Back to reality

November 27, 2010

It is amazing what a week away can do!  Especially, when you have the opportunity to really check out, as we did on the beautiful Caribbean island of Bonaire.  Located 50 miles north of Venezuela and 30 miles east of Curacao, the island of Bonarie felt worlds away from Boston.   Here are a few teaser photographs as I unpack, download my photos and slowly come back from Bonaire bliss.  I hope everyone (in the states) had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday.




Leaving on a jet plane…

November 19, 2010

We are heading down to Bonaire, Netherland Antilles for a week of sun, surf and SCUBA.  If this blog is a little quiet please forgive me, but I promise to bring back lots of photos for all.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Holiday Mashed Potatoes

November 18, 2010

With Thanksgiving a week away and Christmas right around the corner, I wanted to share one of my favorite holiday recipes: Holiday Mashed Potatoes.  Now I am sure there are as many ways to make mashed potatoes as there are families that make them, but this is my family’s way; passed down from my great-grandma Finnegan.  It is not a terribly difficult recipe; it just takes a little time.  I swear, the end result is the creamiest, most savory and seriously delicious mashed potatoes on this earth…like better than dessert good.


Gorgeous Platine Bleue eggs I found.


Great-grandma Finnegan’s Mashed Potatoes


3 lb. or 12 medium sized potatoes

8 oz. package of cream cheese

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs (lightly beaten)



1. Boil potatoes until cooked and tender (test with a fork).  Then peal potatoes while they are still hot.  The hot potato skin should just peal off by hand.  (Maybe wear gloves too…they can be really hot.)

2. Beat and mash potatoes while hot and add the cream cheese and butter.  *It is easiest to cube up the butter and cream cheese and blend them in with the hot mashed potatoes.  The heat helps melt the cream cheese and butter in smoothly.

3. Add eggs and milk together as one and blend

4. Salt and pepper to taste if you like

5. Place in 9 x 13 glass, oven safe dish and refrigerate (Do not freeze)


To serve:

Preheat oven to 350˚F and cook covered for 30 minutes or until warm throughout.


Would love to hear any feed back if people try this recipe.  Let me know what you think.  I think they are the best on the plant.:)

Weekend Update

November 15, 2010

Temperatures crept into the 60’s this weekend in Boston and the warm fall weather practically demanded I drop everyting and just go for a walk.  So that is what I did, practically nothing and lots of walking.


Saturday morning the hubs and I lounged around, watched Game Day and drank our coffee.  A prefect fall Saturday morning and Magnolia was more than happy to partake.



That afternoon we did as the weather demanded and ventured outside with no destination in mind.  We just wanted to feel the Fall air.





Sunday surprise

As I sipped Pellegrino by my computer Sunday afternoon, I noticed the bottles had a Missoni print for a background!  How cool and chic is that?!?!  Perfect little design ending to a perfect weekend.  (Of course now I am totally going to buy Pellegrino just to get that Missoni print…yes I am that person.  Oh well.)

Can’t believe I haven’t posted my social media links here before, but please come follow me on Twitter and Facebook!  Just more wonderful ways to connect in this fabulous world of posting, tweeting, and status updates!




Construction Zone – Part 2

November 12, 2010

Some side shots from my construction photo shoot the other night.

Glossy Streets

November 10, 2010

With the colors of fall also comes rain, and despite being a downer for daily activities, rain makes for some really beautiful night photography…That and it always reminds me of Paris.  (sigh)  I have been busy with some fun (and a little crazy) projects this fall and have not had a chance to walk around and photograph much but here are some previous shots I have.  Hope to grab more this weekend.

Paris – Fall 2009


Boston – Spring 2010



Savannah – Winter 2010


Construction Zone

November 9, 2010

Am off to a cool construction photo shoot tonight and was pulling some vintage images for inspiration.  I want to capture that whole “quest to build America” feel; very 1940’s skyscraper, tall bridges, super hero stuff.



Boston – 2010

photo by me

Beacon Hill Halloween

November 3, 2010

As I discovered last year, Halloween on Beacon Hill is kind of a big deal.  The streets are closed to cars, swarms of children are out trick or treating and each house tries to out do the next with spooky decorations, pumpkins, lights and costumes.  One house was even projecting old black and white horror movies, which now seem pretty tame, fun and kitchy.

I had so much fun walking around with our friends and their 18 month old that I forgot to take many photos, but here are a few.  Just to give you feel for the night.



Super girl and her trusty side kick, super dog

Magnolia Monday

November 1, 2010

The air has definitely turned here in Boston.  Fall is getting brisker and brisker, and I can smell winter aproaching.  I pulled out my old Dwell studios duvet to get a little color and patten in our bedding, and Magnolia has been loving it.  It is almost as if she is chasing the birds printed on the comforter.  It is hilarious.

Here she is stalking the elusive, Dwell Studios bird.


Hope everyone had a great weekend and fun Halloween.  I have tons of cute photos from out walk around Beacon Hill.  It always impresses me.



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