Wednesday, September 10, 2014

this life...

some days are so hard, and so sad.  you don't usually know the last time you are experiencing
something until it's already over.  changes are constant.  you won't know the last time you will
get to hug someone until you are grieving the loss.

life often hands us challenge and loss and pain.

life is long, i like to tell myself, but of course, this isn't always true.

how does the knowledge that nothing lasts forever and that all of our time is limited, change the way
we approach the world?
it should remind us to live our lives fearlessly,  and to reach for the big and the beautiful moments.
my heart is heavy today for my brother in law on the heart breaking loss of his sister.

Jeanne was determined, always, to find meaning and purpose in the time she had, even as her disease chipped away at so much of what she loved.  even as her own journey was coming to an end she was determined to make every moment count, and she did. i see her now in my minds eye, and i know i will remember her always as a woman who knew all there is to know about living in the moment.
this process of loss makes us profoundly aware of our own fragility.  there is barely a soul among us whose life has not been touched by cancer.  we have all lost someone or supported a loved one through dark hours. there is no remedy for the sorrow of losing someone, nor should there be.  but our only answer to sorrow is to live. look back and remember the ones we have lost, but always moving forward.  move forward with hope and possibility, and love, that is what they would truly want us to do.

rest in peace Jeanne, you will always live in our hearts. xo

love sent, xo

never forget.

Monday, September 8, 2014

congratulations mr. and mrs. cosentino

yes bill, you did it.  we love you.  wishing you and margot many many years of dancing together.

yes, there was rain and then there was magic.
loved the best mans speech.

we had so much fun.

hope all your dreams come true.  xoxo

thanks for everything.  xoxo

love sent, xoxo

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

synonymous with comfort

                  this is what i want you to do.  tell someone you love them, and that dinner is at 6.

      this has been the loveliest of summers. weekends seemed to get the best weather and there was
      so much to do.   it was really a memorable few months.  with school starting a great way to introduce
      a new season is to fill your house with the atmosphere of everything this new season brings.
      light candles, grab a sweater (maybe not tonight) pile up the wood on your firepit, gather around the
      table.  times will always be changing and times are always changing all of us.  the time around the table
      together really, really, matters.  i feel so blessed that i get to do this often.  this house has a soul that loves us all. the time and effort i spend feeding people with food and love is very special to me, i am so blessed. i hope you will linger around the table tonight and enjoy all the small moments. embrace all that is new and toast to today. toast this new school year whether you have kids or not.  remember to enjoy everything that is new and different and exciting. remember to just be in the moment.

                                               and then make this awesome cauliflower dish.  

cauliflower au gratin

1 lg head of cauliflower cut into florets
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup grated gruyere swiss cheese
1/2 cup of grated white cheddar
salt and freshly cracked pepper
5 slices of cured ham
1 tbsp chopped chives

pour an inch of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  place a steamer over the boiling water, add the cauliflower cover the pan, and steam for about 5-6 minutes.  in a separate sauce pan melt the butter, then whisk in the flour.  add the milk a little at a time stirring constantly to avoid lumps.  add the cheese and keep stirring until the cheese is melted.  add extra milk if you need to thin the sauce a bit.  season with salt and pepper.
place the cauliflour in a nonstick baking dish and pour the sauce over it.  bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes.  while the cauliflower bakes fry the ham in a dry pan until it becomes crispy.  break into pieces. remove baking dish from the oven and sprinkle the ham and chives over the top.


love sent, xo

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

fall in love with your life...

the days are slowly beginning to shorten and the nights have begun whispering that summer
is starting to unwind.  i am hanging on to these final days of summer.  i am planning on starting the
long weekend early...      thanks to an awesome interim boss...

5 things to look forward to this holiday weekend.

#1.   coffee - yes every day,  but i love the lingering kind that the long weekend offers.

#2.  flowers.  this time of year they are spectacular.  surrounding yourself with them is sure to make you smile.

#3.  beaches and browns lobster pound.  can't be labor day without them.

#4.   family.  love eachother.  it's what makes it all worth while.
grampy and mikey quahogging.

#5.   bike rides and another picnic.

can we restart summer?
here's to sand and surf, salty air and seaside dreams.  maybe even oysters and champagne.  hope your late summer weekend is off to a fantastic start.

love sent, xo
#forever summer

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

a beautiful sunset in august

i hope everyone has had a great august.  it has flown by here.  this summer the song i have listened to most often and it has kept me upbeat everyday listen here.  on a really great day it would  be blasting in my car.  "yes, i should have known that kind of feeling would last longer than that weekend."  i have had some amazing summer days, they involved lots of sunscreen, masses of fresh air, beach dinners, picnics, never rushing into the office, long evenings with a glass of wine.   i wouldn't trade this summer for anything.  this past weekend at the cape my camera battery died so i only had a few not so good phone pictures, but i have the memory and i will remember it for a long, long time.

there was incredible love.  feed the ones you love, the best "chowda" i have ever eaten and serve them aperol spritz, a drink that will bring them right back to those sunny days in venice.

then feed them again, and again. take long walks along the canal, share photos and memories. breathe in the feeling of fall, throw on a sweatshirt  and  keep warm around the firepit.  so many laughs. 
 i love you guys!!

thanks for the love. xo