May 4, 2021

Fashion

Photo by David and Tiffany Photography | Dress linked here

The truth is, I have been working on a life update blog post for a little while now and it kind of just keeps dragging on and needs more editing. So, let’s just pretend I already posted that and I will share it soon! Anyways, I wanted to share a few of my favorite things right now because well, I just miss writing for my blog!

Lately, less has really felt like more and I feel like I have been spending less, but on things that will really bring me special moments and value over a longer period of time. In my little life update post, that has yet to go live, I shared that I want to try to blogging again. Nothing scheduled, just what feels natural and organic. I miss reading the blogs of 2010. You know? When things were far simpler and everyone’s life wasn’t broadcasted on Instagram 24/7. That’s my goal for this space for a while. I won’t be posting as often but it also won’t be required.

I think it would be fun to start sharing a few of my favorite things maybe once a month or more often, if it sticks? Maybe we could include a small Q&A section? I will ask on Instagram and you can also leave questions in the comments for my next “A Few of My Favorite Things” post.

During my absence, I have found some fun things that I want to share with you. This will just be a list of things that I feel like deserve a little attention, things that may have received questions on Instagram and hopefully it will make a frivolous, fun read for you! Shall we?

Also, before we start, if you are a local friend, Fleming Lane is offering our local delivery option again this week and free gift wrap with the code FORMOM! See all fo the details in this post or in our banner on our website!

My Favorite Things

  1. The dress I wore to Beau’s 1st Birthday Party (love it! So great for the summer months). Found that the bust runs a little small, so I would size up if you think that might be an issue. It was for me!
  2. A must follow business and instagram account for interior design lovers @hagemanhomesinteriors. I’m obsessed!
  3. This swimsuit (top and bottom). I never thought I would be able to wear a two piece swimsuit again, after having Beau. But, this one hits my stretch marks and is still flattering! It’s bit cheeky, but covers the front extra well! I’m around a US size 6/medium and I took a large in the top and bottom.
  4. Noticed that Target is carrying these sweet little beach towels again this year! I purchased a few last year and think they are so cute! Only $6 each.
  5. This quilt that we have been using for picnics and for the beach. I want to buy another, in a different print, just to have multiples. We have the queen size.
  6. A book for my island loving friends. Spending my weekend reading this and organizing things in our bonus room!
  7. Celery Juice every morning. I’m giving this a try and feel like I can really feel a difference in my body. It’s just a little on the $$$ side and takes up so much room in our fridge! Any tips?
  8. This busy mat might just be the best gift we have received! If you have a baby or toddler I would highly recommend this! You can put your little one’s food on it while dining out and it really stays put, unlike other options! Also, you can connect all different kinds of toys to it. Seriously, SUCH a lifesaver!
  9. Fleming Lane. I have been spending a lot of time working on my new e-commerce home decor store. I hope you will check it out!
  10. A must watch movie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Steve Martin and Michael Caine are a funny duo in this movie. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before this week! Also, the French Riviera setting has me dreaming of the South fo France!

I hope that you enjoyed this post and that maybe we can do this again soon! What do you think?

A Few of My Favorite Things: May 2021 Edition

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T

March 31, 2021

The Home

Hi Friends! Ok, so it’s been a minute. To be honest, I didn’t intend to be gone this long and to be REALLY honest, I wrote an entire life update blog post that was so long I decided I needed to break it down into separate posts. More on that soon!

Fleming Lane

Either way, if you follow me one Instagram, you probably already known about Fleming Lane. I always get so many questions about our home and about home decor, that I wanted to have a separate place to share that passion. One thing led to another and I just really wanted to bring my favorite home decor, books and more directly to you!

Fleming Lane is my new e-commerce home decor store and passion project fo linen. The future is always a mystery but building our home and creating spaces that are filled with beauty and love is something that both Jay and I cherish.

My online journey has been a winding road and the more fo life I am blessed with experiencing, the more I understand that, that is what it’s all about. Filming Youtube videos and writing Timeless Taste blog has helped shape me into the woman I am today.

I was so young and fragile when I decided to put myself out there on Youtube, and even though it had hard moments it helped me grow so much. This space will still remain and will continue to change and grow as life does. I’ve learned that most things in life aren’t concrete and the best way to live is by trying new things and experimenting.

With that said, I’m so excited for the fun home pieces and content we have planned for Fleming Lane. I want to welcome you to our store and hope that you will follow us one Instagram too. I hope you will join us and that you love what you find!

With Love,

Morgan

Say Hello to Fleming Lane

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November 16, 2020

The Home

Recently, on my Instagram, I have shared sneak peeks of our detached garage that is currently being built. If you have been following our journey for a while, you will know that we built our home in 2015-2016. The process of building our house and making it a home has been been rewarding but also challenging at times. We have learned so many things along the way, one of which is that good things take time!

When we were planning our home, and during the first few years living here, we made plans for our property and goals of doing things in stages. Now, the time has come for building our detached garage and we couldn’t be more excited. I have a few more projects to share soon, so stayed tuned for that too!

After sharing a few pictures, I received quite a few messages asking why we decided to build a detached garage? For people who live in certain areas, having a detached garage probably isn’t as common as it is where we live. However, we have the space on our property and are very excited to have additional garage space to store Beau’s toys and one of Jay’s trucks. The garage will also have a small workout room and I am so excited! Hopefully, we can find the time to do some exercising other than chasing a baby around!

Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing

Over the years, I have pinned several inspiration images, on Pinterest, so Jay and I sat down to discuss everything we wanted to our garage to have and how it would look. While it wasn’t essential, we wanted a workout room and also loved the unique appearance that this small additional room would provide. Jay is our architect, designer and general contractor for this garage and after our discussion, he got to work drawing up this beautiful sketch! Although he is not an architect, he was able to sketch this small building for us.

He also scaled out the garage on our property survey for zoning so it would perfectly line up with our house. Honestly, I think he could have a very successful career as an architect! He really has the touch! Everything on the garage will mimic our home including the shutters, roofing, light sconces and our beloved wood garage doors. This view of our house is one of my favorites and I’m so excited for our detached garage to add twice the beauty.

We are grateful to have this additional storage and to also expand our property. Jay and I both believe that additions over time to our property really add personality, fun and function. While sometimes I feel impatient, I’m thankful that we have taken our time to build and create spaces we truly love and didn’t rush into anything.

So far, we have done the footing, foundation, and framing is going up now. So much has already changed from when I was able to write this. I will have a new update soon!

It’s an exciting time and I can’t wait to start working on the finishings. Thank you, Jay, for working so hard on this project for our family! Here are a few pictures of this project so far.

Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing
Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing
Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing
Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing
Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing
Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing

Detached Garage Construction Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing

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T

November 5, 2020

Lifestyle

Growing up, 101 Dalmatians was one of my absolute favorite movies! I mean, anything with puppies was definitely a favorite. When coming up with costume ideas for Beau’s First Halloween, we decided it would be fun to dress the family up as Dalmatians, even Diesel had a costume.

Beau's First Halloween: 101 Dalmatians

I spent just about the entire week leading up to Halloween making our costumes. I wanted them to be made with love and be so fun and creative. Honestly, I’m not a very creative person but these days I am feeling more, and more, inspired to be creative everyday. It feels good!

