• Fashion is about what you wear. Style is about how you live your life. ~Ralph Lauren

Sunday, June 24, 2012


"those who don't believe in magic
will never find it"
sunset view from the country club on Friday night

This is especially meaningful to me right now. I want to believe in magic and I need to now more than ever. Say a prayer, cross your fingers, wish on 11:11, find a lucky penny, or do whatever you can to find magic for yourself...

...and maybe send me some too.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What a Ride!

A few weeks ago, I was getting into my car to go to work and I saw a girl riding down the street riding an old looking bike with a basket on the front.  I stopped and thought to myself, "That looks so relaxing and lovely"    For whatever reason the idea of a bike like that caught my attention.  You can mock me all you want, but I had visions of riding this bike to a farmer's market on a Saturday morning.  It just seemed so nice to me.  So in true AG fashion, I googled vintage bikes that weekend.  I found the inspiration of what I'd be looking for...
I just love how it looks. I knew I needed to have something similar.  Two people told me there was a vintage bike in a thrift shop in town so I went down there a few times.  Each time they were closed.  Ugh.  Rather than waiting for that shop to open, I did a search on google for vintage bikes for sale in my area. As fate would have it, there was a lady selling one about 30 minutes from here.  I wrote her an email and after about 3 weeks, we finally found a time that worked for both of us.  So tonight I drive there to take a look at it.

And now I'm pleased to share that I purchased the bike at a very reasonable price.   I'm pretty sure Schwinn is a good name for a bike like this.  In any case, I pretty much love it!  It needs a paint job and some air in the tires but the style is exactly what I want. 

My Dad said he would paint it for me.   Now the big decision is what color should I paint?  These are two of the possibilities so far.  I'm kind of into both of them.  The basket will be a wicker one for sure.

I know it's kind of random to want to get an restore a bike like this but I'm all about embracing new things right now.  It just feels like something I should do.  And after all the stuff that's gone on with me lately, the fact that I got excited about something as simple as this is a good thing.  And eventually maybe , I'll be  riding down the street and make someone stop and think, "that girls looks so relaxed and lovely..."

Monday, June 18, 2012

Berry Good

GASP!  Three days in a row.  I guess maybe some of my blogging mojo is back.  maybe. 

Yesterday I made some strawberry crisp to take over to my parents house for Father's Day and I realized in all of my chaos this spring, I haven't shared it here.  (among many other things) It was one of the recipes I've tried from Pinterest.  How great is Pinterest?  I've learned so much. 

Anyway, there is something so amazing about strawberries in the summer.  I eat them every morning with my oatmeal.  Plus, they look so pretty. 

 And now for the most amazing strawberry crisp ever.  Every time I've made it, it's been a crowd pleaser.  It will be one of my favorite dishes to bring to social functions. 

Filling:•2 to 3 cups (8 ounces strawberries, hulled and cut in half
•1/2 cup  sugar

•1 cup  all-purpose flour
•1/2 cup  old-fashioned rolled oats
•1/3 cup  sugar
•1/3 cup firmly packed golden brown sugar
•1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1. preheat to 350 degrees. Have ready a 2.5 quart ceramic or glass pie dish or baking dish.

2.  Filling: In a large bowl, stir together the strawberries and sugar until well mixed. Pour into the baking dish, and set aside.
The strawberries and sugar mixture

3. Topping: In a large bowl, stir together the flour, rolled oats, sugars, cinnamon and salt until well blended. Stir in the melted butter until evenly moistened crumbs form. Spoon the crumb mixture over the filling.

Sprinkling the topping over the strawberries

4. Bake the crisp until the juices are bubbling, and the topping is golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Note: The crisp can be cooled, covered with plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.
The final product.  I added a few whole strawberries for some sass.
I'm in a strawberry mood tonight...I'm making some strawberry freezer jam.  It's almost officially SUMMER!  :) 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Go Green! Pun Intended.

Yes, you are seeing correctly.  I'm posting two days in a row.  I may be back for real, after all. 

Anyway, today is Father's Day and I always enjoy this day because I'm pretty fond of my Dad.  He's a good guy and has a crap ton to deal with some days and I don't think he gets the credit he deserves.  I wish I could something really special for him.  Someday I'll be able to.  Today he humored me and went golfing with me.  I'm pretty sure it was more for my benefit since I'm obsessed with it.  But he still did it and it was great!

Getting us started!
I look terrible in this one but whatever. 
This was the BEST part of the game today--I hit my second shot from this EXACT spot and it went in the hole.  YES!  I'd say it was about 50 yards that I hit it.  It's actually difficult to see the pin from this picture but it's literally the view right after I hit it in.  Pretty much the shot of my golf career!!  You know all three months of it! 
Me and Dad after we finished playing.  He's not so much in doing a photo shoot to get the best picture so this is what I got. 

After I ate dinner with my parents, I headed back home and stopped off to visit my Grandfather's resting spot.  I wasn't really planning it but for whatever reason I went a different way and something compelled me to stop.  This is not to say that I didn't want to, I just wasn't planning it.  If I was planning, I would have stopped at my other Grandfather's too.  In any case, I was happy that I did.  If I ever have a son, he will be named after him and my Dad.  

So that was how I spent my Sunday.  Hanging out with my favorite Dad.  This weekend has really lifted my spirits.  Now, I SHOULD be cleaning my house and getting ready for the week but I think watching the rest of the US Open is on the menu for me.  Happy Father's Day to my Dad!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Oh Baby!!

Sometimes there is nothing better than celebrating a new life to remind you to slow down and take a minute to enjoy the day.  Today was my friend Jill's baby shower.  She was married last July and here we are getting ready to welcome her son into the world!  It was a truly lovely afternoon.  I'll share some of the highlights.  For some reason blogger won't allow me to put them in the order I want.  I sometimes really hate the format of this blog.  I've got to work on that. 

The cake was made by Jenna, Jill's sister in law.  SO adorable!  I want Jenna to make my cakes from now on.
This was hanging above the gift table.  So cute!
Tara and I watching the gift opening.
Gillian and I. 
The cake table. 
The most delicious cupcakes ever!
The shower was in Jill's friends backyard and was so pretty.
The Mama to Be. 
The gift table.  Little Matteo is spoiled already!  ;)
Jill opening all of the cute clothes!
I love the way the tables looked.  So pretty and garden party.

I'm so excited to meet the little man  and watch Jill and Vinny become parents!  They will be great.  Congratulations to them!  The shower was exactly what I needed to lift my spirits.  It was a lovely shower and way to spend Saturday afternoon!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


I saw this on pinterest awhile ago and repinned it. But read it again the other day and it really spoke to me. I'm pretty tired of thinking about all that has transpired in my life and wondering about how I could have changed things or why people (many) that I cared about have behaved the way they have. It's like a puzzle that's missing pieces and I can't solve it. My brain and my heart need some peace. So I'm going to follow the crude advice and leave the pieces and get on with it. And I'm going to focus on the people that want to be in my life. I'm pretty great and I deserve to stop feeling awful and beating myself up over stuff I have no control over. I certainly can't control the hurt that people have caused but I can control the power it has over me. So if you're looking for me...I'll be moving on.