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January 6, 2011
Since we are in midst of winter with no end in sight, I decided to make a tropical fruit salad today. This recipe is super easy, but will help beat out some of the winter doldrums!
Tropical Fruit Salad
-1 tablespoon honey
Peel and slice up the fruit.
Put the fruit in a bowl and stir in the honey.
Sit back and enjoy your tropical fruit salad. Close your eyes and picture yourself on a warm island somewhere! (And tune out all meteorologists who keep talking about two upcoming snow storms.)
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 97 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 106 posts. There were 190 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 398mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was March 11th with 475 views. The most popular post that day was The MBTA #9 Bus is Not Your Private Town Car.
Where did they come from?
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Some visitors came searching, mostly for herb garden, 2 sisters 2 cities, poco proof press for sale, hobby letterpress, and poco proof press.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
The MBTA #9 Bus is Not Your Private Town Car March 2010
About 2sisters December 2009
My new hobby- letterpress December 2009
5 Fun Bridal Shower Gift Tips March 2010
January 5, 2011
Edited from earlier post- sorry for any confusion!
Baby T and I have headed to my parents’ house early for the Christmas holiday so his nanna and grandpa could spend some quality time with him. Husband M will be joining us later this week- presumably well rested after a few baby-free night! Last night, my mom, sister M, and I enjoyed a ladies night in meal- soup, salad, and delicious artisan bread! The bread was so crusty and tasty- I loved it.
My mom’s decorator had shared this no-knead artisan bread with her and had told her how easy it was to make. After a little more research and experimenting, my mom has come up with the following recipe:
No-Knead Artisan Bread:
-1/4 tsp yeast
-1 and a 1/2 cup warm water
-3 cups flour
-1 and 1/2 tsp salt
Combine the yeast and warm water. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and salt together. Add the yeast and water mixture to the flour mixture and combine. Cover with a dish towel and leave in bowl. Place the bowl in the oven (not on) or a warm place for 6-12 hours.
Take bowl out and preheat oven to 425 degrees, as well as an enamel cast iron steel pan (such as Le Creuset). Once hot, toss in a small amount of flour to coat the pan then quickly throw in the dough. Toss a little extra flour on top of the dough.
Re-cover dough immediately with the pot cover and put in oven. Leave cover on for 30-40 minutes depending on how crispy you would like the bread (the less you keep the cover on, the more crispy it will be. Bake for a total of 45 minutes. Remove the pan from oven, take bread out of pan, and put bread on cooling rack. Wait 30 minutes before slicing. Delicious served with olive oil!
I will definitely be trying this out at my house soon. This is one of those recipes that could easily be made on a work day as well if you did the first few steps in the morning and allowed the bread to rise while you were at work. I am looking forward to a week of delicious meals and hope to share some additional recipes soon!
December 31, 2010
Every year I make many types of Christmas cookies to give out as gifts for the holidays. I had a huge project at work plus busy weekends causing me to only have two types of cookies the weekend before Christmas! Luckily with a little Christmas music (Thank you Frank and Bing!) I made 7 more types of cookies on the Sunday before Christmas. I know, I know I am pretty impressed with myself too. I have already posted about some, so I am going to list 7 of them below (linked are the recipes!)
1. Mexican Wedding Cakes ( recipe coming soon!)
December 25, 2010
We just wanted to wish all our readers a very merry Christmas this year! It has been a great year and are both so excited to have the whole family together at our parents’ home- along with their 10 foot tree! We hope you are having a wonderful holiday as well. Thanks for following us this past year…we hope to have many more posts in the upcoming year!
December 15, 2010
Well, it’s now officially been well over a month since Baby T has been born so I figured it was about time I get to blogging about it! He is such a great baby (well, maybe not so great in the evenings, but we still love him very much!) I knew having a newborn would be hard work, but I never realized how much of a time encompassing life change it would be. Time just flies by. I can’t tell you how many times I have looked at the clock and am completely flabbergasted by what time it is (such as now…I’m still drinking my morning coffee at noon!)
My labor went relatively smoothly. I was in labor at home for over 24 hours starting on my due date before we headed to the hospital. Husband M took the day off work to go on walks around Castle Island and Thomas Park with me (it was a blustery cold day). I was still in labor that night, but the contractions were still 10-20 minutes apart so we held off on going to the hospital. Finally, around 5 or 6 a.m., I decided to get into the shower to start getting ready to head out. By the time we left at 7 am, the contractions were coming hard every 2-3 minutes. Once we got to the hospital, I was pretty much ready to push. I was still able to get an epidural at that point thankfully (sorry Husband M for dragging you to 2 weekends of Natural Childbirth classes…although I did get to that point naturally!) They gave me a 30 minute break to relax and then it was pushing time! Baby T came out in less than 15 minutes. It was such an amazing experience to finally meet the little being that was living inside of you for the past 9 months.
Now that we are somewhat getting into a routine (as much of a routine as you can get into with an infant), I am going to try to get back to blogging more often. On the agenda…very easy to cook dinners (my bon appetit and Julia Child cookbooks are getting pushed to the back of the bookshelf), baby stuff, holiday ideas, reviewing last year’s resolutions, and mew resolutions for 2011. Thanks for sticking with us readers!
December 7, 2010
My first post ever about a year ago was about Buckeyes, a cookie my family makes every Christmas season. They are a pain to make but everyone always loves them. I just made them this week, I split them into two days, the dough the first day, and the chocolate dipping the next. Try them for yourself!
Here are some pictures to help you!
November 2, 2010
I’ve been on maternity leave for a little over a week now and I finally finished a few last minute touches to the baby’s nursery this morning. I wanted to share some photos of the airplane-themed nursery that we put together. Husband M and I decided (well, perhaps I decided) to go with an airplane theme as Husband M has loved planes since he was a little kid. Growing up in London, his dad would take him to Heathrow every weekend to watch the planes take off. When we were initially deciding on buying a place, I think one of the main selling points for South Boston was its view of the runway approach to Logan Airport. He spends half his summer up on the roof deck watching planes take off and land. Hopefully our baby shares the same love of planes!
The final reveal:
We purchased all the furniture from Baby Furniture Warehouse in Braintree. The crib, bookshelf, and baby station are from the Romina Karisma collection and the glider is from Dutalier. The bedding, mobile, airplane & boat pictures, and storage containers are all from Pottery Barn Kids. The airplane lamp was a gift from our good friends at Crescent Harbor Lighting.
As I reach the end of my to do list, all that is left is to wait for baby’s arrival. Hopefully he is not following the trend of the airline industry and decides to come right on time!