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Last night we hosted a little dinner party. I made this simple centerpiece that was inexpensive and super festive. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A table runner
  • White or red bouquet of flowers
  • Small votive holders & small glass vases
  • Tealight candles
  • Fresh pine tree clippings

The whole spread cost less that $10 dollars. I went to our neighborhood hardware store and asked if they had any Christmas tree clippings lying around, they pointed me in the direction of a huge bin and offered me as much as I wanted for free! I can’t wait to get a bunch next year and make wreaths and garland for our mantle!

Begin by laying down your runner. This gives you a good guide as well as keeps any sap from dripping on your table. Next arrange the stems in an even layer on the runner, adding enough so to not leave any gaps. I had a pair of clippers on hand to trim some branches off and keep it straight.

After that arrange your flowers into a few separate vases. I bought one bouquet from Trader Joe’s and divided it up into the three. I like the look a smaller simpler arrangements rather than huge gaudy elaborate ones. Nestle the flowers along with the candles around the greenery.

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We started the weekend off right, with the best blueberry buttermilk pancakes ever. They tasted even better after sleeping in past 9am.

I’ve been making the same chocolate chip cookie recipe for years, so long in fact, I can make the recipe completely from memory. But this weekend I tried a new recipe and I’m so happy with the results. The best part was the little sprinkle of sea salt on top before sticking them in the oven.

We started putting together a dresser for the baby room, can’t wait to put everything in its place.

Speaking of baby, I’m surely growing one. My belly is getting rather large at 26 weeks.

To finish off the weekend, we hosted a Super Bowl party at our place, complete with it’s very own nacho bar. I made my mom’s tried and true re-fried beans recipe.

The weather this weekend was pretty epic, upper 60’s Saturday and in the 70’s on Sunday. We walked to church and didn’t even need a sweater, it was indeed a wonderful weekend!

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And then just like that it’s over. Over are the twinkling lights, the boxes with pretty bows, the family snuggles. Gone just like that. We took down our Christmas tree this week, which always makes Isaac a little sentimental about the previous year. After hauling our six foot tree down two flights of stairs and sweeping up a huge trail of old brown pine needles, we snuggled on the couch and talked about the year behind us, the year ahead. To which we both squilled in excitement for the arrival of our daughter Paige in just a few short months:

I love the New Year, excited to clean, simplify, and purge. (Hence the new blog format. Don’t get used to it. It was a pull the trigger kinda move. It will probably continue to morph. I am not diggin’ the orange font color.) Add to the fact that this year I’m supposedly in a nesting phase, this apartment better watch out. As you know we live in a small 2 bedroom apartment in San Francisco. Recently I’ve been working on moving the office into our room to make room the baby. Each room we decided, will have to serve double duty, our room plus space for an office, and the baby room will also function as a guest room. This week also marked the first purchase for her room:

With the New Year comes the all familiar normalcy of the everyday. The routine of bills, piles of laundry, rainy walks, crowded bus rides and taking out the trash. Out with the glitz and glamour of Christmas parties with open bars and sequined dressed women, now to the sweet comfort of life. This return to normalcy brings with it simple weeknight dinners and even simpler breakfasts of cold cereal and juice.

Instead of  being creative about hunting down new recipes, I pulled this out from my recipe book and it was all very familiar. In a good worn in comfortable sweater kind of way. This crumb cake has become staple at our house and it does not disappoint. Eat it for breakfast with a big bowl of fruit or have it as a late afternoon snack with a cup of coffee. Or like me nibble a little crumb here or there throughout the day.

New York Crumb Cake
Recipe from Martha Stewart

  • 2 T canola oil, plus more for pan
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted and cooled
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Heat oven to 325. Lightly brush a 9-by-12 1/2-inch baking pan with canola oil, dust with flour, and tap to remove excess. Set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a second bowl, whisk together egg, milk, canola oil, and vanilla. Using a rubber spatula, fold dry ingredients into egg mixture. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan, and set aside. (It will not seem like a lot of batter, but trust me it rises.) In a medium bowl, combine remaining 2 1/2 cups flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Pour melted butter over flour mixture, and toss with a rubber spatula until large crumbs form. Sprinkle crumbs over batter.  Transfer pan to oven, and bake, rotating pan after 10 minutes. Continue baking until a cake tester comes out clean, about 10 minutes more.  Transfer baking pan to a wire rack to cool. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve.

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A little peak at our kitchen table all decorated for fall…


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Loving this clean simple pumpkin decorating look. Get the directions here.


Here is a little inspiration board I put together for our family room, this is how I picture it looking my in mind…

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With our couch due to arrive in a couple weeks,  I’ve been collecting some pillows perfect for snuggling…

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I’ve come to love ferns since moving to Seattle. This one is so pretty sitting on our kitchen table…

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A while back I stumbled upon this print and instantly fell in love. Something about the vintage chairs, the olive greens, it’s completely breathtaking. Fast forward to this past week and look what arrived in the mail:

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This is a limited edition print, only 100 made. I got the last one… wheh!

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love this nursery via Martha Stewart…

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