedding)

January 2015 Instagram

Happy January Instagram memories!!

March 2015 E-Newsletter


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