Monthly Archives: October 2011

the boat life

after two days of canning
my sister and her fam
invited us to join them on their tug boat (!)
for dinner
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late summer, early evening light over lake chaplain
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ahhh,
the good life!
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my sweet niece
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this was the evening before my nephew’s first day of kindergarten
so i surprised him with a watch of his own
as a special good luck gift-
he was so super psyched!
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the fam
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dinner grillin’
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mama and babe
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me and amanda
tired, but still friends! (hahaha)
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our captain, oh captain
yeah, a pretty sweet end to a work day!
thank you, meggin and al, for a most memorable evening

custom color wheel

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after seeing the results of our crafting weekend last winter
contacted me to see if i might be able to make her a queen size version

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at long last, it was delivered to her last weekend

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and she snapped these pics before a cozy fall nap

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i just how her photos of it have such a moody and fall-like feel
paired with her garnet hill flannel ticking sheets
her bed will be glorious!

thanks, blair…
so glad you love it!

getting the quilt off
left me with renewed inspiration
to start sewing again…
i can’t wait to dive into my stash!

adventures in homemaking: canning peaches

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after our success canning tomatoes
amanda and i decided to grab a bushel of peaches
to can the next day
for lack of a better phrase
it wasn’t quite as peachy as our tomato experience
we were tired
and even after blanching, the skins wouldn’t come off
which meant peeling all 35lbs before we could even get going
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not to mention, this was DEFINITELY a two person job
standing over a full stove full of boiling pots
stressful!
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so, yeah…
amanda was being generous here with that smile
but, after we finished canning halves
a little peach lavender butter
to end the day
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not nearly as taxing
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and should be de-lish on homemade breads this winter
our loot at the end of day two:

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ahhhh….
an evening on lake champlain followed
(to come…)
pics 3+7: orchardcove

comfort food

it’s raining, chilly and grey
in providence today…
the type of day
that leaves you no inspiration to get out from under the comforter
a warm shower, fresh shaven legs and an impromptu face mask (or two) later
i scuffed into the kitchen
with no interest in my normal breakfast of oatmeal and smoothie
i needed comfort food
the kind that makes you think of big family holidays, a tiny kitchen stuffed with lending hands and the sound of the skillet sizzling
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farm-fresh scrambled eggs topped with shaved cheddar
crispy thick-cut butcher bacon
thin apple slices
and green tea
.
fulfilled. warmed. ready.

(UMMMMM… have you tried trader joe’s unexpected cheddar?!? holy goodness. run.)

glory days

this weekend’s weather
was just
in.sane.
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we biked
swam (yes! in new england! in october!)
and enjoyed lunch
barefoot
under the shade of our great maples
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life
for a moment
was warm
calm
and peaceful
happy fall, indeed!

unwind

three yellow labradors
waited patiently (mostly) on the back porch
for us to take them on an adventure of their own
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nellie tells us what she really thinks of the 7 hour wait:
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the skies were a little threatening
so it was a quick walk
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to amanda’s
happy place
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the future homesite
of. her. dreams.
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ahhhhhh….
a lovely way to unwind after an intense day
followed by dinner at the bearded frog and dessert and wine at the inn
we were revived and ready
to start again
the next morning!
pictures 1/4/5: orchardcovephotography