*Getting Inspired*

Happy hump day, friends! We’re back 🙂 We were just so beat from our weekends away that we didn’t get our sh*t together for Monday morning. Oops. On a high note, my trip to New Hampshire with Brittany was fantastic. We used it as a way to step back, clear our heads and really get our creative juices flowing. We decided we wanted to take some creative photos, so we packed a million outfits and took a million photos. Some highlights of the trip included going to the top of Pack Monadnock for a gorgeous views and lovely light & staying up until 2am on Saturday night creating videos for Brittany’s dance instagram, haha.

Here are our favorite photos from the weekend…NewHampshire_1NewHampshire_5NewHampshire_13NewHampshire_22NewHampshire_3NewHampshire_10NewHampshire_18 NewHampshire_2 NewHampshire_6NewHampshire_15 NewHampshire_12NewHampshire_11 NewHampshire_8 NewHampshire_19NewHampshire_21 NewHampshire_17NewHampshire_14

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Winterfest // New Hampshire

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As you may recall from past summers, our friend group does a summer beach hang every year in Old Lyme (seen here & here), and we have been planning on trying to gather again in the winter for Winterfest. We’ve been talking about it for years, and this weekend, it finally happened!

While we weren’t able to get everyone up (sad face), we had a lovely time hangin, antiquing, eating and playin games. We went to Rindge, New Hampshire to our friend Andrew’s family’s house, which coincidentally is only about a 25 min drive to Christa’s family’s house, the farm. This is especially fun for us because while we’ve popped into Peterborough together before (last couple pictures in that post), we don’t venture into town much when visiting the area.

This time we stopped into multiple shops and had lunch and dinner in town. Here are the adorable and unique spots we popped into:


01. Seaver & McLellin Antiques

We had a deep appreciation for this store’s love of all things odd. Everything from full-sized carousal horses, to straight jackets, to little heart-shaped containers filled with human teeth (you read that right). Even with all that weird shizz, Christa walked out with an awesomely inexpensive Mexican rug (seen below).

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02. Twin Elm Farm

A cute barn house full of both vintage items & local handmade goods was just up our alley! We wandered room to room eyeing the adorably decorated house full of excellently curated booths. Our favorite items from Twin Elm were not for sale though…the 2 teeny-tiny, sweater-wearing chihuahuas named Mr. Chow & The Beef!! We hung out longer than expected, taking turns holding the little cuties!

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03. Bowerbird & Friends

Filled with trinkets old and new, we wasted lots of time in this little Peterborough shop. Pretty prints, vintage photos, textiles, glassware, and sterling silver galore. Even a little green house of sorts with air plants & cacti! We loved wandering around this gem.

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04. Twelve Pine Cafe 

Such good sammies! We worked up an appetite (what else is new?) and decided to pop in here for a quick bite. One section is a cafe, and the other section is a market of sorts, full of unique olive oils, beers, pancake mixes, etc. Definitely a fun and delicious lunch spot. Caprese sandwich below #yum.

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05. Barbour Outlet 

We don’t have pictures from the Barbour Outlet, but we wanted to make sure people know it exists, because it’s exactly as great as it sounds – discount Barbour (insert double hand praise emoji here). Last time we went, Curtis got a gorgeous waxed canvas jacket for less than $120! We weren’t all so lucky this trip, but it’s always worth stopping in.


06. Harlow’s Pub 

This adorable pub was truly unique! Trinkets and posters covering the walls from floor-to-ceiling, and a family friendly play room for the kids later becomes a stage for live music at night. The nachos and veggie burgers were killer!

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And just hangin at the house…

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Shark Week

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This post has nothing to do with shark week besides this awesome mural we stumbled upon while exploring Portsmouth, NH (and I think technically we took these photos during Shark Week)! But whatever, because this mural is amazing!

We had a busy weekend of New England day tripping, covering South Central New Hampshire, Coastal New Hampshire (Portsmouth) & Rockport Mass. These flowy shorts (Old Navy rings them up as a skort…) were perfect for our walk around town, and my simple tee and sandals keep the look easy and breezy. I am in love with my Target fedora which has a similar look to the beloved J. Crew Panama Hat.

We basically ate our way through Portsmouth, stopping at 3 places to eat while we were there, and on Friday I’ll be breaking down the delicious spots we stopped at!

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RAWR (^^^) <— does anyone remember doing the shark emoticon on fb messenger?!


Target Fedora (not sold online, similar)
H&M Tee (old, similar)
Old Navy Skort
BCBG Generation (old, similar)
Rayban ‘Youngster’ Sunnies


 

Good Ol’ Blueberry Pancakes

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While we have a few weeks of summer left, take full advantage of your summer fruits and lazy weekends! Blueberry pancakes are where it’s at. When Reg and I were in New Hampshire a few weekends ago, we woke up early to pick some fresh blueberries and had pancakes on the mind – it was quick, easy and delicious. This recipe has the perfect amount of fluff, while maintaing a little density.

