Hello friends, I know it has been ages since I posted and so much has happened in our lives that I felt pretty protective of because we are having our first baby! Okay it’s a bit late to be sharing I’m at 38 weeks now and basically finishing up the long and life altering journey of my first pregnancy, but I have been feeling the urge to write and share again, so here I am.
I had to share the most beautiful and thoughtful baby shower that my lovely girlfriends Jenna & Jessica and mother-in-law Nicole threw for me and our Little Waterfall because it was too special and wonderful to not share. They came up with some fun activities like painting different sized onesies with cute animal stencils, writing their congratulations on Martha Stewart paint chips and filling out an advice to Mom and guess Little Waterfalls due date and birth details. It was the perfect way to celebrate our little girl’s arrival.
There was also a delicious spread that was prepared by all the fantastic gals that came to the afternoon party, thank you so much ladies you spoiled me and Little Waterfall. I start drooling and craving all of it just looking at the photos – yumm!
Thanks again to everyone who came to celebrate this new chapter in our lives, I was incredibly touched with all the little details and Jess and Jenna you would make Martha Stewart weep in awe. Much love to you all, we can’t wait to meet our Little Waterfall and share her with you.
Jeff and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary on September 10th and we decided to visit one of our favorite places here on the west coast, Whidbey Island just over the border in Washington. We rented a cute beach cottage attached to a big beach house located on Useless Bay near Freeland on the island.
I had also asked my talented sister-in-law Eleanor to re-create our wedding cake, which was delicious and a great idea to bring back a flood of warm memories of our wedding day celebrations.
The beach in front of the house was full of driftwood, so we set out to explore, collect seashells, sand dollars and of course have a photo shoot to capture the weekend.
There were tons of driftwood sculptures all along the beach and I loved all the visual texture it created, not to mention all the creative ways people have used driftwood to make benches, art pieces and hideaways to play in, what a wonderland for kids of all ages.
Someday we hope to have a home by the sea, but it was pretty great to get to spend our first wedding anniversary pretending we do. Love you babe, thanks for the great gift!
Walking towards the cobalt blue sea calling my name. The arches guided me, smooth, white and inviting. Yes I could have stayed if I let myself.
All the doorways decorated for my arrival, welcoming and smiling back at me and pots decorated as if everyday here is to be celebrated.
Only to be admired from afar.
Pretty windmill perched on the volcanic ash cliff top with the majestic view of the Caldera. I just sat in wonder and silence to enjoy the peace I felt.
Cute olive tree in a clay pot enjoying the sunshine.
Last summer after looking online for a yummy green bean & potato salad I ventured into my kitchen and decided to just wing it, the result was my favorite summer picnic salad and it’s husband approved too.
In the summer months I like to keep cooking pretty simple to avoid time indoors, so this recipe only requires a few ingredients, minimal prep and time. I prefer eating this salad at room temperature so all the flavours have a chance to breathe and shine, which makes it great for picnics no refrigeration required, just pack it in your bag and go. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Bean & Potato Picnic Salad
- 2 cups of beans trimmed
- 1 shallot sliced thin
- 3 cups of small red potatoes
Salad Dressing Ingredients:
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 3 Tbsp of Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp of Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp of Grainy Mustard
- Salt & Pepper to season
- Cut potatoes into bite sized chunks and put into pot with water to boil
- While the potatoes are cooking, slice the shallot, trim your beans and make the salad dressing
- Boil potatoes until they start to crumble in the water, just stick a fork into them and if they are starting to fall apart you’re there
- When the potatoes are done put them into a large bowl (don’t rinse them, keep them nice and hot) and add the shallots and 2/3 of the dressing – the smell will bring your husband to the kitchen!
- Steam the beans for approximately 5 minutes, they should be tender with a bit of crunch
- Toss the beans in with the potatoes and shallots and add the remaining dressing
I’m participating in The August Break organized annually by the lovely Susannah Conway, it’s a group of like minded souls who enjoy taking photos and sharing them online. There are no rules for August Break (love that), I’ll be posting photos at my leisure and capturing the sweet moments of summer.
My wonderful husband created a new home for my August Break photos here on The Waterfalls, under the Photographs tab at the top of the homepage or just click on The August Break logo that appears on the main page to guide you there. You can’t add comments there where the photos posts are, but there are buttons to Facebook “Like”, Pinterest “Pin it” and Twitter “Tweet” to the right of the latest photo and I will be ever so grateful if you did.
For all my fellow August Breakers, Hello and Welcome to my site, I’m so happy you stopped by and I hope to see you in the pool.