I’m sure one day I will end up buying a Halloween costume, but growing up, we always made ours at home and my parents would help me find clothing and accessories to complete my costume. It was so much fun and looking back, I’m grateful that I didn’t have a costume that matched someone else’s. When you make your own costume, it is yours and there’s not another like it. I love that!

After cutting spots and hot gluing everything together, including some fingers (ouch), I finished our four costumes off on Friday night! We spent Saturday with our closest family and friends celebrating the fun holiday. I made Mummy Rice Krispie Treats, Elisabeth and Butter’s Halloween Bars, Chili, Hot Dogs and more snacks.

We walked to some of our neighbors houses and Trick-or-Treated. Even though Beau is still too little for treats, we were able to say “Hi!” to our neighbors and just enjoy the night. I hope that Trick-or-Treating in your own neighborhood becomes popular again. Personally, I just don’t think the parking lot ordeal is the same!

I spent so much time on these costumes that I probably should have blogged how I did it! But, if you are really curious, I will make an additional costume to show you but I think you are creative and can make yours just the way you like it! Either way, just let me know:)

Even though its a few days late, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Beau's First Halloween: 101 Dalmatians

I just love these pictures so much! Thank you so much for allowing me to share my life and sweet family with you!!

Beau’s First Halloween: 101 Dalmatians

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October 27, 2020

Food + Drink

Grilled Cheese is one of those easy foods that took me a while to master. Burnt bread, cold cheese, honestly, it just wasn’t pretty! This Gourmet Grilled Cheese recipe is something that Jay and I have been loving lately. Recently, he said to me, “I don’t think I can go back to eating grilled cheese any other way!” Me too, Jay. Me too!

But really, talk about the ultimate compliment from my husband! My biggest goal in life is feeding my family delicious food and caring for them well. My month was made with that compliment and so I thought, I have to share this recipe with you and document it so I never forget how to make it!

This Gourmet Grilled Cheese is so easy to make but also very decadent. Whoever you serve it to will never know it has only three ingredients!

Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe
Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe
Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe

Over many years of attempting grilled cheese, I have a few tips that I can share with you to hopefully make things easier for you, if you are currently struggling too!

First, Butter. Melt and then brush the bread with butter. I don’t know why, but it really makes such a difference. Also, finely grating your cheese helps it to melt more easily and quicker, if we are being honest. This allows the bread to get perfectly toasty without burning or taking ten years to make! Sourdough, or a great country bread, really makes a difference and Gruyère just takes this grilled cheese to the next level!

Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe
Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe

Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe

Ingredients You will Need

2 Tablespoons Salted Butter, melted

Sourdough Bread, 1/2 inch slices

Gruyère Cheese, finely grated

Instructions

Warm skillet over medium heat or heat griddle to 300 degrees (this is how I do it).

Melt butter, slice bread, and grate cheese.

Brush one side of bread with butter and place butter side down on griddle. Smother the top of the bread with finely grate Gruyère. Place second slice of bread on top and brush with butter.

Cook on first side until golden brown, 3-5 minutes.

Flip and cook on second side until golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Cheese should be melted.

Remove from griddle. Cut into small pieces and serve.

This has been our go to grilled cheese recipe for the past little while and will probably last a lifetime! The bread has flavor and crisps perfectly. The butter adds a salty touch and allows the bread to get crispy. The Gruyère is not just cheddar and adds a wonderful, rich flavor. It also melts beautifully I must say! I have to tell you, this sandwich is heavenly. The perfect bite of crunchy bread filled with soft, rich cheese-y goodness!

I hope that you love this sandwich as much as we do. We love to serve it with this delicious soup recipe from Nordstrom my favorite! Also, this grilled cheese and soup, both, pair perfectly with this simple green salad. Dinner or lunch, it doesn’t really matter, this combination is one to keep in your entertaining repertoire!

Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese

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October 27, 2020

Food + Drink

There is no doubt that Ina Garten does it best. What does she do best you might ask? EVERYTHING. This vinaigrette recipe is one that you want to keep with you always and I love it so much. Over the years, I feel like I have crafted the perfect green salad with this dressing and I wanted to share it with you.

I haven’t added much to Ina’s original creation, but the combination of three perfect ingredients makes this green salad the perfect side dish to accompany any beautiful main course.

Where we live, there is a wonderful restaurant in Williamsburg called The Blue Talon. It is one of our favorite places to eat as it has a French Bistro flare to it. In fact, this was the first place Jay and I went on date night after Beau was born and the last place I drank wine before finding out I was pregnant! It has been involved in many important life moments, as you can see (haha!)

Either way, The Blue Talon serves a delicious green salad and I have always been trying to recreate it at home. The biggest issue I had was finding the perfect vinaigrette. I never could get it quite right! Even with this recipe, from Ina, it never tasted just as it did in the restaurant. I recently discovered it was because I left out the most important ingredient, that really does make a difference: 1 egg yolk at room temperature.

I was a little nervous to eat a raw egg yolk, even though I have no problem consuming a half of a cup of cookie dough every-time I make chocolate chip cookies! But I have to tell you, go for the egg yolk, it really does make a huge difference in the flavor and consistency of the dressing.

With that said, I adapted her green salad to make it my own by adding shredded parmesan cheese, as The Blue Talon does! Heres what to do…

Green Salad with Ina Garten's Vinaigrette

Green Salad Recipe with Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette

Ingredients You Will Need

Sweet Baby Lettuce Mix, this really just tastes the absolute best

Shredded Parmesan

Vinaigrette, recipe below

Instructions

Rinse and spin greens dry. This is what I use to spin mine.

Prepare Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette.

Pour a small amount of vinaigrette to dress the salad. Less is more here, I promise. You can always add more.

Sprinkle with a small handful of shredded parmesan cheese.

Toss and serve!

Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette Recipe

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

3 tablespoons champagne vinegar

1 egg yolk at room temperature

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup good olive oil

Instructions

In a small bowl, whisk mustard, garlic, vinegar, egg yolk, salt and pepper. While whisking slowly pour in olive oil, whisking until emulsified.

Green Salad with Ina Garten's Vinaigrette

This recipe comes from her book Barefoot in Paris, which is probably my favorite cookbook she has written. If you love Paris, or the idea of Paris, and love to cook, you need this book!

I shared this recipe as it pairs well with this delicious and simple, Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe. If you love grilled cheese, I hope you will check it out!

Green Salad with Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette

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T

March 31, 2021

The Home

Hi Friends! Ok, so it’s been a minute. To be honest, I didn’t intend to be gone this long and to be REALLY honest, I wrote an entire life update blog post that was so long I decided I needed to break it down into separate posts. More on that soon!

Fleming Lane

Either way, if you follow me one Instagram, you probably already known about Fleming Lane. I always get so many questions about our home and about home decor, that I wanted to have a separate place to share that passion. One thing led to another and I just really wanted to bring my favorite home decor, books and more directly to you!

Fleming Lane is my new e-commerce home decor store and passion project fo linen. The future is always a mystery but building our home and creating spaces that are filled with beauty and love is something that both Jay and I cherish.

My online journey has been a winding road and the more fo life I am blessed with experiencing, the more I understand that, that is what it’s all about. Filming Youtube videos and writing Timeless Taste blog has helped shape me into the woman I am today.

I was so young and fragile when I decided to put myself out there on Youtube, and even though it had hard moments it helped me grow so much. This space will still remain and will continue to change and grow as life does. I’ve learned that most things in life aren’t concrete and the best way to live is by trying new things and experimenting.

