Yearly Archives: 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

Cozy Throws for Winter Nights

Cozy Throws for Winter Nights

My husband just taught me this maneuver where you spread out a throw or blanket onto the couch with the entire surface as covered as possible. Then you lay down on the sofa and wrap the blanket completely around you…

Chicken & Carrots

Chicken & Carrots

I love picking up a chicken to roast. It’s such an easy meal, just glaze, roast, eat. But with only two people in the house, we usually have quite a bit of meat leftover. So, inspired by Yolène’s Leek and…

Lemons & Blueberry

Lemons & Blueberry

Is there anything in the kitchen more beautiful than a well made tart shell? I don’t think so! Which is why I was so excited when my friend Yolène passed on her recipe for standard pastry crust. I’ve made several batches,…

Cranberry and Lemon Shortbread

Cranberry and Lemon Shortbread

Ah, Christmas baking. I’m definitely putting my time in at the oven and hob (such an Irish word to use!). We hosted a small Christmas party for our team last night, which gave me the incentive I needed to try…

Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Things I’ve been doing instead of blogging: cooking, cooking, cooking, baking, going to see Catching Fire, reading, reading, reading, eating turkey, and making this delicious leftover turkey pot pie. When I say delicious, I mean deliciously…

A Healthy Thanksgiving Feast

A Healthy Thanksgiving Feast

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Ah, Thanksgiving. The holiday where everyone pulls out their turkey pants, football schedules, and prepares for marathon eating and napping sessions. While we won’t have the whole country celebrating with us, we will have quite a…

Foraging for Mushrooms

Foraging for Mushrooms

I stand hemmed in by branches unable to move more than six inches in every direction. I can hear the distant sounds of my friends, searching the forest floor for mushrooms. It’s the kind of silence I rarely find in…

Hot Spiced Apple

Hot Spiced Apple

Fall nights are best spent in front of the first fire of the season, with a cup of hot spiced apple in hand, the first page turned on a good book, and the smell of cinnamon and orange in the…

Savory Fall Soups

Savory Fall Soups

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Fall is definitely in full swing here in Ireland. The leaves have not only turned, but have mostly fallen from the branches. I’m spending a majority of my work hours by the fire, and soup is…

Madklubben

Madklubben

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Do you have requirements for a good trip? I do. Easy travel, lots of architecture, and one great meal at a great restaurant. While I’m happy to let street food (hello waffles on a stick!!) and…

Wonderful Copenhagen in Autumn

Wonderful Copenhagen in Autumn

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Last weekend, we packed our weekend bags and headed out for two nights in the lovely city of Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s long been on our Google travel doc, that I felt such relief exiting the plane….

Host a cider tasting at your next fall party | Honeysuckle Life

Apple Cider Tasting

I have a cider habit. It started after moving to Ireland, and has only grown over the past year. I’m not alone in this obsession, cider is a way of life here in Europe. So, in an effort to spread…

Dippe Candles Tutorial

DIY Dipped Candles

Consider this project redemption for the failing grade I received on my 7th grade American History craft project. The instructions said dipped candles, I used a mold. Hence, the failing grade. But, the consolation is that this is a project…

The Bluehair Express to Inisheer

The Bluehair Express to Inisheer

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Sometimes I can feel quite young at tourist’s spots in Ireland. As my bestie put it before we moved to Kilkenny, it’s a fantasy for Americans aged 60 and over. The Delta flights to and from…

Hiking the Cliffs of Moher

Hiking the Cliffs of Moher

There’s a moment where I sit down, my legs hanging off the edge of the trail, and just breathe. I take in the view, of cliffs hundreds of meters in height and miles of water as far as I can…

What I Love: A Cozy Kitchen

What I Love: A Cozy Kitchen

Our kitchen is one of my favorite spaces, but it needs a little more warmth. It feels like we have an acre of tile, and so I’ve been sourcing and purchasing rugs to break up, and add insulation to, this…

Finding Hygge

Finding Hygge

Have you seen this pin? I had no idea there existed a word like komorebi (one of my husband’s favorite things). It reminded me of hygge, a Danish word that can’t really be translated into English. Cozy is the closest…

Work + Life Recap

Work + Life Recap

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Can we all just agree that September has been a CRAZY month? Whether it’s end-of-summer travel, back-to-school mayhem, or just adjusting to the changes in seasons, the past month has blitzed by in a blur of…

Work + Travel

Work + Travel

Photography by Nicky Ryan for Est Magazine. We travel or host guests roughly 3 months out of the year. Most of it is for business, but we still need to meet deadlines and work on multiple projects at the same…

Double Duty Offices

Double Duty Offices

Is your home office in its own room or do you have a “double duty” room? Frank’s office is in a guest room, which can be a bit inconvenient to move out of when we have guests (something that happens…

Studio Bomba

Studio Bomba

Do you dream of being a shop owner someday in the future? I do. I think it’s the type of job where Frank and I would excel. And these photos of Studio Bomba in Western Australia do nothing to squash…

Celebrating the End of Summer

Celebrating the End of Summer

Blackberry season is coming to an end, so why not throw an end-of-summer luncheon for your co-workers with the last harvest. Use this gorgeous party featured on Style Me Pretty Living as inspiration. Doesn’t the salad look divine? Photography by…

Real Life vs. Styled Life: Office Desk

Real Life vs. Styled Life: Office Desk

Photography by Rebekah Burder. The office desk. I said I was ready to tackle it, and I rolled up my sleeves and did for this month’s version of Real Live vs. Styled Life. I picked up two baskets, a glass jar,…

Oak, Walnut, Honey, Pine

Oak, Walnut, Honey, Pine

What is it about solid wood that captures my interest so easily? From shades of honey oak to walnut (skip the cherry!), I can’t get enough. And these office accessories from Lessandmore are just my style! Handmade of solid oak…

Modern Office Plants

Modern Office Plants

Say goodbye to the straggly, unfashionable office plant with these modern options from The Sill, chosen for Martha Stewart Living’s American Made contest. If you live in NYC, you can have them delivered to your office. If you don’t, you’ll…

An Office in Black, White, and Gold

An Office in Black, White, and Gold

One of the areas in my home that needs the most work is my office. Located in a landing between two rooms and a bathroom, it needs a lot of work. I’m using this stylish and modern desk from The…

Camping on the Dingle Peninsula

Camping on the Dingle Peninsula

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Our work with Adventures in Missions centers around the school year, with September being the start of a new work year. I wanted to take a team trip to start the year off, and as everyone…

Blackberry Cordial

Blackberry Cordial

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Cordials are not something I pick up very often. The hubby abstains, and I’m much more likely to have a glass of white wine or beer than a spirit. But I had a hankering for a…

Cafe Zuni

Cafe Zuni

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Having a go-to restaurant for business meals is a must have in the working world. Requirements include proximity to the office, fast service, great food, and enough room for a big group. Once you’ve found a…

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