California Adventure: Sonoma County!

Part two of our California adventure – you can read part one HERE – took us into Sonoma County: wine country! This has been on my bucket list for years, and it absolutely lived up to all of my hopes and dreams. Side note: I'm sad that I'm old enough now to start checking things off … Continue reading California Adventure: Sonoma County!

California Adventure: San Francisco!

And now for something completely different.... I've decided that it's time to start documenting our vacations because: I love finding blog posts with personal travel tips and suggestions. I like to be helpful. I'll be honest with you: we tend to do it up right. My darling husband Bryan surprised me with a birthday trip to … Continue reading California Adventure: San Francisco!

St. Patrick’s Day: a Bit o’ the Irish

If you know anything about Chicago, you know it goes full tilt 'Irish' pride for St. Patrick's Day: green beer, shamrock face painting, leftover green Mardi Gras beads, TWO parades, dying the river neon green (side note: for several years I thought that it was a local joke that the Chicago River was dyed green for … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day: a Bit o’ the Irish

My (Vibrant) Valentine

I'm not a huge fan of traditional Valentine's pink and red; it's just a little cutesy for me, I guess. When putting together the space and tablescape for our Valentine's dinner, I was inspired by a sort of moody/vibrant contrast: dark backgrounds with pops of color. I absolutely do not claim to be any kind … Continue reading My (Vibrant) Valentine

Galentine’s Day!

Last year I had a Galentine's Day tea for some of my special ladies. Somehow I've lost all the photos I took on our camera, so I hope that you will bear with me as this handful of iPhone photos will have to suffice! Once again I recycled the paper lanterns from our wedding, using only the … Continue reading Galentine’s Day!

Burns Night for the Wee Bairns!

My friend Kristine has an adorable, precocious daughter named Morgan. She always keeps us laughing and is such a joy!  As I was putting together our regularly scheduled Burns supper, I kept seeing these cute ideas for including children and thought that it would be so much fun to plan a separate, decidedly less adult, Burns … Continue reading Burns Night for the Wee Bairns!

Burns Night, Naturally!

Tonight is officially Burns Night, but my friends and I  raised our glasses in celebration of the great Scottish bard this past Saturday for our Third Annual Burns Night Supper. It happened to be the day of the Women's March, so many of our ladies and some of our men marched and then spent an evening … Continue reading Burns Night, Naturally!

Burns Night Preparations!

We have been working our tails off to ready for the annual Burns Night Supper this evening. We're so very excited! I promise to share details in a post next week. Promise. 'Til then, I shall leave you with this: Ye banks, and braes, and streams around The castle o' Montgomery, Green be your woods, and fair … Continue reading Burns Night Preparations!