A moment

July 15, 2011
Today was a wickedly long day. A good day, but long. We're prepping for a lakeside wedding tomorrow afternoon, and I couldn't be more excited. When we finally finished our prep for the day, I spent a bit of time holding Alisa's sweet girl Sophia - smelling her head and letting her little cooing noises calm and relax me. Ahhh. Babies.

I pulled out of Alisa's driveway and called MR. I'm coming home, finally, hooray! And just as I was turning out onto W Prairie Avenue, I saw some very pretty things. So I pulled over.

I probably took close to 30 pictures...and they're pretty much all the same. It was so gorgeous, that I forgot my exhaustion, and just kept clicking away. I love moments like these.


July 14, 2011

Today MR and I celebrate 4 years of marriage. 


And I can honestly say: I've never been happier. 

 He's my musician.

He's my family man.

He's my best friend. 

And I'm so in love with him. 
Here's to lifetime of adventure MR!
I couldn't ask for a better husband.

Summer Jamming

July 13, 2011

Giddy with my recent abundance of cherries, I decided Jamming was on the day's schedule. I  rounded up some amazing strawberries and plums to make it a party, and spent a few hours creating a ton of jam. Yum! Nothing beats waking up to feet of snow and opening up a jar of honey peach halves or summer fruit jam. It really helps get you through those tough winter months. 

MR decided to join the fun - no cherry pitters in this house.


 I'm terrible at following recipes (with the exception of baking, who needs them?!) so I sort of eyeballed these. I'm not a fan of overly sweet jam, so I cut the sugar a bit. If you're interested in jamming/canning/etc. I would get Ashley English's book - it's my favorite place to start.

Anyone have a favorite jam recipe? Next up is gingered blueberry ( a hit from last summer) but after that I'm in search of a new, fun recipe to try. Suggestions?

It's Cherry Pickin' Time

July 12, 2011

We have the best neighbors ever. Our lovely neighbors have two large cherry trees that hang over into our driveway, and this morning they told us to go for it and pick to our hearts content. Bliss! I've got enough to make the season's first bath of jam, which is a celebration unto itself.


Summer Lovin'

July 11, 2011
Thanks Meg for the lovely evening and the fun photo. :)

Summertime Happenings

July 8, 2011
This is a gem from our recent wedding - I am so grateful for such an amazing events staff! (Emily, Megan, Bethany and Matthew.) And there's that random drunk person that crashed our cute couple pictures....both times. Not so grateful for her.

Summertime has been lovely, so far. With our first wedding of the summer under our belts, we're gearing up for the next two this month...and then! MAINE. Can't wait. :)

I'd love to write long, wonderfully interesting blog posts, but honestly - there is so much Summertime calling my name, it's hard to sit down at the computer and share it all. For now - some pretty pictures.


Homemade cupcakes...yum.
Look at those siblings.
Homemade cinnamon peach hand pies.

Growing is Good

July 2, 2011
Pretty peonies.
Summer is slightly delayed up here in WA, but my little garden is growing wonderfully. It makes me so happy to run outdoors and pick our salad greens at dinner...and soon we'll have mature broccoli and kale to add in the mix. And tomatoes! Oh Summer tomatoes. :)

Cilantro & Italian Parsley
Rosemary and Peony buds!

Arugula and Broccoli.
Romaine, Butter, Green and Red lettuces.
Tiny Tomatoes!