Friday, February 5, 2016

Five on Friday

      It's FRIDAY!!! Is it just me or was this one of those weeks that was exhausting?  I was super busy at work and then I would come home with plans of organizing, laundry, cleaning, etc. but instead the couch won... EVERY night.  Oh, well.  

      This weekend my sister-in-law is in town from NJ.  I am pumped to bring her to some of our favorite restaurants.  It is always so much harder having guests visit in the winter because there is so much less to do and every plan always seems to resolve around eating and drinking ( which isn't a bad thing).  Luckily the weather this weekend should be pretty mild so we plan on walking / eating our way through some of our favorite neighborhoods and we will be hitting up the Andy Warhol museum. 


 Here are my five randoms:


1. Mississippi Roast:

 


Did you read the New York Times article about Mississippi Roast, one of the most pinned recipes on Pinterest?  Apparently it started as a recipe a woman from Mississippi added to her local church cookbook. Other local church members starting making it for their families and eventually a blogger posted the recipe after trying it at her aunt's home calling it, "the best roast ever."  Slowly the recipe spread from blog to blog and now it has been pinned over 1 million times. 
  
     The recipe includes a dry packet of ranch dressing, peppercinis, and a stick of butter ( yikes- I might be modifying that), but I sure am curious about "the best roast ever."  I picked up the ingredients at the grocery store and will report back. 


2.Charleston Rice Beads by  Candy Shop Vintage.

  


   I fell in love with Charleston Rice Beads about a year ago ever since I saw them on Sweet Southern Prep's blog.   Charleston is one of my favorite cities so I love that the rice beads pay homage to the cities history.    I also think it is just the bees knees that you can wear the necklace so many ways and can even wear them as stackable bracelets.  I had been putting off buying the rice beads, but when Candy Shop Vintage had their winter sale in January, I knew I had to jump and buy them.  I know these beauties will be making a steady rotation in my costume jewelry collection.    Go check out Candy Shop Vintage Online.  All of their jewelry is ridiculously cute. 


3. Kitchen Reno:  




   If you have been following my blog for awhile you know that DFH and I bought a fixer upper in the spring of 2014.  You probably also have heard me talk about our outdated kitchen covered in heinous fruit wallpaper and matching plaid border.  For the longest time we couldn't decide what to do with the kitchen.  We knew we wanted to update it, but we also knew we weren't planning on staying in our house forever.  We were constantly going back and forth debating whether to just do cosmetic updates or gut the entire kitchen.  Do we take down walls?  Do we attempt to add an island in our narrow kitchen?  We just couldn't make a decision and so it sat and sat without any change.  Well now a baby is coming in five months and with that comes less money and less time so we have decided it is now or never and have started our reno.  We just got the digital blue print and I am so excited.   Hoping to keep you all updated throughout the process. 



4.  Real House Wives of Potomac:  





  It is no secret the Real Housewives are a guilty pleasure of mine, but so far I am not impressed by this cast and I am bored watching the show, even the fights are boring.  Does anyone else feel this way?  I am going to give it one more chance and then I am back to focusing on fave ladies of the OC and Beverly Hills. 


5.  Valentine's Day:  Can you guys believe Valentine's Day is already next weekend?  DFH and I are leaning on staying home and making ourselves a delicious meal. Any recommendations on recipes you have made lately?  Let me know!




Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Oh BABY!!

I may have disappeared for the past few months, but for a good reason...I promise.  DFH and I are having a baby!!  I am currently 16 weeks, due in July and we could not be more excited. 
 
My friend Laura took these pictures for us for our New Year's pregnancy announcement card we sent out to friends and family and I love the way they turned out. 
 
 
 
 
 
I have missed documenting our happenings over the last few months ( although there were not many happenings), but the first trimester I didn't do much more than sit on the couch on nights and weekends and between the nausea or exhaustion, blogging just was not happening.
  ( Surprise Surprise).  Props to all of those Mamas-to-be who continued to blog regularly through it all. 


 



 
Now I am feeling good, and will definitely be updating you on the past few months.  I have been keeping a weekly journal in my draft box about all the feelings I've been having.   It is really important for me that I blog throughout this pregnancy so that I can use it as a scrapbook for baby.


 
Hahah.  It was a bit windy. I love this blooper. 


 
 
I will also be updating the blog with a new look and new name that I have been thinking about for way too long.  BIG BIG things happening around here. haha.
 
 



Friday, October 23, 2015

Five on Friday

 
It's Friyay!!!!   I am linking up with  A. Liz  and  Co. for another week of Five on Friday.
 
1.  This past weekend my grandparents came and visited DFH and I in Pittsburgh.   We had a great weekend.  I showed them some of my favorite sights, we took in the views from Mt. Washington, tried a few new restaurants  ( Cafe I.O. in Mt. Lebanon is delicious if you are local), tasted beer at the Spoonwood Brewery and biked 17 miles on the Heritage Trail around the city ( pretty impressive for a couple in their 80's).      We had the best time and only wish we lived closer to them.
 
 
 

2.  Love Locks of Pittsburgh.
 
 
  Have you ever heard of the Love Lock bridge in Paris?  It is a bridge where lovers/friends/families from around the world have attached locks to the bridge symbolizing their love for one another.  ( See picture below)
 
 
Well, Pittsburgh has started their own LoveLock bridge on the Roberto Clemente bridge downtown.   It is in the early stages, but each time I am downtown I notice more locks have been added. 
 
 
 


 So while my grandparents, DFH, and I were on our bike ride we added our own love locks to the bridge. 
 


 
I love that a little piece of us will be attached to the city.




