our view here this morning...

The photo above was taken looking out our guest room window this morning… And, on that note, I’ve come up with a plan to help us make it through another Michigan winter, more for my own amusement than anything; I’ll post things that happen (or silly things that Ryan says/does – this happens more often than not!) in relation to the winter and the cold weather with “#winterainteasy” so that I can keep track of them throughout the season. Things like this…

  • I just witnessed Ryan unlock his cell phone by entering the passcode with his nose.
  • Ryan just mowed the lawn (in his shorts) in the snow…

In other, non #winterainteasy news, we saw some pretty spectacular skies last week, picked up some lovely holiday greens from the farmer’s market (I love my boxwood wreath!), and were able to tackle a good house cleaning in preparation for Mom to arrive this Friday.

Sunset 11/10/14

Holiday greens

Holiday greens

by Valerie | 11.17.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | 1 Comment »


We picked up this beauty at the local farmer’s market – I really enjoy having a fresh, evergreen wreath on our front door during the winter months. I was also admiring some beautiful, evergreen trees in the sunlight on our neighborhood walk this morning to a nearby park.

by Valerie | 11.29.13 | Around our home, Around town, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

Farmer’s Market finds

I love going to the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, but Ryan and I both hate dealing with the lack of parking and the crowds so it’s not often we actually make it there. Last Saturday, we made the trip though and it was wonderful to see the many booths of tomatoes, peppers, and other local goods this time of year. We left with an interesting assortment of things – fresh apple cider from Wasem Fruit Farm, hot dog buns, Roos Roast Lobster Butter Love coffee beans (my personal favorite), and two bunches of fresh flowers. Zinnias make me happy – they are so bright, colorful, and cheery; they remind me of my Mom’s garden back home when I was a little girl – they were one of the few flowers that would survive the Texas heat. You can almost always find one or more flower arrangements sprinkled around our home, because I love fresh flowers so much.

by Valerie | 09.29.13 | Around our home, Around town | No Comments »

Sweets so good it’ll make you want to cry…in a good way

If you’re in Ann Arbor on a Wednesday afternoon, do yourself a favor and stop by the Farmer’s Market and visit the Flour Lab booth. Buy something, eat it, and you will not be dissapointed. Seriously, this stuff is so beautiful and so good it’ll make you want to cry…in a good way!

by Valerie | 06.30.13 | Around town, For Funsies | 1 Comment »

Flour Lab

My beautiful friend Jennifer was kind enough to bring me a very special treat from the Wednesday Ann Arbor Farmers Market earlier this week – a delicious (yes, it really did taste as good as it looked) chocolate mint baby bundt cake. The cake was topped with fresh blackberries & a chocolate covered mint leaf & the whole thing was divine! She said her friend at Flour Lab made it. I checked out their website & everything from the website, to the packaging, to the baked goods themselves is beautiful – a treat to not only my taste buds but to my eyes as well!

Oh yes, & I have to mention the fact that our dog, Melody, is over the moon for Jennifer. I’m pretty sure she gets more excited to see Jennifer than she does to see Ryan & I!

by Valerie | 08.11.12 | Around town | No Comments »

365 – Day 123


365 – Day 123

by Valerie | 06.25.11 | Photography | No Comments »



One of the many reasons I love shopping at the local farmer’s market – I come home with things like this lovely bunch of lavender!


by Valerie | 06.18.11 | Around our home, Photography | No Comments »

Deck the halls


I like to decorate the house for the Christmas & Hanukkah holidays the Friday after Thanksgiving as I like to enjoy the lights & the decorations for as long as possible – so yesterday that’s exactly what we did; the menorah, tree, wreath, lights, & other decorations are out & my Santa cookie jar has fresh baked chocolate chip cookies in it! There are even two presents already wrapped & sitting under the tree – I really do love Christmas.

We picked up this lovely boxwood wreath from the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market on Wednesday & I thought it was a nice alternative to a traditional evergreen wreath. I think it makes the house feel extra warm & cheery & I love to come home to that!

Holiday Table

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Star

by Valerie | 11.27.10 | Holidaze | No Comments »

Picture perfect

We had a lovely weekend & were super excited to use our brand new, fancy pants, Canon 5D MarkII camera! We enjoyed a lovely dinner out with friends on Friday at Melange (&, bonus, it was Restaurant Week in Ann Arbor), took a trip out to Eastern Market in Detroit on Saturday & then watched the World Cup U.S. vs. Ghana game & ended the day with a nice cookout with friends.

Here are several more photos we took over the weekend with our fancy new camera – it’s so awesome!

by Valerie | 06.27.10 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | 1 Comment »


I love fruit, just about any type, but I have to say that my favorite fruit is definitely the strawberry! I can’t get enough of strawberries. They’re so cute, red, sweet & tart at the same time, & they just make me happy. And, as it turns out, I live in Michigan where we have an amazing crop of fresh, locally grown strawberries (including the ones we grow in pots on our front patio) every summer. There were lots of strawberries available at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market last Saturday & I know we’ll be lucky enough to have them around & readily available for a while still.

I’m hoping to make a trip out to Spicer Orchards soon to pick my own basket of them to enjoy, before strawberry season is over. Yum!

by Valerie | 06.14.10 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

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