weekend haps

Dexter daze

We had one of those perfect weekends last weekend – the kind where your plan is to not have any plans – and after Ryan had been out of town for about a week and half it was nice to spend some downtime with just the two of us. We went where the day took us and it was such a beautiful day too. Neighborhood walks with Melody, I had fried French toast with blueberry spoon fruit and real maple syrup for brunch one day…yum…, a trip to Dexter and a stroll on the boardwalk there, etc. It felt like summer – warm, with a cool breeze at times, and did you see that super moon last night? Wow!

Saturday morning neighborhood walk

Saturday morning neighborhood walk

Patio umbrella

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by Valerie | 08.11.14 | Around town, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

Weekend haps

Roses & estate sale tea tin

Our weekend was filled with beautiful weather, which made for very enjoyable walks with Melody, Art Fair here in town (we bought a gift for a friend here, and I thought these ceramics were fun), and I rather enjoyed making good use of this estate-sale-find tea tin by filling it with these lovely roses. And Sava’s is serving a new cocktail called “The Sky is On Fire” – not only was it beautiful to look at, it smelled amazing and was delicious to taste too (macallan scotch, cocchi americano, champagne, angostura bitters, cayenne oil, basil). Did I mention how much I love basil?!? I’m convinced these trees in our neighborhood (Royal Purple Smoke Bush) must’ve inspired Dr. Seuss at some point – they’re fluffy looking and pink/purple…I think they’re pretty great.

"The Sky is On Fire" - Sava's

Busy bee

Summer trees

by Valerie | 07.20.14 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Father’s Day weekend

Father's Day weekend 2014

The weather here has been really mild so far this summer and I have really enjoyed it – 70’s-80’s with a cool breeze and it doesn’t get much better than that! We had gorgeous weather all weekend and were lucky enough to enjoy it at an outdoor, backyard get-together at our neighbor’s home on Saturday; I loved their idea of putting iced drinks in a wheelbarrow too! And I enjoyed chatting with my Dad and my Granddaddy on the phone on Sunday; since we’re so far apart, I couldn’t see them in person, but it was nice to hear their voices. Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there!

Father's Day weekend 2014

by Valerie | 06.16.14 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

weekend fun

Summer patio

We had a fun and productive holiday weekend in which we found ourselves enjoying some r&r time with friends, good food (grilled peaches that were a little like this and our own, revised version of this potato salad which we used this tasty hatch chile pesto on – yum!), visited Maker Works to use their laser cutter for this project Ryan’s working on, and we got our garden planted. Filling up our garden boxes this year are: sugar snap peas, tomatoes (Fantastic, Green Zebra, and Grape), lots of herbs (varieties of thyme, oregano, parsley, basil, chives, spearmint, and orange mint), lots of pepper varieties, and flowers (Salvia, Marigolds, and Gazania). I find myself enjoying my little corner of the world more and more these days – the fact that the world is so very green and everything is blooming again certainly doesn’t hurt!

Summer patio

Summer planting

My little green corner of the world

And the award for 2014 laser cut glasses model goes to…

2014 laser cut glasses model of the year ;-)

by Valerie | 05.27.14 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies, Garden, Holidaze, Recipes, Work | No Comments »

Bloooberry

I enjoyed a beautiful Saturday morning at Dexter Blueberry Farm with friends. July is blueberry time in Michigan; they are delicious and available at local farmer’s markets and farms all over the area. A couple weeks ago, we made a blueberry tart with this recipe and it turned out pretty great, especially considering we’d never made a tart before.

by Valerie | 07.27.13 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack

We had fun attending two baseball games last weekend – we saw the Tigers vs. Rangers at Comerica Park and then the Cubs vs. Cardinals at Wrigley Field. I really enjoyed the fireworks on Friday night at Comerica and singing Take Me Out to the Ball Game in the 7th inning stretch and watching the manual scoreboard change at Wrigley.

by Valerie | 07.18.13 | For Funsies, Travel | No Comments »

Fabulous 4th

We enjoyed a fabulous 4th of July this year; complete with a bike ride, a swim in the lake, & a picnic with friends at Island Lake. We ended the evening with sparklers & enjoyed watching fireworks that others set off from afar.

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by Valerie | 07.08.13 | Holidaze, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

How does our garden grow?

It’s coming along nicely! Yesterday, I pulled all the lettuce & cut back all the herbs. Today, I was delighted to be able to pick quite a few beans. When I was a little girl, my parents had a garden in their backyard & they grew beans; my Mom said she could never take any in the house because I always picked them & ate them before they could make it inside.

Our next garden project is to tackle our neglected tomato plants & pull some kale; we got busy & never took the time to properly support the tomato plants & I see quite a few baby tomatoes forming on the vines.

Also, my kitchen smells amazing as I have a big bunch of basil in a glass vase & I just love the smell of basil!

by Valerie | 07.06.13 | Garden | No Comments »

Dog days of summer

Happy Summer Solstice 2013! The weather has been pleasant this June in Michigan and our hottest days of summer are still to come of course. Because I love dogs and summer is pretty great too, here are some images for your viewing pleasure…

by Valerie | 06.21.13 | For Funsies, Photography, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

2012: Week 31

2012: Week 31
Green Zebra

by Valerie | 08.07.12 | Around our home, Garden, Photography | No Comments »