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// Ingredients {makes between 8-10 pancakes}

Nonstick Spray (or butter for the pan)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg
1 1/4 cups buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk, this is how to make it easily at home)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 heaping tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup cooking oil
pinch of salt
blueberries (or any fruit you’d like!)

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// Instructions

01. Preheat a skillet over medium-low heat. Use nonstick spray or butter to grease up the pan.

* At this point if you’re making the buttermilk, do so now so it has a few minutes to sit.

02. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder & salt into a medium sized bowl.

03. In a large bowl, whisk your milk, oil, and egg together.

04. Add dry ingredients slowly to the wet, whisking until well mixed and there are no chunks.

05. Pour your desired sized pancake into the skillet

06. Sprinkle in your desired fruit (as many as you’d like!)

07. Flip when edges are bubbling/appearing to harden. They should be golden brown.

08. Cook until the pancakes seem cooked all the way through and the bottom is golden, about another 2-3 minutes.

09. Repeat!

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Garnish with powdered sugar and extra fruit if you’d like! It makes them extra cute!

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And most importantly – enjoy!

 

Mount Monadnock

You may have seen us mention our hike in New Hampshire from a couple of weekends back, and now we’re finally getting around to posting about it!

We actually have renamed this epic hike to Profanity Mountain, because holy sh*t it was hard. We definitely didn’t quite know what we were getting ourselves into, but if you’ll notice in Exhibit B, picture #2, my body is lunging with all of it’s might up a massive incline — this was the entire hike up, for TWO hours. So yeah, needless to say we were exhausted, but so glad we did it. The view from the top was pretty unreal, and we were feeling mighty accomplished by the end of it.

So if you ever find yourself in this area of New England and are up for a bit of a challenge, this Profanity Mountain hike is a must. And now that we’re extremely experienced/advanced hikers (chyea, okay) we have a few tips for you. Check ’em out as you scroll!

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01. Good gear — moisture-wicking clothes, shoes with solid traction, and a headband will save your lives

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02. Snacks! — don’t leave home without ’em. We brought along a container of cashews, small turkey sandwiches, granola bars, and LOTS of water. If we didn’t have these, it’s quite possible that we would have passed out.

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03. Sunscreen — we lucked out and our day was pretty grey, but if it had been any sunnier, we would have likely been little lobsters. It’s easy to forget because you’re amongst so many trees, but your shoulders will definitely see the light of day, and a lot of it.

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04. Map it out — they’ll offer one to you, and you should take it. It’s pretty helpful in knowing which trail to take and figuring out what level you’re about to take on (plus they’re pretty!).

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05. Take breaks — if you’re pooped, you’re pooped! Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. Find a nice comfy looking rock, pop a squat, take in the views, and thank your body for being so good to you!

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Grapefruit Lime Fizz

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This past weekend the ladies of G&M had a little r&r in New Hampshire. On Saturday, after what was quite possibly the most excruciating hikes of our lives (more on that later this week) we decided we needed to treat ourselves to a little fizzy fruity fun. While shopping for dinner, we concocted in our heads a simple and refreshing cocktail to make our evening that much more relaxing. The Fresca was a last-minute decision after we got back to the house, since we realized it would go perfectly with the flavor combo — shout out/thanks to Christa’s Oma for having it on hand!

Behold, the grapefruit lime fizz!

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Ingredients:

(makes 4-6 cocktails, depending on size of glass)

// 1 bottle of Prosecco

// 1 jug of ruby red grapefruit juice

// 1 can of Fresca (or your preferred of fruity soda)

// limes

// ice

// pretty straw

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To make: 

01. Put 3-4 ice cubes in glass, then fill about half way with your Prosecco.

02. Pour grapefruit juice on top to fill the glass about 3/4 of the way.

03. Top off with a splash of Fresca to add a little sweetness and an ombre effect to your drink.

04. Squeeze a wedge of lime on top and garnish with a lime pinwheel.

05. Add your pretty straw and cheers to summer!

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Sweet Beats // July 2014

These next couple of weekends are going to involve a whole lot of lounging in the great outdoors. This coming Friday Christa and I are heading up her to family’s home in rural New Hampshire, and the following weekend we’ll be hanging with old friends on the beach in Old Lyme, CT. Sometimes when things are this relaxed, I just want some twangy bluesy folky goodness to accompany me.

If you’re in the same boat as myself, click here to enjoy.

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01. cross road blues // robert johnson

02. truckin’ little woman // big bill broonzy

03. when the levee breaks // memphis minnie

04. louis collins // mississippi john hurt

05. will you miss me? // woody guthrie

06. i walk the line // johnny cash

07. fixin’ to die // bukka white

08. the blizzard’s never seen the desert sands // tallest man on earth

09. ripple // grateful dead

10. along about daybreak // bill monroe

11. can i sleep in your arms // phosphorescent

12. laundry room // the avett brothers

13. american hearts // a.a. bondy