With that said, I’m so excited for the fun home pieces and content we have planned for Fleming Lane. I want to welcome you to our store and hope that you will follow us one Instagram too. I hope you will join us and that you love what you find!

With Love,

Morgan

Say Hello to Fleming Lane

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Fleming Lane is my new e-commerce home decor store and passion project fo linen. The future is always a mystery but building our home and creating spaces that are filled with beauty and love is something that both Jay and I cherish.

November 16, 2020

The Home

Recently, on my Instagram, I have shared sneak peeks of our detached garage that is currently being built. If you have been following our journey for a while, you will know that we built our home in 2015-2016. The process of building our house and making it a home has been been rewarding but also challenging at times. We have learned so many things along the way, one of which is that good things take time!

When we were planning our home, and during the first few years living here, we made plans for our property and goals of doing things in stages. Now, the time has come for building our detached garage and we couldn’t be more excited. I have a few more projects to share soon, so stayed tuned for that too!

After sharing a few pictures, I received quite a few messages asking why we decided to build a detached garage? For people who live in certain areas, having a detached garage probably isn’t as common as it is where we live. However, we have the space on our property and are very excited to have additional garage space to store Beau’s toys and one of Jay’s trucks. The garage will also have a small workout room and I am so excited! Hopefully, we can find the time to do some exercising other than chasing a baby around!

Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing

Over the years, I have pinned several inspiration images, on Pinterest, so Jay and I sat down to discuss everything we wanted to our garage to have and how it would look. While it wasn’t essential, we wanted a workout room and also loved the unique appearance that this small additional room would provide. Jay is our architect, designer and general contractor for this garage and after our discussion, he got to work drawing up this beautiful sketch! Although he is not an architect, he was able to sketch this small building for us.

He also scaled out the garage on our property survey for zoning so it would perfectly line up with our house. Honestly, I think he could have a very successful career as an architect! He really has the touch! Everything on the garage will mimic our home including the shutters, roofing, light sconces and our beloved wood garage doors. This view of our house is one of my favorites and I’m so excited for our detached garage to add twice the beauty.

We are grateful to have this additional storage and to also expand our property. Jay and I both believe that additions over time to our property really add personality, fun and function. While sometimes I feel impatient, I’m thankful that we have taken our time to build and create spaces we truly love and didn’t rush into anything.

So far, we have done the footing, foundation, and framing is going up now. So much has already changed from when I was able to write this. I will have a new update soon!

It’s an exciting time and I can’t wait to start working on the finishings. Thank you, Jay, for working so hard on this project for our family! Here are a few pictures of this project so far.

Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing
Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing
Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing
Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing
Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing
Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing

Detached Garage Construction Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing

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November 5, 2020

Lifestyle

Growing up, 101 Dalmatians was one of my absolute favorite movies! I mean, anything with puppies was definitely a favorite. When coming up with costume ideas for Beau’s First Halloween, we decided it would be fun to dress the family up as Dalmatians, even Diesel had a costume.

Beau's First Halloween: 101 Dalmatians

I spent just about the entire week leading up to Halloween making our costumes. I wanted them to be made with love and be so fun and creative. Honestly, I’m not a very creative person but these days I am feeling more, and more, inspired to be creative everyday. It feels good!

I’m sure one day I will end up buying a Halloween costume, but growing up, we always made ours at home and my parents would help me find clothing and accessories to complete my costume. It was so much fun and looking back, I’m grateful that I didn’t have a costume that matched someone else’s. When you make your own costume, it is yours and there’s not another like it. I love that!

After cutting spots and hot gluing everything together, including some fingers (ouch), I finished our four costumes off on Friday night! We spent Saturday with our closest family and friends celebrating the fun holiday. I made Mummy Rice Krispie Treats, Elisabeth and Butter’s Halloween Bars, Chili, Hot Dogs and more snacks.

We walked to some of our neighbors houses and Trick-or-Treated. Even though Beau is still too little for treats, we were able to say “Hi!” to our neighbors and just enjoy the night. I hope that Trick-or-Treating in your own neighborhood becomes popular again. Personally, I just don’t think the parking lot ordeal is the same!

I spent so much time on these costumes that I probably should have blogged how I did it! But, if you are really curious, I will make an additional costume to show you but I think you are creative and can make yours just the way you like it! Either way, just let me know:)

Even though its a few days late, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Beau's First Halloween: 101 Dalmatians

I just love these pictures so much! Thank you so much for allowing me to share my life and sweet family with you!!

Beau’s First Halloween: 101 Dalmatians

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October 27, 2020

Food + Drink

Grilled Cheese is one of those easy foods that took me a while to master. Burnt bread, cold cheese, honestly, it just wasn’t pretty! This Gourmet Grilled Cheese recipe is something that Jay and I have been loving lately. Recently, he said to me, “I don’t think I can go back to eating grilled cheese any other way!” Me too, Jay. Me too!

But really, talk about the ultimate compliment from my husband! My biggest goal in life is feeding my family delicious food and caring for them well. My month was made with that compliment and so I thought, I have to share this recipe with you and document it so I never forget how to make it!

This Gourmet Grilled Cheese is so easy to make but also very decadent. Whoever you serve it to will never know it has only three ingredients!

Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe
Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe
Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe

Over many years of attempting grilled cheese, I have a few tips that I can share with you to hopefully make things easier for you, if you are currently struggling too!

First, Butter. Melt and then brush the bread with butter. I don’t know why, but it really makes such a difference. Also, finely grating your cheese helps it to melt more easily and quicker, if we are being honest. This allows the bread to get perfectly toasty without burning or taking ten years to make! Sourdough, or a great country bread, really makes a difference and Gruyère just takes this grilled cheese to the next level!

Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe
Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe

Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe

Ingredients You will Need

2 Tablespoons Salted Butter, melted

Sourdough Bread, 1/2 inch slices

Gruyère Cheese, finely grated

Instructions

Warm skillet over medium heat or heat griddle to 300 degrees (this is how I do it).

Melt butter, slice bread, and grate cheese.

Brush one side of bread with butter and place butter side down on griddle. Smother the top of the bread with finely grate Gruyère. Place second slice of bread on top and brush with butter.

Cook on first side until golden brown, 3-5 minutes.

Flip and cook on second side until golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Cheese should be melted.

Remove from griddle. Cut into small pieces and serve.

This has been our go to grilled cheese recipe for the past little while and will probably last a lifetime! The bread has flavor and crisps perfectly. The butter adds a salty touch and allows the bread to get crispy. The Gruyère is not just cheddar and adds a wonderful, rich flavor. It also melts beautifully I must say! I have to tell you, this sandwich is heavenly. The perfect bite of crunchy bread filled with soft, rich cheese-y goodness!

I hope that you love this sandwich as much as we do. We love to serve it with this delicious soup recipe from Nordstrom my favorite! Also, this grilled cheese and soup, both, pair perfectly with this simple green salad. Dinner or lunch, it doesn’t really matter, this combination is one to keep in your entertaining repertoire!

Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese

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October 27, 2020

Food + Drink

There is no doubt that Ina Garten does it best. What does she do best you might ask? EVERYTHING. This vinaigrette recipe is one that you want to keep with you always and I love it so much. Over the years, I feel like I have crafted the perfect green salad with this dressing and I wanted to share it with you.

I haven’t added much to Ina’s original creation, but the combination of three perfect ingredients makes this green salad the perfect side dish to accompany any beautiful main course.

