Easter With The Markwood's!

Yesterday was a great day ... busy & hectic ... but GREAT! We loved celebrating London's first Easter right here at our little Massachusetts apartment. It was nice not to have to travel anywhere, but to wake up in our own beds and lounge. We did a little food prep the night before, so we could enjoy Sunday for the most part. We got London all dolled up for Easter service and had a little pre-church photo shoot (which was totally my husband's idea) Haha! We hosted Chris's mom and stepdad for dinner which included: Ham w/a brown sugar glaze, green bean casserole, mac n' cheese, mashed potatoes, peas, homemade rolls, and deviled eggs! For dessert I made carrot cake cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting ... I must say - these were a big hit! London sat at the table with us, tried ham for the first time, and absolutely loved it! By "loved it" I mean, she wouldn't eat anything else but ham...probably should have given her veggies beforehand, but ehh - it was a holiday so I let it slide :)


Baby Inspiration Part II

Nursery Inspiration!

Our city apartment may be too small for a classic nursery...but that hasn't stopped me from dreaming about the perfect one! Gotta love Pinterest and Etsy...so many fabulous ideas, I could just die! If we end up moving out of downtown Boston, I would love the nursery decor to carry a slightly vintage tone throughout...with whites and creams and natural wood fixtures. I'm not one for crazy color schemes or "winnie the pooh" themes - and thankfully, my husband isn't either! 



Weekends Are For Baking!

It was a blueberry muffin kind of morning! I had the Christmas tree lights on, music playing, candles lit - and just awaiting the arrival of my parents and sister. My sweet mother forgot her GPS at home, so they are using map quest... Lord help them!
I decided to have some homemade muffins set for when they got here - blueberry muffins are my Dad's fave! Here is the recipe we have been using for years...straight from Betty Crocker herself :)

3/4 c milk

1 large egg

1/4 c vegetable oil

2 c flour

1/2 c sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

Directions: Preheat over to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, and egg. Add the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder all together and stir. Add blueberries. Bake for 20-25 minutes (I set for 18, and check them then! They were perfect with 20). Serve warm with butter and enjoy!

*Note: batter will be lumpy :) 



Creative Costumes for Halloween!

1. "Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Showers" I was this one year and people loved it! It's super easy to create. Wear a light blue shirt and pants (I wore my nursing scrubs at the time), paste cotton balls in clusters all over the outfit, for the "partly cloudy" portion. Fill a squirt bottle with water - and there's your chance of showers!

2. "A Deviled Egg"

This is actually my costume this year! I plan on going to target today to get my devil horns and a plain white t-shirt. I'll wear the red pants and converses that I already own, and for the "egg" part - I am going to use white poster board to make a large cutout of an "over easy egg" and then yellow construction paper to cut a circle and make the yolk! I will then pin the "egg" to the front of my shirt to create a "Deviled Egg!"

3. "Ceiling Fan"

Wear all black and paste (or safety pin) the word "ceiling" all over. Get a pom-pom and you have become a ceiling fan!


4. "One Night Stand"

Of course, I don't condone one-night stands ever, but I saw this costume and thought it was pretty funny. You make the "night stand" out of cardboard and cut a hole in the middle for your body to go through. It should set on top of your shoulders. Do the same thing to a cheap table cloth so it hangs around the cardboard to look like an actual table. A lampshade can then be put on your head, and you have created a "one night stand"...get it? Funny right? I thought so...


5. "Broccoli Spears"

Get a green clown wig and wear a school girl outfit and you've got yourself some broccoli spears. You're welcome.

6. "Jay Crew"

Polo shirt and khakis with a good ole "Jay Crew" name tag and you're good!

7. "Pig In A Blanket"

Easy...buy a pig nose, ears and tail...wear pink if you have it and wrap yourself in a blanket...TA-DAAA!!!