Food & Entertaining

Things I Love Thursday: Birthday Crushes

My birthday is coming up next week, so I thought it would be fun to use this week’s TILT post to show you some things I’m crushing on right now.  Plus, what’s more fun than putting together a dream wish list? Right now I seem to be all about bracelets.  There’s such a fun selection […]


March in Photos

Something crazy has been going on with my blog and/or WordPress over the past week.  I keep trying to come in and do a new blog post and haven’t been able to!  So, finally here is March in photos. March was kind of a month of indulgences.  Between the Mozartkugeln from Germany, the yummy homemade […]


Honoring Her

Easter never used to be more than a holiday for me.  As I mentioned in my last post, over the past few years it has been made more special by spending our honeymoon in Rome for Easter.  Eric’s love of family and traditions has also changed my perception of it, and we celebrate with a […]


Preparing for Easter

This time of year is always special for Eric and I.  Our wedding anniversary is at the beginning of April and we spent our honeymoon in Rome over that Easter weekend.  It was the first Easter Mass for Pope Benedict XVI.  With this Easter being the first for the newly elected Pope, it brings back […]


First Days of Spring

With the first day of Spring this week, my thoughts turn to clear sunny days and soft colors.  Although this morning is full of thunderstorms and chilly winds.  But, I can indulge in my little piece of Spring right here!  Lately I’ve been catching up on my DVR’d shows, which includes several hours of Red […]


February in Pictures

I can hardly believe another month has come and gone.  February was a rough month for me.  It marked the one-year mark of losing my dad.  It still feels fresh, and he was on my mind a lot this month.  Work was also very intense this month, but I did manage to take a couple […]


January in Pictures

For 2013 I thought it would be fun to start a new tradition at the end of each month and share some photos from the previous month – just as a little look back into my days. January was definitely a month for refocusing and it seemed to spark my creativity too, since I spent […]


A Birthday in Photos

Disco Bicuit mani An amazing dinner with Eric at Ziziki’s.  I wore a pretty dress. Pink Pankcakes A gift of vintage coupe glasses from J. Starting a new quilt Afternoon at the movies with Eric seeing Snow White & The Huntsman Toasting with Rose Regale Birthday cupcakes from the girls (day of laughter included) Teal […]


Things I Love Thursday: Getting Together

This past weekend I was invited to a local get together and I got to catch up with a couple of friends, meet a few in person that I’d only talked to online and also be introduced to some others for the very first time.  Nerve-wracking to be sure.  But, I was so completely honored […]


Six

Our anniversary fell on the same day as Easter this year, which is always kind of fun.  It makes me think of spending Easter in Rome on our honeymoon.  Eric bought me a beautiful bouquet of roses.  Even though he does it every year, it still surprises me and makes me feel so special.  And […]


Girls’ Day Out

A little while ago one of my closest friends was visiting from Germany.  We got together with two more girlfriends and had a lovely day out.  I took a few photos to record the day, and just wanted to share them.  First we went over to the mall and spent some time at the MAC […]


Christmas Deliciousness

Usually at this time of year, we have our annual Eggnog & Dessert Party, where I bake some things and we invite our families over to indulge.  This year, with my dad being sick we weren’t able to do that.  And usually, for Christmas Eve we have Eric’s family over for a big dinner.  But, […]


Meanwhile…Back at the Fair

  I’m still trying to get caught up here on the ole blog, so I thought I’d share some photos from back in October (!).  Every year Eric and I make sure we take a trip to the State Fair.  This year, Eric organized a group from the photo club to go.  It was a […]


Blowing Out the Candles

I actually had a lovely birthday.  So far it feels good to be 40.  My mother made me a delicious lemon meringue pie.  A co-worker brought red velvet cupcakes to work for me.  I got to spend time with both friends and family without too much drama.  Eric took me out to a fantastic restaurant […]


Missing Her

Today is my grandmother’s birthday.  It would have been her 100th birthday, if you can believe that.  But, she’s been gone almost 20 years.  That just hardly seems possible to me.  I often think of her, but it always hits me the hardest in August.  With our birthdays just days apart, we would celebrate them […]


Birthday Wishlist

So here it is, just two weeks until my birthday.  Two weeks, and I’m torn.  I’m trying to do a little risk mitigation in order to avoid some of the horrible shenanigans that occurred on my birthday last year.  So, in order to attempt to have the happiest 40th I could possibly have, I’m trying […]


Happy 4th!

I hope you’re having a happy Fourth of July!  Eric and I are fully enjoying the long weekend and I am thrilled that he’s been excited about cooking the past couple of days.  While I’m going to be paying for it come weigh in time, I’ve been indulging in some summertime favorites.  Above you can […]


Snowy Days

Last week I think most of the country was hit by “winter weather”, and even in Texas we saw more than our fair share.  The icy roads, which were then covered by a layer of snow, forced many to stay at home…including me.  I am always thankful that I have a job that allows me […]


Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve used to be a night spent at Eric’s parents’ house.  But the past couple of years, Eric has wanted to host Christmas Eve at our house.  He always does a magnificent job with planning the menu and creating an amazing meal.  This year he asked me to make a dessert, so we went […]


Holiday Entertaining

One of the things I enjoy about the holidays is entertaining.  It’s a lot of work, but so worth it in the end.  Every year we hold an Eggnog & Dessert Party for our families.  It’s one of the few times both families get together during the year.  This year, I spent the week before […]


Being Martha

I’ve been spending some time doing a bit of holiday planning.  We’ve got our annual Eggnog and Dessert party planned for the 18th.  So, I’m trying to decide what to make this year.  I pulled out my Martha Stewart Christmas Cookbook to try to get some ideas.   I also needed to make something to bring […]


Shooting Without a Tripod (or How I Spent My 4th of July)

Every so often I make a food request to Eric, and one of the things I love about him is that he always comes through for me. For dinner on the 4th, he grilled hot dogs, made baked beans and coleslaw and bought me root beer. So yummy! Although the night before it rained something […]


Tea at the Arboretum

On Saturday, in honor of my needlework guild’s tenth anniversary, I attended Afternoon Tea at the Dallas Arboretum. It turned out to be a gorgeous day, even with the threat of a spring rain. Of course, the Arboretum is lovely this time of year with bursts of color everywhere you look. I arrived early to […]


Four Years

Each year, the beginning of spring brings with it Easter, warmer weather, everything blooming and mine and Eric’s wedding anniversary. This year marks our fourth anniversary, and according to the list of traditional anniversaries the fourth anniversary is the fruit and flowers anniversary. I’ve attempted to find a gift for Eric each year that holds […]