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Simple Roast Chicken Breasts with Spring Vegetables

Even though this particular iteration of our blog is still fairly young, I’ve been blogging about food and recipes off and on for about seven years. Even friends who don’t know that we have this blog see enough food…

Shiplap Fireplace

Since we’re back home, we’ve got a little project update at the Big Brick House that we’d like to share, and that’s the completion of our new shiplap fireplace treatment! When we bought the Big Brick House, it was…

One More Marathon :: Staying Fit While Traveling

It’s not an easy thing to balance all the time we spend on the road and staying fit for all the races and other fitness competitions I like to participate in. Especially when it’s work travel. You don’t have…

Double-Wrapped Chili Lime Steak Tacos

I don’t know when Taco Tuesday became a thing. But I like it. I thought for a while it was something the schools started, along with making leprechaun traps and hiding gold chocolate for St. Patrick’s Day and Silly…

10 California Wineries We Adore!

Let me tell you, there’s a big difference between a connoisseur and an aficionado. Beyond the French and Italian lineage. I am not a wine connoisseur. I am a wine aficionado. Scott’s cousin is a connoisseur, and beyond. She…

Maple Banana Nut Mini-Muffins

I thought that when we moved to Virginia, that travel was going to slow down for Scott and me. I thought we’d be able to put some roots down and enjoy sitting back on our patio Adirondack chairs with…

11 Inspiring Quotes on Hospitality

When you travel a lot, you learn a lot about hospitality. It’s a necessity when you’re away from home. Because when you’re not supplying your own food and shelter, you’re relying on someone else to do so. Between Scott and I, we’ve…

Arlington House

A walk through Arlington National Cemetery is already an emotional one, but Arlington House adds a whole other layer. Arlington House started out as the Custis-Lee Mansion. A beautiful Greek revival mansion overlooking the National Mall and the Potomac…

Easter Dinner at the Big Brick House

“Eating, and hospitality in general, is a communion, and any meal worth attending by yourself is improved by the multiples of those with whom it is shared.” ~Jesse Browner Our kitchen flows right into a large room adjacent to…

Remembrance :: Easter at Arlington National Cemetery

Scott and I talk about belief and faith probably a lot more than you’d expect from people who don’t ascribe to any particular denomination, and who don’t attend church regularly. But I would say that although we aren’t all that…