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7th Anniversary

23 May

Maybe it’s silly to still celebrate our “dating” anniversary now that we’re married, but we always make it a priority to do something special.

To commemorate our 7th anniversary, we took the baby to Elm Bank in Wellsley. If you’ve never been and love gardening as much as I do, you should pack a picnic and plan to make an afternoon of it.

       It was a beautiful day and despite it being a little early in the season, the gardens were bursting with life. I snapped about a thousand photos of plants I want to remember for the “future garden” and Brian and I reminisced about our last visit there when we were scouting wedding venues. It feels like a million years ago now, but then, so does our time as flirty co-workers. I don’t think I’ve ever written about that period of my life, but I thought of it recently as I drove home on 95 South from the Burlington mall.

Beautiful afternoon light was streaming in my window and I felt so inexplicably happy as I drove on this particular stretch of highway when it dawned on me that I’d frequently driven up from Norwood to visit him on that same stretch of highway so many years earlier. I was either giddy with anticipation on my way there, or coming down from a high after an amazing visit. It was such a fun, silly, romantic, playful time of my life, so it was nice to realize that all these years later, just driving on a little bit of highway could remind me of that.

Happy 7th anniversary, love.

Second Wedding Anniversary Gifts – Cotton

6 Jun

Vintage Just Maui'ed T-Shirt

I’ve been on a vintage t-shirt kick for a while, finding any excuse to dip into thrift shops in search of perfectly worn band or concert tees. But with summer and our second wedding anniversary approaching, I shifted my focus to Hawaiian surf t-shirts. The traditional second wedding anniversary gift is “cotton” and since we went a little outside the box to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, I wanted to be more literal for this one. Although I’d been searching for something really understated and slick, when I saw this one I couldn’t stop laughing. As corny (and pastel) as it is, Brian is the only person I know who could pull it off. And I love the cheeky nod to the first stop of our honeymoon.

vintage NY Mets t

But I still wanted something cool and vintage that honors Brian’s interests so I started searching for vintage Mets tees. I was about to give up when I found this 1988 Champion-brand tee, with really unique type that I thought Brian would appreciate.

I bought both tees on e-bay after weeks of searching (and stalking). Vintage stuff can be tricky to buy online because of sizing (it’s often a little more slim cut) but quirky flaws are typical, like the faint smudge of orange beneath the “M” which happened often with this style of screen printing.

So that’s my traditional take on the second wedding anniversary gift of “cotton.” I’ll have to start thinking up something fun for our third anniversary next year — which is leather.

Check out last year’s 1st wedding anniversary gift idea spin here.

Engagement Anniversary

4 Dec

20131206-164824.jpgThree years ago today Brian proposed to me in Central Park. (Recap w/ photos here, plus my side, and his.)  It was one of the happiest moments of my entire life and since it coincides with the start of the Christmas season, we love to celebrate it each year. Brian brought home a beautiful Christmassy bouquet and my favorite peppermint stick ice cream, I tried out two new recipes I thought he’d love, and we strung up the lights on our tree. It was perfect. I can’t wait to finally decorate our tree this weekend.


Mouthwatering. Prosciutto-wrapped stuffed chicken with shallot sauce. For Brian, I omitted the goat cheese from the original recipe instead stuffing with sauteed mushrooms, spinach, cherry tomatoes, basil and thyme. He practically licked his plate clean. I made mine with just the goat cheese and could not stop muttering, “ohmygod” throughout the whole meal. Sometime I’ll try a combinations of the two; I bet it would be delicious. Recipe coming shortly.

Near-perfection. We’ve been exhaustively researching recipes for a soft gingersnap cookie to add to our Christmas cookie repertoire but I saved this promising one for today. When you can’t stop from eating fragrant hunks of raw dough you’ve found a keeper. The only changes I made were swapping the margarine for unsalted butter (for a less “flat” cookie), not flattening them at all before baking, and undercooking them just slightly so they had slightly crispy bottoms but softy, chewy insides. Next time I’ll add a bit more nutmeg and some fresh grated ginger for more kick. We agreed they were totally delicious as is, but we want to achieve the perfect soft ginger cookie and we’re just not there yet!