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Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 | 5 comments

Sweet Potato Muffin Bliss

Sweet Potato Muffin Bliss

I absolutely love sweet potatoes. Although I avoided them as a child, as an adult, I’m making up for lost time. On this cold January day, I had a craving for sweet potato muffins. Lacking a recipe, I emailed my friend Sara for a healthy and delicious sweet potato muffin recipe. Within minutes she sent me a link to her blog. I immediately put two sweet potatoes in the oven to bake while I gathered the ingredients and set up the mixer. The sweet potatoes took about 20 minutes to bake. If you have a large sweet potato it will take 30-45 minutes to soften. I wanted to make them without sugar, so I just used honey instead. Below is the recipe I used: 1/2 cup almond milk (use any kind you prefer) 1/2 cup coconut oil 2 Tbs. unsulphered molasses (plain molasses will do) 2 eggs 2 Tbs. vanilla extract 1 1/2-2 cups sweet potatoes (cooked) 2 cups brown rice flour (use regular flour if you prefer) 2/3...

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Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 | 1 comment

Three Boys, One Big Birthday Bash

Three Boys, One Big Birthday Bash

A few weeks ago when I was talking to a couple other parents about what we were all planning for our kids’ birthdays (three boys born within a month of each other), we agreed to pool our resources and host a group party. Our kids all share the same friends after all, so one big party just made sense, financially and logistically. We decided to throw the party at Alexandria Country Day School’s gym with the school’s athletic director Peter Baroody organizing various indoor games and activities. The idea to host the party at ACDS came from my friend Catherine (who heard about it from another friend). She has hosted her son’s party at ACDS the past few years and it has always been a hit with the kids. Most of the guests were age 7 like the birthday boys, but there were a few older siblings (and sisters) invited as well. Peter turned pool “noodles” into lightsabers, organized a massive rock-paper-scissor competition and devised a twist on bowling...

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Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 | 0 comments

Looking Back: Home Tours 2015

Looking Back: Home Tours 2015

Home tours and room renovation stories are our favorite part of writing this blog. Who doesn’t love visiting other peoples’ homes and seeing how they decorate and make the most of their space? Today we’re compiling a list of all the homes we visited in 2015 and encourage you to contact us if you’d like to share your home on this site! Justine and Jonathan’s Art-Filled Home Every piece of art in Justine and Jonathan’s home has a meaningful back story. Mark and Sally’s Modern Basement Makeover See how the couple turned a former music studio into a cozy and comfortable living and guest space. Matt and Angela’s Howell Avenue Taphouse Local home brewers Matt and Angela have taken their craft to a new level renovating their basement to include a 3-tap kegerator and lounge area. Christina and Brad’s Del Ray Rowhouse Remodel: Part 1, 2 and 3 We were thrilled when blog reader Christina contacted us about her upcoming rowhouse renovation and offered to let us track the...

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Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 | 0 comments

Maria and John’s DIY Wedding

Maria and John’s DIY Wedding

As soon as Del Ray residents Maria and John closed on their 1798 Colonial home in New Hampshire, they knew it was the perfect place to host their wedding and reception last summer. A second marriage for both, the couple wanted a small, low-key DIY wedding in a place that was meaningful to them. They decided the nearly two-acre N.H. home served as the perfect location for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and the recently restored barn was ideal for dinner and dancing. Handmade signs directed guests to the wedding… …and the big tree out front was lit with votives in glass jars hung with colorful ribbon. Maria and John repurposed a farmhouse sink left by the previous owners as a place to cool drinks. They hung drink tags from a small metal ladder that was also left behind. In homage to the work they’re doing on the home, they fashioned the drink tags out of paint chips. For table names, they used places important to them, such as...

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Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 | 3 comments

Justine’s Zendoodling Sketchbook

Justine’s Zendoodling Sketchbook

At one of our recent coloring book club sessions, I noticed Justine coloring in one of her own zendoodles. New to zendoodling, Justine has quickly become adept at this fun and relaxing style of drawing. Justine carries a sketchbook around with her so she can do a little zendoodling whenever the mood strikes. One evening, I looked over her shoulder as she showed me page after page of her beautiful, spontaneous drawings. You don’t have to be a trained artist to zendoodle, says Justine. You start with a line drawing and then you let the line go where it wants to go, making swirls, dots, repeating geometric shapes, waves, cross-hatching, whatever feels right. Maybe you trace your hand and then fill in the outline with various patterns… Or you color the shape of a simple bird… Justine likes to start with an object, a pinecone say, and then use the shape of it to inspire a zendoodle, which she may embellish with differently colored markers. She may be inspired...

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