Where we live, there is a wonderful restaurant in Williamsburg called The Blue Talon. It is one of our favorite places to eat as it has a French Bistro flare to it. In fact, this was the first place Jay and I went on date night after Beau was born and the last place I drank wine before finding out I was pregnant! It has been involved in many important life moments, as you can see (haha!)

Either way, The Blue Talon serves a delicious green salad and I have always been trying to recreate it at home. The biggest issue I had was finding the perfect vinaigrette. I never could get it quite right! Even with this recipe, from Ina, it never tasted just as it did in the restaurant. I recently discovered it was because I left out the most important ingredient, that really does make a difference: 1 egg yolk at room temperature.

I was a little nervous to eat a raw egg yolk, even though I have no problem consuming a half of a cup of cookie dough every-time I make chocolate chip cookies! But I have to tell you, go for the egg yolk, it really does make a huge difference in the flavor and consistency of the dressing.

With that said, I adapted her green salad to make it my own by adding shredded parmesan cheese, as The Blue Talon does! Heres what to do…

Green Salad with Ina Garten's Vinaigrette

Green Salad Recipe with Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette

Ingredients You Will Need

Sweet Baby Lettuce Mix, this really just tastes the absolute best

Shredded Parmesan

Vinaigrette, recipe below

Instructions

Rinse and spin greens dry. This is what I use to spin mine.

Prepare Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette.

Pour a small amount of vinaigrette to dress the salad. Less is more here, I promise. You can always add more.

Sprinkle with a small handful of shredded parmesan cheese.

Toss and serve!

Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette Recipe

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

3 tablespoons champagne vinegar

1 egg yolk at room temperature

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup good olive oil

Instructions

In a small bowl, whisk mustard, garlic, vinegar, egg yolk, salt and pepper. While whisking slowly pour in olive oil, whisking until emulsified.

Green Salad with Ina Garten's Vinaigrette

This recipe comes from her book Barefoot in Paris, which is probably my favorite cookbook she has written. If you love Paris, or the idea of Paris, and love to cook, you need this book!

I shared this recipe as it pairs well with this delicious and simple, Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe. If you love grilled cheese, I hope you will check it out!

Green Salad with Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette

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October 21, 2020

Lifestyle

Fall is one of my favorite times of year and this year is so much more special with our little Beau! This week, we took our first trip to the Pumpkin Patch! Diesel didn’t make the trip with us, but you know we got him a pumpkin so we can carve them all together! Here are a few pictures from Beau’s First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch! I need to work on my mom photography a bit!

Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

Beau’s Shoes, Similar Outfit, Pacifier Clip, Pacifier

One of the best things about being a parent is experiencing all of the “firsts.” I feel as if I am seeing life through a new lens. It’s truly astonishing and really just the best thing ever. I knew being a parent would be great, but I truly had no idea just how much I would love being a mother and watching Beau experience things and learn.

He is still just a little baby but everything feels so much different, so much more exciting! Somedays I feel like I have been reborn. Life these days definitely has a positive spin and I have a different perspective, which I am truly grateful for.

Anticipating and planning our trip to the Pumpkin Patch was half of the fun! Doing things as our own little family, usually Diesel is there, feels perfect for us. I know next year will be even more exciting when he is walking around and exploring everything on his own. But, just having this first experience and making memories was so much fun! I will never forget it.

I hope to share more of these moments here on my blog and create a diary for us to look back on! Also, if you are local, we went to Pumpkinville in Toano.

Also, while I am here I thought I would share a few new things I have found for Beau’s Fall wardrobe! Shopping for Fall Baby Clothes has been one of my favorite things to do lately. These days, I spend a lot of time scouring the internet for chic baby clothes as Beau seems to only wear things a time or two before he has outgrown them!

During my pregnancy, I had a really hard find time chic clothing for little boys. Thankfully, I made some progress and found lots of sweet brands and pieces that I love. I thought I should share some of my findings with y’all and maybe you will share some of your favorites with me? I would love that!

Last week, my mom and I visited a sweet new store in Virginia Beach called Merriment on Main. If you are local, definitely stop in! They are an exclusive carrier of the Beaufort Bonnet Company and this store is DARLING!

I also placed my first order from Cecil & Lou and Beau finally has monogrammed things for the holiday’s! Recently, I heard someone on Instagram saying that shopping for Southern baby clothes was like an olympic sport and boy was she right! Things sell out so far in advanced and I’m learning that preorder is the way to go!

Here are some of the things that I have added to Beau’s Fall wardrobe and some holiday things as well!

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November 16, 2020

The Home

Recently, on my Instagram, I have shared sneak peeks of our detached garage that is currently being built. If you have been following our journey for a while, you will know that we built our home in 2015-2016. The process of building our house and making it a home has been been rewarding but also challenging at times. We have learned so many things along the way, one of which is that good things take time!

When we were planning our home, and during the first few years living here, we made plans for our property and goals of doing things in stages. Now, the time has come for building our detached garage and we couldn’t be more excited. I have a few more projects to share soon, so stayed tuned for that too!

After sharing a few pictures, I received quite a few messages asking why we decided to build a detached garage? For people who live in certain areas, having a detached garage probably isn’t as common as it is where we live. However, we have the space on our property and are very excited to have additional garage space to store Beau’s toys and one of Jay’s trucks. The garage will also have a small workout room and I am so excited! Hopefully, we can find the time to do some exercising other than chasing a baby around!

Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing

Over the years, I have pinned several inspiration images, on Pinterest, so Jay and I sat down to discuss everything we wanted to our garage to have and how it would look. While it wasn’t essential, we wanted a workout room and also loved the unique appearance that this small additional room would provide. Jay is our architect, designer and general contractor for this garage and after our discussion, he got to work drawing up this beautiful sketch! Although he is not an architect, he was able to sketch this small building for us.

He also scaled out the garage on our property survey for zoning so it would perfectly line up with our house. Honestly, I think he could have a very successful career as an architect! He really has the touch! Everything on the garage will mimic our home including the shutters, roofing, light sconces and our beloved wood garage doors. This view of our house is one of my favorites and I’m so excited for our detached garage to add twice the beauty.

We are grateful to have this additional storage and to also expand our property. Jay and I both believe that additions over time to our property really add personality, fun and function. While sometimes I feel impatient, I’m thankful that we have taken our time to build and create spaces we truly love and didn’t rush into anything.

So far, we have done the footing, foundation, and framing is going up now. So much has already changed from when I was able to write this. I will have a new update soon!

It’s an exciting time and I can’t wait to start working on the finishings. Thank you, Jay, for working so hard on this project for our family! Here are a few pictures of this project so far.

Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing
Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing
Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing
Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing
Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing
Detached Garage Build Part 1: Plans, Footing, Foundation and Framing

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November 5, 2020

Lifestyle

Growing up, 101 Dalmatians was one of my absolute favorite movies! I mean, anything with puppies was definitely a favorite. When coming up with costume ideas for Beau’s First Halloween, we decided it would be fun to dress the family up as Dalmatians, even Diesel had a costume.

Beau's First Halloween: 101 Dalmatians

I spent just about the entire week leading up to Halloween making our costumes. I wanted them to be made with love and be so fun and creative. Honestly, I’m not a very creative person but these days I am feeling more, and more, inspired to be creative everyday. It feels good!

