Showing posts from May, 2014

Graduation Weekend: Atlanta Botanical Garden

(posted by Emily) How was your Memorial Day weekend? We spent ours in Atlanta, celebrating my cousin Lindsey's high school graduation. We didn't make it in time for the actual ceremony, but are incredibly proud of her and can't wait to watch her adventures at Auburn begin in the fall. It is always great to see our family in Atlanta, and this was a fun trip for us--we stayed a bit longer than normal and had a chance to explore some new sights around town. Lindsey's graduation party wasn't until Sunday, so we spent Saturday afternoon at the Atlanta Botanical Garden . As avid garden and flower lovers, it was a natural (no pun intended) choice for us to go check things out. sculptural interpretations of Giuseppe Arcimboldo 's Four Seasons - spring winter fall summer orchids in the conservatory wall of orchids The visit was spurred by my dad's interest in the Imaginary Worlds displays--l

Words of Wisdom (on a Wednesday)

(posted by Emily) I was noodling on Pinterest today (because, why not?!) and came across some great illustrations of quotes about food :) I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! via via via via Hope your dinner is joyful! :)  --E&R

Breakfast Nachos

(posted by Emily) Sometimes, a really great recipe comes your way, you have most everything on hand, and you just have to make the dish. Yesterday was one of those occasions, when our friend Jen posted on my Facebook wall: The Post Punk Kitchen comes to us via Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of Veganomicon and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World . We've had her books for a while, but I haven't spent much time checking out the blog. The breakfast nachos looked pretty straightforward, and we've been on sort of a Mexican food kick the past few weeks. It didn't take much convincing for me to decide this was the direction dinner should go! I followed the recipe almost verbatim--we subbed guacamole for the avocado salsa, and I made scramble like I usually do, which is similar to their recipe, but allows for more eyeballing of ingredients vs. measuring. The cheese sauce is awesome, and we had fun making plates of nachos. There was even enough left over for lunch to

Pineapple Vinaigrette

(posted by Emily)  It's the post you've all been waiting for! Well, maybe not, but it has been a long time in the making . After our trip to the Flatbread Company in Paia, we've been patiently waiting to re-create their pineapple vinaigrette. After some different attempts at the right ratios (and a little help from this recipe online from a fellow Flatbread fan ), we've finally got it together.  First, begin by making the pineapple vinegar. I used apple cider vinegar as the base, though if we did this again, I'd probably choose a white wine vinegar instead, for a more subtle flavor.   Prepare your pineapple: Cut the top off of the pineapple, and quarter. Remove the bottom ends from your quartered pieces, and slice away the core and the rind of the fruit. Chop pineapple into smaller, bite size pieces.  remove the top cut in half quartered remove bottom ends and rind chop into bite size pieces Fill ball jars

Flashback Friday: San Francisco

(posted by Emily) I've been working on a video project at work for the past two weeks (shout out to the Leadership Academy video team!) and have been using my trusty Flip Cam . The camera was a Christmas present from my Grandma Laich during my year as an LC and as I was looking through the videos, I found some great clips from the weekend Rick and I spent in San Francisco. Enjoy! Riding the trolley Lombard St.  The Golden Gate Bridge (with special guest appearance by Karl the Fog) Street musicians in the park The trolley at night Truly, we have always loved to travel. It was only fitting that I had a job that took me all over the country in the first year of our relationship, because it gave us a chance to see lots of great places together! Have a great weekend! --E&R

Top Ten: Free things to do in London

(posted by Emily) With summer vacation fast approaching (though not as quickly as if I taught at a regular public school!), it is time to start thinking about our month-long London and EuroAdventure trip! I've been doing some research about free things to do while in London, since we'll be making our home there longest and don't want to break the bank with all of our adventures.  Londonist is a great site that highlights events, attractions, get togethers, and all of the great things London has to offer. I signed up for the daily email newsletter, that details things to do in London today. It has been fun to read about all the offerings over the past few months, though it hasn't helped my desire to get this trip underway as soon as possible! Here are ten great, FREE things to do in London! Top Ten: Free things to do in London 1) Museums - TONS of museums are open to the public with free admission! The Natural History Museum , the Victoria and Albert Museum , T