Dress the Part: Summer Stripes

February 14, 2013 at 10:00 amBY Joanna


bathing suit / dress / top / shoe

It’s looking like another season of sunny stripes are upon us, and that’s quite alright with me.  I’m always a big fan of just about anything striped.  Here are a few of my current favorites.  The dress is so classic, wear it to work or to the beach, and these ballet flats have the versatility for work or play.  Can’t go wrong with a stripe!

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Question: What do you like to do at home?

August 10, 2012 at 7:00 amBY Joanna

“What do you like to do at home?”   That was the questions posed by the It Was Nice To Meet You Gang (a newly formed group of bloggers organizing link-up parties).  The group asked participants to answer with 6 images.  For me, the answer was simple.  I absolutely love spending my time at home helping plants grow, and this time of year, my favorite activity is making home cooked meals with ingredients from my garden.  It’s a simple hobby, but so satisfying.

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Too Many Cucumbers: Quick Refridgerator Pickles

July 29, 2012 at 8:00 amBY Joanna

This recipe is super simple and great for this time of year, when cucumbers are growing like mad.  If you have a mandoline it helps with slicing (I have this one).  This recipe can apply to all sorts of veggies (I’ve added carrot, ginger, string beans, whatever I have too many of) and it’s spicy, consider yourself warned…it’s really spicy (reduce the jalapenos to half this amount if you’re not looking for lots of spice)!  The mason jars are helpful, but not necessary.  Any closed container will do.  These are not the pantry type of pickles, so make sure to refrigerate them right away.  They’ll last in the refrigerator for three weeks, but you’ll likely eat them all first.


5 Pickling Cucumbers, 2 Fresh Jalapenos, 2 tbsp Sugar, 2 tsp Salt, 2 tsp Caraway Seeds, 2 tsp Celery Seeds, 4 cups Apple Cider Vinegar, 4 cups White Vinegar


Slice cucumbers and jalapenos as evenly as possible, add to two containers in equal parts.

Combine all remaining ingredients together and divide to fill two containers.  All contents should be covered with liquid.

Refrigerate for 4 hours before eating, enjoy!

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Country Living: The Westport Fair

July 22, 2012 at 4:36 pmBY Joanna

The Westport Fair was last night!!  I had such a good time.  The sweetest animals were out, goats, sheep, and so many cows.  It was a little stinky, but well worth it.  I had no idea so many people care about tractors and pulling heavy things around.  I’m more interested in the rides and games….we rode this spinny dinosaur (like the teacups and I’m sure we were far to big for the ride) and it was amazing!  There was Del’s (a RI frozen lemonade) and pierogies, and plenty of country flare.  Thank you Westport Fair.

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Olympic Stamps: Royal Mail

July 19, 2012 at 10:00 amBY Joanna

London is the first city to host the Olymic games 3 times.  To celebrate, the Royal Mail has released a series of 30 special edition stamps representing the summer Olympic sports.  They are all so good: bold graphics, bright colors, and each one unique.  I have at least 4 people in mind who would love to get the collection, and I need to order a set for myself too.  I love that ping pong is represented here (the only sport I can play).  I’m placing my order today.  The series comes to $30USD.

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Just Picked: Morning Harvest

July 18, 2012 at 6:15 amBY Joanna

I like to get out early before the heat sets in and water the veggie garden.  This morning I took some extra time to thin out some overgrown Chrysanthemum greens, and hiding in the mess of greens were some beautiful veggies ready for picking.  These are my first big tomatoes of the year (I’ve been waiting patiently).  The cherries are yellow, orange, and black…..all very sweet and delicious.  I grabbed one chili pepper (salsa maybe?) and two varieties of cucumber.  The bright yellow round one is a lemon cucumber (first year I’ve tried them – kind of seedy, but maybe I’m picking them late?).  The yellow zucchini is so pretty.  Tonight I will be eating well – thinking tacos and cucumber salad.

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Hunted for: Worishofer Slingback Sandals in Red

July 13, 2012 at 10:00 amBY Joanna

It’s long overdue, but I just ordered these Worishofer sandals.  I’ve had my eye on them for a while now, but I was worried they’d look like the ‘comfort’ shoes they actually are.  I took the plunge and ordered them the other day.  I’m so glad I did, they actually look really good.  And even better, they’re totally comfort shoes…I mean, they’re super, super cushy and easy to walk in.  I’ve never worn shoes that feel so light weight.  It’s actually going to take some getting used to, but I love them.  They come in so many colors and styles, it was hard to decide, but I figured I’d go for the red.  They only cost me $65 so I may have to get another pair in the dark yellow color too.

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Obsessed: Summer Camping

July 5, 2012 at 10:49 pmBY Joanna

I’m summer camp obsessing ever since I found this picture of my dad at sleep away camp c. 1951.
1. Steiner 8.5 x26 Wildlife Pro Compact Binoculars

2. Play Visions Lego Classic Solar Torch

3. Aquapac Mini Camera Case with Hard Lens

4. Texsport Travel ‘n’ Grill

5. Coleman Stainless-Steel Cooler – 54 qt.

6. REI Kingdom 6 Tent


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Traveled: A Trip Back to My Childhood Garden

July 4, 2012 at 12:33 amBY Joanna

There’s no place I find more relaxing than my family’s garden.  I took a trip over there the other day and brought my camera.  To say my parents have green thumbs is an understatement.  They can grow just about anything, and there’s a stream running through their yard! It’s just the best place to disappear for a few hours and read a book.


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Camp Yawgoog in Moonrise Kingdom

July 4, 2012 at 12:24 amBY Joanna

Growing up in Rhode Island, everyone went off to summer camp in July, and for the smallest state, surprisingly, many of us kids stayed at camps in RI.  If you’ve seen Moonrise Kingdom, you’ve seen Camp Yawgoog, a popular camp in little RI.  It was so great watching the movie and noticing all the local spots I’ve visited as a kid.  Wes Anderson did a great job with Yawgoog (it actually looks just like he depicted).  I’m planning a drive by this weekend to take some pics.  I’ll share soon.

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