Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pink Cupcakes

I made pink cupcakes on Tuesday to let our bible study know that we are having a GIRL!!!!!  Maybelle Jean McGuffey was being very shy and did not want to reveal herself, but thankfully we had a patient ultrasound tech who waited out our little girl.  We are so excited and cannot wait for her arrival.  Let the nursery planning begin!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


We had a fabulous Easter celebrating the resurrection of our Lord with some wonderful friends.  I always love an excuse to break out our china and to create a tablescape.  Mitch baked a mean ham, and we had more food than we could possibly eat.  It was a delicious traditional Easter lunch!  I hope you had a wonderful day of celebration and ate until your pants wanted to bust.  Because if holidays aren't for overeating, I don't know what is!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mr. Mailman.....

delivered this fun box yesterday!  You may be wondering what I am going to do with 500+ used wine corks, and that is a very good question.  Because why on earth would someone need that many wine corks?  Well, I decided a little while back to start up an online boutique of handmade items for the home, and one of the stars of the show will be the wreath you see below.  With the baby on the way, my wine drinking, and consequently my cork collecting, has been put on I had to call in the reinforcements or rather I just had to jump on Ebay.  I will tell you more about Amanda Carol Designs in just a few weeks when the store gets up and running.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spring Has Sprung

And that means warmer weather, flowers and baseball!  The cold weather seems like it is finally on the way out and flowers are blooming everywhere!  It is so refreshing to walk down the street and see blossoming trees that I didn't even realize were there before.  Last week I was able to get out of the house a couple of days and enjoy the gorgeous weather.  
Mitch and I had his firm tickets to the Mets game last Tuesday evening, but the game got rained out and rescheduled for Thursday at noon.  Since Mitch couldn't make the noon game, Catalina and I got to enjoy the sunshine and incredible seats (four rows back from the dugout!). 

Then on Friday I met a friend at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.  It was really overcast and not really the best temperature to walk around the gardens; however, cherry blossoms and daffodils were blooming all over the place.  Mitch and I will definitely be taking a trip back this summer; it is such a wonderful escape in the middle of the hustle and bustle of city life.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Charlottesville Visit

We had an amazing trip to Charlottesville last weekend!  While the weather did not cooperate on Friday and Saturday, it made up for it on Sunday.  It was a wonderful weekend of fellowship with two of our favorite couples, and Mitch and I both felt so refreshed after spending time with them.  We never expected to find such incredible friends during our time in Charlottesville, but the Lord blessed us with lifelong friends in the Smiths and the Michaliks.

I do not exaggerate when I say that our weekend was structured around food!  Charlottesville has wonderful restaurants, and we miss them so much!  We had every meal planned out, and Peyton and Emmaline were so sweet to accommodate our every whim...right down to the pregnancy move of grabbing a Dairy Queen blizzard on the way to the airport.  P&E (as I commonly refer to them) were wonderful hosts, and we stayed up until all hours just chatting.  They are the dearest friends, and as Mitch said when we were getting on the plane..."the weekend was just one long conversation."  

Now onto the pictures and the delicious restaurants.  Friday we ate at our favorite lunch spot, Feast.  It is located in a local market that has tons of local cheeses, produce, bread and dips.  Besides the food, the best part about going is all of the samples they have around the store.  So while you are waiting on your food, you can sample anything from candy to cheese.  My personal favorite sandwich is the grilled cheese with Virginia ham, and I top it off with the most divine salted caramel you will ever have.  After lunch, while I went to visit my former co-workers, Mitch tagged along with Peyton to the law school.  Below are a couple of pictures he took while he was there.

Friday night, we met up with Joe and Katherine and went to Mas for dinner.  It is a wonderful tapas restaurant in the Belmont neighborhood.  They have bacon wrapped dates that are by far the best thing on the menu, and we always order multiple plates.

Saturday, we had a lazy morning and made it to Bodo's Bagels at around 11:00 for our morning breakfast.  I LOVE bagels, and Bodo's will rival anything I have had up here in the big city.  My personal favorite is the everything bagel with butter; my mouth is watering just thinking about it!  After our late breakfast, we headed downtown to do a little shopping at a couple of the local stores; my personal fav is O'Suzannah.  And we bought our first children's book for the little naval orange that is growing in me. :)  After our shopping, we were ready to eat again, so we headed out to our old stomping grounds in Crozet to grab pizza.  Crozet Pizza is infamous in the area, and we were so lucky to live less than five minutes away.  After we stuffed ourselves with pizza, we headed to Veritas Vineyard where most of the group had a wine tasting.  It was just a wonderful afternoon of hanging out in such a beautiful place!  Finally, for dinner on Saturday night we decided to forgo our favorite restaurant in C'ville for a lower key place.  It was a tough decision, but in the end, it had been a long day and we just wanted to relax.  So we went to Mono Loco, which is a great Latin restaurant right off of the downtown mall.  We followed up dinner with a quick jaunt to The Flat creperie for a butter, sugar and cinnamon dessert.  Whew, that was a long day, but it was everything we wanted!

Sunday, we got up early and went to the early service at Trinity.  Oh how we love that church!  After church, we grabbed brunch at our favorite spot, La Taza.  It is also in the Belmont neighborhood, and it was every bit as delicious as we wanted it to be.  After brunch, we packed up our things and headed to campus for a relaxing walk before we went to the airport.  UVA has a beautiful campus and it was the perfect spring day to take a walk.  After our walk, we made a stop off at Barnes & Noble and at Dairy Queen on our way to the airport.  We thankfully got home without a hiccup and enjoyed rehashing the weekend on the plane.  It truly was a fabulous time, and exactly what the doctor ordered for this New York City couple.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Union Square

Union Square is one of my favorite places in New York.  It is only three subway stops away from my house and has so much to offer!  It has a lovely park and farmers market, but I would be lying if I said that was my main draw.  It also has great shopping and food!  The surrounding blocks have almost all of the stores that I like to frequent: H&M, Anthropologie, Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, LOFT, and DSW.  Not to mention these fabulous home and/or craft stores: ABC Carpet and Home, Fishs Eddy, and Paper Presentation.  And finally two great places to eat: Grey Dog Coffee and Pipa.  Grey Dog is usually packed and a little pricey, but the food is delicious and it is a great place to grab lunch.  Pipa is in the ABC Home building and is a fabulous tapas place.  It has beautiful chandeliers hanging all over the restaurant (you can see it from our girls weekend here) and it is such a fun place to go for an evening out on the town.  And do yourself a favor and order the sangria; it is delightful!

If you come in from out of town; I would say this is a must see area.  And I would be more than happy to be your tour guide! :)

Mitch and I are headed to Charlottesville tomorrow night for a long weekend, and we could not be more excited!  We are looking forward to a weekend of friends, fellowship and food!  I will post all of the happenings next week!

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