Thursday, April 24, 2014

throwback thursday

Here are a few spring photos of WeThree from long ago!

 Easter from many years ago in Bristol!

Posing in our cute raincoats in the kitchen :o)

 It looks like we loved warm, rainy days in the backyard.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

fancy potato salad

To be completely honest with you, traditional "white" potato salads have never been my favorite thing. And by white, I'm not just referring to the color of the potato but also to that way too thick layer of mayonnaise that coats everything fresh in the salad. Don't get me wrong -- mayonnaise has a very useful and delicious place in life (what would a BLT be, for instance, without mayo?), but for me it's definitively not on a potato salad. Instead, I like the potato salads that are dressed a little more lightly, with a vinaigrette, so that all of the fresh ingredients, and especially the potatoes, can be tasted. This one, from Smitten Kitchen, was right up my alley.


This salad is a great side dish to bring to a cookout (although be prepared for some eye rolls at the tufted egg), but I also like to make it as a dinner salad for nights when I'm alone. It's vegetarian and light, and seems like the perfect dinner for spring evenings when the air is warm and you feel more like assembling than cooking.

[night alone, depicted]
Ingredients:
-1/4 cup white wine vinegar
-1/4 cup water
-1 tbsp. salt
-1 1/2 tsp. sugar
-2 stalks of celery, thinly sliced
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-2 tbsp. olive oil
-2 tsp. whole-grain mustard
-1 tsp. Dijon mustard
-2 tsp. white wine vinegar
-1 small shallot
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-1 lb. fingerling potatoes, boiled & cooled
-2 large eggs, hard boiled & quartered
-fresh herbs to taste

Directions:
-Combine the vinegar, water, salt & sugar in a bowl and then add the celery [first segment of ingredients above]. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for up to sixty minutes.
-Stir together the olive oil, mustards, vinegar and shallot to make a smooth dressing [second segment of ingredients above]. Season with salt & pepper. 
-Arrange the fingerling potatoes, sliced long ways, on a plate & pour the dressing over them. Next, use a mesh sieve to turn the eggs into confetti: press them through the sieve over the potatoes so that they are in little bits [see photo]. Try to evenly distribute over the salad.
-Drain the celery, and sprinkle on top. Finish with your selection of fresh herbs, crumbled bacon or your choice of additive. 

[grape hyacinth to set the mood]

[dig in]

Recipe Source: Smitten Kitchen

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

yesterday

After a quick but great Easter weekend, not enough sleep and a quick cup of coffee; Sommer and I were off to Virginia to spend the weekend with Chels and the kids.  

And then, after a long day of traveling (right through D.C. somehow???), two naps that were too short and a long bedtime routine...my sweet sister knew just how to end our night.

wine, ice cream and The Proposal!
She knows me so well.

PS: Chelsey's wine glasses are all packed up so we were compromising with water glasses. :o)

Monday, April 21, 2014

according to my camera

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend celebrating with family and friends.  We got to spend lots of good time with Will's family this weekend, which was great since it's been quite awhile since we've all been together.  It was good to catch up and see all the kids having fun.  I'm so fortunate to have married into such a wonderful family <3

Today I offer you a little peek into our days over the last couple of weeks, if you'd like to see.  Here's what we've been up to, according to my camera...

Gluten-free chocolate chip cookie mountain


Bubble blowing on the dock behind the new house

Fun with Mimi on the deck

Starting a new book

Keepin' it real - my living room on a random afternoon

Swingin'

Coloring some Easter eggs

Gluten-free ice cream cone!  Thanks Aunt T!

One of the best uncles in the whole world

Spring at our new house

Egg huntin' in the country with this awesome crew

Throwing the disc

Easter morning

Cuties

Love our pretty church

That's a little look at what we've been doing.  What have you been up to?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Photo Friday!

