May 31, 2012

Help Us Choose Our Gray


While on the topic of painting, we mentioned we've been swatching different colors all throughout the house. One of these areas includes our kitchen and we know we want to go with a gray, but we're having trouble deciding which gray to go with.

May 30, 2012

Goodbye Red Parlor, Hello Blue Parlor!



As you know, we've been hoping to paint the rooms in our house since we moved in, namely the front room since it had the boldest color and is basically the first impression you get when entering our home. Well, that's exactly what we did over a portion of the long weekend, and today we're sharing the results!

May 29, 2012

Long Weekend Basics


We so enjoyed our long weekend which mostly consisted of projects and straightening around the house in preparation for a Memorial Day Weekend get together we had planned. It was the first true open house we've had since moving in and we had a blast having good friends & family over while knocking out a few things we'd been meaning to get to on that to-do list for a while now.

May 25, 2012

Enjoy the Weekend!


We may or may not get around to painting our front room over the weekend. No promises — but as you can see, we're testing the swatch waters...

May 24, 2012

How To: DIY Antiqued Mercury Mirror Glass


Today we're excited to to share this simple and affordable method for transforming any piece of glass into a beautiful decor update with an antiqued mercury glass style finish — it's amazing.

May 23, 2012 1801-1899 Parkwood Ave, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

Jettin' to Destin (Florida That Is)...

So a little working relationships had to get done last week and it just so happens the destination was Destin, Florida. Somebody has to do it, and it might as well be me. I had never been to Destin before and actually had never fished in the Gulf of Mexico — that all changed last week.

May 22, 2012

All Natural: Summer Fruit Smoothie Recipe


Who else is glad it's smoothie season? Not only did we have an abundance of fruit hanging around this weekend, we've been itching to test out our new-to-us-but-really-old Waring blender you might remember from my trip to Syracuse. For a couple who loves to cook, Tim and I actually didn't own a blender, so after cleaning this guy up we were rearing to go.

May 21, 2012

Weekend Basics

1. We'd been looking forward to checking out the Richmond Food Cart Derby so we headed on down to the 17th Street Farmer's Market where everything was happening. There was everything from ice cream to tacos to local produce to choose from and we enjoyed running into several familiar faces. We're hoping the Food Cart Derby becomes a regular fixture here in RVA and are looking forward to heading back again next year.



2. Basil vs. The Fountain. We found ourselves at Stonypoint Fashion Park after the RVA Food Cart Derby, a local outdoor mall that allows dogs to walk around both in and outside the stores (love that!). During the warmer seasons they turn on the fountain in one of the common areas and it's a destination for parents to bring their small children — well Basil trotted on over to the fountain where all the kids were laughing and playing before realizing it was spraying water everywhere and then backed away like a scared little puppy.


It was pretty funny.

3. Speaking of Basil, these two are like two peas in a pod:


...and all this little gal wanted to do was join in on the fun:


4. This here lucky gal got some peonies from Tim — fresh flowers make such a beautiful and seasonal update anywhere you place them it seems.


 Definitely something to brighten things up and bring a smile to my face.

5. Can I just say that this happened?


OK, I know I rave about Tim's cooking, but this time he outdid himself. The best part is, those sage butter carrots came from our own container garden! More on the carrots today on E.A.T. and more on the entire spread later this week on E.A.T..

6. Last but not least, in the event you missed it, Tim's giving away a handcrafted EAT sign from Slippin' Southern similar to the one we have in our kitchen.


Get all the details and enter here.

May 18, 2012

Photo Shoot with Emily Easterly

I've been meaning to share a few of my favorite shots from a recent photo shoot I did with my best friend, Emily Easterly.


For those of you who don't know Emily, she is a talented singer/songwriter you need to listen to, a fiery redhead, and my best girlfriend of best girlfriends — going on almost 20 years now (wow, that makes me feel old). We've literally grown up together, so the friendship and history is one I cherish. It's the type where we can still just look at one another or tell by the voice on the other end of the phone just what the other one is thinking/feeling.

