Sunday, July 11, 2010


Hi, again!

As I said in the earlier posts, Andy and I drove down to Long Island this past weekend for one of his stepbrother's wedding. We had a really nice time meeting more of the Schildge family, spending time with Andy's mom and stepdad Ron, and enjoying the party. We didn't get a chance to visit The Hamptons, which was a bummer, but the reception was at a yacht club, so that sufficed for me! The setting was so cute! Their whole wedding reminded us of ours a little bit, so that was fun, especially since our one year anniversary is coming up in a few weeks :) Here are a few pictures from the weekend...

Andy and me at the rehearsal dinner.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summer Berries!

I love the abundance of berries all summer long! I have been taking advantage of their bright colors, delicious tastes, and low prices over the past several weeks making lots of fun treats! Here are a few of them...

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

"Flag Cake" Cupcakes

Lemon and Chocolate Mousse Parfaits (with brownies added, of course!)

I bought these mason jars at Christmastime last year to fill with cookie mix to give as gifts, but I got too small of a size! But they worked great as holders for the parfaits! Such a cute idea for summer treats.

Andy and I are headed to Long Island this weekend for his step brother Adam's wedding. We're looking forward to the trip! I will post pics of us when we get back. Work has been tough lately, so I'm glad for the break. We have a shortage of nurses and an abundance of children to take care of, so it can wear me out sometimes. But I love my job and love bringing light and hope and healing to my patients and their families. This summer I have felt God encouraging me to make more of an effort to walk in the Spirit at work and really carry the presence of God into my patients' rooms and to my coworkers. I am realizing how weak I really am but how big and strong God is and how much more He loves people than I do. My prayer is that I would tap into that love. Would you pray that for me too?


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Trip to Houston

Hello, everyone!

I can't believe it's already July! Crazy. This summer is flying by. Before I know it, Andy will be off to Indonesia for 2 weeks :( I wish I could go with him and the CFTS team, but unfortunately it didn't work out with my work. Oh well. Anyway, last week Andy and I flew down to Houston to spend some time with my family. It was a nice trip down, even though it was stinking hot! SO humid. We had fun playing pool volleyball, watching the World Cup, playing Scrabble, seeing Toy Story 3 (again), and just relaxing with everyone. We were sad my older sister Caroline couldn't join us! Of course, I did some cooking and baking while we were there :) Last Friday night, my parents had some friends over for appetizers and dessert just to catch up and enjoy each others' company. My mom and I took care of the food. It was nice to mingle and enjoy good food! I'll show you some pictures of what we made below.

I hope everyone has a happy 4th of July! The Fourth is one of my favorite holidays... unfortunately I will be spending it at the hospital working overnight shifts this weekend! I hope I can at least peek out a window at some point and catch some fireworks. The 4th of July in Boston is truly an amazing experience. Picnicing all day along the Charles River, standing room only on Mass Ave, looking up over the water at the fireworks display, exploding to the beat of the Boston Pops playing in the Hatch Shell along the Esplanade... it's beautiful! I love Boston.
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The following weekend Andy and I are heading down to Lon-g Islan-d (said with such accent) for one of Andy's stepbrother's wedding. We're excited to visit a part of the country we've never been! I'm planning on us driving to The Hamptons on friday or saturday to visit all of the little shops and food markets that Ina Garten (aka Barefoot Contessa) recommends in her cookbooks! I think it's supposed to be similar to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard. It should be fun. We'll post with pics from the wedding after that trip!


prusciutto wrapped asparagus

peanut dip with lemon grilled chicken satay

pepper and pepperoni pizza, cut into bite-sized squares

Flag Cake from Ina Garten Family Style

Ok, I'm trying to upload more pictures, but the uploader doesn't seem to be cooperating. There was also crab dip with crudites, goat cheese filled endvies, and baked brie with brown sugar and nuts. It was a lovely evening!