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we’re going to nantucket!

We booked our hotel and are read to head to Nantucket to celebrate our five year wedding anniversary–how can that be?!

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Meanwhile scoping out everyone of the NYTimes 36 hours, Mackenzie, Julia and Carly’s recommendations.

Have you been to Nantucket? Any must see/do/eats?

 

 

 


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book recommendation: behind closed doors

It’s been so long since I posted a book review. I took a bit of a hiatus from reading but I have a few good ones I want to share!
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I got this recommendation from The Sweetest Thing and it was so good. Behind Closed Doors is such a quick read and the writing is so simplistic it can seem a little immature or ill developed but its actually the exact opposite. Everything pieces together through the whole story and honestly I had a nightmare after I finished it…like the book just kept going in my mind!

I read this is two nights and the whole story was so satisfying (and a little scary to be honest because its so believable!). I don’t think there is a way to share about this book that doesn’t give things away so pick it up and see for yourself!


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christmas decor…that I never posted!

I never posted my Christmas decor even though the post has been sitting drafted since November…its just been a little crazy. Actually I decorated the second we got home from Thanksgiving (a 11 hour drive from Tennessee!). Last year we moved in right before Christmas so we set up the tree but didn’t really go all out. This year it was so fun to put everything up, and extra special because my mom and grandmother gave me some of their Christmas decor.christmas-living-room
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how to make your own bathroom valances

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I’m excited to share a DIY project I worked on over Christmas and New Years…it did take that long. Not because it was complicated but it was involved. I had been looking for new valances since we moved in last December (before pics below) and never found any that I liked. So I decided to take a sewing class (if you are in New Jersey I highly recommend taking them here), find fabric that I loved and make my own.
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a very gilmore girls recipe

gilmore-girl-snacksI started Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life last night! I knew I wanted to watch several in a row (wish there were more) so in true gilmore fashion I had to think about snacks. Coffee and poptarts what could be more gilmore?

Channeling my inner Sookie (with a shortcut because I had leftover pie crust from Thanksgiving pies) I made poptarts from scratch. Naturally, these are divine and easy enough even Lorelai cold whip these up.
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Ingredients:
One piecrust (homemade or bought)
Strawberry Jam
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 tsp vanilla
sprinkles

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 425.
2) Rollout piecrust to a rectangle (if possible). Cut small squares or rectangles, I did a variety of sizes but make sure everyone has a mate to be paired with that’s the same size.
3) Spread jam onto bottom pastry leaving a little room around the edges. Top with the doughs mate and crimp with a fork. I don’t mind mine being messy but clean any overflow in the oven or on the pan with a wet paper towel before it dries and crystallizes.
4) Bake for 10 minutes until dough is slightly brown. While the poptarts cool combine confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla together. Once cooled, pour over pop tarts and add sprinkles.