In any case, back to this little photo-shoot we had. Emily was in town to tie up some wedding details and happened to be having her hair/makeup trials going on at the house where she grew up, so I came over to snap a couple pics. On a side note, yes — we both are engaged at the same time and are having a ball going over ideas, plans, and general wedding mayhem. Who gets the opportunity to be engaged at the same time as their best friend?

 

As you can see, she's got the kind of hair some women might kill for. I remember even when we were little, people would stop in their tracks when seeing her hair, asking her if it was really real — it's pretty stunning.

Again, if you know Emily, you also know she has a deep affinity and appreciation for The Beatles. Saying she's a fan is actually a pretty huge understatement. We decided to take shots around the outside of the house, but also in her old bedroom — where each of the photos, posters and other images of The Beatles and Paul McCartney's family have remained perfectly in tact after all this time.


Here's a better idea of the magnitude of memorabilia in this room:


Don't say I didn't warn you and yes, I pulled out the wide lens for that shot. I can't tell you how many years it took for Emily to layer the entire room with images like this. She could sit and tell you the story behind each one and I remember when we were in high-school it became a challenge to see if we could find any images, articles, books, or documents she hadn't already come across.

I feel so lucky that I was able to help document it after all these years.


After wrapping up indoors, we headed outside to get some shots before the sun went down while the lighting was just right. There was an area of stone wall that turned out to be the perfect backdrop:

It's beautiful here in Virginia, isn't it?

Here are some of my favorite test shots from the whole day, using my phone:


If you couldn't tell, we had a lot of fun and got some great finals from the shoot. Learn more about Emily and listen to her music here. Find out more about her passion for the Beatles and her childhood bedroom here, and keep up with her news over on her Facebook page.

Hair and makeup by Emily Hudspeth.

May 16, 2012

Memories from Syracuse

Outside of my mother's wedding dress, I wanted to share a few photos from the fun we had over the long weekend in Syracuse. Mom and I flew up to spend a little quality time with my aunt and were able to help tackle some heavy spring cleaning while we were there. Tim (and Basil, apparently) had the camera back home, so you'll get to see bits of my weekend via instagram.

We wined and dined at a couple really quaint places:


Mom and I decided adding a fresh coat of paint to the garage stair landing wouldn't be too hard while we were there and it actually gave me a the motivation to think more seriously about picking out some paint colors for our own house already.


It's always more fun and goes quickly when you have someone to tackle a project with.

Aunt Vera is super passionate about cooking and is actually the one that introduced to me to the Food Network about 10 years ago — sparking my own interest. She had shelves upon shelves of amazing cookbooks and even let me bring a few favorites back home to Virginia with me. I chose the following for their vintage quirks and classic nature:


I couldn't pass up these 2 gems of Southern history:


When I lived in Brooklyn, people always teased me about my Southern disposition — you can see where some of it comes from. I'm particularly thrilled to have "Cooking in the Southern Manor" since 3 of the recipes come from family homes and several others from the general area where my mom and aunt grew up.

There were some books I couldn't pass up for their more funny history:


Yes, that's the Microwave Cook Book complete with basic how-to's and 184 recipes (I think the hostess on the cover just pulled an entire turkey dinner spread out from the microwave), Take a Can of Beans, Gravy Goes Creative — oh, and the Aphrodisiac Cookery. That last one didn't make it on the trip back with me, but it was too awesome to pass up snapping a few shots of before leaving.

Aside from cookbooks, there were other vintage goodies that made it back home with me, many I remember coming originally from my grandparents' home:


We've got a little Mickey Mouse push up puppet, one of the sturdiest blenders I've ever seen, an espresso maker and a set of handled soup bowls in a beautiful mustard color. We're looking forward to putting each of these to good use in our own kitchen.

She also opened up all of her older jewelry storage boxes for us to marvel at and ask about the history of each piece:


She had her original baby ID bracelet from back when babies were fitted with actual beaded name bracelets, jewelry from my grandmother & great grandmother, and several pieces from both high-school & college. Maybe it's just me, but I love taking every single piece of jewelry out of a box to go through it before placing it all back. We were lucky enough to leave with a few choice pieces of these too — one pair of blue rhinestone earrings my mom and I both loved so much we had to agree to share them.

