the perfect (and simple) burger

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grilling with dad!

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We think it’s quite convenient that Father’s Day comes at the peak of grilling season, because for many dads out there, Father’s Day wouldn’t be the same without a big, juicy piece of meat and his family gathered around the grill outside! Now, we know this isn’t true for everyone, but what dad could turn down a day spent cooking and eating with his loved ones? This week we are all about celebrating Dad with our favorite grilling recipes, tips for making the perfect burger and a DIY gift that the man of the hour is sure to love!

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This recipe is very forgiving and loves substitutions, so add or subtract whatever you (or dad!) would like! It’s a great all-purpose rub that can be used on anything from beet and pork, to salmon and veggies!

2 tablespoons kosher salt || 2 tablespoons smoked paprika || 1 tablespoon cumin || 1 tablespoon granulated garlic || 1 tablespoon chili powder || 1 tablespoon brown sugar || 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper || 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper || 1 teaspoon ground mustard || 1 teaspoon ground coriander

Mix everything together and place in a jar that can be sealed tight!

park city… house hunting

We came correct… Mason and I flew in for soccer tryouts, she made the premier division 1 team! 

We saw 15 houses, made an offer on our first choice and now we are under contract! 

We ate at 510, had breakfast at Harvest, checked out Deer Valley, soaked in the sun in 80 degree heat, drank rosé, shopped on Main Street and had a blast with friends. 

So begins our next chapter, with amazing summers and some of the best skiing in North America. I’m spending the next few weeks packing up our home in Seattle, spending every day with my closest friends and making some killer memories with the kids! 

Here’s to taking risks, adventures and living life to the fullest! Cheers!

so begins a new decade…


Today begins a new decade and an opportunity for greater adventures. This will be the best decade yet filled with firsts and lasts.

In this decade, there will be two bat mitzvahs and one bar mitzvah, three high school graduations and four college graduations. We will watch as our five children become adults and make their own paths in life. We will travel to four continents this decade… filling our lives with experiences, cultures and cuisines that spark the imagination. 

I will mark almost thirty years of marriage with my love in this decade and for that I am so very grateful. To have experienced such remarkable love is a blessing. I run with open arms, grace, love and laughter into these next ten years. I am thankful for all that I have experienced and achieved so far… for the friendships, the laughter, the late nights, the adventures, the cocktails and this extraordinary life!

Cheers~

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

So, begins my favorite time of year. The weather is cooler, the days get shorter, the leaves begin to change and the moon lingers a little longer. I also start the wonderful task of planning fall birthdays. The excitement in the air of celebrations, friends, laughter and memories are just days away. Time for family gatherings, hosting cocktail parties and long walks. This is simply the best time of year!

This morning I woke up and it was still pitch black outside, everyone was sleeping except for me and my lab. So I sat with the cold crisp air at my face, sipping on a hot cup of tea, enjoying the silence before the hurried bustle of the kids and rush to get to work. These are the moments I cherish the most. When I can truly be alone and enjoy the solitude that is always there, but very rarely do I get to spend time with it.

Today’s Favorites:

  • cold mornings
  • cuddling with my dog
  • NPR Morning Edition
  • cinnamon buns
  • children laughing
  • waiting for the school bus
  • morning kisses
  • Maverick and his rocket spaceship
  • being totally at peace
  • gratitude

nurturing relationships

I use to wonder what it would have been like if I had only one child. This thought usually enters my mind when I’ve reached a level of exhaustion and I’m about to lose my cool with my kids, but then I’m quickly reminded that the reason I wanted to have three children was because of the unbelievable bond and nurturing that seems to naturally occur between siblings. They play together, laugh together and cry together. They are each others beginning and end. I feel really blessed every time I see them cuddling, building and creating together. I’m reminded of the amazing relationship I have with my brother… of the love we share, the uncontrollable laughter, the inside jokes that only we understand, the pillar of strength that we bring to one another.

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matisse & maverick
mason & maverick

nothing better

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looking for sand crabs
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simply perfect
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playing. content.
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superhero powers
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so beautiful
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happiness abounds
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boogie board master
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hitting the waves
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the unexpected
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he was yelling: “I am Sparta!”

We went on a holiday for an entire month! No work. No computers. No blogging. Just family and kids, laughter and sun. I wish it would have never ended. Sometimes it takes something as simple as spending quality time with my brother and our kids to realize that I need to take a leap of faith and change my life, because my children deserve to feel this happy each and every day of their lives.

not impressed

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not impressed

we spent the weekend enjoying the fabulous weather… swimming in the pool, entertaining friends, checking out the Broad Appetite Food Festival and listening, a little shopping and live music, but i feel no matter how hard we try, these kids just not impressed! I think our little guy’s face above says it all. All kidding aside I think this has been one of the best weekends we’ve had in a long time. Would love to hear what you did this weekend?

today’s favorites:

  • morning mimosas
  • sleeping in
  • late night sitting by the fire
  • impromptu dinner party with friends
  • live music
  • napping by the pool with my little man
  • children’s laughter
  • gardening
  • ice cream and burgers
  • food festival
  • soft kisses
  • bottles and bottles of rosé
  • farmer’s market and cake pops
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my two favorite guys enjoying a swim

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farmer’s market and cake pops

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it’s a rough life

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beer anyone? @broadappetit food festival

 

picking, eating, sunshine and friends

Sometimes the best days are the unplanned ones. When you wake up and decide to go to a berry farm with a couple of friends and bunch of kids. Nothing says summer like the warm sun in your face, picking and eating berries straight off the bushes. Now what to do with all of these berries? I think their is a summer tart and fresh berry sorbet in my future.

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Maverick and his two favorite girls
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He likes to taste before he buys
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What’s better than a wagon ride?
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My little guy is always happy (when he’s eating)
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We may have eaten more berries than picked them
Wow, that’s a flattering photo of me!
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Working hard to fill his basket
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Yummy Strawberries
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Strawberry faces and baskets filled… the end to perfect day!