Thursday, December 29, 2011

out for lunch

out for lunch

out for lunch

out for lunch

out for lunch

out for lunch

a favourite spot. chili for one. beet borsht for the rest.

and of course a cookie for dessert

out for lunch

out for lunch

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

christmas day.




when my mom was a girl she and her sister saved their pennies to buy their mom an angel chime. we thrifted one for my mom. and love how its spot on the wood stove elicits the gentle ringing of the bells.


likely posts of pictures without words in the coming days.

our rhythm being dictated by the meals we prepare. eating locally and seasonally and thoughtfully.

lots of time at the shore and in the woods. lots of imaginative play.

books read, wool and beads being transformed, puzzles slowly completed.

i love living this way.

hope you are having a wonderful break as well. xo

Sunday, December 25, 2011

on candycane lane

on candycane lane

a fantastic recreation of disney's small world just a couple of blocks away from us on the infamous candycane lane.

word has it they are working on a sleeping beauty's castle too.

merry christmas!

Merry Christmas!


xoxo from us all

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

all together now.

last night was our 5th annual neighborhood progressive dinner.

so love seeing everyone together. young and old.


all together now


architect, teacher, gardener (extraordinaire), stay-at-home-super-dad, lawyer, actor, student, artist, psychologist, CFO, musician, retiree, historian, environmentalist, litigator, real estate agent, engineer, designer...

we are all different. backgrounds, politics, religions, parenting styles. but all accept each other unconditionally.

and this night of the year we share a four-course meal together, invite each other into our homes, and celebrate the beauty that is this neighborhood.

so blessed. (few more pics here.)

i'm going to shut-down for a while and savour the moments. (you can still find me over at habit through december.)

happy holidays!

by the numbers

Corbin Palms/Eastwood Estates Progressive Dinner 2011






counted at least 60 participants this year

- and a resounding "best ever".

bit more here.

Thursday, December 15, 2011







it has been crisp. and today the rain poured. although not for long.

we are listening to holiday music, baking, moving things around, building, planning, more baking.

and i am counting down the days alongside the girls.

everybody's doing it.

the "fauxdenza"



a much needed boost to our dining room.

we are on a roll!

and tomorrow...

paint the baseboards!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

in the throes


the house is nearly complete. the transformation more than i expected. hello bright white walls and ceiling! i love it.


advent is a season of preparation, of waiting, of hope. with all the bustle - i am working to remind myself of this.

to slow down just a little and savour the stillness. to look forward toward the joy that lies just around the corner.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

practice makes perfect


most of the time anyway.

as far as house-painting. i rely on the a little help from my friends...

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Shepherd's Pie

adapted from an old issue of Everyday Food (November 2007)

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup peas
1/2 cup diced carrot
1/2 cup kale cut into ribbons
coarse salt and ground pepper
3 cups mashed potatoes

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Heat a large (5-quart) heavy pot or Dutch oven over high. Cook onion, garlic, and carrots in olive oil until onion starts to clear. Set aside. Cook beef, breaking up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes. Add onion, garlic, and carrots; cook until softened, about 4 minutes.
Add thyme, ketchup, and flour; stir until combined. Add 1/2 cup water and peas and kale. Cook until vegetables are warmed through and liquid has thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon beef mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Spread potatoes evenly over beef; using a fork, decorate potatoes with lines and peaks. Place dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until potatoes are lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve.

Saturday, December 03, 2011


so happy to be spending december with so many friends.


hello old habit.


tonight fancy dresses, shoes, and coats and a night-out at the music center for the nutcracker. an amazing production. worth every minute of traffic.

it has become a tradition. and i really feel the holidays are now in full swing.

let the festivities begin!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

holiday shopping

sam has some darling charm necklaces for sale over at our two green chickens shop.

vintage charm necklaces

perfect for those good girls on your list!

happy december!