Black and White with a dose of Green

It is so strange to look back at pictures from the beginning of construction and see how quickly we actually built this home.

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The exterior portion of the house has gone through some major work. It has been a work in progress for months, and we are far from finished in terms of the back yard, but the over all look is basically complete. I want to add more boxwoods in the front next spring and build a stonewall in front of the property alongside the street. All of these things can slowly evolve. This is what the home looked like late spring. We added a privacy fence, finished the trim and planted seed.

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This is what it looks like now. I love how the garage doors pop with everything else being stark white. The doors originally came white. It was impossible to find already black exterior garage doors. I searched forever. We decided to have them professionally painted black. Best decision ever. I added three black barn lights above them too stand out against the white siding.

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It has been nice to not have the endless tracking of dirt in the house. Clean and simple.

Onto the next project!

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Library Lessons

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The local library has such wonderful events and classes for local children. I have been taking my kids there for years, starting with the amazing summer reading program. Throughout the year though, the library offers Saturday events for children and weekly classes. Every week, Miss F and I go to one class on Wednesday. This early literacy program includes, singing,fine motor skill development, reading books and making crafts. Every week centers around a theme and she loves it.

If our week days are not as jam packed, we stop by to play with the puzzles or say hi to the librarian who Miss F adores. A few weeks ago, she read pirate stories and made a pirate hat.

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We also read books on colors and how sunflowers grow. She made her own sunflower and showed everyone in town after we left the library.

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She learned that when you pick colors together you create new colors. This was awesome because my home remained clean for this activity!

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And on another day, her Poppy joined us for a walk to the library to play with the puzzles and then a stop at the park afterwards.

I cherish all these moments with her. They are very special to me.

My little guy

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Where does the time go? I remember taking this picture two years ago. I miss them this way, but I love them so much more now. Is that even possible? My little guy is growing up to be such a kind person. Over the last few months, he has really matured, found his footing. Found what he loves to do, soccer. Found out that he loves to read. Phew. And found a way to express his feelings using words from his heart. I love him. He is so special.

Black 47

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Over the summer we went to the Newport Irish Festival. I hadn’t been in ages. The entertainment line up was fantastic, but with an already packed summer calendar, we could only go up one afternoon.

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We have seen Black 47 many, many times. I play them home a lot actually during the day, and Miss Fin loves them. When I heard they were retiring, I knew it was our last chance. I would love to see them play their last show, on November 19th in the city, but it is Mr. S’ birthday.

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The kids at first were in awe of the sound. Miss P was worried the entire show because they wanted to know if there were any Irish dancers in the crowd. She was freaked out that I was going to make her get up on stage!

Do It Delicious

I am not a cook. I have never boasted that I was. I think I have stated a few times on the good ole blog that it is not my favorite thing to do in the world. But I need to eat to live, and I needed to find something that could give me ideas that would not take forever to prep or cook.

I follow Jessica Seinfeld on Instagram. She is Jerry’s wife, but stands on her own in terms of being an accomplished woman with a spot on personality. Her instagram feed is hilarious, and¬†she is a great cook. She has written several cookbooks, but it was her Instagram feed of the things she makes that peeked my curiosity about her. She can be found on http://www.doitdelicious.com. I love that her recipes are easy to prep and easy to actually cook.

Last night I made the cod dish. Oh.My. Goodness. It was uhhhhmazing. The only things I additionally added were spinach and vegetable stock. This literally took me 5 minutes to prep, if that, and 40 minutes to actually cook. The best part was when it was cooking, I did not have to be glued to the stove.

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Next on the menu will be these two recipes. If I can make two or three a week, and have enough for left overs for everyone for the next night, I can actually make do this.

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This eggplant is next. The only thing I plan to add is making my own tomato sauce. Just to dip and add on the side.

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And this chicken recipe, is literally cooked all in one pot. Sign me up.

Have you found any sites that offer delicious meals for little prep and cook time? Do share!