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I have a very vivid memory of Christmas in New York City. My uncle was living in an apartment with a kitchen smaller than my bathroom in Newport now. My grandparents came in from Texas and we were all together to celebrate. My mother dressed Emily and me in bright pink, matching coats so we stood out amongst the business men as we walked down Fifth Avenue. We wanted to go skating at Rockefeller Center, and in true fashion, my grandfather made it happen. New York City holds a very special place in my heart. It’s one of the greatest…

Getting Our Christmas Tree

I believe strongly that Christmas should not begin until after Thanksgiving. That being said, Thanksgiving was last week. Bring on the holly and the jolly. One of my favorite things to do to kick off the holiday season is to cut down and decorate a Christmas tree. This is the second year Ryan and I have put up a tree in his (now our) apartment. Both times, Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown supplied our tree. We were considering just grabbing a tree from Home Depot, but none were up to par. Plus, it’s always nice to support a local farm.…

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Caitlin’s Confections: Mixed Berry Crumbled Cupcakes

I stumbled across these photos on my camera the other day and realized I never shared this recipe on the blog. That being said, it really is too good to pass up, so here we are. If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe to make for a holiday party, I’ve got you covered. Fruit crumbles are some of my favorite desserts. The sweet, tart filling is such a perfect compliment to the nutty, buttery crust. However, when I was brainstorming this recipe, I wanted something that was first, a personal serving and second, easier to transport and share.…

Packing for a Winter Hike

This past weekend, Ryan’s family hosted us at the Zealand Falls Hut in New Hampshire. We rented out the hut for the night on Saturday, hiking in early and out the next day. It was a crazy experience, to say the least, considering that the temperatures were below freezing and the hut had no heat other than in the dining hall. That being said, I was well prepared, thanks to Ryan’s preemptive advice on what to pack/wear. I’ve now experienced a summer and winter hike, so while I’m no expert, I do feel I can share an adequate packing list.…

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Postcards from Zealand

This post is dedicated to Tim Ellis who is an avid reader and supporter of this blog (“I hit like, like, like, like, like”) and who never fails to make us all laugh. Hi Tim! 🙂 What. A. Weekend. I am going to start this post off by saying, I had no idea what to expect when I agreed to go on this winter hike. Ryan’s dad has planned and organized these trips for years and everyone raved, “it’s always the best time.” I tagged along on the summer hike back in July and we did have a blast. However,…

Caitlin’s Confections: Grandma Barbie’s Pumpkin Bread

During the holidays, we all look forward to my grandmother’s pumpkin bread. She packs multiple loaves in her suitcase and they travel with her across the country. Let’s just say, her luggage is a whole lot lighter when she leaves. I’ve never been able to get over how good her pumpkin bread is, especially considering how simple it is to make. I think I can whip up a batch in about ten minutes at this point. Granted, the cook time is substantial. If you’re looking for a quick, easy dish to whip up for breakfast or to throw on a…

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