transitional kitchen

Can you believe this kitchen makeover? This space is a basic kitchen seen in many american homes – maple cabinets, space above the cabinets for knick-knacks, mismatched appliances and laminate countertops. By moving the cabinets up towards the ceilings, adding crowd mowling, and adding a shelf gives this kitchen a custom look for a fraction of the price. I’m loving the simple subway tile and dark/light cabinet color combination!

(urban grace via my sweet savannah)

florentine stuffed mushrooms

I still can’t believe that Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season has officially started. On Thursday I made these appetizing stuffed mushrooms in between stuffing the Turkey and sips of red wine. They are absolutely delicious and they are definitely being added to my recipe book. (I’d recommend doubling the salt and adding some shredded parmesan cheese on the top.)

Florentine Stuffed Mushroom

(image via real simple, since Ryan devoured them before I had a chance to take a photo.)

giving thanks

apartment therapy table

By now, you’re probably tired of seeing everyone’s post about what they’re grateful for. I’m late in the game, but I was too busy enjoying (very) early morning coffee, and mid-morning naps while watching the parade. This year was the first time that my parents ate Thanksgiving dinner with Ryan’s family and as anxious as I was to have them together, it was rewarding having both of my families in the same room.

1. I’m thankful for my health and the health of my family and friends. (This year my father was diagnosed with skin cancer. He’s in great shape now, but it’s always scary to hear when your Dad isn’t okay.)
2. I’m thankful that throughout the past decade, I’ve had two beautiful, strong woman as best friends.
3. I’m thankful that I have a true, unconditional love with Ryan.
4. I’m thankful that Ryan still makes me laugh every single day. Even when I’m mad at him and really don’t want him to know I’m laughing.
5. I’m thankful for our sixteen year old cat that really has nine lives.
6.  I’m thankful that we have a beautiful place to live. Even when I get frustrated with living in a studio with minimal storage, I am grateful we have a warm place to call home.
7. I am thankful that despite recently getting laid off (again), I have a new appreciation for what I am passionate about.
8. I am thankful that Ryan found a job that he genuinely loves and is excelling at.
9. I am thankful for friends that make my stomach hurt from laughing every time we’re together.
10. I am thankful that  even though I am not currently at a place in my life that I planned, I am exactly where I’m supposed to be.

delight by design holiday table

(images via apartment therapy, delight by design)

spa weekend

I had one of the best weekends, it’s hard to believe it’s over. On Friday night, Ryan and I met my parents at our wedding venue to taste the food for this April’s event. The food was absolutely delicious, and I think I celebrated by drinking enough wine for all four of us. I just can’t believe that I’ll be getting married in 5 months!

On Saturday my girlfriends and I got a suite at a local hotel for the ultimate slumber party.  Sometimes it’s nice to spend a night away even if it’s at a hotel 30 minutes from your home. After our massages and facials, we spent the afternoon in our robes sipping cucumber-lemon water and chatting poolside at the spa. As much as we wanted to stay in our robes on Saturday night, we got dolled up in dresses and heels and headed downstairs for dinner and drinks. I don’t know how we used to party like we used to, because we ended up back in our robes and falling asleep watching Florence and the Machine on SNL.

I left Sunday morning feeling refreshed, content and fortunate to have my friends in my life.

honey mustard pork roast

Now that it’s getting cooler, I’ve been cooking heartier homey suppers. (I’m going to try and use this word more often.) I saw this recipe last week and had to try it. The pork roast is filled with flavor and wrapped with the crispiest, most delicious bacon. (I need to add more next time!) I served it with a side of fresh green beans and roasted potatoes. (We were too hungry to take any better photos.)