I’m sure one day I will end up buying a Halloween costume, but growing up, we always made ours at home and my parents would help me find clothing and accessories to complete my costume. It was so much fun and looking back, I’m grateful that I didn’t have a costume that matched someone else’s. When you make your own costume, it is yours and there’s not another like it. I love that!

After cutting spots and hot gluing everything together, including some fingers (ouch), I finished our four costumes off on Friday night! We spent Saturday with our closest family and friends celebrating the fun holiday. I made Mummy Rice Krispie Treats, Elisabeth and Butter’s Halloween Bars, Chili, Hot Dogs and more snacks.

We walked to some of our neighbors houses and Trick-or-Treated. Even though Beau is still too little for treats, we were able to say “Hi!” to our neighbors and just enjoy the night. I hope that Trick-or-Treating in your own neighborhood becomes popular again. Personally, I just don’t think the parking lot ordeal is the same!

I spent so much time on these costumes that I probably should have blogged how I did it! But, if you are really curious, I will make an additional costume to show you but I think you are creative and can make yours just the way you like it! Either way, just let me know:)

Even though its a few days late, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Beau's First Halloween: 101 Dalmatians

I just love these pictures so much! Thank you so much for allowing me to share my life and sweet family with you!!

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October 27, 2020

Food + Drink

Grilled Cheese is one of those easy foods that took me a while to master. Burnt bread, cold cheese, honestly, it just wasn’t pretty! This Gourmet Grilled Cheese recipe is something that Jay and I have been loving lately. Recently, he said to me, “I don’t think I can go back to eating grilled cheese any other way!” Me too, Jay. Me too!

But really, talk about the ultimate compliment from my husband! My biggest goal in life is feeding my family delicious food and caring for them well. My month was made with that compliment and so I thought, I have to share this recipe with you and document it so I never forget how to make it!

This Gourmet Grilled Cheese is so easy to make but also very decadent. Whoever you serve it to will never know it has only three ingredients!

Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe
Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe
Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe

Over many years of attempting grilled cheese, I have a few tips that I can share with you to hopefully make things easier for you, if you are currently struggling too!

First, Butter. Melt and then brush the bread with butter. I don’t know why, but it really makes such a difference. Also, finely grating your cheese helps it to melt more easily and quicker, if we are being honest. This allows the bread to get perfectly toasty without burning or taking ten years to make! Sourdough, or a great country bread, really makes a difference and Gruyère just takes this grilled cheese to the next level!

Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe
Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe

Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe

Ingredients You will Need

2 Tablespoons Salted Butter, melted

Sourdough Bread, 1/2 inch slices

Gruyère Cheese, finely grated

Instructions

Warm skillet over medium heat or heat griddle to 300 degrees (this is how I do it).

Melt butter, slice bread, and grate cheese.

Brush one side of bread with butter and place butter side down on griddle. Smother the top of the bread with finely grate Gruyère. Place second slice of bread on top and brush with butter.

Cook on first side until golden brown, 3-5 minutes.

Flip and cook on second side until golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Cheese should be melted.

Remove from griddle. Cut into small pieces and serve.

This has been our go to grilled cheese recipe for the past little while and will probably last a lifetime! The bread has flavor and crisps perfectly. The butter adds a salty touch and allows the bread to get crispy. The Gruyère is not just cheddar and adds a wonderful, rich flavor. It also melts beautifully I must say! I have to tell you, this sandwich is heavenly. The perfect bite of crunchy bread filled with soft, rich cheese-y goodness!

I hope that you love this sandwich as much as we do. We love to serve it with this delicious soup recipe from Nordstrom my favorite! Also, this grilled cheese and soup, both, pair perfectly with this simple green salad. Dinner or lunch, it doesn’t really matter, this combination is one to keep in your entertaining repertoire!

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October 27, 2020

Food + Drink

There is no doubt that Ina Garten does it best. What does she do best you might ask? EVERYTHING. This vinaigrette recipe is one that you want to keep with you always and I love it so much. Over the years, I feel like I have crafted the perfect green salad with this dressing and I wanted to share it with you.

I haven’t added much to Ina’s original creation, but the combination of three perfect ingredients makes this green salad the perfect side dish to accompany any beautiful main course.

Where we live, there is a wonderful restaurant in Williamsburg called The Blue Talon. It is one of our favorite places to eat as it has a French Bistro flare to it. In fact, this was the first place Jay and I went on date night after Beau was born and the last place I drank wine before finding out I was pregnant! It has been involved in many important life moments, as you can see (haha!)

Either way, The Blue Talon serves a delicious green salad and I have always been trying to recreate it at home. The biggest issue I had was finding the perfect vinaigrette. I never could get it quite right! Even with this recipe, from Ina, it never tasted just as it did in the restaurant. I recently discovered it was because I left out the most important ingredient, that really does make a difference: 1 egg yolk at room temperature.

I was a little nervous to eat a raw egg yolk, even though I have no problem consuming a half of a cup of cookie dough every-time I make chocolate chip cookies! But I have to tell you, go for the egg yolk, it really does make a huge difference in the flavor and consistency of the dressing.

With that said, I adapted her green salad to make it my own by adding shredded parmesan cheese, as The Blue Talon does! Heres what to do…

Green Salad with Ina Garten's Vinaigrette

Green Salad Recipe with Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette

Ingredients You Will Need

Sweet Baby Lettuce Mix, this really just tastes the absolute best

Shredded Parmesan

Vinaigrette, recipe below

Instructions

Rinse and spin greens dry. This is what I use to spin mine.

Prepare Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette.

Pour a small amount of vinaigrette to dress the salad. Less is more here, I promise. You can always add more.

Sprinkle with a small handful of shredded parmesan cheese.

Toss and serve!

Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette Recipe

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

3 tablespoons champagne vinegar

1 egg yolk at room temperature

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup good olive oil

Instructions

In a small bowl, whisk mustard, garlic, vinegar, egg yolk, salt and pepper. While whisking slowly pour in olive oil, whisking until emulsified.

Green Salad with Ina Garten's Vinaigrette

This recipe comes from her book Barefoot in Paris, which is probably my favorite cookbook she has written. If you love Paris, or the idea of Paris, and love to cook, you need this book!

I shared this recipe as it pairs well with this delicious and simple, Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe. If you love grilled cheese, I hope you will check it out!

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October 21, 2020

Lifestyle

Fall is one of my favorite times of year and this year is so much more special with our little Beau! This week, we took our first trip to the Pumpkin Patch! Diesel didn’t make the trip with us, but you know we got him a pumpkin so we can carve them all together! Here are a few pictures from Beau’s First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch! I need to work on my mom photography a bit!

Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

Beau’s Shoes, Similar Outfit, Pacifier Clip, Pacifier

One of the best things about being a parent is experiencing all of the “firsts.” I feel as if I am seeing life through a new lens. It’s truly astonishing and really just the best thing ever. I knew being a parent would be great, but I truly had no idea just how much I would love being a mother and watching Beau experience things and learn.

He is still just a little baby but everything feels so much different, so much more exciting! Somedays I feel like I have been reborn. Life these days definitely has a positive spin and I have a different perspective, which I am truly grateful for.

Anticipating and planning our trip to the Pumpkin Patch was half of the fun! Doing things as our own little family, usually Diesel is there, feels perfect for us. I know next year will be even more exciting when he is walking around and exploring everything on his own. But, just having this first experience and making memories was so much fun! I will never forget it.

