I don’t know about you, but the last 6 months have been a whirlwind! I am excited to announce a couple of of huge life-changes: First, I’ve transitioned into a new job at Boston Children’s Hospital, where I get to work with a wonderful team of people. Second: I married my favorite person, surrounded by our closest friends and family. Lots and lots of change—which I’m usually terrible adjusting to. But I’m proud to report that I’ve fully embraced the chaos and I’m enjoying the ride!
As much as I’d love to relive every detail of wedding planning/celebrating from these last 6 months, I’ll spare you. Let’s get back to spreading the Berries & Bubbly way-of-life… shall we? Today I’ll offer you some tasty recipes, and some little details that make post-daylight savings time a little brighter.
The wedding-weekend celebrations were full of A. May. Zing. Food. Honestly, it was some of the best food I’ve had in a really, really, really long time. I’ve decided to recreate the dishes that stood out to my tastebuds and share them with you! It turns out these pro chefs know a heck of a lot more in the kitchen than I do. My trials were sometimes disastrous, but here are a few winners:
Herb-crusted Panko chicken :: cozy, go-to dinner
Spiced Layer Cake.:: To Figgin’ celebrate
Lobster macaroni & cheese bites :: Foodball game app
Getting married is obviously a life-changing milestone, but after we said “I do,” our day-to-day has been pretty much the same. Big exciting events—like a wedding—are incredible, but it’s those everyday things strung together that foster happiness. So, since the days are getting shorter (and colder!), I wanted to acknowledge what tiny factors brighten up my week and keep me smiling until Friday.
No alarm clock is enjoyable. Especially when its pitch-black and you’re not ready to get out of bed. But, this clock makes winter mornings more bearable. How? It mimics the sunrise, starting about 30 minutes before your scheduled alarm. First it’s a deep red, then it slowly turns to a white/yellow sunlight. It wakes you up without the blaring, stressful alarm noise. Don’t worry if you are a deep sleeper, the same way the light intensifies, chirping birds kick in and get a little louder with the light. It’s a peaceful and pretty enjoyable way to start the day (Think back: summertime as a kid, waking up from the cheerful birds outside your window. Yes please!)
Mondays are hard. Period. I jazz mine up with a flavored latte at Starbucks on the way to work. This might already be your daily routine—but my coffee is made at home most days. So a pumpkin spice, gingerbread, or vanilla latte makes me feel like a queen. Sometimes I even splurge for one of those delicious lemon-curd yogurts. What silly things do you treat yourself to? Save it for Monday!
Dinner with Spotify & a glass of red
This is my new fall routine. It makes me so happy! First, I turn on a playlist Vanessa and Ryan (sister & bro-in-law) made for our wedding cocktail hour, I pour a glass of red wine, make a quick dinner (or watch Joe make a quick dinner), and finally, we clean up! It alleviates the internal “ugh,-I-don’t-want-to-make-dinner-right-now,” conversation, and instead gives me a makeshift piano or wine bar experience. Best part? I can attend in sweats and slippers.
Maybe its the kid in me, but I find holiday lights magical. I love my living room most when our Christmas tree and stockings are on display. So, the first weekend back post-wedding, Joe and I decided to decorate for Fall. We purchased some mums, a few pumpkins, lanterns, and I decided to spring for twinkle lights. It’s the smallest thing, but coming home and turning on those twinkly lights in my living room are one of the favorite parts of my whole day. How simple! It’s good for the soul. With a spiced candle from FIORI, I’m in heaven.
“Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.”