Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Beacon Hill

We went on a small tour of a nearby neighborhood called Beacon Hill. It is a beautiful area and would recommend an evening stroll to anyone. We unfortunately forgot to take pictures along the way except towards the end as it was growing dark but here are a few to give you an idea.

Acorn Street
Love the the acorn door knocker.

It may be difficult to see but there are three church steeples there.

Birthday Sushi!!!

 We are pretty lame when it comes to celebrating birthdays. Jeremy's birthday was coming up and I hadn't a clue as to what I should do. Then one afternoon we were both grocery shopping and the store was handing out sushi samples and it clicked. I decided I would learn to make sushi. I must say that for a first time I am pretty pleased with how they turned out. We made California rolls with marinated teriyaki chicken, avacado, and cucumber topped with tempura flakes and sauce. They were yummy. Happy birthday Jeremy!

Nap TIme

For about a week when I'd go in to check on Brin this is how I'd find her.

Don't you just love how she sprawls out pushing everything away from her!

Fourth of July

I know that it's waay past the Fourth of July but looking through pictures I thought I'd share anyway. This year we had the chance to watch fireworks on the shore of the Charles River but to get a decent spot we camped out all day in the blazing heat. We had a great time playing games with friends, eating good food and enjoying the view.

We were right on the water and in a wonderful patch of shade which helped in the 100 degree heat and 80% humidity. You can see by Brin's face that we were happy about this!

There was plenty of security due to the bombings earlier this year.
Yeah, we're patriotic.

Jeremy and I have noticed that we don't take enough pictures of the tow of us and that our blog seems to be a shrine to Brin. Well, here is evidence that we are around and doing things but also an explanation for why we tend not to feature ourselves on the blog. These are typical pictures of how we look on the other end of the lens...

Darkness fell and the show was fantastic! There was music playing on the loud speakers throughout the park adding to the ambiance. We felt from the start that the show was about to end because each series of explosions were so fantastic that we were sure it was the finale. 

We thought this building across the river was pretty fun. A bit spotty but cool all the same.
 We were pretty excited to see how Brin reacted to the fireworks because all week people in our neighborhood had been shooting them off lighting up our back window. She would climb up and say "wow". However, when the fireworks started she wasn't sure she liked all the noise and kept putting my hands over her ears. Eventually Jeremy showed her to plug her own ears and life seemed much better.

Eggplant Parmesan

When I was a girl we planted eggplant in our garden for several summers. Needless to say I was not a fan. I am not sure if it was truly gross or if I was just being picky but I never looked forward to a meal if eggplant was on the menu.

So when I saw that there was a great deal on eggplant one day I decided to give it one last shot.  Each evening when the decision had to be made as to what should be made for dinner and I gladly passed on the eggplant. Finally, knowing that I had to use it or lose it I began scouring for a good recipe. I came upon this one for eggplant parmesan. I personally loved it! Just fair warning if you want to try it out it does take some time to allow for juices to seep out of the eggplant to reduce the bitterness.

Enjoy! Hope you can find a new found love in eggplant, or at least a respect or lessened dislike for it.

Oh Brin...

The other day Brin had been getting into and climbing up just about everything. So when she found a fine tipped permanent maker and broke it open I had had enough. I have heard from many a wise sister that sometimes the best thing to do is to just stop take a deep breath and take a picture.

This was the only one I managed to take before she bolted off and it really doesn't give the situation justice. All said and done everything cleaned up fine and she is still cute as ever.