I hope to share more of these moments here on my blog and create a diary for us to look back on! Also, if you are local, we went to Pumpkinville in Toano.

Also, while I am here I thought I would share a few new things I have found for Beau’s Fall wardrobe! Shopping for Fall Baby Clothes has been one of my favorite things to do lately. These days, I spend a lot of time scouring the internet for chic baby clothes as Beau seems to only wear things a time or two before he has outgrown them!

During my pregnancy, I had a really hard find time chic clothing for little boys. Thankfully, I made some progress and found lots of sweet brands and pieces that I love. I thought I should share some of my findings with y’all and maybe you will share some of your favorites with me? I would love that!

Last week, my mom and I visited a sweet new store in Virginia Beach called Merriment on Main. If you are local, definitely stop in! They are an exclusive carrier of the Beaufort Bonnet Company and this store is DARLING!

I also placed my first order from Cecil & Lou and Beau finally has monogrammed things for the holiday’s! Recently, I heard someone on Instagram saying that shopping for Southern baby clothes was like an olympic sport and boy was she right! Things sell out so far in advanced and I’m learning that preorder is the way to go!

Here are some of the things that I have added to Beau’s Fall wardrobe and some holiday things as well!

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October 7, 2020

The Home

I was excited to get an early start on our Fall porch display this year, as I knew it would take me a little bit more time then it usually does. Last year, around this time, I was very early in my pregnancy with Beau and felt so sick! I remember there being a few days when I felt pretty good, literally like three days, and I was able to decorate our porch.

This year, I was so excited to decorate our fall porch with the boys and spend time together putting out our pumpkins, mums and updating our porch pots! Decorating for the holiday’s is something I always look forward to and this year, I am really excited! We can’t wait to enjoy Beau’s first Fall together as a family and our first baby, Diesel, turns ten this year on November 7th!

More than ever, I have really been craving a change of season. Being a mother is the absolute best thing. However, between Covid and my postpartum hormones, I could use something exciting to look forward to! Anyone else feeling that way? I can’t be the only one!

So, here you have it!

Our Fall Porch This Year

I always love filling our porch with mums and pumpkins! This year, my sweet neighbor inspired me to add some grasses to our Fall pots and I LOVE the way it really added character to our porch! To be honest, I have killed almost every single plant I have pot in these pots. So this year, we decided to just plant a few small things that we expect to replace.

In our pots we have some grass, dusty miller and chocolate chip ground cover. You can these at your local garden center. This year is also the first year that I found some inexpensive pots for our mums. These ones are great and less than $2. Yes, please!

It’s the little things that really make everything come together. I have been so self conscious about the lack of pots for my mums in the past. Not this year!

Last year, I purchased these wreaths at a local store, Boxwood and Berry. If you are ever visiting Williamsburg, definitely stop in! However, I found an identical option for you online. I love the citrus because it works for a Fall color spring and also is great for Spring too! One of my most popular blog posts, believe it or not, is this one where I share how I hang my wreaths using ribbon. If you are looking for how to do this, I would love for you to check out this post!

We had so much fun decorating our porch this year, as a family of four! Everyday we feel so blessed to have a home, yard, porch and the ability to get outside and appreciate our beautiful earth. I posted about these sweet little frogs on Instagram the other day, see above, so I had to include a pic of one here too!

Here are a few family pictures from the other day!

I purchased my sweater from Madewell last year. Here is a similar option.

Our Fall Porch This Year and A Few Family Photos

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November 5, 2020

Lifestyle

Growing up, 101 Dalmatians was one of my absolute favorite movies! I mean, anything with puppies was definitely a favorite. When coming up with costume ideas for Beau’s First Halloween, we decided it would be fun to dress the family up as Dalmatians, even Diesel had a costume.

Beau's First Halloween: 101 Dalmatians

I spent just about the entire week leading up to Halloween making our costumes. I wanted them to be made with love and be so fun and creative. Honestly, I’m not a very creative person but these days I am feeling more, and more, inspired to be creative everyday. It feels good!

I’m sure one day I will end up buying a Halloween costume, but growing up, we always made ours at home and my parents would help me find clothing and accessories to complete my costume. It was so much fun and looking back, I’m grateful that I didn’t have a costume that matched someone else’s. When you make your own costume, it is yours and there’s not another like it. I love that!

After cutting spots and hot gluing everything together, including some fingers (ouch), I finished our four costumes off on Friday night! We spent Saturday with our closest family and friends celebrating the fun holiday. I made Mummy Rice Krispie Treats, Elisabeth and Butter’s Halloween Bars, Chili, Hot Dogs and more snacks.

We walked to some of our neighbors houses and Trick-or-Treated. Even though Beau is still too little for treats, we were able to say “Hi!” to our neighbors and just enjoy the night. I hope that Trick-or-Treating in your own neighborhood becomes popular again. Personally, I just don’t think the parking lot ordeal is the same!

I spent so much time on these costumes that I probably should have blogged how I did it! But, if you are really curious, I will make an additional costume to show you but I think you are creative and can make yours just the way you like it! Either way, just let me know:)

Even though its a few days late, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Beau's First Halloween: 101 Dalmatians

I just love these pictures so much! Thank you so much for allowing me to share my life and sweet family with you!!

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October 27, 2020

Food + Drink

Grilled Cheese is one of those easy foods that took me a while to master. Burnt bread, cold cheese, honestly, it just wasn’t pretty! This Gourmet Grilled Cheese recipe is something that Jay and I have been loving lately. Recently, he said to me, “I don’t think I can go back to eating grilled cheese any other way!” Me too, Jay. Me too!

But really, talk about the ultimate compliment from my husband! My biggest goal in life is feeding my family delicious food and caring for them well. My month was made with that compliment and so I thought, I have to share this recipe with you and document it so I never forget how to make it!

This Gourmet Grilled Cheese is so easy to make but also very decadent. Whoever you serve it to will never know it has only three ingredients!

Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe
Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe
Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe

Over many years of attempting grilled cheese, I have a few tips that I can share with you to hopefully make things easier for you, if you are currently struggling too!

First, Butter. Melt and then brush the bread with butter. I don’t know why, but it really makes such a difference. Also, finely grating your cheese helps it to melt more easily and quicker, if we are being honest. This allows the bread to get perfectly toasty without burning or taking ten years to make! Sourdough, or a great country bread, really makes a difference and Gruyère just takes this grilled cheese to the next level!

Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe
Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe

Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe

Ingredients You will Need

2 Tablespoons Salted Butter, melted

Sourdough Bread, 1/2 inch slices

Gruyère Cheese, finely grated

Instructions

Warm skillet over medium heat or heat griddle to 300 degrees (this is how I do it).

Melt butter, slice bread, and grate cheese.

Brush one side of bread with butter and place butter side down on griddle. Smother the top of the bread with finely grate Gruyère. Place second slice of bread on top and brush with butter.

Cook on first side until golden brown, 3-5 minutes.

Flip and cook on second side until golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Cheese should be melted.

Remove from griddle. Cut into small pieces and serve.

This has been our go to grilled cheese recipe for the past little while and will probably last a lifetime! The bread has flavor and crisps perfectly. The butter adds a salty touch and allows the bread to get crispy. The Gruyère is not just cheddar and adds a wonderful, rich flavor. It also melts beautifully I must say! I have to tell you, this sandwich is heavenly. The perfect bite of crunchy bread filled with soft, rich cheese-y goodness!

