holiday traditions

i can’t believe thanksgiving is 9 days away. i feel like it was just the fourth of july. and then all of a sudden it was halloween. and now we’re quickly approaching thanksgiving which really feels like the start of the holidays for me. and i don’t hate it.

for as long as i can remember i’ve always looked forward to the holiday season. between the cold weather and [hopefully] snow covered ground, the music, the food, the parties, the decorations and smells, and overall gushy feeling of “i love my friends and family” i can’t decide what i like the best.


growing up, we always spent thanksgiving with our amazing friends, bob & betsy, at their house in the mountains. after piling everything into the car, making sure i have plenty of snacks and going to the bathroom just one more time, we hit the road headed for silverthorne. it could never be ‘thanksgiving in the mountains’ without starting the weekend at the outlets. the rest of the holiday is filled with hiking or snowshoeing, watching football [otherwise known as occasionally yelling at the tv], board games [here are some of our favorites…], endless bottles of wine, devouring books, and making great memories with loved ones.

christmas eve we spent in the mountains. after skiing all day we ate my great grandpa’s famous pasta dinner and headed back to the mountain for the torchlight parade [which i might add is a totally random event.] it’s filled with christmas music, a big bonfire and the ski patrol team skiing down the mountain with flares followed by santa. we would drive back to denver that night to spend christmas day at home. after coffee, we opened stockings and gifts and hopefully finished with the scavenger hunt by the time dinner came. christmas day might be my least favorite day of the whole holidays because it signaled an end of the seasons for me – any ideas on how to continue the spirit??


unfortunately, days in colorado are behind me and i’ve been forced to make new traditions. being part of the medical field has it’s ups and downs – healthcare never sleeps so thankfully i’ll always be able to find another job as an RN, but that also means i’ll be forced to work some holidays and as a new(ish) nurse i usually get to work the holidays no one else wants to work. this year, i’ll be working thanksgiving and new years and will have the entire christmas holiday off which is the first time in four years! we’ll bring some food into work and celebrate together as co-workers – gorging on leftover turkey sandwiches thanksgiving and popping sparkling apple cider to ring in the new year.


since i’ve started in the big girl world i’ve adopted a couple traditions specifically for myself – some big, some not so big, but all equally putting me in the holiday spirit:

watching the holiday at LEAST twice // making christmas cookies with my sister // going to a show at the flynn // reading this blog post // decorating the house [or over decorating as some would say…] // blasting christmas music at all times // cutting down my own christmas tree

anything i should add into my mix?


stealing this amazing quote from a cup of jo follower:

Ashley Sawyer says: “I grew up in foster care, and thus haven’t had a lot of family traditions to rely on throughout my life. During my sophomore year of college, however, my best friend and I randomly spent Christmas Eve together. What started out as an evening spent eating snacks and exchanging a few haphazard gifts has now grown to become an all-out event that we both treasure. At thirty two years old, we’ve spent the last thirteen Christmas Eves together. We have a fancy dinner, a big tree, decorations and lots hugs. We’ve endured failed recipes as amateur cooks, the ending of relationships, graduate school and pets – it’s what I suspect many people experience with their brothers and sisters. I live a great life now and am so lucky. Creating this tradition with my best friend taught me that family and love is truly what you make of it. And, isn’t that what the holidays are all about?”


what are your favorite traditions to get into the spirit?

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REALLY wishing i still lived in denver so i could order one of these beauties for my front door. i went to high school with the owner – check her out! and if you order one, let me know so i can live vicariously through you!

 

 

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three worthy things

another sunday come and gone already?! it was a beautiful weekend here in burlington, mother nature really came in big.


currently obsessing over this candle that i found in hudson last weekend. i have been looking for a candle that has a masculine scent without being overwhelming/overpowering, is relatively slow burning but also has the ability to scent up the entire room and it just can’t come in a super ugly jar. i’m happy to say i have finally found the one. some of the other candles i have been looking at just haven’t quite fit the bill. oh and did i mention that you’ll actually have some bills in your pocket even after buying this one??


now that i’m working full time nights i’ve had some more down time during the days and have been spending lots of time reading. i have always been the “omg i love books, and i couldn’t think of ever giving up a book for a device” reader but there’s something to be said about a kindle – trust me – you can easily pack hundreds of books for your vacation, it’s super light, you can read it in full sun [which you can’t off an ipad], and if you’re an amazon prime member you get free books! regardless, i couldn’t put the damn thing down when i was reading this book. and i promise, it’s much more light hearted than it appears on first glance. and thanks to this post from cup of jo, i’ll have all sorts of good suggestions to bring to the next book club! anyone reading something that you recommend?


