August 30, 2013

Lemon Cucumber Gin & Tonic Recipe

Yes, this is one of those summer recipes that's been in the queue for a while and before summer escapes us we wanted to share another fun ice cube idea. Who are we kidding — this is a cocktail post! We just happen to throw a fun ice cube into the classic gin and tonic. I originally shared these cubes in a guest series all about ways to dress up an ice cube over on Lot18 so today we'll share what we made behind the scenes to spice these guys up — just in time for the long weekend.

We're in the Money!

One of the first projects Tim took on early this month was transplanting the money tree plant he'd kept in his office for over 12 years into a new, bigger planter that would now live at home. We left off hopeful, and looking a little something like this...

August 29, 2013

Photo Roundup: Happy 3rd Birthday, Basil!

Today's post is all about our big guy. He turned 3 on August 11th and while we celebrated with many of his favorite things (a trip to the river, lots of play time and a special bone), we wanted to put up a post celebrating all the milestones and new adventures we've had with our favorite pup over the past year.

August 26, 2013

Weekend Basics

Friday we attended a farm workshop and dinner with members of the Richmond Food Coop. We visited a new farm out in Woodford, Virginia called Lockhart Family Farm. It's a small scale family farm that specializes in raising heritage breeds of turkey, chickens and pigs — and they do it all with what they call old world sustainable practices.

August 23, 2013

Origins Farm: Mozzarella Caprese Quiche

We're back with another recipe made with the fresh produce from Origin's Farm. You could make this simple and flavorful quiche over the weekend for brunch, or even a lunch or light dinner paired with fresh salad.

August 22, 2013

Recipe: Fig, Yogurt & Vanilla Bean Frozen Pops

This time last week we were up to our necks in fresh figs from our neighbor's ripening fig tree. Over the weekend I knew exactly what I wanted to do with a good bunch of the ripest ones — fig popsicles as a cool summer treat. These frozen pops are so simple to make, have minimal ingredients and are healthy as an added bonus. The 3 main natural ingredients include fresh ripened figs, plain greek yogurt and vanilla bean — that's it!

August 21, 2013

How To: Regrow Lemon Balm from Cuttings

Over the past year we've had luck in learning how to propagate and regrow different plants from cuttings. So far, we've mainly tackled the herb varieties like mintrosemary and basil and today we wanted to show you how we went about it with lemon balm.

August 20, 2013

Fork Bracelets: The Story Behind a Custom Order

Examples of bracelets I've made from antique forks

A couple weeks ago I received one of the more interesting jewelry inquiries I've gotten over the years and couldn't wait to share more of the full story with you all now that everything's come full circle. After seeing the bracelets I make from antique forks, a woman got in touch with me to see if I could custom make one from a fork she already had on hand.

August 19, 2013

Weekend Basics

1 I've been continuing with my mission to clean out and organize the garage — and have been making steady progress. It's amazing how much I feel like I'm getting accomplished now that I have the time and freedom to work from home. We even had fun listing a few different things on Craigslist, like the collection of garden shepherd's hooks we'd amassed for our hanging mason jars at our wedding ceremony. Ironically enough, they were scooped up by a young couple excited to be in the planning phases of their own wedding! It felt great to pass them on in this way and recover back some of their face value at the same time.

August 16, 2013

The Figs are Coming In Strong in RVA!

Guys! The figs are finally coming in — in heaps and bounds...

Summer Memories at Water Country USA

I can't believe this final summer weekend before the kids go back to school is actually here. Tuesday I'll make the drive back up to Harrisonburg to help Stephanie move back into her college apartment and get Brandon all set up in the JMU dorms as he starts out his first year there. Mary and I couldn't be happier they will be there for 1 year together and while we're thrilled at where they both are in this stage of life — it's definitely flying by.

The week before Stephanie first moved into the dorm, we celebrated the end of summer by taking them both on a tubing trip down the James River. It was a fun way to spend some family together doing something active, summery and memorable at the same time.

August 15, 2013

Roadtripping Through Asheville & Durham, NC

As mentioned in Tuesday's weekend recap, we made a long weekend of traveling down south to North Carolina to spend time visiting and celebrating with some of our good friends. Sunday, our friends Emily and Allison were hosting a baby shower for our friends Lindsay and Adam (you might remember them from here) who live in Durham, so we thought it would be a fun idea to make a weekend of it by driving down to Asheville first to catch up with Emily and J before we all headed back up to Durham for the shower.

August 13, 2013

Weekend Basics

We made a long weekend of it by road tripping it down to North Carolina to visit and celebrate a baby shower with our friends. It was fun making a few pitstops along the way, one of which included publishing Friday's recipe post...

August 9, 2013

Recipe: Avocado, Coconut & Lime Frozen Pops

When I happened upon this recipe for avocado popsicles from A Sprouting Acorn in our Pinterest feed, I knew they were meant to be a part of my near future. An avocado, lime and coconut frozen treat not only sounded like heaven on earth, but knowing it's made up of completely natural ingredients we had on hand in the pantry was what tipped me over the edge. After a few clicks on the keypad, this freezer pop mold was on the way to our doorstep.

August 8, 2013

One Office To Another: Transplanting The Money Tree

One of the first "jobs" I took on after declaring myself a full time blogger was transplanting the money tree I'd brought home from the office on my last day there...

August 7, 2013

From Old Army Locker To Kitchen Console Bar!

As many of you know, we've been working hard to give new life to this old army locker and today we're excited to share the final pics of it in its new kitchen console form!

August 6, 2013

Locker Console Update: Hardware & Build

First up, just wanted to say a big thanks for all your positive messages of support and encouragement from our big announcement yesterday. We are so humbled by your readership and are excited to take on this new journey together!

Today we wanted to give an update on the progress of our locker console project — spoiler alert, it's finished! We just need to snap some final pics of it all set up in the kitchen for a final reveal, but wanted to show you how we finished building out the console first.

August 5, 2013

Big News: Tim's Officially Full Time!

We interrupt this week's regular Weekend Basics post to bring you some big news we've been eager to share here on the blog for quite sometime now!

Image by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography

Today marks the first day I can call myself a full time blogger and freelance food writer...

August 3, 2013

Watermelon Mint Cocktail Recipe

In honor of National Watermelon Day, we couldn't help but share this super simple recipe for one of our favorite summer spirits — a refreshing watermelon mint cocktail.

August 2, 2013

Locker Console Update: Wood Staining & Sealing

Today we wanted to give an update on the progress of our locker console project before trying to tackle all the finishing touches over the weekend. For those just tuning in, we're trying to make a console table for our kitchen out of an old army locker we picked up at an alley sale almost a year ago. So far, we've stripped the outer layers of paint off of it to expose all the different colors and industrial goodness, and we've also sealed it with several coats of lacquer to help protect the outer surface.

August 1, 2013

Deer Antler as Jewelry Display

Here's how I took a little inspiration from Hudson and incorporated it back here at home. Remember that eclectic little fashion and jewelry shop we stopped in while walking around downtown Hudson Well, I was so inspired by this clever use of a deer antler as a jewelry display that I wanted to try the idea in our own space...
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