I hope that you love this sandwich as much as we do. We love to serve it with this delicious soup recipe from Nordstrom my favorite! Also, this grilled cheese and soup, both, pair perfectly with this simple green salad. Dinner or lunch, it doesn’t really matter, this combination is one to keep in your entertaining repertoire!

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October 27, 2020

Food + Drink

There is no doubt that Ina Garten does it best. What does she do best you might ask? EVERYTHING. This vinaigrette recipe is one that you want to keep with you always and I love it so much. Over the years, I feel like I have crafted the perfect green salad with this dressing and I wanted to share it with you.

I haven’t added much to Ina’s original creation, but the combination of three perfect ingredients makes this green salad the perfect side dish to accompany any beautiful main course.

Where we live, there is a wonderful restaurant in Williamsburg called The Blue Talon. It is one of our favorite places to eat as it has a French Bistro flare to it. In fact, this was the first place Jay and I went on date night after Beau was born and the last place I drank wine before finding out I was pregnant! It has been involved in many important life moments, as you can see (haha!)

Either way, The Blue Talon serves a delicious green salad and I have always been trying to recreate it at home. The biggest issue I had was finding the perfect vinaigrette. I never could get it quite right! Even with this recipe, from Ina, it never tasted just as it did in the restaurant. I recently discovered it was because I left out the most important ingredient, that really does make a difference: 1 egg yolk at room temperature.

I was a little nervous to eat a raw egg yolk, even though I have no problem consuming a half of a cup of cookie dough every-time I make chocolate chip cookies! But I have to tell you, go for the egg yolk, it really does make a huge difference in the flavor and consistency of the dressing.

With that said, I adapted her green salad to make it my own by adding shredded parmesan cheese, as The Blue Talon does! Heres what to do…

Green Salad with Ina Garten's Vinaigrette

Green Salad Recipe with Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette

Ingredients You Will Need

Sweet Baby Lettuce Mix, this really just tastes the absolute best

Shredded Parmesan

Vinaigrette, recipe below

Instructions

Rinse and spin greens dry. This is what I use to spin mine.

Prepare Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette.

Pour a small amount of vinaigrette to dress the salad. Less is more here, I promise. You can always add more.

Sprinkle with a small handful of shredded parmesan cheese.

Toss and serve!

Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette Recipe

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

3 tablespoons champagne vinegar

1 egg yolk at room temperature

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup good olive oil

Instructions

In a small bowl, whisk mustard, garlic, vinegar, egg yolk, salt and pepper. While whisking slowly pour in olive oil, whisking until emulsified.

Green Salad with Ina Garten's Vinaigrette

This recipe comes from her book Barefoot in Paris, which is probably my favorite cookbook she has written. If you love Paris, or the idea of Paris, and love to cook, you need this book!

I shared this recipe as it pairs well with this delicious and simple, Easy Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe. If you love grilled cheese, I hope you will check it out!

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October 21, 2020

Lifestyle

Fall is one of my favorite times of year and this year is so much more special with our little Beau! This week, we took our first trip to the Pumpkin Patch! Diesel didn’t make the trip with us, but you know we got him a pumpkin so we can carve them all together! Here are a few pictures from Beau’s First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch! I need to work on my mom photography a bit!

Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Beau's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

Beau’s Shoes, Similar Outfit, Pacifier Clip, Pacifier

One of the best things about being a parent is experiencing all of the “firsts.” I feel as if I am seeing life through a new lens. It’s truly astonishing and really just the best thing ever. I knew being a parent would be great, but I truly had no idea just how much I would love being a mother and watching Beau experience things and learn.

He is still just a little baby but everything feels so much different, so much more exciting! Somedays I feel like I have been reborn. Life these days definitely has a positive spin and I have a different perspective, which I am truly grateful for.

Anticipating and planning our trip to the Pumpkin Patch was half of the fun! Doing things as our own little family, usually Diesel is there, feels perfect for us. I know next year will be even more exciting when he is walking around and exploring everything on his own. But, just having this first experience and making memories was so much fun! I will never forget it.

I hope to share more of these moments here on my blog and create a diary for us to look back on! Also, if you are local, we went to Pumpkinville in Toano.

Also, while I am here I thought I would share a few new things I have found for Beau’s Fall wardrobe! Shopping for Fall Baby Clothes has been one of my favorite things to do lately. These days, I spend a lot of time scouring the internet for chic baby clothes as Beau seems to only wear things a time or two before he has outgrown them!

During my pregnancy, I had a really hard find time chic clothing for little boys. Thankfully, I made some progress and found lots of sweet brands and pieces that I love. I thought I should share some of my findings with y’all and maybe you will share some of your favorites with me? I would love that!

Last week, my mom and I visited a sweet new store in Virginia Beach called Merriment on Main. If you are local, definitely stop in! They are an exclusive carrier of the Beaufort Bonnet Company and this store is DARLING!

I also placed my first order from Cecil & Lou and Beau finally has monogrammed things for the holiday’s! Recently, I heard someone on Instagram saying that shopping for Southern baby clothes was like an olympic sport and boy was she right! Things sell out so far in advanced and I’m learning that preorder is the way to go!

Here are some of the things that I have added to Beau’s Fall wardrobe and some holiday things as well!

Beau’s First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

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October 7, 2020

The Home

I was excited to get an early start on our Fall porch display this year, as I knew it would take me a little bit more time then it usually does. Last year, around this time, I was very early in my pregnancy with Beau and felt so sick! I remember there being a few days when I felt pretty good, literally like three days, and I was able to decorate our porch.

This year, I was so excited to decorate our fall porch with the boys and spend time together putting out our pumpkins, mums and updating our porch pots! Decorating for the holiday’s is something I always look forward to and this year, I am really excited! We can’t wait to enjoy Beau’s first Fall together as a family and our first baby, Diesel, turns ten this year on November 7th!

More than ever, I have really been craving a change of season. Being a mother is the absolute best thing. However, between Covid and my postpartum hormones, I could use something exciting to look forward to! Anyone else feeling that way? I can’t be the only one!

So, here you have it!

Our Fall Porch This Year

I always love filling our porch with mums and pumpkins! This year, my sweet neighbor inspired me to add some grasses to our Fall pots and I LOVE the way it really added character to our porch! To be honest, I have killed almost every single plant I have pot in these pots. So this year, we decided to just plant a few small things that we expect to replace.

In our pots we have some grass, dusty miller and chocolate chip ground cover. You can these at your local garden center. This year is also the first year that I found some inexpensive pots for our mums. These ones are great and less than $2. Yes, please!

It’s the little things that really make everything come together. I have been so self conscious about the lack of pots for my mums in the past. Not this year!

Last year, I purchased these wreaths at a local store, Boxwood and Berry. If you are ever visiting Williamsburg, definitely stop in! However, I found an identical option for you online. I love the citrus because it works for a Fall color spring and also is great for Spring too! One of my most popular blog posts, believe it or not, is this one where I share how I hang my wreaths using ribbon. If you are looking for how to do this, I would love for you to check out this post!

We had so much fun decorating our porch this year, as a family of four! Everyday we feel so blessed to have a home, yard, porch and the ability to get outside and appreciate our beautiful earth. I posted about these sweet little frogs on Instagram the other day, see above, so I had to include a pic of one here too!

Here are a few family pictures from the other day!

I purchased my sweater from Madewell last year. Here is a similar option.

