This is always a tough one for me because the whole year was so wonderful!
10. That Time I Turned into a Hippie: (and shared my love of Young Living and essential oils). This is totally a crazy thing I started doing and now I absolutely love using natural oils for my exhaustion, headaches, flu symptoms and cleaning.
9. What to Wear to Steeplechase outfits: I love these fun and classic outfits I chose for Columbus’s very own “derby” event.
8. Let’s Talk Bedding: Guys, I am such a grown up. I asked for bedding for my birthday. And I am SO happy I did. We are still 100% obsessed with our Tuft & Needle mattress and Pottery Barn sheet set.
7. A Very Austin Thanksgiving: Such a fun trip with Q’s family in a city filled with food and fun.
6. Caramel Crunch Layer Cake with Pecan Brittle: This cake is absolutely heavenly. Moist, sweet, crunchy- try it now!
5. Kitchen Remodel: This is still a work in progress (and this picture is OLD), but damn out kitchen looks good. Q had worked SO hard on making this my dream kitchen and it sure is. I adore cooking in it and can still hardly believe it is mine!
4. Living Room Transformation: Wow, looking back on these I appreciate Q’s hard work even more. He built these shelves by hand to transform a huge room into a livable space.
3. DC: We had such an amazing time visiting our friends Ali & Stu in DC.
2. On Graduating and Going to School Online: This was a huge milestone in my life: getting my Masters. An incredible journey and not the easiest one, but I accomplished it and am so proud of myself.
1. We Bought A House: Oh yes we did! And along with the house came the joys of homeownership… but in all seriousness, we absolutely adore being homeowners and having our own place.
What a year.
We bought a house.
Quincy deployed for 4 months.
I moved in and lived by myself, which was by far the scariest thing I’ve ever done.
We celebrated one year together.
Carl turned 2!
We started and almost finished a major kitchen renovation.
I completed my Master’s degree and started a great job.
Q was promoted and transitioned to a new job.
We made a lot of homemade meals.
And went 6 weeks without a sink, washing dishes outside.
We traveled quite a bit: DC, Greenwich, NY, Austin, Napa, Hawaii, and Santa Barbara.
We nested together in our new home.
Bring it 2015!
Like last year, Carl, Q and I traveled to LA for the holiday break. Carl was AMAZING on the plane and was so excited to see his cousins. The trip has been filled with delicious food (Joan’s on Third, Morton’s, Tender Greens) and lots of hang time. It’s been a much needed break for Q and me as the last couple of months have been so crazy busy. We have a fun New Year’s Eve with friends planned and a quick one night trip to La Jolla in store.
This year we decided to do Thanksgiving a little differently… we traveled to Austin to meet Q’s family for a food-filled weekend. Since Q’s family is spread across the US (and Ireland), we decided to meet “in the middle” and all go to a city we had never been to before. Since his sister, mom and I are all foodies- Austin was an obvious choice.
We arrived Wednesday evening and had dinner all together. On Thursday, we headed out for a bike ride and a visit to the first ever Whole Foods before cooking our own Thanksgiving feast.
On Friday, we went on a food tour led by Austin Eats. It was SUPERB. We started out at one of the best BBQ trailers in Austin (the best is up for debate): La Barbeque. I am not a meat gal, but this was some of the best bbq I have ever tried. And Q, my meat expert, said it was the best ever. We then headed to an American fusion restaurant, Hightower, and had some chicken thighs, and brussels sprouts. The third stop was at a famous food trailer park, The Picnic, where we had a Shinerbock deep fried Monte Cristo – heaven. The last stop was at one of Austin’s trendy new restaurants, Odd Duck, where we had fancy bar food and delicious cocktails. We were so stuffed, but made it out to dinner that night at La Condesa, a fancy modern Mexican restaurant.
Saturday morning we headed to the LBJ Presidential Library (so cool), Mt Bonnell (great views of Austin) and Southern Congress, or SoCo. We had an authentic Mexican lunch at Guero’s followed by the biggest donuts I’ve ever seen. Gordough’s is a MUST for an Austin visit. These donuts were covered with toppings and heavenly. Saturday night Q and I met friends out on Rainey Street. Rainey Street is a street where all of the bars are located in converted craftsmen homes. Such a unique and fun spot.
We stayed in a great house that we got through AirBnb and loved being able to spend quality time together.