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. ūüėÄ


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…

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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. ūüėČ 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 – ros√©. which, sure sure, everyone knows and loves ros√© 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 Рsuper 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. ūüėÄIMG_0418


what do you put on your cheese board?

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heyoooooo. happy monday, ya’ll.

starting this week’s series with a shot from my amazing bike ride this past friday. tiffany and i headed out to the¬†colchester causeway; it’s one of the best activities to pass the time in the summer!! it was in the mid 60s and sunny – a¬†very pleasant surprise compared to the recent rain we’ve been getting. we finished the afternoon at the st. john’s club – couldn’t have asked for a better end to the week! for those who don’t partake in adult beverages… stop by burlington bay for a maple creemee afterwards instead!

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when i bought this little item, i never thought i’d be adding it to the series. but it’s quite fitting for this week because i have used it for every bike ride this year! it’s perfect in that it doesn’t fall off your shoulder, it isn’t too bulky so won’t make you extra hot, yet it is just big enough that it will fit all the essentials. behold, the fifteen hip pack from herschel. one of the best things about it¬†is that it certainly didn’t¬†break the bank. i found mine at urban outfitters.¬†Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 9.01.41 PM.png


halo top ice cream is the new “who’s who” of ice cream. i heard about it the other day from a friend and decided to give it a go. her personal favorite is the oatmeal cookie and¬†obviously the grocery store didn’t have that flavor when i was there. i tried the sea salt caramel and i certainly wasn’t disappointed. halo top prides itself of on being low-calorie, high-protein, and low-sugar. so go ahead, give it a try. and don’t feel badly when you finish the entire pint in one sitting.¬†Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 9.15.15 PM.png

what’re your favorite flavors??

sunday scaries

¬†they’re real. and they’re out and about at this household tonight. i’m just really not looking forward to waking up early tomorrow! i’d just like¬†one¬†more day to sleep in… is that too much to ask??


¬†ian and i spent the weekend boppin’ all over burlington.

friday night we did some birthday celebrating at the single pebble followed by a night on the town complete with karakoe. the unicorn hats from amazon were a¬†big¬†hit. at least for all the females in the group….


we, [along with the rest of america] attended a friend’s derby party saturday afternoon and finished the night at a friends house for dinner and board games. and wine. lots of wine.


we went¬†to¬†claussen’s greenhouse and nursery¬†today and, holy moly, that place is INSANE! it literally has everything you ever wanted and then some. the employees were¬†super¬†friendly and very helpful. i dropped off a cactus that i’ve been attempting to bring back to life and they’re going to work some magic and re-pot it.

THANK THE GODS THAT THERE IS SOMEONE WHO IS WILLING TO RE-POT A HUGE CACTUS BECAUSE I COULDN’T IMAGINE.

my sister bought the cactus for me a couple years ago and it sprouted little babies. as of recently some mysterious mushrooms showed up. this plant really has a mind of it’s own and, honestly, it’s a miracle it’s not dead yet. aren’t cacti supposed to be super easy to take care of….?! because this one is giving me a run for my money. hopefully claussen’s will doctor it up nicely. i’ll post a pic of the new and improved plant once i get it back!¬†fullsizeoutput_14e5.jpeg


i’ll leave you all with one of the best youtube videos ever. it’s 10 minutes long and don’t go trying to skimp through it. it’s worth it.

here are some others to watch when you’re having a bad day.

happy sunday!

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happy hump day! we’re halfway through the week, yeehaw!


the first item this week is dedicated to all you chefs out there. my sister, tiffany, found this amazing blog (i’d be really interested in how many times have i spoken/written/typed that phrase, ha!) and sent it my way. cookie and kate is a food blog that highlights fresh vegetarian meals, appetizers, snacks and desserts. i’ve tried a handful of her recipes and i’ve LOVED everything! doesn’t hurt that they’re relatively simple to make too!! some of my personal favorites:

broccoli, cheddar & quinoa gratin

thai red curry with vegetables

roasted cauliflower and lentil tacos with creamy chipotle sauce

best part about the majority of her recipes is that they’re rarely things i would just “throw together” on a random monday night. aka, it’s not just “another taco night” super creative!


the second item in this week’s has a bit of personal nostalgia connected. skip to the third if you’re not into it.

recently all mother nature is giving us is rain. [eye roll.] it’s got me¬†really looking forward to summer! summer in maine at gay island to be precise. ¬†the six hour trek to cushing flies by with the windows down on the back roads. we make a quick pit stop at the local store to stock up on wine, last minute goodies and more wine which we schlep down to the dock and load into the boat. a quick ride later and we’re unloading and cracking into the wine. weekends here are best spent with a good book, digging for clams and fishing off the dock. can’t wait for maine 2017!FullSizeRender-4


tattly is an¬†amazing temporary tattoo website based in brooklyn. each tattoo comes in a set of 2 and if your heart so desires it, i’d be surprised if tattly doesn’t sell it. they’re super cute and what friend wouldn’t like a delivery of amazing temporary tattoos?! and you can add confetti to every order – definitely an added bonus. here are a few of my personal favorites. i’d love them during the summer months hanging at the pool or lake.

and if you need even MORE¬†of a reason to buy one… or two or three… some are scented! let me know if you find any you can’t live without! maybe i’ll feel the same way!