November 30, 2011

Goodbye, November

NYC Photographer Jamie Beck

I'm a November's girl and love to remind Tim of this fact each fall like I'm telling him for the first time that November is my absolute favorite month. Every year, he listens and acts like I've never told him before.

November 29, 2011

How To: Grow an Avocado Tree from the Pit

On a whim after incorporating avocado slices into some of the most amazing turkey sandwiches I've ever had (Tim sure knows how to transform Thanksgiving leftovers), we decided to take on a new "just for fun" project — trying to sprout roots and stems from avocado pits.

November 28, 2011

Weekend Basics

1: Yeager is becoming a new regular here on the blog. Basil met up with his favorite weim friend once again for a doggie play date down by the James river wetlands. You'll never guess what happened — they played tug of war and keep away with sticks, Basil's favorite game (shocker).

November 26, 2011

16 Apart & Weekend Promotions

We've officially entered into the 49 day window where Tim and I are 16 Apart instead of 17 Apart. Not only did we enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving with family and good food, we also celebrated my 29th birthday, which as you can gather periodically falls right on Thanksgiving.

Here's a small sampling from the busyness and prep from our Thanksgiving spread. The whole house was filled with holiday smells and even Basil got his first taste of plain Turkey — it was a winner.

November 23, 2011

Fall Garden Update

We're probably a little overexcited to announce we officially have broccoli growing in our backyard fall garden!

Little heads and florets of broccoli proudly and quietly emerged late last week from the plants we put in the ground back in September. We're especially thrilled at their appearance since we've been unsuccessfully trying to grow broccoli over the past year — plants have rotted, no heads emerged, and we almost gave up trying after this last round of planting. We'll keep you posted on the progress!

November 18, 2011

Richmond Virginia Hockey Memories

One might think becoming a hockey fan would be quite impossible growing up in Richmond, Virginia (not to be confused with Richmond, British Columbia) — not true for this fan. Even though professional hockey now exists south of the Mason-Dixon Line, in the 70's there were few teams in the southern market.

One exception to this general rule of thumb was right here in Richmond, which was actually a big hockey town in the 70's. Growing up here introduced me to hockey — namely the Richmond Robins "farm team" for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers of the 70's were known as the Broad Street Bullies and most of the players came right here through our Richmond team and later winning the coveted Stanley Cup.

I have never played hockey or even put on a pair of skates but I've literally always had re-occurring dreams of playing hockey. The video below is a much tamer version and dream of a sport I love. I found it via Poppytalk while scrolling my reader — definitely a diamond in the rough for someone like me.
If you are a hockey fan like me who grew up never getting a chance to play — this video spoke volumes to me about the passion of growing up in a town where playing is a little more within reach and possible. Hope you enjoy!

November 16, 2011

Contrary Jewelry Giveaway: Peanut Pocket Knife Necklace

***Update: This giveaway has ended, find the lucky winner at the bottom of the post. Stay tuned for future giveaways right here at 17 Apart! ***

We're giving one of these Contrary peanut pocket knife necklaces away to a lucky reader! Full details below the dotted line (if you want to skip ahead).

November 15, 2011

Muck Boots: My Wetlands are Here!

My Muck boots have arrived!

Mary and I laugh all the time at the fact I've owned and been wearing my L.L. Bean duck boots since before she was born. They've been "resoled" twice — a great service offered by L.L. Bean for anyone interested in either bringing a little life back into their own pair or looking for boots that promise to stand the test of time. They're like an old pal I look forward to re-uniting with each time I wear them. They've seen me through many "muddy" situations.

November 14, 2011

Weekend Basics

1 & 6. While Tim does not consider himself a betting man, a few weeks back he and a good friend from up in Massachusetts placed a gentleman's wager on the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the New England Patriots game. This wager is a seasonal tradition where depending on the winner, either a Virginia ham is sent up North for the holidays or two 2 pound lobsters are sent down South. By the looks of our lobster feast Tim prepared this weekend, I'm sure you can guess who won this year.

November 11, 2011

Things We Loved This Week: Etsy Edition

Because I spend the majority of my days working on Etsy, I'm continually coming across the amazing work of artisans and vintage dealers. This week's finds all come from shops that stopped me in my tracks. We'd love to get our hands on any one of these luxurious pieces of work!

November 9, 2011

DIY Holiday Decorations: Metallic & Glitter Acorns

Looking for a quick and easy way to add a little holiday decor update to your home? I've got a project I just finished that's super simple, won't break the bank, can be used in all sorts of ways, and could be done with the kids — embellished acorns!

November 8, 2011

Richmond Food Collective Canning Swap

Saturday Tim and I attended our first canning swap, organized and hosted by The Richmond Food Collective. The RFC is a local group interested in sustainable food practices and sharing that knowledge with all who will listen.

November 7, 2011

Weekend Basics

Our print edition of Kinfolk Magazine finally arrived on Friday! It came from a limited batch of 1500 reprints — while we love online magazines, this was one we wanted to be able to flip the pages of in person and savor.

November 4, 2011

Things We Loved This Week

1: Hot sauce butter recipe; via Lottie + Doof.

November 3, 2011

How To: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

This week we've been enjoying snacking on freshly roasted pumpkin seeds we made ourselves with the leftovers from the drilled Halloween pumpkins we completed a little over a week ago. They are such a savory seasonal snack we look forward to making every year after lighting up our jack-o-lanterns.
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