Life Updates Posts

Happy New Year, 2015!

By Jeff | Jan. 05, 2015

I hope everybody had a good 2014. Ours was filled with new adventures, projects, and of course, puppies. Here are the highlights from what we did this past year.

2013: Year in Review

By Jeff | Dec. 27, 2013

How is it possible that another year has gone by? It feels like only yesterday we were celebrating our first Christmas in our new home and now we’ve already been here a year and a half. We continue to update and personalize our home. We finished our family room renovation with new fireplace surround, custom-built mantel and shelves, trim, crown molding, and carpet.

Christmas Recap

By Hillary | Jan. 03, 2013

Until this year, I had never spent a Christmas away from my family, so when we decided to host Christmas at our house this year with Jeff’s family, I knew that I wanted to find a way to incorporate some of my family’s traditions, some of Jeff’s, and also add some new elements that were unique to us. For example, when it came to Christmas cookies, Jeff made Russian tea cakes and thumbprint jelly cookies for me; simple bars, cappuccino flats, and haystacks (chocolate peanut butter melted over chow mein noodles; as well as a few new favorites, like Ginger Snaps with three different kinds of ginger, French palmiers (puff pastry rolled in cinnamon sugar and orange zest), and chocolate truffles. In total he made 8 kinds of cookies, plus the 2 kinds his mother brought (ribbon jewel cakes and the best oatmeal cookies I’ve ever had)!

What Are We Thinking?

By Jeff | Dec. 15, 2012

It’s only 12 days until Christmas and we still have so much to do! For some reason, we thought it would be a good idea to try and completely reface our fireplace before Christmas in order to have a nice mantel to put our stockings on. In addition to that, I’ve developed a habit of seeing some new Christmas cookie recipe and thinking, “Oh, that looks good. I should make that!” So far, I want to make 10 different kinds of cookies. Any wagers as to how many actually get baked?