Spring!
I love Central Virginia in the Spring.  This year, everything's blooming at once and it's so beautiful.  Thanks for reading this week and have a fantastic weekend!  Happy Easter!
-chelsey

Last weekend my boyfriend did something awesome and got us tickets to a segway tour in one of my favorite places on earth - Gettysburg! Have you ever been on a segway? They are simultaneously fun, scary and a little nerdy! It was super fun and I highly recommend it. Have a wonderful Easter!
xoCarrie

We are lucky to live really close to Longwood Gardens and when we visited earlier this week, we found out how amazing this place really is!  I especially loved walking through the areas where all the Easter lilies were blooming...so gorgeous!  Have a great Easter weekend!
xo Dana

Thursday, April 17, 2014

(lack of) fashion sense

One thing you may or may not know about me is that I am completely lacking in the "what to wear" department of life.  Mostly, I wear what's comfortable to me which ends up being shorts/t-shirt/flip flops in the summer and jeans/t-shirt/zip-up sweatshirt/sneakers in the winter.  These clothing combinations have been my uniform for pretty much my entire life, and although they might be acceptable for a 15 year old, I'm feeling like I may need to branch out a bit now that I'm, ahem, 31.  

But as thoughts of "growing-up" my wardrobe fill my mind, I have to laugh at the fact that I'm currently finding a lot of inspiration in the hand-me-down clothing that my two-year-old is wearing.  Recently, we brought home a big bag of clothes from a friend at church that included the cutest little play skirts.  Annabel is now the proud owner of no less than five adorable little skirts that she wears with t-shirts and either sneakers or sandals depending on what we're doing.  And you would think that since I'm the one who's dressing her, I would actually be able to put together a similarly cute skirt/shirt/shoe combination for myself.  You would think...but you'd be wrong.  I don't know what it is about me, but I'm really a very terrible shopper.  So instead of taking to the mall, I took to the always helpful Pinterest for some good ideas and further inspiration.  Here's what I found that I really like...

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 For better or worse, I love a good jean skirt.

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That orange bag and necklace makes me think of the orange couches that Will and I spotted as we were looking for furniture a couple weeks ago.  When I brought it up to the sales lady, she informed me that apparently orange is the new black.  Is this true?  Cause I'm not sure I'm gonna be able to hop on that bandwagon.  I don't think orange is my color.

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 This one just looks really comfortable.

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 Trip to the Farmer's Market, anyone?

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Sporty look.  I also love those shoes.

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 Every mountain-loving girl needs a good hiking skirt.

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 I actually have a skirt really similar to the one in this photo so if I can just find that cute elephant shirt, I can call it a day with this one.

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So pretty.

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Someone please tell me if jean jackets are still acceptable...I have no idea.  I'm guessing yes since it's the second one included in these photos?  Help!

I'm thinking about switching things up and making skirts and t-shirts (no, I'm never giving up my t-shirts, not ever) my new summer staple.  Hopefully I can find some comfortable and convenient (and by 'convenient' I mean something that I can wear not only while standing in one place having an adult conversation, but also while chasing two wild kids through the playground) options in the weeks to come.  

Ok, so who has fashion advice for me?  Ready, set, GO!  :)

P.s.  Annabel got over whatever was ailing her and nobody else came down with it!  Win!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Mantle

One of my absolute favorite things about my house (and the thing that most attracted me to it) is the floating mantle in the living room. It makes decorating for the seasons and holidays super fun, and I love scouting little bits and pieces to use on it everywhere from Target to TJ Maxx to the many thrift/antique stores in the area.

In the spring and summer it's relatively easy to keep fresh flowers around (so easy to simply pluck a few from my parents garden that Dani mentioned yesterday!), but right now spring has literally just sprung (and sadly, it's taking a short hiatus for a couple of days) so if I want flowers, I'm pretty much stuck with buying. Since this can get pricey, I was happy to be reminded of the idea of using lemons as a fresh accent (remember Jennifer Aniston's 12 lemon centerpiece in The Break Up?). They are super cheap, last a good long while, and look great piled into a vase or in this case, a terrarium. I did break down and buy the snap dragons because they were so gorgeous and only $5.99. Thank you, local GIANT! :)

I went with a yellow theme, and I love the result. Our entire living room feels brighter.

[Details: I snagged this mason jar from my Gramma's house when I tried (& failed) to make grapefruit jam. The candles were less than $1 at the Dollar General & the deer is a TJ Maxx find.]

[I found this little guy for $3.00 at a little shop in Charlottesville last year.]

[Details: The terrarium is Brigid's and the lemons were around $0.60 each at the grocery store. The necklace on the deer is J.Crew & yes I take it off to wear it occasionally:).]

It's the little things that make the biggest difference, I swear!

Have you decorated for spring yet??