three worthy things

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!

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mar-t-ha

my uncle, joe, once nicknamed my mom as, mar-t-ha, also short for martha. my dad, calls her, marth while tiffany, siri & i have been known to call her, master martha. master martha really is the best lady around. and this week, she came to visit us in good ol’ burlington. she’s been to visit a bunch during college, and since i’ve graduated, we’ve started to spend the winter holidays here.


she flew in monday and i met up with my sister and my mom after work. after an evening of catching up over a few bottles of wine, we hit the hay.

tuesday we got up, guzzled some coffee, and headed to addison, vt for the day. we decided to spend our morning hours hiking snake mountain. it was my first time hiking up and it was gorgeous! easily one of my new favorite quick hikes. it took us about 2 hours round trip [and that was even with a 30 minute hang out at the top checking out the views]. it wasn’t too steep and with the tree cover all the way up, we were able to stay cool(ish) on the 90 degree day.

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the view from the top

after the hike, we figured we were too close to middlebury to not go to our favorite restaurant, the lobby. the lobby is located right along the river and we sat on the shaded porch, ate far too many fries [among other things], and enjoyed a bottle of rose. it’s a great spot with an even better ever-changing menu. if you’re in the area, it’s a must. we finished our evening at a local eatery [because we hadn’t eaten enough…] in the old north end of burlington. butch and babe’s is a relatively new joint with locally sourced ingredients with an emphasis of being a family and neighborhood hangout. i fell in love with my cocktail – gin, basil, and strawberry with a salted rim – what more could i want?!

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the gals at dinner

wednesday we lounged around, spent a few hours at the beach in the terribly humid heat, packed a picnic and headed out to shelburne museum for the edward sharpe and magnetic zeros show. before we had left for the show, we thought the entire night was going to be a bust due to the TORRENTIAL downpour. however,  mother nature, let up and we were able to groove the night away with friends.

we may have started the evening with a few cocktails at home during the rain and then may or may not have had some fun with a photoshoot and some hats. 😀

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we started thursday with a mani/pedi combination at the mini spa. nothing better than getting pampered over a cup of coffee after a few too many glasses of wine the night before. 😀 we continued the pampering by heading over to mirror mirror and picked out some new items for our faces. a workout, some lounging, and dinner at tiny thai closed out the vacation week.

it was a great week spent with my mom and sister. time always flies by, so i’m already looking forward to the next reunion. thanks for coming, mar-t-ha!

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and thanks for the pic, alexis! XO