Peppermint bark time!


I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth, but over the last few years I fallen in love with peppermint bark as a holiday treat.  The simplicity of the ingredients let’s me focus on using really good quality chocolate which is great for flavor and keeps the sweetness factor in check.  However, I’ve found that the real magic is adding rice krispies to the white chocolate layer.  It creates a subtle crunch that gives this holiday treat a special something, and everyone who tries them always remarks about how much they love the crunch.  We have multiple family holiday gatherings next week and I’m planning to make a few batches to share.

Here is a link to the original recipe over at Shutterbean and here is the more in depth write-up I did about peppermint bark last year.

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Tis the season for holiday cards


I’ve always been a big fan of mail.  Whenever I travel I try to send postcards, and though I’m rotten at remembering to send birthday cards, nothing makes me cheerier during the holidays than the annual exchange of holiday cards.  I love coming home every day to check the mail and find a small stack of colorful photos from friends and family across the country.  This year we found a gorgeous card from Minted to pair with the colorful photo we took in front of our beloved bookshelves.  In the past we always did slightly irreverent cards, but this year I just felt like doing something pretty, and I’m really thrilled with how these came out.

PS. Our cards from last year, which featured our new neighbor, the DC panda cub.

Ever green


Picking up a little seasonal greenery to add some holiday cheer to our home.

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Long ago, it must be

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November, 2014.

Night in the city looks pretty to me


Getting lost in Central Park after the sun had set was a little romantic, a little exhilarating, a teensy bit scary, and oh so pretty.

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November 2014.


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Aren’t these sandstone carvings from Bethesda Terrace in Central Park amazing?  I’d love to have a set of them as bookends.

Wanderings: Central Park


While we usually make it up to New York City a few times a year, I realized on my last visit that I hadn’t been to Central Park since I was a teenager.  This visit, in the hours between lunch with a friend in Brooklyn and dinner with other friends in Harlem, we found ourselves in the Park, walking around for hours, listening to opera singers perform in the echoing Bethesda Arcade, and enjoying the last of the fall colors and the crisp weather.

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