fall feels

foggy fall morning

There’s something truly magical about a foggy fall morning; we were lucky enough to experience just that this past weekend and took advantage of it with a nice, long walk in our neighborhood. When we started our walk, the fog was thick and heavy, but by the time we got home it had started to lift. Here’s a brief video I took along the way.

Fog
by Carl Sandburg

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

foggy fall morning

foggy fall morning

fall feels #doglife #dogsinleaves #bordercolliemix #bordercollie #greatlakesbordercollierescue #glbcr

by Valerie | 11.07.17 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies, Marvelous Maddy | No Comments »

All Hallows’ Eve

Happy Halloween

Pictured above are some of our Halloween costumes from past years. We plan on having a low-key Halloween this year, just Ryan, Maddy, and I at home by our fire with a Halloween movie marathon on the TV and plenty of delicious treats to enjoy. Below are some holiday-themed items for your enjoyment:

Hope your Halloween is frightfully fun!

Trick or Treat

by Valerie | 10.30.17 | For Funsies, Holidaze, Marvelous Maddy | No Comments »

fall feels

fall y’all #fallleaves

We’ve had cool, rainy weather here this last week – definitely fireplace weather, which I love! After a hectic work week and coming home from travel, I was especially happy to enjoy some downtime. There is no better place to be on a cold, rainy night that my home by the fire…and I think Maddy agrees.

there is no better place to be on a cold, rainy night than my home by the fire #findyourhappyplace

The other thing that I find myself craving, when the weather turns like this, is a nice, hot, homemade bowl of soup. Ryan put together a delicious tomato-based soup – with animal shaped pasta noodles thrown in no less – which he dubbed “soup for grown-ass adults”; this “grown-ass adult” gives it two thumbs up (check out the close up of the crocodile shaped noodle in the photo below)!

soup for grown-ass adults

soup for grown-ass adults

by Valerie | 10.29.17 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies, Marvelous Maddy | No Comments »

weekend haps

Sunday afternoon feels #apartmenttherapy

I had one of those perfect moments on Sunday afternoon, sitting in the front room of my home…cool, fresh air blowing in through the open windows, sunlight ducking in and out of the clouds, listening to the leaves blowing in the trees outside…finding my happy place and just enjoying it. The front of our home faces west and the afternoon/evening light in that room can be spectacular – the cool, fall air certainly didn’t hurt either. Maddy did her best to help Ryan with catching up on some emails on Sunday too (lol); I can’t get enough of these two!

my loves

by Valerie | 10.16.17 | Around our home, For Funsies, Marvelous Maddy | No Comments »

weekend haps

fall fields

It still doesn’t feel like fall in Michigan, we had high temps in the 80s over the weekend; but it certainly is looking like fall here which is nice. We spent all afternoon on Sunday raking and picking up seed pods that have fallen out of our locust tree and leaves in our yard. We also planted our rose bush in the backyard, which I hope will do well over the winter and bloom again in the spring/summer next year. It was nice to spend some time sprucing up the house, both inside and out, and put out a few decorations for Halloween. And with Halloween in mind…

Maddy will just close her eyes through the scary parts. 😉

#doglife

by Valerie | 10.09.17 | Around our home, For Funsies, Garden, Holidaze, Marvelous Maddy | No Comments »

weekend haps

looks can be deceiving - high of 91 here today

Look at this photo above…beautiful fall leaves scattered on the ground and you can almost feel the crispness in the air, right? While it is officially fall, as of last Friday, September 22nd, it certainly doesn’t feel like it here in A2; the high reached 92 degrees here on September 22nd which matched the record high for this date set in 1895. While some of you may be happy to have summer all year long, I am really looking forward to the cold front headed our way for mid-late week this week. We received ingredients for this meal in a recent Blue Apron delivery and just couldn’t bring ourselves to make chili with this 90+ degree weather we’ve been having. Our weekend included watching Tech beat Houston on Saturday (making them now 3-0), a fun game night with friends, and some delicious Blue Apron meals (Fusilli Bucati Pasta with Summer Squash, Corn, & Tomatoes, Summer Vegetable Paella with SaffronSpiced Freekeh & Chickpea Bowls with Glazed Carrots, and Katsu-Style Eggplant with Stir-Fried Green Beans & Sweet Peppers).

#gamenight

Blue Apron meals

by Valerie | 09.25.17 | For Funsies, Marvelous Maddy, Recipes | No Comments »

chili, college football, & diy pillow cases

Getting our pre-game on & ready for some Red Raider football tonight! On the left: Wolverine Oktoberfest. On the right: Homes Brewery "Bang Down" Oat Stout. @wolverinestatebrewingco @homesbrewery @texastechathletics

Although we still have some highs in the 80s here, it is cooling off and there are signs of fall everywhere…changing leaves, cooler nights, an abundance of Michigan apples, and college football. This Texas gal will never get over how truly breathtaking Michigan is in the fall! We recently made our first batch of veggie chili at home and watched our first Texas Tech football game of the season on TV last Saturday (TTU 52 – ASU 45). We paired two excellent, local beers with our college football experience last weekend too: Wolverine Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest and Homes Brewery “Bang Down” Oat Stout. To top it off, we enjoyed watching the game while relaxing on our DIY pillow cases; we found some beautiful wool fabric at an estate sale which we bought for next to nothing and managed to sew 8 pillow cases from out of 2 different fabrics (4 euro shams and 4 standard shams). Happy fall!

#apartmenttherapy #diy

by Valerie | 09.19.17 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

weekend haps

Sunday morning stroll

Our garden is producing peppers like crazy now and our tomatoes are doing pretty well too; I picked another zucchini and a decent-sized poblano pepper yesterday! We had a fun weekend catching up on past Game of Thrones episodes for this season, visiting with friends, and we had a relaxing Sunday filled with a nice walk in a local park followed by some dog park fun with Maddy, then lunch at a local place that was new to us, and a visit to our local Humane Society to drop off some donations. The weather cooled off this past weekend and it was beautiful weather to be outside in! Cooler temps are already making me think of fall and I’m getting excited at the thought of having our first fireplace fire, fresh apple cider, and the changing leaves.

garden goodies #grewitmyself

by Valerie | 08.07.17 | Around town, For Funsies, Garden, Marvelous Maddy | No Comments »

to beard, or not to beard?

leaf beard

by Valerie | 11.22.16 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Thank-Full Thanksgiving

kitchen table 11/19/16

With Thanksgiving just three days away, Ryan and I are getting ready for a quiet, cozy, Thanksgiving at home this year, and we are looking forward to cooking some delicious food together; I always enjoy all the yummy eats, followed by decorating our home for Christmas over Thanksgiving weekend! Below are some things that will be on our Thanksgiving table this year. What’s cooking in your home for the holiday?

Deviled Eggs with Bacon & Capers
Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Liquor
Blackened Turkey Breast (prepared with a dry rub and grilled)
Gravy
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Root Vegetables with Fresh Herbs
Rolls
Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream

For some Turkey Day fun, you might enjoy taking a look at these:

Now that the weather has turned here in Ann Arbor, and we had our first snowfall last weekend, it’s extra nice to curl up by our fireplace too. I wish you a warm Thanksgiving, full of love, friends and family, happy memories, and delicious treats!

by Valerie | 11.21.16 | Around our home, For Funsies, Holidaze, Recipes | No Comments »

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