Monday, August 18, 2014

it's a beautiful day....

                                                          i think i want to marry you...

what an incredible wedding.  it was so much fun.  thanks sue and steve for hosting such a beautiful affair. congratulations to the amazing couple and wishing you a life time of happiness.  
days like these make us all stop and realize how truly lucky we are.  

my whole heart will be yours forever.  congratulations mr. & mrs. normandin.

                                                     stunning - love you guys...


                                          i love this picture, it really was a magical night. 

                            may the rest of your journey through life be as fun as your wedding!!!

love sent, xoxo

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


it is so sad to hear of robin williams passing. he fought so hard for his sobriety and happiness. he was truly a comedic genius and will be missed.

"no matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."  - robin williams.

sending love to all those struggling.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

super moon

just beautiful..

it really was spectacular!

love sent, xo

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

beach days...

is anyone else wondering how it can already be august?  yeah, we can't believe it either.
life has been really amazing lately. this has been our best summer in a long time.
life is full and the days are long.   the weather has been amazing.  we have gone to lots of places, caught up with lots of friends and in general,  just rocked it.  after a very long winter we are so, so,  grateful.  i am not giving up here tho, i am planning to continue riding this wave as long as possible.

we have so many memories from so many years at the beach. 
going to the beach is such a place to bond.  my family has spent so many hours just hanging out at the shore.  lots of things have changed in the past twenty years but one thing remains the same, 
we still want to be with the people we love and who love us back no matter what we actually do.

the little things have always made the biggest memories.

making pancakes in the morning
long walks along the shore
road races in newburyport
sleeping bags all over the beach house
watching wrestling with eddie
riding bikes everywhere with the cousins
shopping at market basket with elaine and donna (who seriously take longer to shop than anyone on the planet)
walking to the "rocks"
gathering buckets of crabs
rocking babies to sleep
tony's amazing sand castles
pizza parties
late night ice cream
beach days that never end
bike rides all the way to york
wine at sunset
endless friends in and out
movies on rainy days
the hampton theater every saturday
music and...  more music
eating fried food on the beach at sunset
kite flying contests
tubing and getting pounded by the waves.
the kids selling home made jewelry
paddle boarding
skee ball at hampton
beach bocce
taking up so much space at browns

hope you are having an amazing summer as well.

love sent, xoxo

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

new found love...

anyone who knows me knows i enjoy wine.  i am particularly fond of red wine.  i love a beautiful glass
of red wine with a great italian dinner or a hearty steak.  i also enjoy a crisp glass of white wine on a sunny blue summer day, perhaps a pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc.  until now, i have never been a fan of rose.

a few weeks back we were having dinner on the waterfront on a beautiful summer evening.  i got to talking to the bartender about wines etc.  on the menu that evening was a rose that he assured me i  should try.  it was wonderful.  unfortunately,  i have been unable to find it.   if you are lucky enough to find it, you should certainly give it a try.  it was called txomin etxaniz, getaria rose wine from the basque area of spain.  it has green apple and citrus flavors and comes in a long neck bottle which was also lovely.    since i was unable to find it i have tried several other rose.  ahhh summertime... where everything goes.   

i understand in france rose is practically all they drink in the summertime, so in honor of our upcoming trip we have enjoyed many warm, breezy, nights sipping beautiful rose wine and watching the sunset.

a couple of my favorites have been:

a pale floral scented wine with tangy white berry flavors

this screw top bottle makes this perfect for picnics

at $11 this one is a steal

a sweet cherry flavor with a kick of pepper spice

                                                     ( photo via the yellow table)

love sent, xo

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

some fave's lately...

what i am eating...  via sweet paul

Grilled Halloumi and Tomato Salad with Lemon and Honey Vinaigrette 

Serves 4   

16 slices Halloumi cheese ( 2 packs)
olive oil
3 yellow heirloom tomatoes
16 small lettuce leafs
1 tablespoon honey
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
pinch of red chili flakes(optional)
1.Brush the cheese with a little olive oil.
2.Grill the cheese until golden on each side, if you use a grill pan you will get really nice grill marks.
3.Slice the tomatoes.
4.On 4 plates stack tomatoes, lettuce and cheese.
5.In a small bowl mix together honey, lemon, parsley and oil.

6.Season and drizzle over the salad.

what i am planning for the next birthday cake
dreamiest cake i have ever seen.

what i am putting on my wish list
loving this necklace    it is so simple and perfect.   may all your wishes come true

what i am signing up for
the coolest cooler ever.

why i continue
#8 the reason i really blog

what i am reading
not exactly light summer reading but ...  it makes you realize the intense suffering of some innocent
children.   certainly thought provoking.

what i am cleaning with
my new favorite go to cleaner for just about everything   this stuff smells amazing.  so far i have tried
basil, parsley and lemon.  i am obsessed.

what i am thinking about
how to navigate dreams that don't come true  after all, we all have them.

what i am playing on repeat
i should have know that kind of feeling...

love sent, xo

Monday, July 28, 2014

around here...

saturday was the perfect summer afternoon when the sun beats down and swells the air with heat.  the perfect time for a late day picnic.

                                                                and the sunset was spectacular...
                        this was another great and easy dessert that also holds up well on picnics.
                                                              recipe via kiss my spatula


                      watermelon salad with feta, basil,  lemon and chopped chili lime cashews.
                                            this was super refreshing and really healthy.

    this simple appetizer is packed with flavor.  i was able to find some organic figs at whole foods.
    these are stuffed with blue cheese and then wrapped in prosciutto.  bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes

     i have tried lots of ice pops this summer and these strawberry cheesecake ice pops were delicious.
     this particular recipe calls for greek yogurt.  i would rather replace the yogurt with whipped cream
     i know, a far less healthy version but it's much richer and after all its summer. 

                               and yes, we all toast summer!!!  this is probably one of my favorite
                               photos so far this summer.  love them!!!


 hope you are enjoying yours.  

love sent, xo