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The Scottish Christmas Walk

The Scottish Christmas Walk

Our love for all things Old Town Alexandria is no secret, but one of our favorite events so far has been the Scottish Christmas Walk put on by the Campagna Center. Scott and I both have strong Scottish lineage {Clan MacPhae on my side, Clan Morrison on his}, so part of the fun is learning…

Rustic + Cozy :: Guest Room 2

Rustic + Cozy :: Guest Room 2

While we still have a lot of improvements planned for the Big Brick House, we’ve been busily knocking out some of them in preparation for hosting our family Thanksgiving this year. It turns out that hosting was a great impetus to get us to finish off our second guest room, Scott’s office, and decorating the…

I’m a 2018 Destination Races Ambassador!

I’m a 2018 Destination Races Ambassador!

This past weekend, I received my offer to be a Destination Races Ambassador! The Destination Races brand was looking for a few passionate, fun-loving {and wine-loving} runners to help promote running and wine events, and overall running enthusiasm – and yours truly fit the bill! Because of that, I’ll get to offer you some special…

Hiking Woodmarsh Trail

Hiking Woodmarsh Trail

I think we’ve all been told, at one point or another, to “bloom where we’re planted.” I wrote a post not too long ago about how that’s not always easy. What if you’re a sun-loving plant and someone sticks you in the shade, or vice verse? Not so easy to bloom. So when you’re looking…

Heirloom Tomato Tartlets

Heirloom Tomato Tartlets

My mother still loves to tell a story about how, when I was little, I ate all the tomatoes out of a tomato salad. She figures it would have put me off tomatoes, but there’s still nothing in the world I crave like a fresh heirloom or beefsteak tomato. It turns out that craving tomatoes…

Alexandria :: La Fromagerie

Alexandria :: La Fromagerie

With Scott working in Old Town Alexandria these days, we’ve had a lot of fun exploring the area around where he works. I could seriously get lost all day just poking around in the various antique and specialty item stores or tasting amazing things in the various gourmet shops. There’s a fudge shop that’s to…

What Are Your Autumn Projects?

What Are Your Autumn Projects?

This is our second autumn in the Big Brick House, and it’s feeling cozy and familiar and welcoming and we love it. I can only imagine what it will feel like after we’ve spent two more here, or maybe a half-dozen more. How we might learn the ebb and flow of the seasons and feel…

Best Places to See Fall Colors in Virginia

Best Places to See Fall Colors in Virginia

Despite the warm temperatures we’ve had in Virginia lately, fall is definitely settling in! The humidity is dying back and the American sweetgum and liquid amber and the occasional maple are starting to show some of their early golden fall plumage. Travelers are starting to plan their trips to catch peak leaf season in some…

Crispy Garlic Butter Chicken

Crispy Garlic Butter Chicken

I have been promising this recipe forever, so now, before the fall flavors hit, I’m delivering! And believe me, this buttery garlicky juicy chicken delight is worth it in any season! I wish I knew where this recipe came from. I wish I knew how it came into being. But all I know is that it’s rustic,…

Living Local :: The Nature of Seasons + Blackberry Sangria

Living Local :: The Nature of Seasons + Blackberry Sangria

As much as I work indoors, I feel like I’m trying to be outdoors as much as possible. When we’re not actually out of doors hiking, running, or exploring, a lot of my projects lately have been trying to bring the outdoors in as much as I can – more sun, more light, more plants,…

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