Fall Means Apple Picking

Apple PickingI’m happy to report that fall has finally arrived in New England. It seems like it’s taken longer this year, and the trees — though still very green — are starting to show signs of the changing season. It’s cool enough now to keep the windows open most of the day, which always sends a new burst of energy through our house. Fresh air is a magical thing, and it’s a good day when we can open the windows and let that magical fall air inside.

Apple PickingIf we ever leave Boston, I’m sure I’ll spend the rest of my years feeling a touch of nostalgia for this place as soon as the leaves start to change. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the foliage or maybe it’s because I’ve watched our kids grow so much in our time here. I get weirdly weepy looking back at pictures from our apple-picking adventures of yesteryear. Beany was so tiny! Bear was so tiny! How did they suddenly grow into these tall kids who climb ladders and eat apples like it’s their job?!? I mean, Beany was only four months older than Bear is now when we took our first trip to Honey Pot Hill two years ago. It feels like forever ago and yesterday all at the same time. Life is busy, but time is crazy fast, and there’s nothing like a yearly tradition to remind you that those babies don’t stay babies for long.

Apple PickingBecause fall means apple picking, here’s a look at this year’s trip (check out apple picking 2014 here and 2013 here). We brought home an insane amount of apples, so I have plenty of recipes to share soon!…

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Standard Baking Co.

A Day in Portland, Maine

We spent a day in Portland, Maine, a few weekends back, and I think the more time we spend there, the more we love it. There are so many cute shops (Little and K. Colette are my favorites — so much to see!) and a lot of great restaurants, and I always leave wishing we could stay…

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DIY painted wooden letters

DIY Painted Wooden Letters

It’s DIY time, you guys! Jared was at a conference last week for work, so that meant I had two kids in need of distractions. Thankfully, their grandma was here for a visit, but even grandmas need breaks (have you tried sitting on the floor for three hours playing Legos? Ooph!). We rolled into Target in…

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Summer Risotto

Summer Market Risotto

Ah, summer farmers markets. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning, especially when the weather’s nice and the stands are overflowing with such great stuff. And even if it’s a little too sticky outside to be comfortable, the bounty is usually worth it. No, it’s always worth it. I’d walk…

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Fit for a Fairy: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Beany has been increasingly interested in ingredients lately, and her questioning is often relentless. “What is that?” “Where did that come from?” “What does that taste like?” “How did you make it?” This has its plusses and minuses, of course. Curiosity finally convinced her to taste salad dressing, which made her taste spinach salad, which…

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Farm, Family and Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

The dog days of summer are here, folks, and as much as I dread the hot and sticky season for its extreme hot and stickiness, I love what it means for family time. We just returned from a nearly five-week trek around the Midwest, two kids and a puppy in tow, and my heart is…

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Beach Kids

What Kids Can Teach You

At the first hint of sunshine and warm weather last weekend, we took off on our first spring adventure of the year. Snacks packed. Kids in the car. Not much of a plan besides Beany’s request for a beach. Lucky for her, New England has plenty of coast to go around.I tend to fall into such a trap of…

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Crayon Garden

Colorful Indoor Garden Craft for Kids

Around Christmastime we made an IKEA run and, per our usual, came home with a unique smattering of items: festive chair cushions, drawers for under Beany’s bed, a few packs of batteries and a gigantic roll of paper designed for an easel we still don’t own. The cushions were fun through the holidays, the drawers are great toy storage…

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