Friday, March 14, 2014


My beautiful friend Jacinda is getting married. I'm so excited for her! All of us bridesmaids and her mom came together to throw her a tea party bridal shower. It was so much fun! We had teavana tea and honey and tasty, tasty homemade food. 

So many oranges and greens on this table! Above are cucumber + cream cheese sandwhiches on the left and veggie pizzas on the right, both made by Jacinda's mom.

My mother-in-law made these cute little mint fudge brownies!

Isn't my mom a cutie? She hosted the party... this is her home! On the right is our beautiful friend playing the what's-in-your-purse game.

When we decided to go along with a tea party theme, I knew I wanted to replicate this tea blending party on the Etsy blog. We styled ours differently to suit the light, springy feel of a tea party.

Guests could come and create their own loose leaf tea blend to drink there or take home. I set out two bases- green tea and caffeine-free mint leaves. Next to those were accent flavors to add a punch: dried coconut, lavender buds, dried apricots, rosebuds, eucalyptus... They all smelled lovely!

We decorated with various vintage items and lots of baby's breath.

Another one of the bridesmaids came up with this cute shower activity; we set out a cup of popsicle sticks and markers and asked everyone to write a date suggestion on the stick for Dan and Jacinda to do later after the wedding! It was really cute and everyone had great date night ideas! I suggested going to Joe Bean for some delish coffee...

It was a very successful party! Most of all, I'm so pleased with how blessed my friend was. Everyone showed so much love, generosity, and support... it was definitely worth all of the hard work :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Hello, world!

Thought I'd introduce ourselves with photos from a recent date night!

It was Valentine's Day and despite our love to stay home and cuddle while watching tv, The Owl House called to us and our tummies couldn't resist. 

We didn't actually go to the South Wedge Farmer's Market, but I was lucky enough to catch this while driving by. Skillz.

Isn't the snow pretty?

The Owl House is one of our favorite places to eat in Rochester! The food, so good. The atmosphere, so cute. And the wine, so tasty.

This is how they describe themselves: "The Owl House specializes in fresh, made-from-scratch New American food prepared with ingredients sourced from local providers whenever possible." 

Here we are! Me and my husband. We both wear glasses! Yay for nerds.

Giggle giggle.

I like diptychs. Wheeeee

No pictures of it, but I got the Maple + Mustard Pork Loin (with lentils! and cashews!). It was inspiringly tasty! Already I have cooked lentils for the first time because of it. I forget what Nate got.... but his wine was Elsa Bianchi Malbec and I fell in love with it.

My favorite aspect about the Owl House is that they offer such an array of options for vegan, gluten-free, local, vegetarian, and even paleo food. Restaurants like these are hard to find. 

So if you find yourself in the area, check the Owl House out! It's totally worth it.
And how can you resist a cute little owl?