it’s almost a sin to call fall in vermont complete without a combination of hiking, leaf peeping and/or apple picking. please try and find one person who hasn’t done any of those things this fall. and most everyone will try to get all three activities done in one day! anyways, i jumped on the band wagon and spent sunday afternoon in bolton going on this little hike. rounding out the afternoon with some beers at a waterbury brewery was EXACTLY what the doctor ordered. and i fell in love with this beer. fullsizeoutput_1973.jpeg


happy monday!

field + supply review

happy fall, ya’ll! how the hell is it already october 10th….? needless to say, the year is flying by. can’t believe it especially because it hasn’t quite felt like fall temps here yet. it’s been unusally warm for the season – it was 80 last week! thankfully the weather is slowly starting to cool off and the leaves are unreal pretty.


last weekend, tiffany and i did a totally “fall thing” and trekked out to the catskills to go to a craft fair. yes, a craft fair but i liked to call it a “boujee” craft fair while  field + supply was calling it a “modern makers” craft fair. the fair was held in kingston, new york along the hudson river at the hutton brickyards. let me start off by talking about how swoon worthy the location was. it’s this gorgeous and huge event venue that’s the home to many a concert, craft fair and wedding. it’s warm and inviting and i wish it was closer to burlington because i would spend hours there. just sitting. and staring. stole this pic from the hutton brickyards instagram account. start stalking – you won’t be sorry. fullsizeoutput_1923

we actually went to the fair with the intent to take this amazing calligraphy class put on by inkrevival. we aren’t that crazy to drive 8 hours total just for a craft fair. we wanted to get there in the morning with enough time to browse through all the vendors and eat without feeling rushed to make it to our class in time. but at 1:26 when we couldn’t find the table with the calligraphy class that was supposed to start at 1:30 we knew something wasn’t right… we asked some ladies at the closest “check-in” table and they informed us that the class we were signed up for, that we paid for, that we drove 8 hours round trip for was, indeed, CANCELLED. no communication was had regarding this cancelled class and the organizers of field + supply AND the woman who was teaching the calligraphy class are equally to blame. trust me, i get that life happens. and it happens when you’re least expecting it. there are certainly things that you cannot predict or plan for and it sucks and throws everything off. i get that. but seriously to not send an email about a class that was cancelled is bonkers. we most certainly wouldn’t have traveled that far OR stayed over friday night if we hadn’t signed up for the class. end rant.

i still want to take a calligraphy class – if anyone has good class options [online or in person] please send them my way!!


ranting aside, we had a great time at field + supply and wanted to take everything home. i found these amazing earrings from melissa joy manning and an amazing pair from tiny anvil jewelry. it took everything in my power to NOT buy yet another hat from trs hat company.


rewind to friday night when we arrived to the catskills. we stayed in hudson which is one of the cutest towns ever. our first stop was the rivertown lodge for a couple cocktails. the aesthetics and decor in that place make me want to re-vamp my entire space and have it look exactly like this hotel. IMG_1357

we bopped around downtown and went into some of the amazing stores that hudson has to offer. again, i wanted to buy everything to re-decorate my entire space. if you’re into the mid-century modern vibe you’ll be into hudson. moto coffee has the best lattes, finch has unreal furniture, mutiny the best store to find a gift for your guy, and fig & bella is the best store to find a trinket for yourself.


overall, it was a great weekend (even with the cancelled class…!) and i would go back to hudson in a second for another mini get-away! i highly recommend it. fullsizeoutput_18fdmy favorite fall combo – a good hat and comfy sweater from jess boutique paired with a scarf for the cooler days.fullsizeoutput_1908another shot of the hutton brickyards from this weekend. this one stolen from peak stuff vintage.

