Thursday, June 11, 2015

Apple Picking in Cider Donut Heaven

Dova Apple Picking

Every year, we make it a tradition to go apple picking at our local orchard in town.  After all, it's the only way to be a proper "New Englanda" living in the outer suburbs of Boston.

Doug holding Dova

Doug said that Dova is getting way too big to pick up for the apples up high.

Walking the orchard

But nothing beats a walk through the apple orchard, with the crisp fall air and glimpses of foliage.

Dova picks a pumpkin

As usual, Dova loved picking out pumpkins.

Adam carries a pumpkin

And Adam hauled them to the car.

Brussel sprouts

This year in the store, we also picked up some fresh brussel sprouts to Adam's dismay.

Cider Donuts frying

But what really caught our eyes and noses were the fresh cider donuts frying right in the store.

Cider donuts

Here they are in the bag just before we inhaled them on the car ride home.  Can you smell the cinnamon goodness?


We also picked up some cute gourds, next to Dova's Harry Potter mandrake she got as party favor.

Bite the apple!

The best part (besides the cider donuts) is deciding which apple to eat, the largest or the smallest!

Angela's note:  Another out of season post, but these photos were too good to pass up!

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Neighborhood Adventure on Bikes

When I asked the kids to honor me with a bike ride a while ago, it was met with a lot of rolled eyes and complaints of a boring time to come. Sure biking can be boring if you always take the same roads, but this time it would be more of an adventure. Instead of heading out of our dead end street into the neighborhood, we headed towards the dead end and into the woods.

After clearing the heavily wooded portion of the trail at the end of our street, we happened upon an abandoned house.

Abandoned house

With an abandoned garage and abandoned mailbox.

Abandoned garage

Abandoned mailbox

Spooky! We looked around a bit and saw lots of old rusted machine tools in the yard complete with a garden snake standing guard. This house is actually on a street with the same name as ours, they are two dead end roads that connect only with a dirt path.

Riding down the dirt road some more, we saw nothing but canopied trees.

Canopied trees

Further down, we saw a sign for an open house on a house for sale. The open house time had passed, but the garage door was wide open and the garage was empty. We knocked on the door to the house and no one answered. So we wandered inside.

The door opened into a wonderful open space with a loft and vaulted ceilings.

Kids with bike helmets

It had a hot tub and a foos ball table.

Foos ball

Dova immediately wanted to buy the house because clearly a home is not complete without a hot tub!

Can we buy it?

Did I mention hot tub?

Hot tub!

They said it was the best bike ride ever, exploring from an abandoned house to a pristine house for sale. All without leaving our street!

Angela's note: Dusted off this old draft, we actually took this bike ride in the fall of 2013!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Support Your Local Artisans - Rustic Sign Designs

Dova loves her sign

Recently, Dova has been wanting to spend my money decorate her room and asked for some wall art with inspirational words on it. We looked in some stores like Pier 1 Imports and Christmas Tree Shops and Target. She was immediately drawn to this quote we found at Target, "Happiness is not a destination, it is a way of life. Enjoy the journey."

Target wall art

Now this sign was cheap printed canvas about 2' tall.  I immediately said No, because I always say no when she asks to buy something, but mostly because it was kind of ugly: bad font, bad color, and too large. Not to mention pricey at $25. We later looked online for something similar, but the signs inevitably missed the "Enjoy the journey" part and didn't look so great.  Here were some options:

We even found the source of the quote from musician Roy Goodman, although worded differently:

Then at an local Earth Day celebration, we met the lovely Angelina of Rustic Sign Designs (on left).

Rustic Sign Designs

We asked whether she made custom signs and immediately placed an order.  Dova got to pick the colors and approve the design over several iterations.  Now who can beat that?

Dova and her sign

Rustic Sign Designs can be found on Facebook and Etsy.  If you have a dog, you won't be able to resist this sign!

Dog can't hold it's licker
In no way shape or form were we compensated for this post - Rustic Sign Designs is just awesome. Support local artisans!

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