Monday, December 30, 2013

Smell the Roses

David and I are headed to Pasadena with some of our favorite people to cheer on our Michigan State Spartans in the Rose Bowl! We are thrilled to be apart of the action and it's also the 100th anniversary of the Rose Bowl so it's sure to be a memorable trip. 

We are renting a house in Venice and I'll be sharing some of our trip highlights when we get back! 

Hope you all have a wonderful New Year!

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail

We took a break from wrapping presents to indulge in a hot treat. I have never had Hot Buttered Rum but have heard it was a wonderful holiday beverage and since we had all the ingredients on hand, Dave whipped up a quick batch for us. It turned out delicious & warmed us right up. We will be keeping this mix on hand for the next week or two as guests come over to visit. 

This was the recipe we followed from Emeril, maybe start off easy on the rum and add more as you see fit :-)

I hate that it gets dark outside so early, all of my pictures have not been turning out so great.. oh well, I'm still going to share with hopes that you don't mind too much!


Friday, December 13, 2013

Shop Local: Rail & Anchor - Royal Oak


The other day, Dave and I had lunch at one of our favorite places, Cafe Muse in Downtown Royal Oak, and stopped to do some shopping on the way.  This was the first time I walked past Rail & Anchor and the items I could see from the window got me really excited to go inside.

We walked in to find a charming store full of unique & trendy pieces displayed in the loveliest way.

I loved this display table of succulents and air plants. Perfectly set up to create a unique gift!

Air plants do not need soil to grow, just soak in water once a week or mist twice a week and they will do well. These are great to put in a vintage bowl, on top of a stack of books or anywhere really.

I think I might need go back for one of these brass urchins.

There was a beautiful apothecary section with lotions, soaps & candles. Would make some great hostess gifts!

We picked up a couple of gifts and they offered to wrap them in rustic kraft paper with our choice of color thread...I love when I don't have to wrap gifts!! I meant to snap a few pics of our purchases but haven't done it yet so I will share soon. I appreciate the small local businesses, especially ones this well curated & reasonably priced. I have a feeling I will be doing a lot of shopping here in the future!

How's your holiday shopping going?? 


Monday, December 2, 2013

Detroit: Campus Martius Park & Grand Trunk Pub

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was nice to have a couple days off of work but we definitely stayed busy! We live about 20 minutes north of Detroit and try to get down as often as possible, especially when there is an event going on. Detroit gets a bad rap but it's visits like these that make me love it more and more. 

This year celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the tree lighting and Holiday Marketplace at Campus Martius Park located in the heart of Detroit. The 60 ft tree lights up every day at 5pm.

We stopped by the Holiday Marketplace to shop at local vendors and picked up some goodies including some Sweet Potato Pie from Crème Detroitpolis.

We grabbed some pretzels from Different Twist Pretzel and delicious pierogis from People's Pierogi Collective to enjoy in the heated Beer Garden.

We stopped in for a drink at one of my favorite restaurant/bars in Detroit, Grand Trunk Pub. It was originally a jewelery store built in 1879,  turned into a ticketing station for the Grand Trunk Railway in 1911,  then changed into a bar in 1935 and has been open since.

 There is amazing architectural details including a vaulted ceiling and beautiful woodwork.

Vintage tin sign for Detroit born company, Vernor's Ginger Ale.

The food has always been really good at Grand Trunk and you just can't beat this atmosphere.. I love it!

There is also an outdoor skating rink at Campus Martius Park and there is always a lot of people out and about, such a lovely way to end a holiday weekend.

If you have a couple of hours to spend, I highly recommend visiting downtown Detroit - always something going on!