72 hours in burlington

i’ve been seriously overwhelmed with the process of moving (yes, we’re moving. to winooski. THIS saturaday, ah!) and attempting to learn everything there is about this new job of mine. oh and my mom came to visit. which came at a perfect time for a little mini-staycation. i’ll have lived in burlington for the last 9 years come august and my parents visit for holidays and typically one or two other times during the year. needless to say, we’ve done the “burlington tour” a time or two. this time when my mom came we made an explore different places in chittenden county. here’s a little recap of our weekend. and if you’ve never come to burlington before, here’s your go-to guide.


first activity was a cruise along the burlington bike path to the new north end. we didn’t make it to the causeway (as we couldn’t rely on mother nature to hold out) regardless, it was fun to go for a little spin. my parents still live in colorado and being the land-locked state that it is, my mom is always wanting to be by the water. it could’ve been a downpour and she would’ve had fun. 😀


next stop was citizen cider for a couple afternoon cocktails. it’s a great little place in the south end art district on pine street. i’m not a huge fan of the cider (only because i don’t love overly sweet drinks) but i certainly love their cocktails mixed with the ciders – particularly, the cold fashioned. the poutine from the snack menu is insanely good. be sure to check out their menu for their weekly specials!


IMG_0652we ventured out to shelburne inn for breakfast sunday morning. if there’s one place you shouldn’t miss when you’re here, this is it. it’s seriously gorgeous at any time of the year. while only open during the warm months (half of spring, summer and early fall) that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t check it out in the winter. if you don’t go for a meal, that’s fine too. park at the front gate and walk along the grounds back towards the inn or drive and park at the inn to explore from there. IMG_0653


summer in burlington isn’t complete without spending a couple of hours at a local berry farm. we picked raspberries and strawberries at sam mazza’s farm in colchester with the intention of using them for some sort of baked good – we failed at baking [didn’t even start the process…] i’ve been to a couple different farms and personally have no strong feelings towards one over another, just get to one before the season is over. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset


growing up we could always find my mom in her garden up to her elbows in dirt. nothing has changed now that we’re officially “up” she still loves to spend her time tending to the flowers. as kids, we would gripe and moan when she took us to the nursery because we knew we’d be there for at least 2 hours. you can imagine her surprise when i was telling her how amazing this nursery in colchester was. i figured that she had to see the place in person. we weren’t shopping for anything in particular and she fit right in. good thing we had an agenda otherwise we might still be there…E5762EFA-9A96-4318-B256-A781F459FD10.jpg


the spot has been one of my favorite lunch places in burlington – great menu, easy to get in, and super nice owners – added bonus, we can walk from our house. the spot opened up a lovely “spot on the dock” right on the water and it’s awesome. i will say that putting your name in under the “yelp” app is highly encouraged as they’ve had long lines but worth the wait if you can handle it! again, another spot on the water is an A+ in my mom’s book so we just chilled in the sun while waiting for our table which certainly didn’t make for a bad afternoon.


another place to eat and drink [shocker] that is worthy of mentioning is waterworks, located in the champlain mill along the winooski river. they’ve got a great bar and ambiance if you’re looking for a place to have a girls night but they, also, have really good food.


and, certainly, her trip wouldn’t be complete without the infamous trip to tiny thai where we are most certainly NEVER disappointed. it was such a fun time having her here – we’ll have to do some more exploring the next time she’s back.

oh, and i’ll be sure to keep you posted on the move. as long as i don’t go crazy before then…

three worthy things

monday, woof. it really threw me for a loop today. altering this weeks edition just a hair…

i’m going to start with a belated birthday shoutout to tiffany; 39 never looked so good. 😉 we celebrated by coaching a lacrosse tournament in new york and then with a dinner at the lobby in middlebury. a friend introduced us to her friend’s jewelry brand, otem, which is based out of brooklyn. this is where i found tiffy’s bday gift. seriously, go check them out, because they have beautiful jewelry. IMG_0606.JPG


going off on the jewelry tangent, i can’t help but share this amazing jewelry brand. i’m seriously obsessing over everything they make. especially their choker/collar necklaces. this bracelet is the first item on my wish list. oh, and check out the instagram account, it makes you want things even more.


next up is, ‘the couple next door‘ by shari lapena. holy moly this book is INSANELY good. i literally could not put it down – i bought it sunday and closed it on wednesday night –  and the ending just leaves you wanting more. i’m desperately hoping there’s a second book. here’s a slight recap taken from goodreads:

“You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbor told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.
You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there. What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?”


a couple weekends ago, some friends of mine introduced me to a lawn game called kubb. to be honest, i was not expecting it to be that fun seeing as that it literally is a bunch of blocks and a couple dowels, but, i was pleasantly proved wrong. add a sunny afternoon, a good group of friends and a case of beer and you’ve got yourself an afternoon.

what are your favorite afternoon lawn games?

