March 26th, 2012

spring is in the air

I apologize for my absence. The last few weeks have involved lots of work traveling (and I still have one more upcoming trip!), but also lots of good times with my hubby.

The weather has been beautiful, so we’ve taken a couple of walks with our pup to soak up the sunshine and warm weather. I’m a little bummed it looks like we’re supposed to have frost tonight. I guess we’ll be bringing back in all the plants we just put out on the deck last week! Either way, I’m happy it’s spring!

Here’s a little snap-shot as of late:

Our kitties are enjoying the springtime air too!

Our dining table finally arrived & I’m in love!

March 13th, 2012

beantown: part 2

Boston is a place I never seem to get tired of visiting for work, but I really look forward to one day traveling up there with my hubby for a fun trip so we have more time to explore and enjoy what the city has to offer. We lucked out last week that the weather wasn’t TOO cold for a New England winter, but by the end of the evening, once the sun went down, I was pretty much freezing and ran back to the hotel to make myself presentable for dinner. As much fun as I think it would be fun to live there sometimes, I just have to remind myself that I am not a cold-weather girl.

Either way, it’s a beautiful place to visit!

March 12th, 2012

beantown: part 1

So I know I’ve been a bit absent lately: lots of work travel equals not much time for blogging (or anything else really!). Last week I was in Boston (and the suburbs of the city) and I had the rare opportunity to spend a couple of hours exploring downtown with my camera. I don’t normally have much of any down time when I go on these trips, so I was pretty excited to put on some comfy shoes between work events and wander around a bit. I took WAY too many pictures and am having a hard time narrowing them down to share, so I’ll do a few today and a few tomorrow – OK?:) Consider yourselves lucky that I am not posting all 227!

March 5th, 2012

bring on springtime

This past week has almost felt like springtime and I love it! We spent the weekend antiquing, enjoying shakes at Carl’s in Fredericksburg (the best!), taking walks with our pup and just enjoying a couple of days off.

Unfortunately it looks like we might have a few more chilly days ahead before it stays warm, but the budding blossoms in the garden are keeping me hopeful that we don’t have much longer!

I’m really looking forward to working in our garden for the first spring in our new home and enjoying our deck and outdoor spaces! Who’s with me?

March 1st, 2012

dinner is served

For dinner last night I decided to try something a little different for us, and judging by all of the good comments from my hubby, it was a success!

Roasted Jalapeño Burger

1 large jalapeño, sliced in rings, deseeded
1 large ripe avocado, diced
cilantro, chopped
salt & pepper
pepper jack cheese, sliced
burger meat of choice (ground beef for us)
burger buns

1. Place sheet of aluminum foil on baking sheet. Arrange jalapeño slices on foil. Roast in oven at about 300 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until they start to look just slightly charred and softer. (You can also roast whole jalapeño and then slice later, whichever you prefer!)

2. After cooking burger to preference (we seasoned with a little salt and fresh ground pepper), warm buns in microwave (wrap in paper towel) for about 10 seconds. Place sliced pepper jack cheese on bun and top with burger to melt cheese.

3. Put a thin layer of mayo on top bun, and top off burger with chunks of avocado, cilantro and roasted jalapeño.

Enjoy! We ate it with a side of Salt & Pepper Kettle Chips. Yum-o!