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It’s unreal to me that our little baby boy is already 4 months old! With that said, I thought I would share our baby favorites from the 0-3 months time frame. Naturally, this post has been written for over a month but it has been hard to find the time to take photos. I’m working on trying to carve a few minutes of “me time” so I can blog again! say a prayer for me!

I’m not really sure where the time goes, but boy, it sure goes fast! I think Kenny Chesney said something like that. Am I right? It’s unhealthy for me to dwell on time too much because I honestly get a little bit sad thinking about it.

When I was pregnant, I read so many different blog posts and articles about the best baby products, things and gadgets! The truth is, there are so many great things out there and every baby, and family, is different. Really, you just have to find what works best for your baby and your lifestyle. It takes time.

There are so many things to consider when purchasing baby products, but I thought I would just share with your our favorite things and if they are really special, I will share why we like them or how we use them. Of course, I highly recommend doing your own research and gathering other opinions. I am in no way a professional, but we have had a little trial and error.

Here are our baby favorites from 0-3 and the things I would recommend shopping, or registering, for. You can see our baby registry items here. Also, it’s important to mention that I’m probably forgetting something, but will let you know if I update this later on. things are ever changing and we have already swapped out a few things and I will share those in the future, very soon.

A Few Random Things First

Pacifier: Beau came to us from the NICU obsessed with a Paci. These are his favorite so far. These clips are a must!

Mom’s on Call: Taylor-Rae from Style Soufflé recommended this book to me. We have absolutely loved the structure and recommendations. It is so informative and a perfect gift for new moms. I just purchased this one for 6-13 months.

Dreft Laundry Detergent + Stain Remover: We love this and now I wash everything in it!

Baby Sleeping Door Pillow, Lamp, Blocks

Bath Time + Diapering

Angelcare Infant Bather: tip- for little babies, place a small hand towel in the tub and wet it down. This helps with the sliding around!

Scalp Scrubbie: LOVE these! I feel like Beau’s little scalp is clean and this helps rid of any small skin flaking.

Kyte Brush Set and Sponge: So far, we use the soft brush (LOVE) and the sponge from this set. I would highly recommend it!

Baby Wash Cloths

Johnson and Johnson Baby Q-Tips: Some people don’t recommend using this in your babies ears, but we find the safe, effective, and essential!

Honest Company Shampoo/Bodywash and Lotion

Beaufort Bonnet Company Towels and Washcloths: I’m so sad these are no longer available! But, we use our Weezie Towels now.

Aquaphor: A must! If you are having a little boy, buy lot’s of the squeezable Aquaphor. You will thank me later 😉

Honest Diaper Cream: We have been blessed with no rashes thus far. However, this is nice to have and helps to heal any redness.

Pampers Swaddlers

WaterWipes

Ubbi Diaper Pail: I raved about this diaper pail in this blog post. But, basically it’s easy to use, much more attractive than most, and doesn’t require special bags or inserts. Although, these bags hold A TON of diapers!

Changing Pad + Pehr Covers

Changing Pad Liners: These will save your changing pad in between washes!

Frida Baby Nail Clippers and File: We love these nail clippers. I never thought I would be able to clip Beau’s nails with confidence but these are amazing! I do his nails once a week and sometimes twice!

Sleep

Pehr Swaddles: These were our absolute favorite when we came home from the hospital. The absolute best for swaddling during the newborn phase!

Ollie Swaddle: When Beau started breaking out of his swaddle, we started using the Ollie and it was life-changing! He started sleeping so well.

Dohm Sound Machine: This sound machine is beautiful and great. Jay and I love sleeping with it now! But, it helps keep noises from around the house from distracting baby during nap time and at night. We now have two of them.

Moses Basket + Stand: This is Beau’s bassinet setup and we absolutely love it!

Snuggle Me Organic: Perfect for newborn days (tear) and for early morning snuggles!

Motorola Baby Monitor: This one is great. We also have the Nanit and love that as well.

On the Go

Bugaboo Fox Stroller: I have heard complaints about bugaboo strollers but we LOVE ours. It’s easy to fold and very chic. Plus, it rides like a Rolls-Royce! Of course, they already updated our version. You can see the new one here.

Bugaboo Nuna Car Seat: Also beautiful and pairs with our stroller. Very plush, comfy and safe for baby!

Car Mirror

Travel Fan: You have probably seen these all over my instagram. They are a hit with both Diesel and Beau!

Pehr Changing Pad: We use this so much! Around the house, at others homes, in the car and more! A must!

Disposable Changing Pad: Great for public changing tables, however with Covid we haven’t seen much of “public” anything.

Diaper Bags: Great for trashing diapers while out and about.

Travel WaterWipes: Saves room in diaper bag!

Pacifier Clip: Cute and keeps from the dreaded pacifier on floor incident happening!

Feeding

Feeding looks different for everyone. We have done a little bit of everything and honestly, I could share a more in-depth post, if you are interested, just let me know!

Dr. Brown’s Bottles: Great for on the go and keeping gas away.

Glass Bottles: A cleaner option, that we use when at home.

Sterilizer: This sterilizer is one of my number one recommendations for anyone having a baby! Perfect for bottles and breast pump parts! It sterilized and dries contents, plus it’s actually pretty.

OXO Bottle Brush absolutely the best and is not messy like others.

Boon Drying Rack and Accessories: Necessary, for us, even though it seems like it might not be.

Babyganics Bottle Soap: We like the foaming option.

Baby Brezza: If you are using formula this is heaven sent. It makes a bottle and warms it in seconds. Like a Nespresso for baby! Just make sure you get your powder setting right!

Holle Formula: Apparently the best option out there. We use this and Beau loves it.

Green Sprouts Bibs + Burp Cloths: The most absorbing and softest for an affordable price.

Gingham Bibs: Cute, soft and affordable.

Play + Seating

Lovevery Play Gym: I have raved about this playmat so much and will continue to do so. It is heaven sent and so great for baby’s development. Beau loves his and we love that it knows exactly what he needs to help with development in different areas. It is tacky and isn’t covered in a million flashing lights!

4moms mamaRoo: We have used our Mamaroo so much. I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s essential, at least not for Beau, but it is definitely handy!

Baby Bjorn Bouncer + Soft Toy Bar: What is essential, though, is this bouncer! It is easily portable, it isn’t an eye sore and we use it everyday all around the house. Also, if you plan on having multiple babies, you can simply purchase a different seat color and each one easily removes for washing.

These black and white books- 1,2,3: Beau loves these so much.

Jellycat Soft Books: These are so much fun and soft for little babies. We love Jellycat books for Beau. He has tons of them!

Hangers, Baby Duffle Bag

Clothing

A few of our favorite clothing brands thus far.

Baby Clothes Hangers

Drawer Organizers: We love these from the container store.

Kissy Kissy

Little English

Beaufort Bonnet Company

Nantucket Kids

Kissy Kissy Gowns

Gerber Onesies Bodysuits: I prefer these to other brands because they are softer, fit better and have two great buttons!

Kissy Kissy Footed Jammies

Kissy Kissy Mitts: These were a total newborn essential for us! Beau wore them all of the time to keep himself from scratching his face too much.

I love shopping on the Maisonette website. You can find a lot of great pieces on their website.

I do a lot of online ordering but if you are local our favorite stores that carry baby clothing are The Carousel in Williamsburg and The Perfecting Setting in Newport News.

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