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a bit of a delay on this ‘week’ of the series… life has been a tiny bit busy and i feel like i’ve finally come up for air. for now….


now that it’s officially june and almost feeling like summer here in vermont [for those of you who, also, live in vermont, you understand] i’m going to introduce you to one of my all time favorite summer essentials – rosé. which, sure sure, everyone knows and loves rosé already but i’m currently obsessing over this one. i’ve had a harder time finding it, but recently had it at a friends house who directed me toward costco to buy some. and that is EXACTLY what happened. it’s relatively cheap, comes in a pretty bottle, and is easy to drink. need i say more?Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 5.25.31 PM.png


i follow a couple of instagram accounts related to medicine which are some of my favorite accounts to follow. i can spend 20 minutes digging through the posts; some are related to surgeries, or mystery diagnoses while some are before and after pictures of traumas. one of these said accounts directed me to codex anatomy – super cool anatomy prints, for cheap too!! i would love a gallery wall with a couple black and white prints.

and if you head there right now, they’re having a buy one get one free sale!


one of the best gifts i have ever received was “a guide to where the best chefs eat” it literally is exactly what it sounds like. the restaurants are tailored based on location and they’re a great resource when planning a trip! it’s also something fun to flip through to see if you’ve ever been to any of the restaurants!Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 6.26.39 PM.png


and a little flash back to literally a year ago…. wishing it was as warm as it was then. AND wishing we were all at camp. ❤

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happy sunday, folks.

p.s. i need some feedback on the direction you want these posts to go. aaaaand go.

how to craft the perfect cheese board

now that the weather is getting a bit warmer, people are spending more time sitting on porches and back patios [or is it just me…?] what better way to spend the evening than sitting outside, drinking a bottle of wine while enjoying a cheese board? there isn’t one, just in case you were trying to figure it out.


my sister, tiffany, taught me that the key to a successful cheese board is to fill that sucker up. fill it with cheeses, and crackers, nuts, dried fruit, olives, spreads, dips, meats…. basically anything that you want to put on it, put on it. the more shapes and sizes to fill the space, the better; which, i understand, sounds a bit daunting. we aren’t all made of money and it can get expensive quickly. my favorite place to get goodies for a cheese board is trader joes. they’re typically pretty cheap and a little bit goes a long way.


i start with a couple kinds of cheese. depending on the size of the board two maybe three kinds but probably just two. i like to buy one softer and one harder kind. here is where i think about the ease of eating it too: will my cracker cut the cheese or do i need a cheese knife to cut it? will it crumble the second i pick it up and make a mess of my shirt and floor?

[and yes, you should actually think about these issues before you go shopping. or at least while you’re standing at the cheese counter.]

next come the crackers. i typically buy three different kinds. one version for my gluten free friends, and two other varieties. here is where you can really throw in a variety of different shapes and sizes.

i will always pick out olives for my board. like i said before, they’re a great filler and who doesn’t like olives? satan, that’s who. BUT, beware because not every olive is made equal. some are packaged in brine (i believe…) while others are packaged in oil. avoid the oil packaging! they have the ability to turn your board into a hot mess in no time. my personal favorite are castelvetrano green olives. don’t forget a cute bowl for your olive pits! i have these and they’re the perfect size! looks like they’re on sale now too!

i’m sure i’ve talked about these before, but if i haven’t, i’m sorry for keeping them from you for so long. trader joe’s has rosemary and truffle coated marcona almonds and they’re amazing! i can literally eat the entire bag in one sitting so i typically only buy them when i’m making a board.

when i’m on the hunt for meat, i keep in mind what meat tends to be a bit greasier than others. super greasy salami doesn’t look that appetizing once it’s been sitting out for half an hour. a trick when arranging your board is to roll some up and cut some in triangles – it’ll fill the random spaces of your board better than it being displayed the same way.

honestly, anyone can make a killer board with just the basics above. but if you’re trying to get a bit fancier with your board, well then, you go girl! opt for some dried fruit or maybe even some chocolate covered almonds.

the fun part is when you start to arrange the board. i like to start with the crackers and “dry ingredients” first as they won’t leave a film on the board if i don’t like how it looks.  don’t get discouraged when you’re being a total perfectionist and it doesn’t look “just right” because it certainly will look amazing to other people. AND, don’t forget – people are going to eat it. it’ll only look perfect until the first slice of cheese is devoured. 😀IMG_0418


what do you put on your cheese board?