As the perfect end to the weekend, Aunt Vera took us out to an area called Skaneateles — a beautiful little village about 40 minutes away from her home near the Finger Lakes. I was able to snag a couple shots of the scenery after dinner before we headed back home:


Maybe our own grapevines will look like these one day... yeah.

We all had a great time. It was one of those weekends filled with lots of chatter and those things mothers, aunts and sisters do when left to their own devices. Definitely a good one for the memory books.

...and almost as soon as I returned home, Tim was whisked away for a work/vacation fishing trip down in Destin, Florida. I told him to catch me a big one and am looking forward to his return later in the week. Anyone that's been to Destin, feel free to send your suggestions for food & fun our way.

May 15, 2012

How To: Homemade Frosty Paws Recipe


Hey guys, Basil here! In case you missed my guest post yesterday over on daddy's blog, the parents have kindly allowed me to double post here today with my homemade version of frosty paws dog treats.

This idea came about after dad brought me with him to work one day and amidst all the new scents and people I came across, there was one lady who has a couple of German Sheppard's (Skylar and Keno) — I've not officially met them but I did pick up there scent. She asked me if I'd ever been lucky enough to taste frosty paws, to which I just hung my head in shame. Anyway, this is the recipe just as I got it from their mom...those lucky dogs.

Ingredients:
  • 1- 24 ounce tub, all natural Greek vanilla yogurt (plain can be used — call me fancy).
  • 1 1/4 cups, creamy peanut butter
  • Glass ramekins or other freezer safe container

Directions:
Whisk together Greek yogurt and peanut butter to create a creamy smooth textured mix, then add to your ramekins, about a quarter cup per container (more if you want to especially spoil your favorite pup).


Cover individually with clear wrap and place in the freezer for 5-6 hours to set up or freeze (thanks Brandon for holding the ramekins while I sniff my way around your SLR).


When you remove them from the freezer they will have a hard consistency (harder than ice cream and perfect for a good ole puppy licking).  


Now I must admit, the discipline I had for the above shot does not come easy, but not soon after I just couldn't stand it anymore and had to dig in. Oh yeah...


When mom got back from her long weekend away, she almost grabbed one of these to eat herself before realizing they were for me. While perfectly fine for the human palate, these make a really tasty and refreshing cool treat for your four legged friends as the weather continues to warm up this season.

Do you have any favorite homemade dog treat recipes? I'd love to know so I can continue to broaden my repertoire.

Signing off until next time,
Basil

May 14, 2012

Weekend Basics

1. While Mary was spending a long weekend in Syracuse with her mom and aunt, I held down the fort here in RVA with Basil and the kiddos (OK, so the kiddos are actually 17 & 20, so not so little, but will always be my kiddos).


Somebody
was very happy to see the kiddos:



They were pretty happy to see him too...

2. We hit up the South of the James farmer's market, as usual:


Don't tell Mary we cheated on her with Mrs. Yoder's Donuts...


Oh, and Agriberry, and Blanchards...

3. We also walked on over to the Strawberry Street Festival here in the fan.


We had a great time walking up and down the street until we were asked to "remove our dog from the premises" — so our time-frame ended pretty quickly on that front, womp womp...


He looks like a real menace to society, no?

4. We hit up Basil's favorite fan dog park, Scuffletown, on the walk back and were amazed at how much the garden plots have really taken shape since our first visit back over the winter.


It's been a lot of fun watching these garden spaces grow and change throughout the different seasons.

5. We also made a quick stop by Tricycle Gardens.... oh the inspiration!


6. Last but not least, it wouldn't be a 17 Apart weekend without a few food spreads! I made my shirred eggs, fritatta (with goat cheese from Sullivan's Pond Farm) among other things for a little Mother's Day brunch here at the homestead where mom and dad came over to join us and spend a little time together:


Here's to a happy and healthy week ahead!


P.S. I'm headed down to Destin, Florida for the better part of the week on a working/vacation — come on fishing!
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