Almost every morning Nick walks across the street to buy a coffee from either the bakery or the general store. On Saturday he returned with the new June issue of Martha Stewart Living for me. What a guy what a guy. As a big thank you I treated us to a lazy Sunday morning breakfast of Hearty Blueberry Muffins and sliced citrus. Nobody ate just one muffin so it's no lie when I say these little gems
Life lately according to my instagram. Ps. What are you doing this weekend? My mom is coming in tonight and I hope to catch up on last week's Mad Men and take a long hike somewhere. Have a good one!
Here are the details on the next session - I hope you join us!21 Day Gentle Food Cleanse Length: 21 daysCost: $200When: June 3rd - 23rd (must enroll by May 24th in order to get properly set up)Where: From wherever you are Goal: Over the 21 days you will slowly remove unwanted foods from your diet (like alcohol and processed foods) as you focus on supportive foods (like green veg
Thank you for your concern over our dog Finn. I'm happy to report he is home dining on scrambled eggs and steak while enjoying a cocktail of medications morning, noon, and night. He seems comfortable, happy, and able to make a full recovery. Part of his treatment was a surgical removal of his gallbladder. So naturally, yesterday while we were outside Dylan noticed a pink fuzzy clump of towel and a
I'm feeling the inconvenience of living on an island today and wish I owned a boat or was a better swimmer, anything to reach the other side and back again in one piece. Our dog Finn is set to be released from the animal hospital on Cape Cod after a very stressful few days of surgeries, blood transfusions, and sadness. The problem is it's May on Martha's Vineyard so all the vehicle spaces on the f
Life lately according to my instagram. Ps. What are you doing this weekend? Nick's parents are visiting so we're super excited to show them the new house and all of our favorite Vineyard things. Of course, happy Mothers Day to all you wonderful women out there! There are so many smart and contrasting pieces floating around on motherhood and celebrating Mother Day this week including D
When I was pregnant with Dylan, for the first time in my life, I craved sweets. I finally understood what you sweet people have been telling me for years - ice cream is amazing, chocolate is heaven, caramel is perfection. This time I have a sweet craving now and then but, even with another boy baby, am surprised to be gravitating to acidic and sour foods. I'm digging tomatoes, pickles, and citrus.
We are a couple weeks away from our 1 year island anniversary. Some days it feels like we've been here forever and Providence is a distant memory while other times Sunday hits and it feels like we should be hopping the ferry home. How long did it take you to settle into a new life?Our new house is making everything feel more real, exciting, and ours. My dad, mom, and Nick have all been epic weeken
Life lately according to my instagram. Ps. What are you doing this weekend? Dylan and I are going to a May Day party tomorrow and will continue our obsession with costumes, dress up, and pretend games. The kid has had a cape on for a month. Nick will be banging nails for the unforeseen future.
White maternity pants are clearly a first baby purchase. I would never buy or risk wearing white pants out of the house these days knowing the mushed banana, playground dirt, and pee would show up sooner than later but today I couldn't help myself. I am a proud supporter of spring and if that means risking it with my old white maternity jeans then here goes nothing...We have been celebrating this
I received the most adorable and delicious edible gift – a Superfood Popcorn kit. A friend packaged organic corn kernels and a a shaker full of homemade superfood topping into a pretty white bowl. This would be the perfect healthful snack gift for a new neighbor, favorite school teacher, or hostess. I find myself packing more snacks and lunches these days. The sun is finally out to enjoy
Life lately according to my instagram. Ps. What are you doing this weekend? Nick and my dad are starting to frame the small addition to the new house and I plan on cooking and enjoying Strawberry - Rhubarb Sundaes. The forecast here finally calls for a stretch of sun and 60 degree weather!
We've had to set a limit on these Chocolate Fudge Pops at our house. Dylan is allowed to have one a day. The thing is, he chooses to have his one at 7:30 am so by 4:00 pm he's baffled (as am I sometimes) that it is still the same day. How could this be possible?Other days we'll start one at 7:30, eat a little and put it back in the freezer, enjoy a few more licks after lunch and finally conquer it
Last night we made a big taco dinner together as a family. It was the Sunday night meal to end a week's vacation but at the same moment Nick and I turned to each other and said "wow this is the most time we have spent relaxing as a family at home all week!". Isn't it funny how time off can suddenly become as scheduled, busy, and stressful as a full work week? There were quick trips to New York Cit
Everyone in the state of Massachusetts has their own personal connections to the attacks in Boston this week. For us, we were in Boston yesterday for a very happy medical appointment. We were told a beautiful and healthy baby boy will join our family in September and make us a male dominated crew and I couldn't be happier.Our life changing news, full of excitement and smiles, was delivered just fl
Life lately according to my instagram. PS. I apologize for the quiet around here this week. As the old saying goes - when it rains it pours. We were hit with an ear infection the same week our lovely 2.75 year old decided to stop napping. Nick has been working late and spending the weekends on the new house. It's all good - just tiring and the small moments to myself I usually find (or seriously d
You dear readers have good taste. The most popular recipes over the past five years here at Two Blue Lemons are (in a suspenseful countdown of course)...3. Roasted Butternut Squash Quesadillas 2. Best Quinoa Black Bean Burgersand drum roll....1. Raw Carrot Cake!Yum yum all around. Great picks guys and great food. In honor of the newly crowned carrot cake, I thought it was time to refresh these pre
Nick and I are turning into those old people who say things like "can you believe that was a year ago" and "he's growing up so fast" but it's true - I can't believe our trip to Asheville was a year ago and Dylan looked like this last Easter. Back then we didn't know this island would be our home, a new baby would be on the way, and night three of a big boy bed would be going smoothly. I don't even
Life lately according to my instagram. Ps. What are you doing this weekend? Spring is finally in the air! We're going to an egg hunt party tomorrow and the famous carousel opens Sunday, complete with Easter Bunny! And, of course, lots of house work too.
