• 2017
  • Snowed in DIY

    Ari and I were stuck inside this snowy weekend, so we decided to tackle our very first DIY project!

    Ari had already proven to me that he was indeed a very handy husband, when he built me a backdrop for our wedding. During my wedding planning, I came across a picture of a couple standing in front of an old rustic barn door.Β  As soon as I saw it, I knew this would be perfect for our backyard wedding. I Immediately fell in love. This was it, the perfect backdrop where Ari and I will say our vows to one another.

    Fast forward 6 months, we moved away from Pittsburgh and found ourselves in North Carolina. Being hundreds of miles from home, I figured my barn door would never get built. Ari, however, knew how much I wanted it and spent the entire day before our wedding building it! And boy did it turn out beautiful!

    My mom chipped in and stained the wood, so that it would be ready to be cut and assembled once Ari and I got back to Pittsburgh (and because she didnt want him to have stained hands at our wedding), and Ari’s aunt decorated the barn door with flowers.

    Now, it was our chance to do a project together!

    We spent our Friday night sifting through Pinterest looking for DIY projects and when we came across a desk by shanty 2 chic, we knew we had to build it. They had free plans online, so Saturday morning we headed to home depot and bought supplies. The instructions were easy to follow and had hubby read through them prior to going to the store, we would have only needed to make one trip as opposed to three πŸ˜‰

    The messy part was done on our back patio and the rest we did inside our apartment since it was FREEZING outside.

    We finished the night off with some paint and celebrated Ari’s birthday with some delicious chocolate cake!

    (Ari leaves for Mexico again tomorrow.. so I will be left with all the leftovers πŸ™‚ )

    The next day we awoke to this…..

    This was our first snow down south! I still cant believe that 4 days ago, I was laying by the pool.

    Hubby finished assembling the desk while I made us breakfast.

    YAY we did it! To reward ourselves we ate ice cream filled crepes for breakfast! YUM.

    Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! XO

    If you enjoy DIY projects, you should check out Shanty 2 Chic!

  • 2017
  • T.G.I.F am I right?

    So it’s finally Friday which means I survived another week without Ari and we all got through another work week!! Bring on the party sleep and Netflix.

    Since it’s been in the high 70’s this week I was looking forward to a relaxing day at the pool… And then I turned on the news. SNOW is in the forecast.. Looks like my head start on getting a tan will be put on hold and I’ll be sipping on hot tea instead.
    Hope everyone has a warm and cozy weekend! XO
    And a throwback to last summer!
  • 2017
  • Perogies

    This weekend was a little chilly & I was already in a sad mood since hubby was leaving for Mexico for a whole week. ALL I wanted to do was spend every second with him before he left. As much as I love living in NC, being away from family and friends is extra tough when Ari is essentiallyΒ never home traveling 50% of the time.

    Nevertheless we made the most of the weather and our time together. We went for a bike ride and then got to cookin’.


    This was our first attempt at making perogies & they turned out wonderful!

    For the filling, make mashed potatoes and season as you like. I like my perogies with garlic and chives!

    For the dough, in a large mixing bowl mix together 3 eggs & 8 oz of sour cream. Add 1/4 tsp salt + 1 Tbs baking powder + 3 cups flour. Mix together with a mixer until combined. Separate the dough in half and roll out on your kitchen counter. Make sure to sprinkle tons of flour on the counter, hands and rolling pin. Use a round cookie cutter ( I used a 3 inch) and cut out as many pieces as you can. Next add a small spoonful of the mashed potato filling in the center of the dough, moisten the edges with water, fold over & press the edges with a fork.

    To cook, add perogies to boiling water. Remove when they start to float (Timing will depend on how thin you rolled out your dough). I like to sautΓ© some onions with the cooked perogies. This recipe makes a ton of perogies, so I ended up freezing the majority uncooked.

    Hubby doesn’t like perogies so we made a ‘ravioli’ version for him. He put cooked ground beef, pepperoni and cheese in his and loaded it with tons of pasta sauce and Parmesan cheese!

    I’m thinking next time I’m going to try making a desert version! Adding a little sugar to the dough and filling them with blueberries or peaches and frying them (healthy, I know!). With a side of ice cream. YUM

    Happy cooking, friends! XO