 
3.  I am really impressed with J. Crew right now, I have about 100 things on my wish list from both the store and factory.    On the top of my list are these crossbody bags that have monogram options.  (  You know my love of monogrammed bags) and I love that they both come in a ton of different colors. 
 
 
 
 
4.  Winter Boot Help Needed!!!    Each morning and evening I walk to and from the T- station ( the train) from my house to work and back regardless of the weather.  Last year in the winter I wore my Hunter rain boots with the flannel sock liners on my walk to work, but on really cold snowy days my feet were icicles.    For the past year I have been searching for a pair of winter boots that are waterproof and will keep my feet warm on 10 degree days, easy to get on and off, and also don't look completely ridiculous with my dressier wool work coat, but I haven't found anything.  I would love any suggestions!
 
 
 
 
5. Peach Tea Monograms 




Back in August I won this Peach Tea Monograms mason jar from the lovely  Alexandra Bee Blog and have gotten so much use out of it.  It is the perfect size and the lid and straw make it easy for travel.  It is my go-to cup when bringing a drink while running errands.   Plus how fabulous is the pineapple monogram decal ?!  
 
 
 
 
 
     Check out their Etsy site, they have so many cute items and monogram decals which would make the perfect gifts. 
  

  Enjoy your weekend. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

2 Years.

   Today marks our two year wedding anniversary!!!

 Sometimes it feels like we have been married forever ( we have been dating for almost 10 years) and other times it feels like our wedding day was yesterday, but I do wish I could do that day all over again.  It really was one of the best. days. ever. 

 
  We celebrated on Saturday with a date night downtown. We started off with drinks and apps at The Commoner and then dinner at Butcher and the Rye which is famous for its whiskeys and meats. 


   How cool is their bar?!  I love the vintage library ladder. We shared a few small plates and everything was incredible. I highly suggest the pig's wing if you are local.  

 We ended the night at Andy's in the Fairmont hotel for some wine and snapped the only picture of us we took all night. 

 
Clearly we were having too much fun.
 
 
     Tonight we are celebrating with lobster and champagne...my favorite.

                                               Cheers to many, many, many, more happy years DFH!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Where I Have Been...


 Surprise, Surprise I fell off the blogging wagon again.  At least I'm consistent.  Don't worry my loyal followers you haven't missed too much in the exciting lives of myself and DFH.  We have been too busy traveling, hosting guests, and attending events to do anything else productive, so there hasn't been much cooking, crafting or renovating to blog about.  I will share some of our adventures from the past 1.5 months.



        In August LES and I traveled to DC to visit our friend AWG who is one of my sorority sisters.  We explored the Eastern Market, Georgetown, and the waterfront and ate and drank way too much. 


Labor Day weekend we attended our friend's Kasey and Jeremy's wedding.  The reception was held in a photography studio in the South Side of Pittsburgh.  The studio had a pemanent photo booth ( my favorite thing ever) and a whole room of props.  I was in photo booth heaven and pretty much stayed there the whole night.  There was even a live stream of the booth in the reception so you could watch everyone. 




Also, all specialty drinks should have Rock Candy sticks.  


We ended the summer with perfect weather and a Sunday Funday with some of our favorite people.




The following weekend we flew to NY for my cousin's wedding.  I took so many pictues I will do a full post about that weekend soon. 

DFH and I with the bride and groom



We celebrated Baby S. and ALV at a super fun shower ( more to come on this too)



My sister JLP and her fiancĂ©e visited and we took them to Meat and Potatoes for brunch ( best Bloody Mary bar in Pittsburgh) 



We did some tastings at the Pittsburgh Winery
 
and we were total tourists on Mt. Washington

 
DFH's parents came into town and we cheered on the Pirates

 
We then went to more baseball games....


 
...and more weddings. 
 
Regardless of the weather we had the best time celebrating Gwynne and James





And I am sure you know where we spent most of our time at the reception....
 
 
Hope you all have an awesome weekend.  Monday marks our 2 year Wedding Anniversary so we have some plans to celebrate over the weekend.  














Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Long Beach Island

      This is a way overdue post I drafted in the summer, but just realized I never posted it. Ohh well, let's pretend it's still beach weather.  

    Back in July we spent a few days on Long Beach Island with my family.  It was the first time this summer we made it to the ocean and I don't think I realized how badly I needed a break from work and real life until we go there.  

              After a summer of daily rainstorms, it was so nice to be greeted by this gorgeous sunset.  
 
 
On Friday DFH and I got in some morning exercise on the paddle boards. This was DFH's first time on the paddle board and in typical DFH fashion he thought he was going to be a rock star at paddle boarding due to his stellar snowboard and skateboard skills... But after some balance struggles. and falling in the water that chip came off his shoulder.  

Friday afternoon was a perfect beach day and I was excited to use our monogram beer holders that I got for my birthday a few months ago. 

The weekend was a mini family reunion with my family, my grandparents, and my aunt and uncle.  

               
 The original crew.  





      JLP and I rocking sea creature attire. 


 
On Saturday DFH and I biked down to the lighthouse with my Dad.  Why is bike riding always so much better at the beach? 




Saturday afternoon was another excellent beach day with huge waves, day beers, a good book and twinning with JLP. 


 
Saturday night we took about 1000 pictures and enjoyed a seafood feast. 

 
    How funny is the picture below?! 

 
      The whole fam damily ( minus a few)



 
I forgot how delicious raw oysters and clams tasted. Picture perfect. 

 
The boil. 

 
On Sunday we took the boat out to a local restaurant The Dutchman for lunch.



 
We came back to the house and did some crabbing.  My uncle had the magic touch and caught this big guy who we cooked and smothered in Old Bay.
 
 

We ended our trip just the way we started it with a vibrant sunset.  


Until next year LBI!