I'm at that awkward stage of pregnancy where people stare at your stomach looking puzzled, regular clothes are tight but maternity clothes are big, and dreaming about the nursery is fun but also a long way (and a big move) off. Hey, it's kinda like spring around here. A far away, dreamy idea, that seems like it's never going to start full swing. I know in just a few weeks from now I'll feel very p
Life lately according to my instagram. Ps. What are you doing this weekend? We are cleaning (me) and painting (Nick) the tiny guest house on our new property to get it ready for spring tenants. I see a lot of trips to the dump in our future...Don't forget to consider my April 21 Day Gentle Food Cleanse - sign up by Monday. And you'll recognize my favorite chickpea salads because
I have a bag of keys, a bottle of champagne, and a folder of paperwork sitting next to me. This morning we closed on our house. We signed the papers on the first day of spring and our little cottage sits on Summer Street - all good signs. It is the happiest little house you have ever seen. Full of light, quirky details, and a very grateful family of four.Fresh little starts of popping up all over
There is one sentence you really never want to hear. That is "your dog has fecal incontinence and will continue to poop multiple times in the house, car, ferry boat, and wherever else he is when the urge strikes him." Our dog is only eight and in good health - what the hell is going on!? Adding this issue to my plate of two year old mothering, pregnancy, new house purchasing, and work is just no g
Life lately according to my instagram. Ps. What are you doing this weekend? Nick is headed to NYC so I'm riding solo. I hope to spend a lot of time outside and maybe unpack old maternity clothes (eeekkk - the beginning of the end).
spring via pinterestSo I'm switching it up a bit. For a year or so I've offered a 21 Day Gentle Food Cleanse to you. It's been a big hit - helping participants boost energy, lose weight, get in the kitchen, and learn new recipes. I've always offered it on an individual basis but now I'm going to change it up and offer a group cleanse every other month. The participation has varied from two to
Lucky 2013. I really think it's true. So many great things are happening this year so the number 13 has taken on a new meaning to me. My sister is getting married, a great friend got engaged, we will buy, renovate, and move into our first home, and we will become a family of 4 - yes, I'm pregnant!We are expecting a new baby in September so you lucky people are sure to be flooded with food, gloriou
Ah spring is in the air. Finally, the calendar only has a handful of days left until the momentous occasion. Last week, I shared a simple recipe for a perfect spring brunch on Say Yes to Hoboken. There is something about the season of daffodils and pretty dresses that makes me want to invite friends over, open the windows, and celebrate. This strata is essentially a savory bread pudding baked
Life lately according to my instagram. Ps. Can you find the secret message in a photo above? What are you doing this weekend? I am hoping to finally kick my cold and visit with friends in the promised 50 degree weather on Sunday! If I hear that we're stranded on an island in the middle of a storm again this month I'm going to puke.
One of the best parts about living on an island is that you can easily convince people to come visit you. And these people sometimes bring you beautiful hostess gifts and these hostess gifts are sometimes, well most of the time, edible. Our last set of lovely visitors gifted us a bottle of Butternut Squash Seed Oil. The flavor reminds me of roasted pumpkin seeds and the oil is a dark rusty color.
I was feeling so proud. We almost made it through the entire winter without getting sick. Only 16 days short of spring and Dylan is hit with a bad cold, croup cough, and potential ear infection. This just proves March is still winter on the East Coast.One of the hardest parts of having a sick kid is not having time to cook any meals. Dylan has been living on watermelon and smoothies and we are lef
Half the country is enjoying the start of spring and the other half (ahem me) is simply dreaming about it. But either way, our food is about to lighten up and heavy winter foods will be a thing of the past. I'm ready for it. I've been craving fresh cold fruit, vegetables, and crunchy sour snacks all week.This upcoming shift inspired me to share my favorite green smoothies with Liz's readers.I’m ho
Life lately according to my instagram.Ps. What are you doing this weekend? Friends are coming for a sleepover party and Nick promises to make us some pasta after we take the kids for a pony ride at a local barn. And of course the Oscars Sunday night!
So my bag of tricks is getting empty. There are only so many forts we can build and dinosaur books we can read. I'm stir crazy, wishing we had an adventure around the corner, very ready for spring. Luckily, when spring hits the island it really hits. I'm considering making a paper chain and doing an official countdown. Everything will be beautiful in just 30 days...On some of the longest days I dr
I forget where I was but I distinctively remember reading a menu and seeing Roasted Potato Salad. The genius idea has stuck with me and I finally put it to the test in our kitchen. I'm not a traditional potato salad type. I hate mayonnaise to a point of furry. But I love potatoes, especially roasted potatoes, especially roasted potatoes for lunch on another snowy Saturday when it seemed the whole
Life lately according to my instagram.Ps. What are you doing this weekend? We are going to measure our new house to start dreaming up the (small and cheap!) improvements. So fun!
Ah what a difference a day (or two) makes. Dylan and I fled the island for 24 hours - visited a city museum, met friends for lunch, and had a sleepover with my parents. I was in a true funk Monday morning and am happy I did something drastic about it. A change of scene and a busy day can do wonders. And remember what I said about winter? Well yeah, I take it all back. I'm over it. Daffodils and bi
Dylan and I fled the island this morning due to a case of the "housebound stir crazies". Sometimes you just need to see a chain store, drive on a highway, and use a stop light. Happily, Valentines Day is a good distraction this week and is one more push towards spring. Last week, I shared these Heart Shaped Soft Pretzels with Pink Salt on Say Yes to Hoboken. Go visit Liz and scribble th
Life lately according to my instagram.Ps. What are you doing this weekend? We are planning on being snowed in all weekend. That means eating big yummy breakfasts and living in flannel pants!
I'm totally avoiding the grocery store today. I sense a case of the "blizzard crazies" spreading across the island. It was the talk of childcare room at the YMCA this morning, betting on when ferries will be canceled, and how hard the winds will blow. So when I do venture to the market, what groceries to buy for the storm? The new issue of Bon Appetit has been tempting me from my bedside table for
I'm at a good place with winter right now. It leaves a cute little dusting of snow each night but is bringing more strong sun during the day. There are finally things like shadows and blue skies around here. I know the cold days are numbered - maybe six weeks left? Our family has so many project happening this spring, summer, and fall I'm constantly thinking ahead to house renovations, preschool c
Life lately according to my instagram.Ps. What are you doing this weekend? We're having RISD friends come visit in an attempt to convince them to move here...wish us luck! And I am making a special Valentines Day treat - stay tuned.
Big, big, fun news over here. We're in the process of buying our first house! I hope writing that didn't jinx us because we are still in the thick of inspections and paperwork. We found a little, like very little, 1924 shingled cottage that needs a solid dose of TLC. We hope to make it ours. Nick and I have lived in six different apartments over the past eight years. I can't tell you how exciting
Did you watch Downton last night? Oh my god. I am still thinking about it and obviously shed a few tears. I am impressed that Julian Fellowes pulled such a big move - that takes guts. What are your feelings on the drama?Phew, anyway back to food...last week I shared this recipe on Say Yes to Hoboken and really hope you try it out. A Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake is one of my favorite breakfasts be
Life lately according to my instagram.Ps. What are you doing this weekend? I'm going to a potluck/recipe exchange tomorrow night and we're hoping to do a day trip to Boston on Sunday to celebrate Dylan's cousin's 2nd birthday. Can't wait!
Our beloved dog Finn had some major surgery Monday which has left him slow and sad. Luckily, we took him out for a serious snow romp before hitting the Vet's office. It's a high of 10 F here today which is not warm. I have three different kinds of soup in the refrigerator - mixed bean, butternut squash, and leftovers of this delicious Greek Egg Lemon with Brown Rice. A warm bowl is the only thing
I have a vivid memory of sitting in a leather teepee in my elementary school soccer field learning about the Native Americans of Massachusetts. The man visiting was beautifully dressed in animal hides, bird feathers, and beads. He explained that the teepee was made of deer skin and I, very embarrassingly, jumped a bit. He then firmly but kindly pointed out my white Ked sneakers were also made of a
Life lately according to my instagram. Ps. What are you doing this weekend? We're hoping our new snow sticks around long enough to go sledding tomorrow and I'm trying my hand at Greek Egg Lemon Soup.
I'm jealous that some of you are living with snow on the ground. We're just wet here - soaked to the bone and chilly. To confuse things even more, just a few days ago it is near 60 degrees, super foggy, and felt like a different season. I made this Greek Yogurt Ice Cream, we walked the foggy beach and visited a sad whale that was the victim of the North East storm series hitting us these past few
I would describe these as a mix between Bit-O-Honey, Mary Janes, and Sesame Candy. All some of my favorite classic penny candy but in no way good for you (says girl who just dragged 2 year old to spectate second dentist appointment this month). If you want a sweet bite in the afternoon, or need a treat to sneak in your kids school bags this is it. Nutty, creamy, and just enough natural sugar to ma
Life lately according to my instagram.Ps. What are you doing this weekend? Nick and I are heading off island so I can attend a fabulous wedding shower and he can make a shaken table for a friend. Have a good one!